Can medical marijuana help with anxiety?

Not the answer. Research is lacking, but though marijuana can ameliorate anxiety, it cannot do so in a way that renders patients functional. The goal of treatment of anxiety (or any psych disorder) is to alleviate distress of the symptom(s) and restore the patient to previous level of functioning. Marijuana is too impairing to functioning to be a viable treatment option.
Probably Not. You may feels the sense of releif after smoking (high feeling) but smoking pot can cause more anxiety in the long run. In addition, marijuana can contribute to psychosis, depression or mania. There are many safer oftions to treat anxiety than smoking marijuana.

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Would medical marijuana help with anxiety? Would you recommend it for people who have bad anxiety?

Not recommended. Given the unpredictable nature of the response to thc and the studies that show is a depressant, you would like experience worse anxiety after smoking thc. Read more...

I am wondering if medical marijuana would be a good idea. I have very bad anxiety and I am on medication for it but it doesn't seem to really help?

Check with your doc. You want to see a psychiatrist. There are many more effective medications for anxiety. Marihuana is not very useful. Read more...
Contraversial. Where you live, marijuana is heavily regulated, and you could find more anxiety and misery if trouble began. Best approach is to find a good psychologist or psychiatrist, find out cause of anxiety, and get deconditioned. This can be markedly improved. Read more...
No. Marijuana is not a good treat, ENT for anxiety, especially in a young person. It frequently actually increases anxiety, and paranoia. Heavy use has been associated with increased risk of psychosis. Read more...

I use medical marijuana for multiple things pain from past injuries and anxiety. It help with both situations. I prefer natural medicine to many of the pills typically prescribed. Would you agree that this is okay as medicine?

Contentious. This remains a very hot and difficult topic. I have seen several patients with great benefit from mm. I have not written many prescription slips for it, but anecdotally many patients swear by it. There is not a lot of evidence of toxicity. I think in the balance it is a good alternative for some.....But legality and politics remain an issue. Read more...
Second opinion. There is no way you can provide enough information to get a reliable second opinion on healthtap. For your sake, i hope your doctor knows more about your situation than the brief summary you gave here. I would recommend taking any second opinion you get here or elsewhere, due to lack of information, with a grain of salt. Read more...

Am I eligible for medical marijuana? I have severe migraines usually every other day they last almost all day. Also medical mj for social anxiety?

Medical Marijuana. The laws in states that have legalized medical marijuana are quite specific and vary by state. No one on this site can answer your question, because an answer to this requires a thorough history and physical exam in every state, and then a determination if you meet requirements for its use. At age 20, things like migraines and anxiety should not be treated with THC. There are better alternatives. Read more...
Possibly. Cannot really answer your question as laws vary from state to state. In New Jersey, where I practice, you would not be. Best to check with your doctor and see what treatment alternatives are available for you. Read more...

I have server anxiety, clinical depression. No medications or mood stabilizers have worked is there away I can get a medical marijuana card for it?

THC might make your. symptoms worse. Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic ,delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. Read more...

My daughter has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, I am giving her permission for medical marijuana will her physicist lef her and can she takeit?

Yes, but... If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, then she can take it with your permission and a doctor's approval. That being said, marijuana has many bad side effects, has been linked to decreased mental function, lung problems, and abuse of other drugs. There are far better medicines for anxiety and depression, or better yet, therapy. Hope this helps! Read more...
Marajuana and anxiet. Marajuana may actually increase anxiety and depression there are much better treatments and counseling available. If the patient is young the use of cannabis for a prolonged period has been shown to cause a 10% decrease in IQ. Read more...
Bad idea? Anxiety and depression will not be treated by marijuana and it will give her an easy entrance to the world of drug dependence. Marijuana is a gateway drug that precedes dependence on hard core drugs. There are other safe and effective medications available for treatment of anxiety and depression other than marijuana and benzos. Read more...
More research needed. Marijuana is not a miracle cure for depression or anxiety – it would not be healthy to mask the root problem instead of treating it. Work with a therapist! Also, marijuana use may trigger schizophrenia or detachment from reality in certain people. There is also some evidence that adolescents who attempt suicide may be more likely to use marijuana than those who don't. You decide! Read more...
No. I am not aware that medical marijuana is approved for depression/anxiety in any state, with the exception of severe PTSD in a few states. Cannabis makes depression and anxiety worse and is not recommended for these conditions. Any type of drug use can increase the risk of suicide in someone suffering from depression or anxiety. Medications and psychotherapy are safer, more proven treatments. Read more...
Complex, which state. one, marijuana is still illegal in most states. two, depression and/or anxiety can be a side effect of marijuana use. three, marijuana has not been endorsed by any medical group or society as a treatment for depression. four, there are several FDA approved medications to treat depression and anxiety, together and separately. This seems more like an ethical question then medical. Read more...
THC. Wow - anxiety and depression using THC - in fact it can make this worse unless off course if you over do the amount you will feel high and i guess have no anxiety or depression because you will be messed up. There are many side effects. What about some visits with the psychiatrist/psychologist? Keep in mind THC decreases IQ with continued use by anywhere from 10-30% depends on the study. Read more...
Not without RX! The meds your daughter takes for her depression should only be those prescribed BY her Phycician!!! It is not YOUR place to be prescribing medical ganja! Read more...
Physicist? Her physicist might. But usually they are more concerned with other matters. ( optics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics, planetary motion, general and special relativity, etc) Best take the matter up with the psychiatrist. This is an important clinical decision that should be based on a careful consideration of risks versus potential benefits. Read more...
You might want. to get a few inputs on this. Marijuana often causes psychological changes including anxiety. Furthermore, there are effects on IQ and motivation long term especially when used by those under 21 (for whom I believe it is STILL illegal and is not a good choice in this population). Read more...

Thought medical marijuana for serious illness like cancer. Saw a cnn episode in california where md's were prescribing for anxiety & insomnia. Abuse?

Yes If they do. Are misusing the system , is no difference as abusing narcotic rx s ethical doctors will not do fortunately they are the vast majority. It is not a harmless herb. Read more...
quandary! As a california physician, this alarms me. To my knowledge, these are not evidence-based practices. Just because a substance is legal, it does not make it a safe medical agent. Marajuana is associated with potentially permanent harmful brain changes that have been clinically determined only to be worth the risk for patients with terminal cancer or severe, treatment refractory pain conditions. Read more...

Is medical marijuana useful to calm PTSD or anxiety in patients with seizure disorder who can't be on typical anxiety medications?

Ask doctor. Marijuana can have cause paranoia, which may be dangerous for someone with PTSD. It is also less well studied as an effective treatment. Speak with your doctor, a psychiatrist, or a psychologist. Read more...
Can't say. Unfortunately, very little reliable, peer reviewed research has been done regarding the safety and efficacy of marijuana for anything, despite the long list list of conditions for which it has allegedly been helpful. My own guess it that it is not likely to be helpful, since it clouds thinking, and is difficult to dose properly, resulting in an under or overdose. Stick with more proven therapies. Read more...

I have health anxiety and depression. What is safest to take until I get it under control with cbt and therapyPaxil, buspar, (buspirone) samE, medical marijuana?

Depends. In general, antidepressants known as SSRIs such as Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, on Lexapro (escitalopram) are always top shelf treatment for either anxiety or depression. One thing to keep in mind is that for anxiety you need more robust doses than for treatment of depression with antidepressants. Anxiety is always more brittle of the two syndromes to treat. Ask your physician about the main and side effects and risks and benefits of these medications. Read more...