Anxiety is a common, albeit exhausting, condition that afflicts every type of person in any type of situation. Approximately 40 million (18 percent) of U.S. adults suffer from anxiety, many of whom take some form of pharmaceutical medication to curb its debilitating effects. Prescribing cannabis for anxiety isn’t a new phenomenon – it’s been written about since the 16th century – but is becoming more popular. Read on to learn about the strains we recommend when it comes to cannabis for anxiety.
Why Cannabis for Anxiety?
Studies have shown that the endocannabinoid system plays a major role in anxiety, which means cannabinoid receptors can impact areas of the brain that are responsible for regulating fear and impulse, including the amygdala and hypothalamus. So how do you go about medicating with cannabis for anxiety? The trick is to understand which cannabis strains are most effective at mitigating anxiety, rather than intensifying it.
High CBD, Low THC
When it comes to using cannabis for anxiety, it’s best to use strains with low THC and high CBD. While THC acts to decrease anxiety with lower doses, it can actually increase anxiety with higher doses due to the intensity of its psychoactive effects. CBD, on the other hand, provides no psychoactive effects, but excels at improving mood and relieving symptoms like pain and inflammation. Strains that are high in THC as well as high in CBD may be acceptable, as well, since large doses of CBD have been known to curb the effects of THC to some degree.
8 Recommended Strains
Some cannabis experts suggest favoring indica strains for anxiety over sativa because there tends to be higher amounts of THC in sativa. However, there are many hybrid strains that have proven effective at combatting anxiety, whether the symptoms are general or specific to a setting or situation. Check out these 8 recommended strains for treating anxiety.
This tranquilizing indica is perfect for someone with either a generalized or more specific form of anxiety, such as OCD. It settles throughout the body, relaxing muscles and pacifying the mind in dreamy euphoria.
Girl Scout Cookies
While this famous hybrid is known for its high amount of THC, it’s also been used to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – this is because people suffering from PTSD sometimes have a deficiency of anandamide, a naturally occurring THC-like compound that plays a role in memory.
This hybrid of Haze and Blueberry offers an initial energizing effect, followed by total body relaxation. In low doses, it can also be ideal for someone with social anxiety.
If anxiety plagues you before going to sleep, this pure indica is great for nighttime use, as it is known to induce intense relaxation that may result in drowsiness.
The only pure sativa on the list, Strawberry Cough excels in social situations, allowing you to feel relaxed and conversational without inducing feelings of paranoia. It’s also known for stimulating creativity, perfect for brainstorms in group settings.
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This hybrid is known for causing couchlock and extreme relaxation. It also aids in pain relief and other uncomfortable physical symptoms that might be amping up your anxiety.
This ubiquitous indica-dominant hybrid induces feelings of euphoria and creativity, and is often cited as a go-to source of relief for those with ADD/ADHD and stress disorders.
The hybrid of Sour Diesel – the sativa known for its dreamy cerebral effects and long-lasting relief – and OG Kush, Sour OG provides uplifting relaxation for those anxiety sufferers who still want to tap into their creative side.
What to Avoid
Besides strains high in THC or low in CBD, it’s a good idea to avoid strong concentrates (think dabs, wax, tinctures, shatter, or BHO) and untested edibles, any of which has the potential to produce overwhelming effects if you’re prone to feelings of anxiety. We also recommend using caution when putting yourself in an unfamiliar situation while taking cannabis for anxiety – it’s best to test the waters somewhere you feel comfortable first.
These are just some of the strains we recommend for using cannabis for anxiety. You may find that medicating with cannabis is the perfect, all-natural way to curb those uncomfortable feelings so many of us deal with on a daily basis. Learn about the other uses of medical marijuana, stop by Medithrive today to speak with our cannabis consultants for further advice, or order online for delivery seven days a week.