The Best Cannabis Strains to Help Ease Anxiety

by | Dec 3, 2018 | Blog |

For patients suffering with the symptoms of anxiety, future events and daily issues can be terrifying. Intense worry about situations and circumstances that cannot be controlled by one human being can prevent people suffering from anxiety from fulfilling daily tasks and activities and carrying out their daily lives without worries.

Anxiety can take the form of responses that range from panic attacks that include excessive sweating and heart palpitations to any number of social phobias that prevent sufferers from engaging in group activities or situations. The good news is that there are certain strains of cannabis that can help treat symptoms of anxiety more effectively.


The Reason Why…

In some conventional medications, several different drugs can be used in treating disorders involving anxiety. These medications often don’t agree with patients and are not effective. The drugs in question can include serotonin reuptake inhibitors like those found in Zoloft, and in tranquilizers such as Valium.

In medical cannabis, non-psychoactive cannabinoids are routinely used in the treatment of anxiety. Experiments by a variety of scientists and researchers have tested the effectiveness of CBD on animals and humans, and found that the CBD generates a more soothing, calming effect which can help reduce anxiety. Some of the conditions associated with anxiety that CBD can have an effect on include:

  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Social phobia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder


The Cannabis Effect

While cannabis has come a long way in being used to treat medical conditions and symptoms, anxiety can be a little tricky to medicate and often difficult to explain as a medical condition — mainly because anxiety can be used as a term to cover a range of symptoms, and if not used responsibly, it can add to the feelings of anxiety and paranoia, particularly if taken in large doses in a short amount of time.


Choice Strains for Reducing Anxiety

There are many, many cannabis options to help people combatting anxiety find relief. Different concentrations and combinations of CBD and THC can determine the effectiveness of the cannabis on certain types of anxiety symptoms. Here are some that you can try after consulting with a trained budtender at your local medical cannabis dispensary.

    1. Granddaddy Purple – Or GDP, is a hybrid strain that’s developed by combining two indica strains: Big Bud and Purple Urkle. The aroma of GDP is of berry and grape, with a deep purple color when the buds are in full bloom. Grandaddy Purple will dispense a feeling of physical relaxation and produce a mindset of peace and tranquility. If a patient is suffering from pain, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia, and stress, this strain can help relieve them of those symptoms.
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    2. Amnesia Haze – overwhelming fear that leads to thinking that’s increasingly fuzzy and unfocused can impact a patient’s day who suffers with these symptoms. The strain is a hybrid that stems from a sativa of Jamaican and Laotian origins plus an Afghani Hawaiian indica. The strain is excellent for helping patients think more clearly during the day. The THC component is more elevated than CBD, so the strain helps relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, fatigue, migraine headaches, physical pain, and mood shifts. The strain has a fresh, fruity taste that’s distinctive, with a spicy pepper aroma. 
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    3. Chocolate Chunk – Strong and potent, Chocolate Chunk is a 100% indica strain. Its level of THC is between 10 and 20 percent. The flower buds are dense with a chunky look that is the norm for indica that’s in pure form. With its Afghani indica genetics, it’s great for evening or nighttime usage, as it helps the patient feel drowsy enough to induce sleep. A nutty, chocolatey taste accompanies a puff of Chocolate Chunk. If you’re suffering with aches and pains, tension from muscular stress, and worry and anxiety, this strain will help you unwind at the end of your day, and keep you soothed over a long weekend.
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    4. Girl Scout Cookies – The euphoria created with this hybrid strain is a cerebral high that also provides a high degree of bodily comfort. As a derivative of OG Kush and Durban Poison, GSC has a THC content of 18 to 23 percent and is considered versatile in having a variety of psychoactive effects. Users may get a practically instantaneous reaction that can include a strong, euphoric feeling, and a desire to engage socially with friends and family. The post-cerebral effect is one of relaxation that washes over the entire body. Girl Scout Cookies has medicinal benefits that include bringing relief from PTSD (Post Traumatic Syndrome), Anxiety, Depression, Aches and Pains, Nausea, and Insomnia.
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    5. Harlequin – This strain is another hybrid that contains a ratio of sativa to indica of 75/25. It’s rich in CBD and doesn’t deliver the kind of strong cerebral high one would expect from a strain that’s sativa-dominant. As a mood lifter or mild anti-anxiety cannabis strain, it works best if taken during the afternoon.
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    6. Northern Lights – Commonly called “two hit and quit”, the Northern Lights strain is a popular strain of indica-dominant cannabis strains. A user might find its effects desirable to help increase focus and creative reasoning. It also has benefits to treat symptoms that include anxiety, pain, insomnia, and appetite loss.

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Consult, consult, consult!

Ultimately, a qualified medical cannabis doctor is the professional that can help you discover and benefit from the alternative treatment for anxiety that medical cannabis holds. The strains just briefly touched on here are helpful in delivering results that can relieve symptoms from anxiety disorders.

While there is still a lot of research that needs to be done to more specifically identify how cannabis affects people with anxiety disorders, CBD and THC are the key ingredients that when working together, provide the greatest potential of relief from anxiety.


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