Do you struggle with anxiety? These days, you have plenty of treatments to choose from. One that is becoming increasingly popular is medical cannabis. Cannabis products do work well for many anxiety patients, and many people like them because they are natural, affordable, and accessible. However, there are a few tips you'll want to follow if you decide to use medical cannabis for your anxiety.
Get a medical cannabis card.
If you live in a state where cannabis is legal for recreational use, it is tempting to just go to a recreational dispensary and skip the prescription process entirely, but this is not advised. The key benefit of getting a prescription is that it gives you a chance to talk to a doctor about the anxiety you're dealing with. They can give you insights into the best strains to use and also tell you whether you should explore treatments, like therapy, in conjunction with cannabis.
Look for indica strains and indica hybrids.
The two primary types of cannabis are cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. Sativa strains tend to be more energizing, and they can actually make anxiety worse for some people. Indica strains tend to be more relaxing. They can help calm the mind and ease anxiety and stress. So, as you shop for cannabis, focus on indica strains. If you're going to be using cannabis in the daytime, a hybrid with a lot of indica genetics may be a little less sleep-inducing.
Choose smokes and vapes over edibles.
Edibles can ease anxiety, and some people do like them for this purpose. But especially when you're just starting off with cannabis, vapes and smokes tend to be better choices for anxiety. You can control the dose better with vaped and smoked cannabis. Take one hit, or take five hits, depending on what you need at the time. With edibles, it is harder to adjust your dose. Edibles are also less consistent; you may get different results depending on what you just ate and what time of day it is. With vapes and smokes, you feel about the same each time you use them. With anxiety, you generally want this consistency.
Follow the tips above for better results when using cannabis for anxiety. If you have any additional questions or concerns, don't hesitate to ask your doctor or a budtender. They're trained to guide you as needed and tell you more.