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Discover Effective Anxiety Treatment Through Medical Cannabis

If you’re living with anxiety, you deeply understand how the symptoms can touch every aspect of your life—completing everyday tasks, navigating social interactions, and even falling asleep at night can be much more difficult when your body is constantly on alert.

Perhaps you’ve tried modern treatments like counseling or pharmaceutical medications. While some patients have great success with these methods, they aren’t right for everyone. Finding an anxiety treatment that works can be incredibly difficult.

But it doesn’t have to be.

At TeleLeaf, we’re proposing a better way to alleviate the everyday symptoms of anxiety and find long-term, lasting recovery: medical cannabis. If you’re on the fence about marijuana, we understand your skepticism (we’ve been there ourselves). We’re here to cut through the noise and explain just how powerful, safe, and effective intentional cannabis use can be for people trying to recover from anxiety.

How Anxiety Manifests in the Body

Anxiety isn’t just mental—it’s physical. And since anxiety produces physical, tangible symptoms (like an upset stomach, headaches, and nausea), there must be a physiological connection to the condition.

Enter the endocrine system.

There are a few important things to know about the endocrine system:

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  1. It produces and distributes hormones – The endocrine system is your body’s hormone management infrastructure: it produces hormones and sends them throughout the body to fulfill a wide variety of tasks.
  2. It’s critical to physical functions – Your endocrine system doesn’t just play a role in your physical health: endocrine function is also critical to reproduction, metabolism, injury response, the sleep-wake cycle, and healthy development.
  3. It operates in a feedback loop – Your endocrine system is designed to produce and distribute hormones under normal conditions. But when you’re living with anxiety, your body simply isn’t at stasis—so your endocrine system doesn’t function at an optimal level. This can lead to hormonal imbalances that can exacerbate your mental health symptoms, and the cycle continues.

For just one example of how the endocrine system plays a role in anxiety, consider cortisol. Cortisol is often called the “stress hormone” because it helps your body respond to threats—but cortisol is also key to regulating:

  • Blood sugar
  • Blood pressure
  • Metabolism
  • Inflammatory response

People living with anxiety often feel like they’re always under threat. This near-constant state of fight or flight can raise cortisol levels, and this elevated cortisol concentration can keep your endocrine system on high alert. Breaking this cycle can be very difficult.

Healing with Medical Marijuana: Treating the Symptoms

Medical cannabis can be a pathway to repairing the endocrine feedback loop and restoring the mind-body connection. So, anxiety patients intentionally using medical marijuana can see improvements in their everyday symptoms, like:

  • Sleep disturbance – People using medical marijuana can fall asleep more quickly and achieve more restful sleep. Anxiety can leave you tossing and turning, but cannabis can help you return to a normal sleep-wake cycle.
  • Appetite – If you’re living with anxiety, you understand that stomach-in-knots feeling that can keep you from eating and drinking normally. Since some marijuana strains can increase your appetite, anxiety patients can use cannabis to restore normal eating patterns and healthy nutrition.
  • Worry and racing thoughts – Simply put, cannabis quiets the mind. When you’re feeling paralyzed by nonstop overanalysis and constant worry, marijuana can help your brain slow down, reduce the noise, and process all of your conscious thoughts at a more manageable pace.

Finding Long-Term Anxiety Recovery with Medical Cannabis

The last note above is particularly important in the conversation about long-term recovery. As patients learn to dose appropriately and use it intentionally, they can discover and treat the root cause of their anxiety—and get better for good.

Let’s explore a hypothetical case of what that could look like:

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  1. You set aside time to take a dose of marijuana—eat an edible, smoke a joint, or stir an oil or tincture into your favorite drink.
  2. As your mind quiets and your thoughts slow down, you can take advantage of this mental peace to ask yourself deeper questions: “How am I actually feeling—what words can I use to describe my emotions right now?” “Which stimuli bring up these emotions?” “Which events, people, or experiences come to mind when I think about these stimuli?”
  3. Answers to these questions can help you find the underlying, unresolved conflicts at the heart of your anxiety. And unpacking them with a clearer, quieter mind can help you make progress and recover.

