Best Strains for Anxiety: 5 Cannabis Strains You Should Try If You Suffer from Anxiety in 2018
Marijuana and anxiety have a complex relationship with each other. Some marijuana users report the most relaxing experience of their life and smoking marijuana will relieve them of any panic, worry, and stress they might have experienced. Unfortunately, some marijuana users will experience extreme paranoia and anxiety while consuming cannabis.
This reaction is due to the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in most recreational marijuana strains. However, many different strains of marijuana are available on the market with varying levels of THC. Choosing one with less THC is paramount to ensuring that marijuana does not cause a bad reaction. Despite this, there are still strains that have a high amount of THC that can still reduce your anxiety. You should avoid these strains though ifTHC gives you anxiety though.
The following is a list of the five best cannabis strains that can be used to treat anxiety and will include both THC strains and strains that do not contain a large amount of THC.
Most of the strains with a low amount of THC and high amount of cannabidiol (CBD) are from the Cannabis Indica strains. Strains with a high amount of THC and low amount of CBD are from the Cannabis sativa strains. This list will mostly contain Indica strains.
The first strain on our list is Granddaddy Purple. This strain is relatively new and was only invented in 2003 by Ken Estes. This California Indica has quickly gained a reputation for providing a strong euphoria. However, it will still provide some relaxation. This makes it a great cannabis strain for those looking to relax in the comfort of their own home.
Expect a grape, and possibly berry, flavor when smoking this strain of cannabis.
Another CBD-rich Indica. This is a smart choice for those that cannot handle a high THC strain. In fact, this cannabis strain was created with that in mind. It has an extremely low CBD rate that is almost always below 6%. It was originally created by a Spanish seed bank for use as medicinal cannabis; though it has quickly become available for use recreationally in America. It has some of the terpene limonene in it, which has been shown to reduce anxiety.
You can expect a citrusy flavor with this strain of marijuana. This flavor profile comes from limonene terpene.However, if you smell it, then it will probably smell very earthy.This is because your taste buds are much more receptive to limonene than your nasal receptors.
Pennywise is quite similar to Cannatonic. The CBD to THC ratio is the same (1:1). However, Pennywise also contains linalool. This makes it smell like a lavender plant. More important, rodent trial and clinical trials have both shown that inhaling a large amount of lavender oil can reduce anxiety.
Some speculation exists that combining linalool with CBD will increase the anti-anxiety effects of the CBD. This makes Pennywise an excellent choice for treating anxiety. It also smells, and tastes, good as well.
Stephen Hawking Kush
This is another high CBD to THC ratio strain. The ratio usually hovers around 1:1. It has been reported to get even higher than 1:1. Stephen Hawking Kush contains linalool just like Pennywise. It also contains the terpeneslimonene and myrcene. These terpenes help create the calm experience you would expect from a strain with a large amount of CBD. Furthermore, these terpenes, and the linalool combine to create a very calm and relaxing effect.
Expect a citrusy flavor when with this strain. The extremely high CBD ratio makes this a safe strain to smoke during the daytime.
This is another Indica strain. However, this one contains a high amount of THC. In fact, it often contains more THC than some of the weaker Sativa strains. Now, care must be taken when using a THC strain to treat anxiety. The most important part is to start with a small amount and gradually increase your usage over time. This is because the potency of the THC increases the more THC that you consume.
As for the effects of Skywalker OG, many users enjoy the high THC content for treating their anxiety. It also contains a large amount of linalool, Bisabolol, and limonene. All of those terpenes can help lower anxiety. Bisabolol, in particular, is known for relaxation and stress-relief. Many believe that Skywalker OG’s relaxing characteristics come from this terpene.
Finding the Right Dispensary
Now that you know the five best cannabis strains; you have to find them. Fortunately, all the strains listed above are relatively popular and should be easy to find in most dispensaries. However, the availability of the strains may change with the harvest and your location.
If the strains listed above are not available at your local dispensary, then you should know to look for an Indica with a high amount CBD to THC ratio. Most dispensaries will also list the different terpenes. You should look for linalool, Bisabolol, and limonene terpenes as those have the largest anti-anxiety effects.
All in all, the marijuana strains listed above are a wonderful place to start for treating anxiety. The strains with a high amount of CBD should be prioritized in your search for a strain to treat anxiety. However, if you know that THC does not give you anxiety, then it will work fine for treating anxiety.
You should also pay attention to the terpenes that the different strains. These do impact the anti-anxiety effects of the marijuana. They also will greatly affect the taste and smell of the marijuana. Some people do not mind the smell of any marijuana while others prefer the smell of one particular terpene.
Finally, high CBD strains will not only treat anxiety, butthey can also treat a wide a variety of other symptoms that you may encounter. For example, if you have nausea caused by your anxiety, then a high CBD strain will treat both nausea and anxiety.