Cannabis and Anxiety in Australia

In Australia, certain individuals turn to cannabis in an effort to relieve anxiety symptoms. Yet, among experts, there’s a degree of debate about its effectiveness and possible risks.

The main psychoactive component in cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which can have both sedative and anxiogenic effects depending on the dose and individual. Some studies suggest that low doses of THC may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and promote relaxation, while high doses may actually increase anxiety and paranoia.

In Australia, medicinal cannabis products, including those designed to help manage anxiety, can only be obtained with a prescription from a medical practitioner and special approval through the Special Access Scheme (SAS) or the Authorised Prescriber Scheme (APS).

It’s important to note that these products may not be suitable for everyone and should only be used under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider.

It’s also worth noting that some individuals may be using cannabis for anxiety without a prescription, either by purchasing illegal cannabis on the black market or by self-medicating with over-the-counter CBD products.

However, using cannabis in this way can be dangerous, as the products may be contaminated or have inconsistent potency, and may not be effective for managing anxiety in the same way as prescription products.

Overall, while there is some evidence to suggest that cannabis may have potential for managing anxiety in certain individuals, it’s important to consult with a healthcare provider and only use medicinal cannabis products that have been prescribed and approved through the appropriate channels.