A close relative to hops is Cannabis, which has also been shown to help reduce anxieties in patients. Though Cannabis has a reputation for increased paranoia and anxiety in certain patients, much of this is due to the incorrect use of the plant and the wrong strain type. For many, strains high in Cannabidol (CBD) have been shown to greatly reduce anxiety and stress. However, in strains with high Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it is a bit more complex depending on the patient as it can help relieve some symptoms but may cause the brain to overreact and enter a panic-like stage. For those suffering from intense anxieties, it seems CBD is the way to go as it calms the brain without the psychoactive effects of THC. It has been shown to alleviate nearly all symptoms of anxiety, such as pounding heart, shortness of breath, and heart palpatations.