As unrest grows within society, the number of people facing anxiety and other mental health issues has grown proportionately.

According to studies, 43% of patients suffering from substance abuse disorder were diagnosed with anxiety concomitant with depression. This is likely because mental health issues tend to precede substance abuse, and the drugs given are psychologically addictive and overprescribed.

Some examples of these prescribed drugs are Xanax and other benzodiazepines. These are anti-anxiety medications and are used to as GABA enhancers. However, after as little as two weeks, the patient may form a physical and or psychological dependency on this entire class of drugs, Lorazepam having the highest possibility of this occurring. This often results in dangerous withdrawal symptoms when a patient attempts to stop using the medication or once the effects wear off. Severe anxiety attacks, muscle spasms, paranoia, insomnia, and emotional instability often follow, effectively trapping patients in a cycle of continuous use and irreversible mental damage.

Fortunately, data shows in the last few years many patients are beginning to turn to CBD in order to alleviate their benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms as patients lessen their doses and eventually cease use. The first aspect of CBD that aids with the weaning process is its anticonvulsant properties, which relieve muscle spasms and tremors, one of the main symptoms of withdrawal. Another main function of CBD is anti-anxiety, which can work to counteract the paranoia-inducing effects these drugs may cause. CBD has been used by physicians and naturopaths as a substitute for benzodiazepines, GABA enhancers which can help mitigate the insomnia often associated with withdrawal of benzodiazepines such as Xanax ie Ativan, Lorazapam, and clonazepam three of the most commonly prescribed medications in the US market.

If muscle spasms associated with anxiety are severe, a separate set of medications may used as an adjunct. With the use of massage and chiropractic treatments however many being closed for the foreseeable future, more individuals are turning to prescriptions that are scheduled this have addictive properties. These include Flexeril, Soma, and lesser Metaxalone as well as anti-spasmodics such as gabapentin brand name Neurontin. Anyone currently prescribed any of these drugs is likely suffering from a qualifying condition and therefore highly likely also qualified for their medical marijuana card. Compassionate Certification Centers accepts medical records from both massage therapists, mental health counselors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, and chiropractors.

To see if you qualify, log-on to or call one of our Cannabis Consultants at 888-316-9085 to confidentially discuss your medical condition and how MMJ or CBD can help you. CCC is a physician-owned cannabis medicine health system dedicated to patients and patient rights. We offer MMJ certifications, CBD treatment plans & high-quality products, networking & educational events, and research opportunities.


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