Anxiety? Your Pot May Make It Worse

Cannabis has become a “go to” more and more in the last five years to self-medicate for anxieties related to the stresses of everyday life. Be it medical or recreational, people are eating, smoking and vaping marijuana to cope with these negative emotions.

There have been very few studies that show cannabis is an efficient way to treat Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Most of these studies are not authoritative, controlled or randomized and they are based on very small sample sizes. Few authorities would recommend marijuana use as valid treatment given the data available.

Epidemiological and observational data that are available seem to point to risks of worsening anxiety rather than benefits. Cannabis has also been associated with short-term memory loss and cognitive slowing. Judgment and motor coordination decreases reaction time when under the influence of marijuana making it unsafe to use while driving. It has also shown to cause physical and psychological dependency when used regularly.

Rather than an enduring solution, marijuana seems to be more of a temporary band-aid with a risk of negative effects. There is simply not enough data to make a good assessment on either side of the fence for the use of cannabis to relieve the symptoms of these conditions.