Stress and Cannabis: Small Doses Are Better
We all know that there’s nothing better than lighting a bowl at the end of a long, stressful day. But for people who suffer from chronic stress, it doesn’t just end there - stress is something that they need to deal with daily, over a long period of time.
But what’s the science behind the relief you feel from getting baked as a way to deal with stress?
It all lies in the brain.
Research published in a 2013 issue of Trends in Pharmacological Sciences lends some great insight explaining the connection between cannabis and stress. The study was conducted by a group of experts from The Rockefeller University, University of Calgary, and National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The researchers also found that stress relief as well as anxiety are the most common reasons people use cannabis.“Cannabis and its derivatives have profound effects on a wide variety of behavioral and neural functions, ranging from feeding and metabolism to pain and cognition. However, epidemiological studies have indicated that the most common self-reported reason for using cannabis is rooted in its ability to reduce feelings of stress, tension, and anxiety,” the study says.