Anxiety and THC

Does delta-9 THC increase or decrease anxiety? It could go either way!

Science says that THC may behave differently depending on its company or “entourage.”

Inspired by science, dr. delights™ offers vape pens and tinctures with different ratios of THC and CBD to help people get different outcomes.


About Anxiety

How common are anxiety disorders? We’re the United States of Anxiety! The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that 40 million Americans have anxiety disorders, but their number doesn’t include people 60 and up, nor children. dr. delights™ figures the total population of anxious Americans is about 60 million.

Why are anxiety disorders so common? People who lack anxiety might lack common sense! After all, anxiety is something we need to survive: the sense to avoid personal harm. But sometimes after a threat disappears, the brain fails to relax. Then anxiety becomes a disorder.

Read on for scholarly studies about THC, anxiety and calm.

CBD Blocks Anxiety Caused by THC

Study 1

Psychopharmacology. 1982 February. “Action of cannabidiol on the anxiety and other effects produced by delta 9-THC in normal subjects.”

Delta-9 THC has a reputation for inducing anxiety. It can make a person too alert for comfort. But for decades scientists have been aware of CBD’s potential to moderate THC… helping people feel balanced instead of too alert or drowsy.

This clinical trial from 1982 only involved eight men and women, but it does conclude that “CBD blocks the anxiety provoked by delta 9-THC.”


Study 2

Scientific Reports. 2017 November 3. “Acute induction of anxiety in humans by delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol related to amygdalar cannabinoid-1 (CB1) receptors.”

This study was based in London and funded in part by South Korea’s Ministry of Health. It confirms the stereotype that delta-9 THC triggers anxiety in people who have minimal cannabis experience. It also confirms that adding CBD to THC seems to prevent the problem.

The report says that THC can trigger anxiety by binding to CB1 receptors in the amygdala. CBD can bind to CB1 to prevent THC from reaching its full potential.

One limitation of this study is that it only includes younger adults who are inexperienced with cannabis. Other studies suggest that delta-9 THC is less likely to trigger anxiety in people who are older and/or have more experience with marijuana.