It’s normal to feel anxious in certain situations. It comes and goes without interfering with your everyday life. But those with an anxiety disorder suffer from magnified symptoms that have a dramatic impact on their quality of life. Anxiety, like a dark cloud, can hover over a sufferer until it manifests into a physical sickness or other disorders such as:
- Sleep disorder
- Physical illness
- Eating disorders
- Bipolar disorders
- Constant headaches
- Chronic pain
Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year (adaa.org). Because anxiety disorder is a qualifying condition for Medical Marijuana in Florida, there may be help.
Your Internal Environment and Anxiety Disorders
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an extremely complex cell-signaling system throughout your body that regulates a range of functions and processes. Researchers exploring THC, a well-known cannabinoid, first identified the ECS. Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis. Though, the ECS exists in your body even if you do not use cannabis, and it plays a major role in regulating functions and processes such as:
- liver function
- motor control
- and many other processes
Think of the ECS like a network of roads in your body. When it’s functioning at peak performance traffic cruises along flawlessly (they’re all green lights and slower traffic actually stays in the righthand lane). Accidents happen, though. And when one does, endocannabinoids in your ECS signal for receptors to take an accident report and clean up the mess.
Anxiety disorders may be developed by a deficiency in the ECS system. This is called a endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD). Low endocannabinoid levels in your brain can contribute to an anxiety disorder. There are a multitude of reasons for this, like constant stress, traumatic events, and it may even be hereditary.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is constantly being researched. For more information on the ECS, this article from Healthline is a good place to start.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help?
Simply, Medical Marijuana assists the endocannabinoid deficiency. THC, the main cannabinoid found in cannabis, interacts with your ECS by binding to receptors where there is a deficiency, which allows it to have a range of positive effects on your body. Research has shown that cannabis’ interaction with your endocannabinoid system can reduce anxiety. It activates the endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and is helpful in regulating stress and anxiety.
Obtaining Medical Marijuana
Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder? Live in Florida? Interested in the possible benefits of Medical Marijuana? Take our pre-qualification survey and schedule an appointment.