Medical Cannabis for Stress Treatment
In today’s world, chronic stress can seem to be an unfortunate reality for most of us. With the demands of families, demanding jobs, taking care of loved ones, and struggling to pay the bills, a day without stress may seem like the exception instead of the norm. While a small amount of stress is natural and can actually help you respond appropriately to a threat or demand, too much stress can have extreme negative effects on your emotions, mind, and body. In this post, we will talk about medical marijuana and stress treatment.
Stress evolved over many thousands of years and is our body’s natural way of protecting us. When a threat is perceived, our body goes into ‘fight or flight’ mode to help prepare you to either face the threat and get yourself to safety. When this reaction is functioning properly, it can make us more clear-headed and energetic. In a natural response, the fight or flight hormones are released when the threat is perceived, then naturally abate after it is successfully dealt with.
However, many of our bodies have gotten so used to responding to everyday ‘threats’ such as fights with our partners, toxic workplaces, and the pressure to perform at higher and higher levels that our normal stress responses have been thrown off. Chronic stress causes the constant release of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which negatively affect us when they are released unchecked. They can make changes to our bodies and start causing major damage to our health. Chronic stress can lead to insomnia, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, a compromised immune system, skin problems, heart attacks, strokes, disease, and much more.
Symptoms of Stress
Stress can easily build up and the slow nature of it can sometimes make us unaware that our levels of stress have reached an unhealthy level. Here are just a few symptoms of chronic stress that you should be aware of:
Cognitive symptoms such as anxious or racing thoughts, constant worry, inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, lack of judgment, and inability to see the positive in situations; emotional symptoms that can include a feeling of being overwhelmed, loneliness, depression, moodiness or irritability, and anxiety or increased agitation; physical symptoms may include frequent cold or flu, an increase in muscle aches and pains, dizziness or nausea, lowered libido, rapid heartbeat, and gastrointestinal complains of either diarrhea or constipation; behavioral issues such as using alcohol or other addictive substances, change in sleeping habits, eating too much or not enough, withdrawal from social situations, neglecting responsibilities, and nervous habits like biting nails, pacing, or pulling on hair.
What Else It Could Be
Stress has many of the same symptoms as numerous disorders such as depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, insomnia, high blood pressure, vitamin deficiencies, and hormone imbalances. It can also be the cause of many of these disorders or it can aggravate them. In most cases of chronic stress, dealing with the underlying causes of the stress can help improve other conditions the sufferer is experiencing.
How Medical Marijuana Helps Treat Stress
Medical marijuana is well-known for its relaxing effects on those who use it. When used during stressful times in a person’s life, it can help them calm racing thoughts, think through the situation in a more positive manner, and lower the release of damaging hormones.
New research also shows that those who are more prone to chronic stress and less able to deal with it in a productive manner may have abnormalities in their biological systems that medical marijuana can help treat. With the recent discovery of the endocannabinoid (ECB) system in human bodies, researchers have found that there are those who have impaired ECB systems that do not release enough of the chemical cannabinoids that naturally modulate anxiety and stress. Because these cannabinoids are naturally occurring in medical marijuana, treating stress with the herb can not only help a chronic stress sufferer relax, but it can also help them actually deal with stressful situations in a healthier manner.
Those who have anxiety related to their stress often find more relief from medical marijuana strains that have less of the psychoactive ingredient THC and more of the non-psychoactive component CBD. THC can often increase anxiety in those who are prone to it, but both THC and CBD act on the same pathways in the brain and can be successful in treating different forms of chronic stress.
Why Medical Marijuana Treats Stress Better Than Alternative Treatments
Many people with chronic stress do not medicate at all because they feel it is a part of everyday life and do not realize the damage they are doing to their bodies by letting it build up. Others self-medicate in a number of unhealthy ways including excessive drinking, over-eating, illegal drugs, prescription drug abuse, or risky behavior. For those who do see a doctor for their stress, they are often prescribed drugs with a number of negative side effects. These can include anti-anxiety benzodiazepines such as Valium or Xanax, or SSRI antidepressants such as Zoloft or Lexapro.
Benzodiazepines slow down the nervous system, which can help you relax but can also lead to unwanted side effects such as sleepiness, incoordination, fogginess, or an inability to concentrate. They can also result in a medication hangover the next day which can make it difficult to perform your daily tasks. SSRIs can be addictive and difficult to withdraw from and also have the side effects of diarrhea, dry mouth, insomnia, sexual problems, and drowsiness.
Medical marijuana, on the other hand, can help you relax and quiet your mind without the many side effects of prescription medications. Though some who use medical marijuana with a high THC content can experience problems operating motor vehicles or performing tasks that require a high level of concentration, those who find the optimal strain and dosage often find effective relief that helps them enjoy life in a more fulfilled manner.
How to Get Medical Marijuana to Treat Stress
If you or someone you love is experiencing chronic stress that is inhibiting your daily life, our medical marijuana doctors can help with a solution. Visit us MMJ Doctors Miami or MMJ Doctors New York to talk about your stress-relief options with our board-certified physicians. The use of medical marijuana in both Florida and New York is 100% legal for those who are issued a medical marijuana ID card. Our team of educated physicians can go over your stress-related symptoms and find out of medical marijuana is a good fit for you. If so, they will issue you an MMJ card that can be used to legally purchase medical marijuana from any dispensary in the state. If you prefer to get your medical marijuana ID card from the privacy of your home (NY only), you can also visit our website and speak with a physician online. After determining that medical marijuana can help with your stress symptoms, they can approve a card within minutes and have it shipped to you the same day. If you would like to get your medical marijuana card online to treat your chronic stress, please call us now at 1-888-578-6704.