For some, even the simplest daily activities can trigger anxiety and panic attacks. From multitasking household chores, family obligations and work, to scheduling appointments or waiting on an important call, life’s pressures can be a lot to handle.
The good news is that if you’re suffering from anxiety and panic attacks, you’re not alone. According to data published by Statistics Canada in May 2021 indicated that as many as 25% of Canadian adults were living with anxiety or a similar mental health disorder. The even better news is that there are treatment options available, including medical cannabis.
What does a panic attack feel like?
You find yourself feeling overwhelmed and your heart rate starts increasing. Your hands and feet get jittery, and you might even find it difficult to breathe. Sweat begins to drip down your forehead and before you know it, you’re having a full-blown panic attack.
This familiar scenario happens to Canadian adults every day. In addition to what’s mentioned above, a panic attack may come with an array of other symptoms. That includes:
- Hot flashes or chills
- Feelings of fear and dread
Treating panic attacks
Panic attack patients are often provided with pharmaceutical remedies such as antipsychotics, antidepressants, and sedatives that can be taken daily or at the first sign of a panic attack. While these remedies do work, they often come with side effects such as exhaustion, constipation, and mood swings.
Remedies that don’t involve pharmaceutical drugs include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which teaches patients coping strategies to change their typical reaction to stress and anxiety. Many mental health experts also recommend calming activities, including meditation and yoga, breathwork, and mindfulness. These exercises help patients gain insight into what causes their panic attacks, as well as confidence in their ability to better process their feelings.
Medical cannabis for panic attacks
Medical cannabis can also be used as a natural remedy to prevent or calm panic attacks. With components such as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabis has the ability to mimic dopamine and promote its production in the brain, which can result in temporary feelings of elation. Used before stressful situations or at the first sign of a panic attack, medical cannabis has the potential to prevent and reduce the instance of panic attacks.
Using cannabis under medical supervision
The safest way to use medical cannabis as a treatment for panic attacks is under the supervision of a licensed physician. At Revolution Medical Cannabis, our team is comprised of cannabis physicians who prescribe cannabis to treat panic disorders and related mental health conditions.
Rely on our team to provide you with a medical cannabis regimen that effectively reduces feelings of panic and anxiety without causing disruption to your daily routine.
Schedule an appointment
If you’re ready to explore medical cannabis as a treatment option for panic attacks, contact us today to schedule a free medical cannabis consultation with one of our physicians.