Anxiety is a common feeling, one that most of us have experienced in one situation or another. But for the 275 million people worldwide living with an anxiety disorder — the most common mental health disorder — it can be a debilitating condition that affects every part of life. Some anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and phobia-related disorders, like social anxiety disorder and separation anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include restlessness, fatigue, irritability, sleep problems, and overwhelming worry. People with panic disorder experience panic attacks, or sudden episodes of intense fear that can cause sweating, heart palpitations and an accelerated heart rate, shortness of breath, feeling out of control, and more. Those with phobia disorders show symptoms related to specific objects or situations, like heights, flying, or being in a crowd of people. There are a range of causes for anxiety disorders, from medical conditions and genetics to traumatic experiences.
The good news about anxiety disorders is that they’re usually highly treatable. Depending on how severe the symptoms are, anxiety can be managed with therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes like avoiding drugs and alcohol, exercising, meditation, and eating well. Anecdotal evidence and some scientific reports suggest cannabis, including both THC and CBD, is an effective treatment for anxiety disorders, especially in the short term. You’ll find many articles including research and personal stories about using cannabis to treat anxiety at cannabisMD.