medical marijuana for anxiety in Canada

Medical Marijuana and Anxiety

Using medical marijuana for anxiety is very common, and many people use it whether they have a prescription or not. Marijuana is well-known to be relaxing and to reduce stress, so it seems a perfect match as a treatment for anxiety. Is it that simple though?

Types of Anxiety

We tend to toss the term “anxiety” around pretty loosely, and it can mean a little bit of stress over missing the bus to full-blown disorders like PTSD. When we talk about medical marijuana for anxiety, we are discussing all the various forms, such as:

  • general anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • social anxiety
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • phobias and fears
  • depression

Depression isn’t exactly a kind of anxiety, but it so often develops with other anxiety symptoms that it’s worth mentioning here. We’ll have another page dedicated to marijuana and depression soon.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Society of America, more than 40 million people have some kind of anxiety disorder. With it being so common, it’s important to have options and awareness of all treatment options, including something controversial like marijuana.

How to Use Medical Marijuana for Anxiety

Like with most other medical treatments with marijuana, you can take your pick from the usual formats. Smoking is simple enough but there can be additional health hazards to your lungs if you go this route on a regular basis as you treat ongoing anxiety. Vaping is a similar approach that is better for you. Or you can give marijuana edibles a try.

Another option is to go with a CBD product rather than marijuana, which might be a more practical option if you don’t have reasonable or legal access to medical marijuana. Straight CBD will also eliminate any risk of making your anxiety worse, as the THC in marijuana can cause anxiety or increase symptoms. CBD oils can be taken orally, vaped or found in topical products like balms or lotions.

If you are taking to medical marijuana for your anxiety to avoid the use of synthetic drugs that might be habit-forming, you can stay on that holistic path and try other techniques like meditation or yoga to help relax.

Best Strains for Anxiety

Not all medical marijuana is the same, and if you are new to these types of treatment, it can a bit confusing to understand all the strains and varieties. You’ll want an Indica strain or hybrid that contains a lower level of THC than the usual recreational strains. The more CBD, the better. Look for marijuana like Chocolate Chunk, Grand-daddy Purple, Girl Scout Cookies, Harlequin, Northern Lights or Amnesia Haze.

If you are dealing with anxiety, you can talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for medical marijuana. You can also give it a try on your own (legally) once the latest rules about recreational cannabis are in place here in Canada. For occasional anxiety issues, this might be the better option for some people.

Just take care if you are grabbing any recreational weed that comes your way. As we’ve mentioned, some high-THC strains can make anxiety worse. Start off with low dosing and see how you react before increasing your usage. If your anxiety gets worse, immediately stop and try a different strain (or stick with CBD only).


Canadian Guide to Medical Marijuana is for information and research only, and should not be considered professional medical or legal advice.