Cannabis and COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety Through the Pandemic
The last year has created a unique position for everyone around the world. The virus that has put majority of life on hold has not excluded any one group of people. With the pandemic creating waves of uncertainty there has been a spike in anxiety, stress, and other psychological strain. This strain is to be expected due to the way the virus has turned our lives upside down.
Medically cannabis has been used to help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. Over the years there has been studies done to test how cannabis can affect us. These studies have looked at the way CBD and THC differ is their effectiveness when treating anxiety, depression, and other stress related issues. It has been seen that CBD is more effective at improving anxiety; while THC stimulates the mechanism, our bodies have for blocking out memories that are unpleasant or harmful.
With the range of symptoms that come with stress and anxiety that can include physical pain, uneasiness, nausea, and insomnia it is recommended to use CBD. Due to its calming effect, it can counter the negatives created by anxiety. However, it should be noted that because everyone is unique it may take time to find a dosage that is right for you.
On the other side THC has been known to create a feeling of euphoria which in turn can allow you to feel more present. For those who are new to cannabis there can be a level of nervousness created by THC; so, the advice is to start low and slow. As with anything the way it can affect each person will be different. Often due to the varying effects some choose to stay away from THC and just use CBD to help reduce their anxiety and stress.
Remember to always use cannabis responsibly, especially if you are a first-time user. With the added levels of anxiety and stress created by the pandemic; it may just be the time for you to try CBD or THC. However, remember to not start relying on cannabis to get you through every struggle life throws your way.