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Medical Marijuana and Anxiety Disorders

What Is Anxiety Disorders?

A group of disorders involving various manifestations of anxiety, including panic disorder; social anxiety disorder; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); acute stress disorder; and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Symptoms include irritability, feelings of dread, difficulty concentrating, nausea, diarrhea, trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, and edginess or restlessness.

Medical Marijuana and Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18.1% of U.S. population). Anxiety disorders include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Anxiety Disorder, and Specific Phobias. Symptoms include insomnia, restlessness, inability to concentrate, fatigue, shortness of breath, racing or pounding heartbeat, feelings of apprehension or dread,  episodes of intense anxiety or fear with symptoms of chest pain, rapid breathing, racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, or chills—all of which can interfere with your ability to function in your everyday life.

Not only do anxiety disorders interfere with daily functioning, they can also become a financial burden. Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country's $148 billion total mental health bill, according to "The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders," a study commissioned by ADAA and published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Vol. 60, No. 7, July 1999.

Medications that have been used to treat these disorders include anti-anxiety medications such as Valium (Diazepam), Xanax (Alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam), and Klonopin (clonazepam). Another group of medications called serotonin agonists have also been used, including Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Effexor (venlafaxine), and Wellbutrin (bupropion). Unfortunately these medications have significant and hazardous side effects that make them undesirable as a long-term solution for anxiety disorders.

Medical Marijuana is an affordable, natural alternative that lacks the side effects found in the medicines traditionally used to treat anxiety disorders. Medical marijuana has been an effective treatment for symptoms of anxiety disorders for countless patients just like you. Paradoxically, some patients report that medical marijuana heightens their sense of anxiety. However, each patient is different, and a qualified medical marijuana doctor can help determine if you would benefit from the use of medical marijuana.

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder and would like to find out if medical marijuana is the right treatment for you, book an appointment with a local, qualified physician through today. Let us help improve your quality of life!



This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals.  If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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