Today’s pharmaceuticals treat the symptoms of anxiety—and medical marijuana can certainly do that, too. However, patients looking to heal instead of tread water are often unsatisfied with prescription medications. Instead, medical cannabis can answer the call.

Strains vs. Concentrations vs. Dose: Finding the Right Marijuana Product for Anxiety

If you’re considering trying medical marijuana, you’ll need to understand a few key concepts when it’s time to go to a dispensary or pharmacy:

  • Strain – While all medical marijuana products are derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, different sub-types of this plant have unique properties and compounds; these sub-types are called strains. Your budtender and medical marijuana doctor will be able to help you find a strain that works best for you.
  • Concentration – Since legal medical marijuana products are highly regulated, you’ll always see a concentration printed on your product label. That might look like “THC 10%” or “CBD 20%,” for instance. This percentage is concentration—how much of a compound you’ll find in the product by weight. For instance, 1 gram of 10% THC flower will contain 0.1 grams (or 100 milligrams) of THC.
  • Dose – Dose describes the amount of marijuana you’d like to take at one time. If you use a smokable product (like a flower), your dose might describe the total amount of product: a half-gram joint, for instance. If you use an edible product (like gummies or tinctures), your dose will describe the amount of THC or CBD in that edible: a gummy with 10 mg of THC per piece, perhaps.

Using Medical Marijuana for Healing: Tips and Best Practices

You meet with a doctor and receive a medical recommendation for marijuana—what’s next? Here are some tips for people looking to treat their anxiety with cannabis.

Experiment and Document

Since there are so many cannabis products on the market, you may need to experiment to find a formula that produces your desired results consistently.

As you try new products:

  1. Start small – To avoid “greening out” (i.e., consuming an amount of marijuana that makes you uncomfortable), start with a very small dose and increase it slowly until you start seeing results. Your budtender and medical cannabis doctor can give you more specific dosing advice.
  2. Document your experience – Before you take a dose, write down the product name, the cannabinoid concentrations in the formula, and the strain (these should all be listed on the package). You should also take note of your dose. When the effects set in, write down a few quick notes about how you’re feeling. This will help you identify patterns and find your ideal results.

Dose Intentionally

While smoking a joint on the couch will alleviate your anxiety symptoms, finding healing takes time and effort. When you’re ready to invest in your recovery, you’ll need to dose intentionally.

That might look like:

  • Setting aside scheduled time to use marijuana
  • Finding a partner to talk through your internal monologue with
  • Recording your own voice or journaling
  • Avoiding distractions like social media or TV

Healing requires focus, and focus requires intention.

Consult with the Pros

There are two people who will be instrumental in your medical cannabis journey:

  1. Your healthcare provider – the person who provides your medical recommendation for marijuana, talks through your symptoms and recommends dosages and administration methods.
  2. Your budtender – the person working at the dispensary who helps you choose a product, strain, and formula.

Both of these professionals are highly qualified to help you find relief—when you’re not sure which product to try next, ask them for help. Their expertise is invaluable.

Unpack, Reflect, and Recover with TeleLeaf

Can weed help with anxiety? Yes—it can help you treat everyday symptoms and unpack the underlying causes of your condition.

At TeleLeaf, we’ve experienced the healing power of medical marijuana firsthand. We know what it’s like to exhaust modern medicine options and come up short—we know how frustrating it can be when relief continues to elude you. That’s why we’re so passionate about connecting people with the plant-based, holistic, and effective treatment they deserve.

If you’re ready to take the next step, learn more about medical cannabis, or ask our providers questions about marijuana, drop us a line. We’re here to help you recover.


Sources:

Harvard University School of Public Health. Recognizing and Easing the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety.
https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/recognizing-and-easing-the-physical-symptoms-of-anxiety

VeryWellMind. How the Endocrine System Affects Your Mental Health.
https://www.verywellmind.com/how-your-endocrine-system-affects-your-mental-health-7506208

Cleveland Clinic. Cortisol.
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22187-cortisol

Sleep Foundation. Using Cannabis as a Sleep Aid.
https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-aids/cannabis-and-sleep

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