Members of Ohio’s Medical Board think low-potency marijuana, CBD oil could help anxiety sufferers – WLWT Cincinnati

If estimates are correct, 1.5 million Ohioans have experienced Generalized Anxiety Disorder, a medical term describing worrisome behavior that’s persistent and severe.”They worry about the future. They worry about the past,” said Jeffrey Strawn, an assistant professor of psychiatry at UC Health. “They worry about interactions.”Senior Ethan Bastian said that sounds like a lot of his classmates at the University of Cincinnati.”Being a college student there’s a lot of stress,” Bastian said. “There’s homework, having a busy schedule, especially at the age we are now (with) social media being such a big thing.”Bastian said marijuana is increasingly seen as a way to decompress.”I know a lot of college students that use cannabis on a regular basis,” he said. “For me personally, marijuana is not something that I use. It’s one of those things: if you need that, really, to help you get through the day, then that’s your personal choice.”Soon, Ohio doctors may be able to recommend cannabis as a treatment option for people battling anxiety.After hearing from experts, members of the state’s Medical Board are recommending anxiety be added to the list of conditions that can be treated with marijuana. In the case of anxiety, treatment would involved non-psychoactive CBD oil and low potency marijuana.”I am certainly surprised that it has advanced, particularly in light of the evidence,” Strawn said.Strawn said psychotherapy and anti-depressant medications are already helping people dealing with anxiety disorders.”They work relatively well for the majority of patients,” Strawn said.Strawn believes without federal oversight, marijuana is simply too inconsistent to be used as a treatment option for anxiety.”I think the exact role is still so poorly defined,” Strawn said. “That’s probably even compounded by the fact that we don’t necessarily know what’s in each individual batch (of marijuana)”The Ohio Medical Board will decide if marijuana can be used to treat anxiety on June 12.The same subcommittee that recommended anxiety also wants autism added to the list of qualifying conditions. An estimated 43,000 Ohio children are on the autism spectrum.

If estimates are correct, 1.5 million Ohioans have experienced Generalized Anxiety Disorder, a medical term describing worrisome behavior that’s persistent and severe.

“They worry about the future. They worry about the past,” said Jeffrey Strawn, an assistant professor of psychiatry at UC Health. “They worry about interactions.”

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Senior Ethan Bastian said that sounds like a lot of his classmates at the University of Cincinnati.

“Being a college student there’s a lot of stress,” Bastian said. “There’s homework, having a busy schedule, especially at the age we are now (with) social media being such a big thing.”

Bastian said marijuana is increasingly seen as a way to decompress.

“I know a lot of college students that use cannabis on a regular basis,” he said. “For me personally, marijuana is not something that I use. It’s one of those things: if you need that, really, to help you get through the day, then that’s your personal choice.”

Soon, Ohio doctors may be able to recommend cannabis as a treatment option for people battling anxiety.

After hearing from experts, members of the state’s Medical Board are recommending anxiety be added to the list of conditions that can be treated with marijuana. In the case of anxiety, treatment would involved non-psychoactive CBD oil and low potency marijuana.

“I am certainly surprised that it has advanced, particularly in light of the evidence,” Strawn said.

Strawn said psychotherapy and anti-depressant medications are already helping people dealing with anxiety disorders.

“They work relatively well for the majority of patients,” Strawn said.

Strawn believes without federal oversight, marijuana is simply too inconsistent to be used as a treatment option for anxiety.

“I think the exact role is still so poorly defined,” Strawn said. “That’s probably even compounded by the fact that we don’t necessarily know what’s in each individual batch (of marijuana)”

The Ohio Medical Board will decide if marijuana can be used to treat anxiety on June 12.

The same subcommittee that recommended anxiety also wants autism added to the list of qualifying conditions. An estimated 43,000 Ohio children are on the autism spectrum.

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