High Relief: How Cannabis Can Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Cannabis may help alleviate stress and anxiety by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in regulating mood, stress responses, and other physiological functions.

The two main cannabinoids found in cannabis are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is known for its psychoactive effects and may produce feelings of euphoria and relaxation. CBD, on the other hand, does not produce a “high” and is thought to have anti-anxiety and stress-reducing effects.

CBD may help alleviate anxiety by interacting with receptors in the brain that are involved in regulating stress responses. It may also increase the levels of anandamide, a neurotransmitter that has been linked to feelings of well-being and relaxation.

THC may also help alleviate anxiety by reducing the activity of the amygdala, a part of the brain that is involved in processing emotions such as fear and anxiety. However, high doses of THC may actually increase anxiety and produce feelings of paranoia or panic.

It is important to note that the effects of cannabis on stress and anxiety may vary depending on the individual, the type of cannabis used, and the dose. Some individuals may find that cannabis exacerbates their anxiety or causes other unwanted side effects, such as impaired memory or coordination.

For stress and anxiety, many of our customers have found relief from microdosing. The goal of microdosing is to find the minimum effective dose that provides therapeutic benefits, such as reducing anxiety, improving mood, and relieving pain, without causing unwanted side effects. Typically, a microdose of cannabis is around 1 to 10 milligrams of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. Microdosing can also involve using low doses of other cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), which does not produce a high.

Ask your budtender! Educated budtenders can match you with the right products and help you to define your dose and preferred delivery method.

Sage Peterson
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