Is It Safe to Take THC and CBD for Extreme Anxiety?
Preliminary researches on CBD suggest that it may help relieve anxiety, and THC may help relieve anxiety symptoms in low doses, while high doses have the opposite effect.
Published May 17, 2021.
The cannabis plant has been in use for over a thousand years, both for medical and recreational purposes. Today more people are consuming this herb, hoping that it can help manage health issues such as anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain or experience the 'high' feeling.
CBD and THC are the primary compounds of a cannabis plant, among other hundred cannabinoids found within this plant. Each of the compounds, CBD and THC, have distinct effects on your brain.
The following post will give insight into how CBD and THC interaction with ECS may affect extreme anxiety conditions.
CBD and extreme anxiety
Studies have suggested that CBD may bind to serotonin receptors in your brain. These interactions with CBD may affect the level of serotonin in your system. Serotonin is a hormone that is responsible for:
- Improving mood
- Managing sleep
- Helps indigestion
Studies have suggested that improving the levels of serotonin might help to manage extreme anxiety. Prescription drugs like antidepressants work by controlling serotonin levels, and some researchers suggest that CBD may work the same way as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.
THC and extreme anxiety
THC is a psychoactive compound found within a cannabis plant responsible for the 'high' feeling. Unlike its sister CBD, THC may have an entirely different impact on the intensity of anxiety disorder.
Studies suggest that taking THC in low levels may help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety but for a shorter time.
Unlike other anxiety treatments, THC doesn't seem to lead to any long-term reduction of symptoms and, in some users, may increase depression over time.
In high amounts, THC is not only known to leave you experiencing a 'high' feeling, but it may also have other adverse side effects.
Should you take CBD and THC if you have extreme anxiety?
Overstimulation of ECS receptors, including the amygdala in your brain, may lead to the production of excess cannabinoids than usual, causing fear and anxiety. You should, therefore, be extra cautious when consuming THC-based products to treat anxiety. Talk to your doctor to determine if you may combine both CBD and THC to manage anxiety-related issues.
Dr. Lori Beth Bisbey