Can Cannabis Replace Benzodiazepines For Anxiety Disorders?

By: Dr. Richard Clark Kaufman

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 18 percent of Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is an emotional state that takes many different forms. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 18 percent of Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States, yet only 36.9 percent of those suffering receive treatment. Why is this? Perhaps patients worry about the side-effects of pharmaceuticals or don’t like taking pills. Cost is also a major concern with the price of a 5mg dosage of Valium for only 20 days running about $75 without insurance, and talk therapy can cost between $75-150 per hour. It’s clear we need more options to treat this disorder that effects so many, and medical cannabis is the perfect solution.

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