There are many different ways for those who suffer from anxiety to find relief. Not only are there a multitude of different medications and supplements, but some also find natural relief in exercise, writing, or other activities that promote personal relaxation.
Today, using cannabis or CBD for anxiety is also becoming increasingly popular. While we’ve previously discussed the use of CBD alone, this week we’re breaking down a few different terpenes that can help fight anxiety when present in or paired with cannabis as well.
What is anxiety?
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.”
Everyone who suffers from anxiety experiences the mental illness differently. There are a number of different diagnoses, but some of the main symptoms include:
- Restlessness, feeling on edge
- Uncontrollable worry
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty in social situations
What are terpenes?
Terpenes can be defined as aromatic compounds found in the essential oils of plants and fruits. Different terpenes can make you feel stimulated, sedated, relaxed and so much more. So far, over 100 different terpenes have been discovered in the cannabis plant.
Terpenes are secreted in the same plant glands that produce cannabinoids (THC and CBD for example). They give cannabis strains distinct smells and flavours, such as citrus, mint, pine and more.
Which terpenes can help with anxiety?
Limonene is found in many citrus fruits. The citrusy terpene delivers a wave of calm and euphoria. Studies show that limonene could not only work as an anti-anxiety solution, but also an anti-depressant, as it could boost serotonin and dopamine in the brain.
Caryophellene can be found most commonly in black pepper as well as cloves. It is best known for being an anti-inflammatory. When it comes to anxiety, though, it can reduce stress through its pain-relieving properties.
Mycrene can be found in many aromatic plants such as thyme. It offers a mix of sedative/calming and anti-inflammatory effects. When paired with THC, some may feel a stronger high due to its synergistic effects with the cannabinoid.
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