Have you considered medical marijuana for anxiety in Maryland, but not exactly sure where to start or who to get help from? Well you are not alone.
There are many patients considering medical marijuana for anxiety but just aren’t sure how to go about the process in Maryland or if it is right for them.
Bryce Smetzer, Maryland Greenscript Cannabis’s primary medical marijuana doctor, is one of Maryland’s leading medical marijuana card doctors. We see patients regularly who are experiencing many symptoms including severe anxiety. If you are unsure about the Maryland medical cannabis process, we are here to help. Let us look first at what anxiety is so we can better understand how medical marijuana may help.
What’s The Difference Between Anxiety and Depression?
Anxiety affects 40 million adults in the United States, or around 18.1% of the population. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health issue in our country. It has been associated with several other conditions including depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, insomnia, generalized and/or social anxiety disorder, phobias, eating disorders, and several types of headaches.
It is not hard to see why so many people in Maryland may be looking for medical marijuana for anxiety, but what are the symptoms of anxiety?
Symptoms of Anxiety
- Excessive worrying
- Easily fatigued
- Muscle tension
- Sleep disturbances
With an idea of what anxiety is, how about another leading condition for obtaining a medical marijuana card like depression? Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you act, and how you think. The disorder comes with a heavy sadness and a lack of interest in doing activities you once enjoyed.
Other symptoms may include a sense of feeling hopelessness, lack of energy, or feeling weighed down. This can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Below is a list of the most common symptoms associated with depression, but we do recommend seeing a professional before diagnosing yourself for depression.
Symptoms of Depression
- Sad mood
- Lack of interest in enjoyable activities
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Lack of energy
- Feeling guilty
- Trouble concentrating
It is easy to see how the two of these conditions can appear similar, but they are not the same thing. However, you can see how medical cannabis could help with both.
How Does Medical Marijuana For Anxiety Work?
One of the most common ways to treat anxiety in patients is to manage the levels of a neurotransmitter in your brain called GABA. These levels are typically managed through a class of medications called benzodiazepines. Here is the problem, though, with this approach. You can build a tolerance to benzodiazepines, which means we often find patients taking more and more of them. The medications cause thousands of overdose deaths each year.
Preliminary research about medical marijuana and anxiety shows cannabis has similar effects to medications like benzodiazepines. The good news is, though, that medical marijuana for anxiety has those similar effects without the risk of overdose.
Medical marijuana also appears to lower levels of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is the hormone that is often associated with how much stress you are feeling. If you have lowered cortisol levels you have a less severe reaction to stress, which can reduce anxiety.
What Form Of Medical Cannabis Works Best?
Maryland medical cannabis comes in several different forms, but the two most common types are flower or concentrates.
Smoking marijuana is probably the most common and popular way to use medical cannabis. This method releases the THC and other cannabinoids in the plant like CBD into your lungs by heating it up. It is a quick and effective way to deliver nearly immediate results from medical cannabis. Of course, the drawbacks to smoking anything are that you are smoking. This could have its own health side effects and some patients just do not enjoy the act of smoking.
Another way to consume medical cannabis is through concentrates. Concentrates is a broad term that describes many different types of medical cannabis, but they include things such as oils, vape products, and more. While each clearly has differences in the way you consume them, how they look, or taste the basic idea behind each is the same. They all are products derived from medical marijuana and that offer more cannabinoids per unit compared to the plant in its natural state.
The benefits to concentrates are that they do not require you to smoke cannabis, which some patients cannot for a variety of reasons. In addition, they are a more concentrated form of THC, which means they can potentially deliver stronger results.
How Do You Get Medical Marijuana For Anxiety?
The process to access medical marijuana for anxiety in Maryland is simple. The first part of the process is applying with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission online. The application will make you answer basic questions like your address, telephone number, and email address.
In addition to get a Maryland medical card you must establish your residency in Maryland by submitting an ID or some other forms of identification to prove where you live.
Finally, you will need to upload a passport photo. We have seen many applications get denied because this photo was not done right so be sure to either read the guidelines closely or have a center help you through this part of the application.
Once you have submitted this application to apply for your medical card you will need to find a medical marijuana doctor. The MMJ doctor’s office will need two things from you to get you certified to access medical marijuana for anxiety.
The first is some medical records documenting your qualifying medical condition. There are several things that can show this but often medical records such as a doctor’s note or prescription can demonstrate your qualifying condition.
In addition to your records, the medical cannabis doctor will also need the medical ID number that you receive back from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to complete your certification. Once you have these things your doctor will be able to certify you in a quick process that will allow you to immediately access a Maryland medical marijuana dispensary.
The bottom line is that if you are interested in getting medical marijuana for anxiety in Maryland you should consult a good medical cannabis provider. They will help walk you through the process to ensure that you are able to access medical cannabis as quickly and as easily as possible.
Need a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland?
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Please keep in mind that none of the above legal references should be interpreted as legal advice. Maryland Grreenscript Cannabis is not responsible for any harm done in reference to this article. Our goal is to only provide education and guidance on an otherwise very difficult to understand realm of regulation.
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