Anxiety and panic attacks are episodic events induced by fear or anticipation of a real, expected, or imagined event that is considered threatening. These events can lead to a stress response by the body in an attempt to help prepare the individual for a “flight or fight” reaction. The heightened sense of alertness for most who experience anxiety only exacerbates the anxiety or panic, which can keep you in a panic state. At the heart of the physiological symptoms associated with anxiety and panic is a fundamental state of hyper-excitability, which even occurs at the cellular level.
Cannabis has been shown to help mitigate hyper-excitability of cells which in turn may be part of the reason that cannabis can be effective at alleviating anxiety and panic. Addressing anxiety with cannabis requires identifying cannabinoids or a formulation that can trigger an appropriate response. Sativas, for instance, have been known to induce more anxiety or panic in individuals. Therefore, cannabinoids that exhibit little to no psychoactivity may be more appropriate. Cannabigerol (CBG), cannabidiol (CBD) are formulated to ease mental and physical stress and Delta-8 THC relaxes both the body and mind.