Anxiety Specialist

Green Remedy Wellness, LLC

Alternative Medicine Practitioners located in Glen Burnie, MD

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses in America, and many are not satisfied with the treatment options provided by traditional medicine. While medication can be effective, the side effects of antidepressants or sedative drugs can be worse than their anxiety was in the first place. If you’re interested in incorporating medical cannabis into your treatment plan for anxiety, call Green Remedy Wellness, LLC, today at their office in Glen Burnie, Maryland, or make an appointment online.

Anxiety Q & A

What is an anxiety disorder?

It’s normal and even healthy to experience occasional moments of anxiety, but if you are persistently or intensely anxious or panicking, then you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders range in severity and can interfere with your life in different ways. These disproportionate feelings of fear and worry can cause you to avoid places or social situations that trigger your anxiety, and people with anxiety are often at greater risk of depression and developing a substance abuse condition.

What are the symptoms of an anxiety disorder?

Everyone expresses their anxiety differently, and with varying severity, but some of the most common signs of anxiety are:

  • A conscious, constant feeling of nervousness, worry, or tension
  • A sense of impending doom or dread
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hyperventilation
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating on your daily routine or obsessing over a particular worry
  • Insomnia or other problems sleeping
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • An urge to avoid situations that trigger your anxiety

These symptoms can develop at any time, though they often first manifest in adolescence and continue into adulthood.

How are anxiety disorders treated?

Anxiety disorders can be caused by physical conditions, but they are more often the result of a combination of mental and emotional factors. Treating anxiety disorders is a rapidly changing field but traditional methods for managing anxiety involve a combination of psychotherapy and medication.

Psychotherapy is one of the most effective ways to address any underlying emotional causes of anxiety. Antidepressants are most often used to treat anxiety disorders, as are benzodiazepines and other sedatives in more limited settings. While these drugs can be effective in some cases, they are not for everyone and some people can experience unpleasant side effects.

Can medical cannabis help my anxiety disorder?

Medical cannabis, particularly the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol (CBD), has been used to effectively treat anxiety in countless patients, and it is most often reported to relieve:

  • Obsessive thoughts or the feeling your mind is racing
  • Agitation and hyperventilation
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Decreased appetite

Some people use cannabis in conjunction with other medications, and some choose to substitute cannabis for these medications in order to avoid certain side effects.

If you are interested in using medical cannabis to treat your anxiety disorder, call Green Remedy Wellness, LLC, today or make an appointment online.