About Irritability

We all become irritable from time to time. Even the most positive of us can succumb to bouts of frustration and short temperedness.  Irritability is the quality of being easily agitated, whether provoked or not. Irritability can arise due to the mind, or mentality. Stress, anxiety, depression, and conditions like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism can also cause irritability.

 

Often medical issues may be at the root of irritability. Pain, infections, fever, menopause, and PMS are well known to make people cranky. Becoming easily frustrated or agitated can exacerbate conditions of stress and anxiety. When irritated, or triggered, be sure to note what was just occurring to identify patterns or triggers of irritability.

 

What Causes Irritability

In the world today, our minds and bodies are constantly bombarded with over-stimulation and social constructs that create a breeding ground for conditions like stress, fear, and anxiety. All of which can be key factors that trigger irritability.

 

As our mind and body are exposed to stress and anxiety responses, it directly affects our physical health. Irritability, moodiness, and snappiness may be a result of environmental factors, but it can also be caused by sickness or health.

 

PTSD can also be common underlying conditions contributing to irritation and stress. In other cases, drugs and alcohol can cause undefined irritability, especially if in withdrawal.

 

Hormonal imbalances can also cause mood swings and irritability. Physical, mental, and emotional health issues all contribute to levels of agitation and irritability.

 

Normal Treatments for Irritability

For people suffering from irritability, it is first recommended to identify and treat any underlying conditions before taking medications to treat irritability.

 

Irritability often arises from an underlying anxiety disorder. For various anxiety disorders, doctors prescribe two types of medications, usually in conjunction with psychotherapy.

 

Anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications

Anti-anxiety pills like Xanax and Valium are [benzodiazepine] based drugs commonly prescribed for irritability and anxiety. These drugs are often used in conjunction with antidepressant medications.

 

Antidepressants commonly prescribed to treat irritability and anxieties are [SSRIs] and [SNRIs]. Examples of SSRIs and SNRIs include Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Cymbalta, Lexapro, and Effexor.

 

While anti-anxiety and antidepressants work quickly to treat symptoms of anxiety and agitation short-term, they have been proven to be ineffective for long-term use. Habitual use of these medications can cause a long list of potentially harmful side effects including death, depression, increased anxiety, and organ damage, especially when combined with alcohol.

 

Harmful Effects of Pharmaceutical Medications Used to Treat Irritability and Anxiety

Studies in youths taking antidepressants have shown to have side effects of headaches, gastric distress, hyper insomnia, and more. Emotional and behavioral adverse effects reported in 10-25% of patients also include hyperactivity, irritability, hostility, disinhibition, emotional lability, and self-harm.

 

Other studies on the effects of antidepressants and youth approximate that 2 in 100 people treated with an SSRI will have a “suicide-related” event.

 

[Benzodiazepines] drugs, or anti-anxiety pills, are known to be addictive and cause an array of dangerous side effects. These types of drugs are most commonly combined with other medications, or illicit drugs and alcohol.

 

Anti-anxiety medications are known to lose efficacy quickly leading to a tolerance and addiction. Fatal overdose, severe intoxication, violent mood swings, depression, and long-term withdrawal symptoms have all been associated with benzodiazepines.

 

Current Research on Medical Marijuana as a Safe Alternative for Treating Irritability

Medical marijuana has been used for centuries to treat depression and other mental health conditions. Modern science is just now confirming that cannabis can effectively be used to treat a multitude of medical conditions.

 

A 2017 observational study by Canabo Medical Inc. found a nearly 50% reduction in benzodiazepine use within months of cannabis treatment. This is great news for patients who seek safer alternatives to normal treatments, or those avoiding treatment due to concerns about addiction and negative side effects.

 

Research shows that, in high doses, [high-THC cannabis] can actually induce or increase anxiety levels and irritability in some people. Contrarily, CBD is a known anxiolytic and antidepressant without unwanted psychotropic effects, and can actually cancel out the unwanted effects of THC.

 

Another study investigating the efficacy of [CBD] for treating general socialized anxiety disorder found that CBD’s effect on the limbic and paralimbic brain areas, relative to placebos, was able to reduce symptoms of anxiety.

 

Patients seeking relief from symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as irritability, can safely use marijuana as an effective alternative to traditional harmful medication. However, the underlying causes of anxiety, irritation, and stress should be addressed with therapy and mental practices. Meditation is a great way to address deeper causes of anxiety disorders.

 

Medical marijuana affects each individual uniquely. It’s recommended to begin in low doses. For treating anxiety disorder related symptoms, patients should consider high-CBD strains as opposed to high-THC [indica] strains. Consult with a physician and medical marijuana professional about using cannabis and find below a list of common cannabis strains reported to provide relief from symptoms related to anxiety disorders.

 

·   [[Acid Diesel Hog]]

·   [[Afghan Yumbolt]]

·   [[Afghani Yumbolt]]

·   [[Alien Blue Dot]]

·   [[Aliens on Moonshine]]

·   [[Aloha Berry]]

·   [[Aloha Grape Stomper]]

·   [[Alumiquista]]

·   [[American Pie]]

·   [[Anslinger]]

·   [[Ape Hanger]]

·   [[Art’s OG]]

·   [[Australian Blue]]

·   [[Banana Diesel]]

·   [[Banana Treat]]

·   [[Blackout OG]]

·   [[Blue Cookies]]

·   [[Blue God]]

·   [[Blueberry Afghani Goo]]

·   [[Blueberry Yum Yum]]

 

Sources:

http://healthtools.aarp.org/health/irritability

https://www.everydayhealth.com/anxiety/guide/medications/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4791100/

http://www.cmaj.ca/content/162/2/225.short

http://www.canabocorp.com/milestone-study-shows-dramatic-reduction-in-pharmaceutical-reliance-among-canadian-medical-cannabis-patients/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24923339

Top Strains That May Help With Irritability