Medical Marijuana

Marijuana and Anxiety: What Can Cannabis Do for Your Mental Health?

Did you know that approximately 19% of Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder? That’s nearly one in five people!

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States and come in many forms. For some, it can be debilitating and interfere with their everyday lives. But what if there was an all-natural solution that could help improve your mood and ease your mind?

People have used cannabis to treat anxiety for centuries. Early studies suggest it may be an effective treatment for those seeking an alternative to prescription medications. Read on to learn more about marijuana and anxiety.

What Are Anxiety Disorders and What Are the Symptoms?

An anxiety disorder is a mental illness characterized by fear and worry. People with anxiety disorders may have symptoms such as sweating, heart palpitations, and chest pain. They may also have trouble sleeping or concentrating.

Anxiety disorders can negatively impact a person’s ability to function at work or school. They can lead to avoidance of social situations.

Several types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, PTSD, and phobias. Treatment for anxiety disorders often includes medication or therapy.

How Can Marijuana Help Relieve Anxiety Symptoms?

Marijuana can help relieve anxiety symptoms by reducing anxiety levels and stress. It does this by activating the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, affecting dopamine levels, and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.

Additionally, marijuana can help improve sleep quality, which is known to help reduce anxiety symptoms.

What Are the Side Effects of Marijuana Use for Anxiety Relief?

There are many potential side effects associated with anxiety and marijuana use. These can vary depending on the individual’s unique physiology and how they use the drug.

Some people may find that marijuana use increases their anxiety levels, while others may find it decreases their anxiety. Still, others may find it does not affect their anxiety levels whatsoever. It depends on the individual.

Common side effects of marijuana use include dry mouth, bloodshot eyes, increased appetite, and slowed reflexes. Suppose you’re using marijuana to self-medicate for anxiety relief. In that case, it’s important to be aware of these potential side effects and start with a low dose to see how you react. 

Is Cannabis a Safe and Effective Treatment for Anxiety Disorders?

Much anecdotal evidence suggests cannabis can be an effective treatment for anxiety disorders. Still, there hasn’t been much scientific research on the topic. Some studies have shown that cannabinoids (the active ingredient in cannabis) can significantly help reduce anxiety in certain circumstances.

However, it’s important to note that not everyone responds to cannabis similarly. Some people may experience unwanted side effects such as paranoia or dizziness. 

So, starting with a low dose is always best. You can gradually increase as needed. You should also consult a medical professional before using cannabis to treat anxiety.

How to Qualify for an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card

If you’re interested in using marijuana to treat anxiety, you’ll need to qualify for an Ohio medical marijuana card. To do so, you must be 18 or older and have a qualifying medical condition. You’ll also need to get a signed recommendation from a licensed physician.

How Do I Find the Right Strain of Cannabis to Treat My Anxiety Disorder?

The right strain of cannabis to treat your anxiety disorder depends on the severity of your symptoms and the type of anxiety disorder you have. Some strains are more effective at treating certain anxiety disorders than others.


Sativa is known for its uplifting and energizing effects, which is why people often use it to treat anxiety and depression. It contains higher levels of THC than Indica strains and tends to produce a more cerebral high that can help you feel more focused and clear-headed.

For some people, Sativa strains can also help increase creativity and productivity. A Sativa-dominant hybrid might be a good choice if you have a mild case of anxiety.

CBD-Rich Strains

If you have a more severe case of anxiety, a CBD-rich strain might be better. It’s non-psychotropic, meaning it doesn’t produce the “high” associated with marijuana.

CBD effectively reduces anxiety because it alters how the brain processes serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood. Imbalanced serotonin levels can lead to mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.

CBD helps increase the amount of serotonin in the brain, which leads to a decrease in symptoms of anxiety.

Medical Marijuana Strains

There are several strains of medical marijuana for anxiety and PTSD. Some common strains include:

Sativa: This type of cannabis is known for its uplifting and energizing effects, making it ideal for daytime use. It can help treat conditions like fatigue, depression, and anxiety.

Indica: This type of cannabis is more relaxing and calming, making it ideal for nighttime use. It can help treat pain, inflammation, insomnia, and muscle spasms.

Hybrid: This type of cannabis is a mix of both Sativa and Indica so that it can offer the best of both worlds. Hybrids can treat various conditions, depending on the ratio of Sativa to Indica.

If you’re unsure which type of cannabis is right for you, your doctor or a cannabis dispensary can help you choose the best strain for your needs.

Ohio Medical Marijuana and Anxiety

While more research is needed, early studies suggest cannabis may be an effective treatment for anxiety disorders. Cannabis can help reduce anxiety by reducing anxiety levels and stress. It can also help improve sleep quality, which can reduce anxiety symptoms.

Releaf Health Clinic has helped over 5,000 patients get their Ohio medical cards. Schedule a marijuana and anxiety telehealth appointment today to see if you qualify!