Anxiety Disorder is when worry is excessive and ongoing, and impedes normal functions. Associated symptoms may include trouble falling asleep, muscle tension, irritability, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, shortness of breath, pounding heartbeat, and fatigue.
Panic Disorder refers to specific episodes of intense fear or anxiety with associated symptoms that occur suddenly. Some of these symptoms include heart racing, chest pain, shortness of breath, a feeling of choking, dizziness, nausea, cramping, sweating, tingling in the hands and feet, and chills or hot flashes. These episodes can last from minutes to hours. What triggers the panic attack may or may not always be obvious. Concurrent medical conditions may include mitral valve prolapse, cardiac arrhythmias, hyperthyroidism or seizures.
Standard medical treatments:
Anti-anxiety medicines –
SSRIs (serotonin regulating antidepressants)
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Treating any underlying medical condition
Supportive and alternative treatments:
Nutritional – decrease caffeine, alcohol, other stimulants
GABA – gamma amino benzoic acid, an inhibitory neurotransmitter
5HTP – 5-hydroxytryptophan, an amino acid derivative, pre-serotonin
Kava Kava – relaxant
Passionflower – relaxant
Oat seed – nerve calming and tonic
Homeopathy – Calms forte
Anxiety and Cannabis
There are as many varied responses to using marijuana for anxiety as there are solutions. A successful treatment for Anxiety or Panic Disorder seems to be more dependent on the individual than the therapy. In fact, some patients report marijuana causing anxiety rather than alleviating it. The 1999 Institute of Medicine report on Marijuana and Medicine repeatedly acknowledges the anti-anxiety affects of marijuana. The anxiety relieving mechanism of marijuana is still unclear and needs further steady. What is clear is that the marijuana relieves some symptoms that are caused by a anxiety or panic disorder. Studies indicate that it is the CBD (cannabidiol) in marijuana and not the THC has anti-anxiety properties.