Fear, apprehension, and dread are just some of the awful emotions that people who suffer from anxiety have to deal with on a daily basis and marijuana are fast becoming a trend-setter in dealing with this affliction. In fact, the efficacy of marijuana in the fight against anxiety has allowed many patients to quit using benzodiazepine, an addictive psychoactive drug.
Choosing a marijuana strain to treat anxiety can in itself bring on a panic attack, what with all the so-called pros and cons about Indica versus Sativa strains, THC and CBD balances, terpenes and myrcene contents! In the end, it really is a matter of different strokes for different folks and you would be wise to experiment with a variety of strains before settling on any one particular brand-name.
Here, we take a look at 10 of the best, and perhaps some of the less common, marijuana strains for anxiety.
- Stephen Hawking Kush
Known for its panic-attack fighting qualities, the Stephen Hawking Kush strain could perhaps be your best choice when starting your journey to find an antidote to anxiety. Crossed with Sin City Kush and Harle-tsu, this strain contains equal amounts of THC and CBD and because of its ability to relax both body and mind is recommended for the treatment of panic attacks.
- CBD MediHaze
Like its name would suggest, this strain has been featured in medical marijuana dispensaries for some time but is now also available to the recreational market in those states which have legalized weed. This strain is a mixture of Neville’s Haze and Super Silver Haze and its ratio of THC and CBD is more or less equal. MediHaze is perfect for use before any nerve-jingling event for those who fear social interaction.
- One To One
With equal amounts of CBD and THC, One To One is a therapeutic strain that does not produce too much of a “high”. This strain is also popular for those suffering anxiety attacks at work because it leaves you feeling relaxed and calm without sapping your energy levels.
Although this is a Sativa-dominant strain, Cinex doesn’t accelerate paranoia and will energize you and even perhaps bring on a fit of the giggles despite its THC levels of up to 22%!
- Strawberry Couch
This strain has been around for years and is often used with success by anxiety sufferers. Yes, it will make you a cough but hopefully its sweet and subtle strawberry taste and aroma will make up for that discomfort. Strawberry Cough is Sativa-dominant and is a cross of Erdbeer and an unidentifiable Indica. It is also popular for daytime use because it doesn’t exacerbate feelings of weariness. Instead, it leaves you feeling mellow while keeping you motivated. Be careful of how much you ingest, because Strawberry Cough is potent. CBD
- Critical Cure
If you are feeling particularly anxious, then CBD Critical Cure is your answer. However, its deeply calming and mild “high” after-effects make it best for use after dark. Crossed with a ruderalis strain and Critical Kush, this Indica-dominant weed is high in CBD content, giving it a somewhat sedative-like quality.
- Blue Dream
One of America’s top-of-the-pop strains, Blue Dream is a Super Silver Haze and Blueberry-Indica mix with a high Sativa content. It remains a great anti-anxiety choice, particularly for daytime use because it leaves you clear-headed and energized while relaxing your body.
- King Louis XIII
A California legend, King Louis XIII has been around for years and will melt away all feelings of anxiety. Although this is an Indica-dominant strain of marijuana, it offers a wonderful balance between feeling chilled-out and the ability to be performance-driven. With pine forest aromas, this is a mix of Skunk #1 and Afghani-Indica.
- Critical Mass
This is one of the best marijuana strains for anxiety because of the extreme joy and laughter it instills after ingesting. Your mind will remain clear, but your body will go into “slow-mo” mood, leaving you with a floating on air sensation. This is definitely a night-time remedy and, apart from anxiety, is also a favorite among insomniacs.
- Gorilla Glue #4
Gorilla Glue #4 is fast becoming one of the most popular strains of marijuana but is not for the faint-hearted! This bud has won numerous awards and delivers a serious clout that affects both body and mind. Regarded as one of the most potent marijuana strains worldwide, it contains high THC levels and its seeds are mixed with Chocolate Diesel. All signs of anxiety will evaporate after consumption and this strain is recommended for after-dark use only!