Are you someone who experiences negative effects from consuming cannabis?
No need to stress out about it; you are not alone. There are a fair amount of people who don’t feel the great effects of being “high” because of the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary cannabinoid in the plant that gets you high in cannabis, is known to cause anxiety in some people.
The good news here is that there is a new study that shows how CBD blocks some of the negative effects of THC that some people feel.
As we already know, THC may cause anxiety and paranoia in some cases, which explains why some people feel good while others feel miserable, anxious, and panicked.
However, science has proven that cannabidiol (CBD) is super effective for people who suffer from panic attacks, stress, and anxiety. With the new study, we see how CBD counters the anxious effects caused by THC.
This recent Canadian study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that if you feel anxiety or paranoia when you’re high, all you need to do is consume some CBD. Highlighting the fact that THC stimulates a specific molecule located within the hippocampus region of the brain that is responsible for learning, emotions, and memory, this study explains how once that molecule is triggered, it can result in anxiety, addiction, and depression. The tested subjects (rats) were given THC and CBD at the same time and demonstrated reduced levels of paranoia and anxiety, while also the molecule known as ERK in the hippocampus, was shown to be normal.
The researchers explained how CBD was able to reverse the anxiety-like behavior and addictive-like behavior caused by THC and also advised people who experience anxiety side-effects from consuming cannabis, to make sure they stay away from strains high in THC and rather, try to enjoy the strains which are higher in CBD.
CBD is popular for its amazing medicinal properties and its effectiveness in helping people who deal with anxiety. In another study, researchers found that when stress causes the human body to produce fewer endocannabinoids, which are compounds that are responsible for stabilizing our moods. This leads to anxiety, as well as stress and depression. For this matter, researchers tested their animal subjects, exposing them to stress and then administering them with cannabinoids from cannabis right away in order to see if there was any change in their endocannabinoid levels.
In 2015, an analysis of several studies concluded that CBD oil can be used to treat anxiety, OCD, PTSD, social anxiety, or any other form of anxiety. In 2018, a cross-sectional study of CBD consumers revealed that anxiety is one of the 3 top reasons why people medicate with it, depression and pain being listed as the other two. It is also scientifically proved that CBD fights anxiety by inducing the production of serotonin in the body, which is a hormone that regulates our emotions. This means that a lack of it causes depression, so people using CBD to help them battle these conditions are only natural and understandable.
This is how the idea of CBD blocking the anxiety caused by THC comes to be.