Top Cannabis Strains for Relaxing

Trying to relax or overcome any kind of stress–like anxiety, depression or pain– can be a monumental challenge for some, but if you toke up a little bit time after time you’re in luck. Thanks to the various crossbreeding efforts with cannabis, there are many strains for relaxing that many people don’t know that actually can help you feel better.

Try these strains to relax when life makes you want just to boil over and scream.

Northern Lights

One of the most popular indicas strains, Northern Lights is a classic choice when you’re looking for a little rest and relaxation. Northern Lights is best known for its mind expanding and mood elevating effects. A tranquilizing indica like Northern Lights helps slow the mind and body down. Northern Lights is one of the best cannabis strains for relaxing and achieving a more peaceful state.


Critical is a cross of an Afghani strain with an heirloom Skunk. Their goal was to create a stony strain with a quick growing period that produces quality yields in northern latitudes. Consumers can expect a strong earthiness that is pungent yet sweet, while the high is sedative and relaxing.


Named for the people who are a hot mess. Trainwreck is cannabis hybrid, that might come on a little speedy through the mind as a euphoric surge, but then soon tapers off leaving you more awake, feeling creative and happy. Trainwreck has been known to ease migraines, certain pains like arthritis because of its high THC content. Also this cannabis strain has been a common source of relief from anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and PTSD for many smokers.


This is another strain for people suffering from social anxiety. The AC/DC high-CBD strain might be better suited for you if you have a more severe anxiety complex. ACDC’s cannabinoid potency can vary, but it’s CBD levels is more than THC so psychoactive effects are minimal. It’s a perfect strain to focus and not get all freaked out. It keeps you easily relaxed, clear-headed, and focused on what would normally be like in an uncomfortable social situation.


Gelato is a fan favorite because of its mood-boosting abilities that pair great with social activities. Those who smoke this strain often say it tends to bring on fits of the giggles.

Skunk #1

Another oldie but goodie, Skunk #1 first debuted in 1978 and is sure to take you back to a time when the world was a little simpler:


This strain is always a favorite among cannabis lovers. True to its name, Blueberry features a strong, fresh blueberry aroma. Just a few minutes after you inhale a little of this strain, you’ll find yourself overcome by full-body relaxation. You can also expect a pleasant, euphoric jolliness that brings a smile to your face.


Our Zkittly Zi Zi or just Zkittles, is an indica-dominant strain that erupts with Grapefruit flavor. Skittles combines the mental and physical effects of both parent strains to yield a smooth, multifaceted high. The effects of Zkittlez are calming, leaving consumers focused, alert, and happy while relaxing the body to help unwind any time of day.

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This unique hybrid cannabis strain might produce a relatively short-lived, mellow high, but the feeling you get is uplifting and powerfully relaxing. Because of its high CBD levels and low THC potency, Cannatonic has been one of the premier medical strains that is often used to treat pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, migraines, and a wide range of other physiological and psychological symptoms.

[Updated, originally published 20.5. 2017]

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