Medicanal Marijuana Strains for Anxiety

Discussion in 'Medical Marijuana' started by Powder_Reality, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. Powder_Reality

    Powder_Reality Gold Member

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    Marijuana Strains for Anxiety

    SWIM suffers from OCD and anxiety. In fact, I had to quit smoking cannabis because he would get too paranoid, anxious and introverted when he smoked. SWIM never knew what kind of buds he smoked back then, but now knows what strains are available to him. If SWIM were to pick a strain that would help combat his OCD and anxiety without getting paranoid, anxious, introverted, etc., which strain should he pick? Either "Special K", "007", or "Skunk" bubble hash.

    I have heard that Indica strains are better for combatting anxiety, but isn't sure which strain is more indica. If You knows anything about the said strains, please post and information you have about it. I was able to find some info from a growing site about "Special K" (the K stands for Kali apparently), but nothing to his use. He was unable to find any info about the "007" buds or the "Skunk" bubble hash.

    I have noticed that cannabis can intensify or trigger his anxiety symptoms, but wonders if maybe just taking 1 or 2 small/medium sized hits could help keep his symptoms under control. Any advice that You has about using cannabis medicinally is greatly appreciated.

    I wouldn't mind being able to smoke cannabis recreationally again, but he'll see how that goes later on.

    I should also add that he uses 5-HTP as a supplement to some degree of regularity, and is interested to know whether it could have a positive or negative effect on his anxiety symptoms when combined with cannabis.
  2. Forthesevenlakes

    Forthesevenlakes Platinum Member

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    in swim's experience, cannabis usually exaggerated feelings of anxiety and could trigger a mild form of ocd (in that repetitive tasks would be performed over and over...not too bad when its related to playing video games, but would get to be a bit annoying when he'd have to keep making sure a door was locked or that cops werent outside his house). I has never heard of cannabis being used for anxiety, in his studies he found that it would generally work a little better for bipolar disorder. anxiety is a pretty common side effect of smoking weed, but one to two hits could potentially mellow You out. the key would be to start slow and pay careful attention to the setting, what You is doing at the time, anything else You has taken (including supplements or vitamins), and how much is smoked, etc. maybe keeping a journal with these factors and relative levels of anxiety recorded would help You establish if it helps?

    there are plenty of options for helping with ocd and anxiety...many don't even involve pharmacotherapy, although if You wants to go with that route maybe talk to a doctor about wellbutrin or propranolol. benzos may hurt more than they help if its a generalized anxiety, since with that its easy to end up with a benzo addiction and anxiety. but breathing exercises, talk therapy (notably cognitive-behavioral therapy), meditation, exercise, etc. can all help.

    oftentimes people report using 5-HTP to sleep or as sort of a mood stabilizer, but swim notes that it could potentially contribute to feelings of anxiety on its own, even without cannabis. for some time, I was regularly using tramadol, which has the effect (among others) of elevating serotonin through its SSRI action. he ended up getting panic attacks from the overstimulation brought about by these higher serotonin levels. while 5-HTP is probably much milder than tramadol, You must remember that 5-HTP is converted to serotonin in the brain, and thus could maybe increase anxiety or even lead to some mild ocd symptoms.

    I dont want to sound preachy, but perhaps the best option would be to talk to someone before attempting to self-medicate with cannabis. or, if You does use cannabis, keep track of how much it seems to help or hurt. swim wishes you luck and please pm him if You has more questions! =]
  3. Solidly-here

    Solidly-here Gold Member

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    Different Strokes for Different Folks.

    As a Medical Marijuana patient, I end up seeing several people at my local Cannabis Buyers Club. Many of these people (in addition to having a disease which qualifies them to use Med Pot) have anxiety.

    Each person has his own favorite Strain for his anxiety (some are Sativa, some are Indica).

    My advice: Experiment. Experiment. And then you will know which one works best for you.
  4. old hippie 56

    old hippie 56 Gold Member

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    Try out some Northern Lights, worked for me. But, as Solidly-here said, try different kinds. What worked for me, might not work for you.
  5. Barelled01

    Barelled01 Newbie

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    I also have OCD and has found so far that indica strains work better for lowering anxiety. sativa does not have great effect and can almost make paranoia worse
  6. Nature Boy

    Nature Boy Gold Member

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    from ireland
    Eating cannabis might be an option. I wouldn't expect a small ingested dose to cause any anxiety as such. If anything, the more sedative effects could help ease the nerves.