Symptoms of anxiety can greatly affect a person’s abilities to carry out daily tasks; fatigue, restlessness, sweating, hypervigilance, irritability, racing thoughts, excessive worry, poor concentration and more can wreak havoc in one’s familial, occupational, and social life. If you’ve been struggling with anxiety, you may be wondering about effective treatments. You’ve heard that marijuana can help relieve some of that anxiety, but you’ve also heard of more hands-on holistic practices such as meditation. Which should you choose?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most prominent, non-addictive property in cannabis (also known as marijuana). As medical marijuana has become legal in the United States in recent years, it has been used to treat a variety of anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and depression.  Like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac or Zoloft, CBD may boost signaling of serotonin receptors faster than SSRIs can. A study published in the journal called Neuropsychopharmacology sought to explore the effects of CBD in humans and found that it reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in speech performance.

Meditation is considered a holistic treatment method that has been proven to work just as effectively (if not more) than commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medications. Anxiety increases the size of the brain’s amygdala (the area of the brain responsible for fear response), which causes you to experience even more racing thoughts and fear. Stress, fear, and anxiety and signal stress hormones and cause an imbalance in neurotransmitters, perpetuating a negative cycle. With meditation, you practice focusing your mind on an object, thought, or activity to bring stillness and awareness to your life. Numerous studies have shown that meditation can quiet the overactive mind.

Overall, which should you choose? Both have been shown to be effective in treating anxiety, but while researchers are learning more about the effects of marijuana, meditation has been proven time and time again to help people. Ultimately, it’s your choice – but meditation could be an excellent addition to your addiction or mental illness recovery treatment program. Speak with someone from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about meditation and how it can benefit you.

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