Whether you suffer from anxiety in social situations or experience panic attacks that leave your heart racing, research shows that marijuana can help combat the endless worry and nervous tension that comes with an anxiety disorder.
An incredible 83% of Americans suffer from work-related stress. Yet another report showed that half of college students suffered from anxiety and were seeking medical treatment.
Like most medical claims related to cannabis, there is much we don’t know, but scientists are actively investigating how cannabis affects anxiety. Though researchers have yet to produce decisive conclusions, some studies have identified a few important trends that can help point cannabis consumers to strains they may want to try to alleviate their feelings of anxiousness.
From these studies, we know that pure THC decreases anxiety in low doses, but can increase it at higher quantities, while pure CBD appears to decrease anxiety at any dose. We also know that cannabinoids like CBD and THC aren’t the whole story. Compounds like terpenes also appear to play a significant role increasing a strains ability to be therapeutic.
What are the Best Strains for Anxiety?
The key to finding the best cannabis strain for anxiety is determining your personal tolerance and sensitivity. Lower doses of cannabis reduce stress, while higher doses can increase anxiety. Therefore, it is crucial that you begin with low dose to avoid inadvertently exacerbating your symptoms.
Critical Mass draws its relaxing and uplifting effects from the strong indica-like traits. Modern variants have been bred to accentuate its CBD expression, and cannabinoid ratios range from 5-8% THC to 8-12% CBD. Critical Mass doesn’t have the limonene found in other excellent strains for treating anxiety, but its quotient of myrcene and caryophyllene pick up the slack. Reviewers say this strain excels at producing relaxed, happy and euphoric effects. If anxiety symptoms are affecting your body with tension and tightness, this is a strain to check out.
Gelato is a deliciously sweet strain that produces happy, euphoric, and uplifting effects that are sure to melt your anxiety away. Although this strain features slightly indica-dominant genetics, it won’t leave you feeling you overly sedated or too tired to talk.
Instead, Gelato’s balanced high creeps in over time allowing you to enjoy its cerebral and physical effects as they develop. Most people find that gelato’s uplifting effects boost their sense of happiness and creativity in a calm and tranquil way. Whether you are trying to alleviate anxiety, depression, or stress, gelato may be able to help.
Sour Diesel is an invigorating Sativa with a very pungent diesel aroma. This strain is said to be fast acting and delivers an energizing effect.
Girl Scout Cookies is a top-shelf indica-dominant strain that is a great choice for alleviating feelings of anxiety and depression. This strain’s soaring THC levels can reach as high as 28%, making it one of the more potent strains available to medical patients.
GCS produces intense waves of euphoria and deep relaxation that stop stress and anxiety in their tracks. Many people find that consuming GSC with others in a social setting quickly has them giggling and laughing their worries away.
Amnesia Haze is a sativa-dominant strain primarily used during the day for its uplifting, energetic effects. It has been popularized by the coffee shops of Amsterdam, due to its psychoactive properties, but it also appears to be very useful for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Thanks to its euphoric and relaxing properties, Wedding Cake is one of the best strains for anxiety around. A cross between Cherry Pie and Girl Scout Cookies, this rare top-shelf strain features just enough indica effects to relax you, but not enough to couch-lock you. You will quickly feel this strain’s cerebral head high before its delightful body high envelops you. When consumed in social settings this strain tends to produce giddiness and euphoria that leads to stimulating conversation.
White Widow is a sativa dominant hybrid. It is a cross of a South Indian indica and a South American sativa. While it is popular today in North America, it was a smash hit when unleashed on the Amsterdam coffee-shop scene back in the 1990s. White Widow was one of the first famous European imports to reach American shores.
Known for its potent psychoactive effects—particularly euphoria—Northern Lights is one of the most widely-used strains for reducing anxiety, pain, and insomnia. It’s an indica-dominant strain consisting of approximately 90% indica and 10% sativa. In addition to offering a blissful high, Northern Lights appears to have a tranquilizing “couch lock” effect, which temporarily inhibits synaptic transmissions throughout the brain and body, helping to relax muscles and slow down racing thoughts.
The euphoric effects are likely the result of a relatively high THC content, which is approximately 22%, compared to just 1% CBD.
Green Candy is a sativa cannabis strain that emits a spicy, minty scent and has a taste similar to citrus, pine, and sweet candies – thus its name. Its buds are a mossy array of greens, with yellow-orange pistils.
Its high is like your typical sativa, calming racing thoughts and replacing them with creative, inspirational ones. Energy may increase as the spirits are lifted. Stresses of the day melt away, and anxiety is reduced. This strain can be consumed throughout the day as it will help in completing both important tasks as well as creative endeavors.
The strains listed above are just a few of the many strains that could help with anxiety relief. The relationship between cannabis and anxiety is a complex one. There is no doubt that overdoing it could easily make matters worse. However, when you use it in moderation, medical marijuana for anxiety and stress could provide a valid, natural treatment.