An estimated 19.1% of U.S. adults had any anxiety disorder in the past year. And due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety among our population has increased exponentially. There are pharmaceutical medications available to treat anxiety, such as SSRIs, but they may have side effects such as drowsiness and the sensation of mental dullness. Some of the most common pharmaceutical medications for anxiety are:
- Prozac or Sarafem (fluoxetine)
- Celexa (citalopram)
- Zoloft (sertraline)
- Paxil, Paxeva, or Brisdelle (paroxetine)
- Lexapro (escitalopram)
There are healthier natural alternatives to traditional pharmaceuticals to help with anxiety-like cannabis.
Can Cannabis Cure Anxiety?
The National Institute on Drug Addiction posted a study that found "CBD reduced anxiety in patients with social anxiety subjected to a stressful public speaking task."
Research has found Cannabidiol (CBD) to be a potent anxiolytic that effectively reduces anxiety and the frequency of panic attacks. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can also reduce anxiety at low doses but may increase anxiety at higher doses. If you are seeking a cannabis product to help reduce anxiety, a CBD-rich or CBD-only product is a good place to start. Most legal dispensaries will carry a wide array of CBD products across various consumption methods.
Keep in mind high doses of THC can actually increase anxiety levels, it’s best to start slow with a product that contains much more CBD than THC.
The Best Marijuana Products for Anxiety in Illinois
It’s not always easy to pick the right cannabis product for a specific health condition like anxiety. You should always consult medical practitioners, dispensary pharmacists, or budtenders for advice and recommendations for medical marijuana products that best fit your needs.
Some people prefer fast-acting tinctures, while others enjoy long-lasting edibles. The best ways to find out are through research, gathering insight, and experimentation with low doses.
Let’s walk through some options – in various consumption methods – of marijuana products for anxiety in Illinois.
CBD Tangerine by Matter
Matter CBD Tangerine is a fantastic CBD-only tincture that provides immediate relief. A single vial includes 250 mg of CBD and has a tangy tangerine taste. You can pick the tincture up for $44 at Verilife in Illinois.
Chill Tins by 1906
1906’s Chill Tins are drops for relaxation and solace. They feature a unique blend of high-CBD cannabis and plant medicine to promote relaxation. Each Chill Drop contains 5mg THC and 25mg CBD. Purchase them for $35.
Blood Orange Cardamom by CANN
CANN’s Blood Orange Cardamom infused social tonic is microdosed with THC (2mg) & CBD (4mg), perfectly crafted to give you a light, refreshing buzz within 10-15 minutes. This product is perfect for those suffering from social anxiety searching for a chance to relax while still enjoying a night out. Crafted in California, the beverage marries blood orange juice from Sicily to the aromatic magic of cardamom, creating a cacophony of citrusy and spicy flavors. Stop into Verilife and pick up a six-pack for $25.
Tonic Frost by PTS
Tonic Frost Popsicles are a sweet treat with just the right amount of THC and CBD for balanced anxiety relief and relaxation. The edibles contain 75mg CBD and 25mg THC per popsicle. You can buy these weed treats for $35.
2:1 Limonene Flower
Limonene flower offers a high-CBD option for those who enjoy consuming marijuana the old-fashioned way – in a joint, pipe, bong, or blunt. The effects of this strain are euphoric and anti-anxiety inducing. You can find the flower for $60 per 3.5 grams.
Keep high-CBD marijuana products in mind the next time you feel anxiety setting in. Or plan ahead and stock up. If you haven’t yet tried cannabis for anxiety, give it a try. The results may be surprisingly positive.
Get Your Medical Document & Purchase Medical Cannabis
It’s easy to get your medical document with the online Telehealth service HelloMD. Register, pay, and receive an online medical consultation with a licensed practitioner and purchase medical cannabis today.