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Medicanal Marijuana Strains for Anxiety

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

  1. Powder_Reality


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    Dec 22, 2005
    Marijuana Strains for Anxiety

    SWIM suffers from OCD and anxiety. In fact, SWIM 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.

    SWIM has heard that Indica strains are better for combatting anxiety, but isn't sure which strain is more indica. If SWIY knows anything about the said strains, please post and information you have about it. SWIM 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.

    SWIM has 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 SWIY has about using cannabis medicinally is greatly appreciated.

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

    SWIM 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


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    Feb 26, 2006
    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). swim 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 swiy out. the key would be to start slow and pay careful attention to the setting, what swiy is doing at the time, anything else swiy 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 swiy establish if it helps?

    there are plenty of options for helping with ocd and anxiety...many don't even involve pharmacotherapy, although if swiy 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, swim 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, swiy 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.

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


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    May 3, 2005
    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

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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


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    Aug 27, 2006
    swim also has 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

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    May 10, 2005
    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.