The complex relationship between cannabis and anxiety has been well documented, with some sufferers reporting that the drug helps them to relax into the present moment and others saying it has a tendency to exacerbate their symptoms by fuelling nervous thoughts.
For the first time ever, however, a study has found that routine cannabis use may actually make a person less likely to experience anxiety over time – even when sober.
The study, which was published in the medical journal Psychopharmacology, found that people who consumed cannabis every day or almost every day had a blunted stress reaction when exposed to a high-stress situation following a spell of cannabis abstinence.
The research involved 40 people who had consumed cannabis routinely over the last year and 42 people who had consumed it no more than 10 times in their lives and not at all in the last year. All the participants abstained
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