Last March, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Since then, cities and entire countries have shut down, opened up and shut down again sending global economies and the people who live within them into a tailspin.
Polls from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the pandemic has significantly increased mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. According to a September poll for Mental Health Research Canada, anxiety levels in Canadians have quadrupled while depression has doubled – the same poll indicated that almost 30 per cent of Canadians say they have upped their cannabis use since the pandemic began.
How can cannabis help with COVID-19 anxiety?
Often when a body feels out of balance it can produce symptoms like anxiety, sleeplessness, nausea or even pain. Consumption of cannabis activates cannabinoid receptors throughout the body that can bring brain functions that effect things like pain-sensation, mood and even appetite, back into balance. It’s important to note that while cannabis is not an actual treatment to cure these medical issues, they can be an effective and natural alternative that help alleviate these symptoms.
CBD vs. THC
Scientific studies have shown that CBD has antidepressant-like effects because it impacts the brain’s natural receptors for serotonin – a chemical that is produced by the body’s nerve cells and impacts everything from emotions to motor skills, it’s also considered a natural mood stabilizer. While CBD is still technically considered psychoactive because it is a mood-altering substance, it won’t give you the traditional high that you might get from THC.
THC on the other hand has biphasic effects meaning that low and high doses can produce opposite effects. In small doses, THC regulates neurotransmitters such as serotonin to help ease with over-stimulation related to anxiety and pain but in large doses, THC can have the opposite effect and stimulate those receptors possibly inducing anxiety.
Ultimately, CBD’s ability to regulate and stabilize feelings of over-stimulation make it the optimum route for effectively reducing feelings of anxiety.
If you’re like any of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians currently experiencing COVID-19 related anxiety, we always recommend that you consult a licensed healthcare professional for long term treatment. However, if you are looking to possibly explore a natural remedy like cannabis, we recommend one of our CBD only edibles and tinctures. Shop the full assortment here and order weed online at Black Rabbit for same day weed delivery in Mississauga, Toronto, North York and 13 other regions within the GTA. Looking for weed delivery in Hamilton or outside of our delivery zones? We’ll be offering mail order marijuana Canada-wide soon!