Yo, what’s good? My name is Dan and I wanna talk to y’all about why cannabis is safer than benzodiazepines. See, some people like to smoke weed to get in a better mood or just chill out, but did you know that it could also help with anxiety?
Anxiety is a real struggle for a lot of people. It can make you feel afraid, worried, and nervous all the time. Sometimes it’s just a normal human experience, like when you’re getting ready for an exam or a big meeting. But for some folks, anxiety can be a chronic condition that affects their daily life. There are different types of anxiety disorders, like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Now, doctors will prescribe benzodiazepines to treat anxiety disorders. These drugs include Xanax, Librium, Valium, and Ativan. They work by making your brain more resistant to excitement and bringing about anti-anxiety effects. But here’s the thing – benzodiazepines aren’t totally safe! They can have some serious side effects, like confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, weakness, slurred speech, and even difficulty breathing or coma. Plus, they’re super addictive and people can develop physical and psychological addictions to these drugs.
So why not try something safer? That’s where cannabis comes in. Even though it’s considered a Schedule 1 drug according to American Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), cannabis is actually way less dangerous than benzodiazepines. In fact, it’s been shown to be non-toxic and non-addictive when used on its own.
Plus, there are studies that show how cannabis can help with anxiety. One study observed regular cannabis smokers and found that they had lower anxiety scores than non-smokers. Researchers also found that cannabis binds to the same receptor sites as benzodiazepines in mice.
Another study looked at CBD specifically. CBD is a compound found in cannabis that doesn’t get you high like THC does. The study found that CBD significantly reduced anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder who took part in a simulated public speaking test.
And get this – a recent study on medical cannabis therapy found that over 45% of patients were able to stop taking benzodiazepines within six months of using medical cannabis. After four months of using medical cannabis, over 44% of patients had discontinued their use of benzodiazepines.
So there you have it – cannabis is safer than benzodiazepines when it comes to treating anxiety. Don’t believe the hype about cannabis being super dangerous or addictive. It’s time to see this plant for what it is – a natural remedy for many ailments, including anxiety!