Anxiety disorders are a very real and sometimes life crippling illness. An estimated 5% of the Canadian household population suffers from some form of anxiety disorder. The standard treatment for anxiety disorders usually involves a cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs that have a variety of adverse effects. Research into the medical benefits of Cannabis has opened up new forms of treatment for anxiety sufferers. We wanted to look into a new trending anxiety elixir known as cannabis milk.
Here are 5 things you should know about it:
1. It Can be Dairy or Dairy Free
There are many home recipes for creating cannabis milk by bringing your favourite dairy products and cannabis (a high CBD strain) to a slow boil.
Rawligion has stepped up the DIY game and gone to market with their own organic all natural cannabis (CBD) Milk. RELAX Mylk as it is appropriately called is actually made from a combination of hemp seeds, cashews, coconut oil, dates, vanilla and CBD oil. The “milk” is handmade, dairy-free and gluten-free. The flavouring of this all natural drink has been likened to Almond Milk with more earthy undertones of flavour.
2. CBD is the active ingredient that may help anxiety.
CBD is a very special cannabinoid that is derived from cannabis which is peaking a lot of curiosity. Until recently, much of the research that’s been done for cannabis products have been looking at the use of marijuana and not CBD as a stand-alone compound. A few studies have shownthat CBD has made participants with anxiety disorders feel better, one of which showed that it changed the way the brain responded to anxiety altogether.
3. It's believed to be a better alternative to pharmaceutical drugs
Have you ever seen the commercials for pharmaceutical drugs like anxiety and depression? The ones where they say you'll feel better but you may experience some side effects? Then they rattle off an incoherent number of negative side effects that make you begin to question if the drug is even worth taking. This is often the reality of taking pharmaceutical drugs for anxiety disorders. They have the benefit of masking the symptoms, but there is potential for a large number of negative side effects.
Common side effects of anti-anxiety drugs are:
- Trouble Concentrating
- Memory Problems
- Upset Stomach
- Increased saliva
- Frequent urination
- Headache and blurred vision
- Muscle or joint pain
- Changes in sex drive/ability
In comparison, common side effects of CBD are:
- Dry Mouth
- Slight drop in blood pressure
In this case, the positive benefits outweigh any negatives, and as such, there is an increasing interest in using Cannabis Milk to treat symptoms of anxiety.
4. You don't get high from drinking CBD Cannabis Milk
Because the active healing agent in Cannabis Milk is CBD and not THC there is no risk of getting high. In Cannabis, psychoactive agents are what produce a high. The Cannabinoid CBD does not contain any psychoactive agents, allowing consumers to reap the medical benefits of cannabis without the risk of getting high.
5. There are risks
Although CBD has been identified as a great method of treating anxiety disorders, please note that in a small number of patients it actually magnified the symptoms. Making it a trigger, as opposed to being a healer.
So what's JADEO’s verdict on cannabis milk? It appears to be a practical treatment option for some anxiety sufferers who enjoy drinking dairy or nut milks, but with each person’s unique physiology, it may not be a solution for all. You should definitely consult your doctor to discuss whether this is a viable treatment option for you.
Remember to always consult your doctor before beginning any type of wellness treatment.
Stay informed. Stay healthy.