Anxiety affects over 40 million adults in the United States every year. There are a few different types of anxiety disorders, and many people with anxiety also have depression. It’s also not uncommon for people with depression to have an anxiety disorder. Treating anxiety and depression often means taking prescription medications, which often have unwanted side effects. Cannabis edibles may provide a viable alternative.
Don’t Edibles Cause Anxiety?
Everyone is different. For some, the intoxicating effects of cannabis can be euphoric and relaxing. For others, these effects can worsen anxiety symptoms.
Not all edibles contain significant amounts of THC. If you’re sensitive to higher THC strains, look for edibles with higher CBD contents. These versions can help to ease your anxiety and depression symptoms without the psychoactive effects. You can also microdose your edibles to get the therapeutic benefits while also minimizing the high.
Benefits of Edibles for Anxiety and Depression
One of the biggest draws to edibles is that they’re much more discreet than other forms of cannabis. Instead of taking a hit from a joint or vape pen, all you’re doing is eating something. Edibles come in many forms, including:
- Baked goods
- Chocolate bars
Unless someone sees the package, it’s just going to look like you’re eating a regular treat.
The other great thing about edibles is that they don’t have that same smell you’d typically associate with cannabis. You don’t have to worry about any funky odors in your hair or clothes.
Edibles are incredibly easy to dose. Packages inform you of the CBD and THC content in the entire package as well as per serving. You can easily dose out just how much you need. If you prefer to use smaller amounts of cannabis, edibles also make microdosing a breeze.
Cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds enter the bloodstream differently with edibles. They don’t get immediately absorbed. Instead, your liver processes them first. So, while it takes longer for edibles to take effect, those effects last longer, providing longer-lasting relief from your anxiety symptoms.
Tips for Success
Edibles can be an effective way to help you manage your anxiety and depression symptoms. Here are a few tips to help make your experience more successful:
- If you’re just getting started with edibles (and cannabis in general), start with a low dose and gradually work your way up until you find what works best
- If possible, plan ahead. Edibles take longer to kick in, so you should take your dose about 90 minutes before you’ll need it
- Give yourself a few hours before taking a second dose to avoid getting too much in your system, which may make anxiety or depression symptoms worse
- Stay hydrated. THC edibles, in particular, can lead to dry mouth, so make sure to drink plenty of water
- Avoid alcohol, especially if you’re eating a THC-dominant edible, as mixing the two substances can cause dehydration, dizziness, and nausea
You don’t have to let your anxiety and depression keep you from living your life. If you’re interested in using cannabis to help alleviate your symptoms, speak with your MD and consult a budtender at your local cannabis shop.