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People have attributed many properties to cannabis over the years. Some of them are true, some are not, and some are contradictory by their very nature. In recent times, we finally started believing actual scientific research, so countries worldwide have been decriminalizing or completely legalizing the use of cannabis.
As for the status of cannabis in Ontario, which we’ll be focusing on here, it’s been legal ever since late 2018. While it’s legal to buy it now, you still need to understand what you’re buying and if it can help with something like panic attacks or increased anxiety.
Will Any Cannabis Help With Panic Attacks?
On the contrary, some subtypes of cannabis may worsen the situation or even induce a panic attack. That’s why it’s imperative to buy your cannabis from official dispensaries or retailers that can guarantee that what you buy is what you get.
The main split in cannabis and its potential effects is in the prevalent cannabinoid it contains. Depending on that, it could either help in reducing anxiety or make it worse. The main cannabinoid can be either THC or CBD. We’ll get into more detail on that in a moment, but you should know right away that both are legal in Ontario, and you should pay attention to what you’re getting.
What’s the Difference Between CBD and THC?
THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis, and it is what gives the user a “high.” It’s also been tied to most of the negative effects that cannabis can present, like increased anxiety, paranoia, and short-term memory loss.
On the other hand, we have CBD, which is pretty much the polar opposite. It has no psychoactive properties whatsoever, and scientists speculate that it has some therapeutic potential. It’s supposed to be relaxing and anxiety-reducing. It also doesn’t get you “high,” so don’t expect anything of that sort if you get cannabis that’s high in CBD count and low in THC.
What’s the Legal Status of Cannabis in Ontario?
While we already established that cannabis is legal in most of Canada, Ontario included, it doesn’t hurt to establish the limits in which you can’t get into any trouble with the law. You can buy and possess up to 30 grams of the dried substance. You can also purchase seeds and grow up to 4 plants per household. As for consumption, you can consume it anywhere that doesn’t expose minors and other people in general to it.
What you can’t do is consume it while driving, or just before doing it, as it is still considered driving under the influence, and the police will treat it just as if you were driving with alcohol in your blood. We should mention that you need to be 19 years old for any of this to apply, as you’re not allowed to buy or possess cannabis if you’re younger than that.
Which Type of Cannabis Is Best Suited to Help With Panic Attacks?
From what we already touched upon, it’s easy to conclude what type of cannabis will work best in reducing your chances of having a panic attack. It’s, of course, cannabis with a high CBD count. You might even consider getting cannabis that contains next to no THC, as it is widely available.
Another thing worth bringing to attention is that even cannabis with a high concentration of CBD isn’t a foolproof cure for panic attacks. Will it reduce the chances of having one? Yes, definitely. But will it prevent one from ever happening? Sadly, no, and that’s why you’re not supposed to rely solely on medicinal cannabis to combat the anxiety that leads up to having a panic attack.
That was a quick rundown of all the necessary information you need when it comes to getting and using cannabis dispensaries in Ontario, the kind you’d need to prevent panic attacks and anxiety. What should be added to what’s been said is that the dosage isn’t the same for everyone, and the only real way to determine what’s best for you is to start off with a small dose and work your way up to a level you’re comfortable with.
Other than that, as long as you buy your product from a trusted retailer, you should have no problems whatsoever. Remember to enjoy your cannabis responsibly and safely, but other than that, feel free to explore different strains that can bring different things to the table.