Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition, thought to be a combination of biological, psychological and other separate factors.

Anxiety disorders can affect how people function in their day to day lives, impairing social interactions, family relationships, interaction with coworkers or school life.

An estimated 12% of Canadians are affected by an anxiety disorder each year, but these are all very treatable illnesses!

The classifications of anxiety disorders fall into separate categories and each have their own set of causes or symptoms.

They are as follows:

  • Phobias
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Separation Anxiety

Can medical cannabis help anxiety?

Yes. Medical cannabis has proven to be an effective treatment option for many patients suffering from anxiety. Often, the medical cannabis compound CBD works best for patients suffering from anxiety, as it has anti-anxiety properties. An Apollo patient educator will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that helps you get the most benefit from medical cannabis to reduce your anxiety and/or chronic stress.

A common misconception is that anxiety disorders and mental illnesses can just “go away” on their own. Mental illnesses require attention and can be controlled and corrected with the right treatments. The two most popular treatments are Pharmacological and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
Pharmacological treatment involves prescribed medications that attempt to reduce and alleviate the symptoms associated with anxiety, panic and stress. These often start at low doses and can be prescribed for as little as 6 months or potentially multiple years.

CBT is a supportive method of treatment involving solo or small group therapy which involves identifying patterns of anxiety, inducing said patterns and then attempting to challenge and overcome them. Results of medical marijuana on patients with anxiety issues have been mixed.

While in some cases it can complicate issues of social anxiety or paranoia, recent studies have shown it to be beneficial for certain types of anxiety issues, including PTSD. It is paramount that patients check with their healthcare provider and be certain of symptoms and concerns before deciding if this is a proper complimentary part of anxiety treatment.

Find out if medical cannabis is right for you.