Which Cannabis Strains Are Best for Anxiety?
A few weeks ago, we dedicated some time to discussing the best cannabis strains for pain. The beauty of the cannabis plant is that it can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including pain, depression, insomnia, and anxiety. Many people who struggle with the latter — whether due to generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, social anxiety, or a host of other conditions — turn to cannabis to help them function and feel more like themselves.
Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to see the positive, even life-saving effects, that cannabis has on the human body. And because mental illness can often be more debilitating than physical pain, we think it’s worth exploring a few strains known for their anxiety-fighting powers.
Disclaimer: We can’t categorically proclaim that any or all of the following strains will cure your anxiety. We’re all different from head to toe, meaning what works for one person may not work for the next. But every strain we’ll touch on has consistently proven itself worthy, among both medical and recreational users, to enter the arena and battle anxiety.
CBD for anxiety
Of all the many types of anxiety, one of the most common is social anxiety. Research into the effects of cannabidiol (or CBD) on people who suffer from social phobias has yielded overall positive results.
When compared to prescription drugs meant to treat anxiety, cannabis — especially strains with a higher CBD percentage — provides the same relief, but without the side effects that can often be worse than the anxiety itself. Many of the strains included in the article above contribute their lineages to our signature line of strains. We’ll keep singing praises to Harlequin, as the 75/25 CBD-dominant sativa continues to be a favorite not only among anxiety sufferers, but across the entire medicinal marijuana community.
The hit list
It’s easy enough to Google “which cannabis strain is best for anxiety?” and hope one of the top 10 will work for you. But we’re all about tangible, verifiable results. Popular strains like ACDC, Jack Herer, Strawberry Cough, and Girl Scout Cookies tend to make an appearance on most lists. So when two well-known anxiety-fighting strains come together, you know you have something special. We’ve married Jack Herer and Blueberry to bring you Blueberry Crisp, a sativa-dominant hybrid that we’re particularly proud of, and which many patients have found beneficial in treating their anxiety symptoms.
You’ll also find other favorites floating around the best-of lists. Sour Diesel, Gorilla Glue #4, and Cinex — another of our favorites — have found their way into medicine cabinets everywhere. Wherever you decide to start, a plug-and-play approach is perhaps your best course of action. You really won’t know which strains work best until you try a few for yourself. But what you can take to the bank are the scores of first-hand accounts from patients who have felt the results. That’s a journey we’ll gladly endorse.
If you’ve been holding off seeking treatment for anxiety or have simply given up finding a solution, know that you’re not alone. We encourage you to speak with our friendly and knowledgeable budtenders about which strains can help you. We’re not giving up the fight for mental health, and we don’t expect you are, either. Connect with us and the rest of the cannabis community on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in-the-loop and educated about which strains can help you reduce the crippling effects of anxiety.