There are many reasons why you may use medical marijuana to treat anxiety and social anxiety. It is a successful alternative to common anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines wich are associated with substance abuse and withdrawal symptoms.
One of the major benefits of medical weed is that it does not carry the same addictive properties that many prescription medications do.
So what are the benefits of using cannabis vs. other prescribed medications?
- Cannabis not only reduces stress, it also has huge variety of positive benefits without having to take a similar variety of pharmaceuticals.
- Cannabis relaxes the body and mind.
- Helps you sleep better.
- Reduces panic attacks.
- Reduces obsessive thoughts.
- It is safer than most available medications and carries less risk.
- Cannabis can be used to reduce fentanyl overdose and other harmful effects.
- Cannabis reduces the number and severity of panic attacks by decreasing activation in specific brain regions such as the amygdala, which is associated with anxious behavior.
Feeling anxious from THC? CBD to the rescue!
Depending on your dose of THC, you may need to consume a hefty amount of CBD to get rid of the anxiety, one of the fastest ways to get it into the blood is with a quality full spectrum CBD oil. Such as the Cream of the Crop CBD (wich we carry!), it will definitely help you feel better quickly. Why full spectrum CBD? We wrote about that here. Expect the effects to take 20 minutes or more to kick in.
Try to stay away from really strong couch locking strains such as:
- Green Crack
- Master Kush
- Alien OG
- Comatose OG
- Death Bubba
Anything that is a heavy Indica isn’t what you should be looking for.
What Kind Of Cannabis Is Best For Anxiety? Know Your Terpines
If you want to take weed’s anxiety-fighting benefits to the next level, then learn about terpenes.
In basic terms, terpenes are naturally occurring fragrant oils that give each cannabis plant its signature scent. And just like cannabinoids, different terpenes produce different effects — including effects that can lower anxiety.
For example, if your anxiety has you feeling blue or depressed, look for a strain high in limonene, which can create a feeling of euphoria and put a little extra anxiety-reducing pep in your step. In nature, limonene is found in citrus peels like oranges, so chances are if your weed smells citrusy and bright, you’ve found a strain rich in this happy little terpene.
If you’re looking for a major stress reliever that may help you chill out and get a solid night of rest, try a strain heavy in linalool, a compound of lavender that has a more sedative, soothing vibe. When you think of linalool, think about the last time you lit a lavender-scented candle for a relaxing night at home — this floral terpene works in exactly the same way.
What are the best CANNABIS strains for anxiety?
Now that you understand the rules of the game, there are a handful of strains that users consistently go to for their anxiety-busting properties. While everyone is different, let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular varieties that may be the cure you’ve been looking for.
Mimosa also known as “Purple Mimosa,” is a hybrid marijuana strain made by crossing Clementine with Purple Punch. In small doses, this strain produces happy, level-headed effects that will leave you feeling uplifted and motivated enough to take on any mundane task. In large doses, Mimosa may make you feel sleepy and relaxed. This strain has a strong aroma and flavor that reminds you of its namesake, with notes of fruit and citrus flavors bursting through.
Tang Breath is A cross of Tropicanna and Mendo Breath. Bred by Oni Seed Co, Tropicana Cookies crosses GSC and Tangie. The result is a sativa-dominant strain with strong tangerine and citrus notes backed up by a smooth cookies flavor. Expect purple buds that have hints of dark green with orange hairs.
Mendo Breath is an interesting mix of OGKB (OGKushBreath, which is the supposed patriarch in the Cookies Fam genetics) and Mendo Montage. Their forces combined make dense frosty buds that reek of sweet vanilla and caramel. This strain is kept safe within a circle of craft growers and very hard to find…
Lemon Haze is a very popular sativa-dominant hybrid that derives both its potency and its powerful aroma from two prestigious parents: it is a cross between sativa hybrid Silver Haze and pungent Lemon Skunk. With a memorable citrus flavor profile and a long-lasting, well-balanced high to boot, this bud is an asset to indica and sativa fans alike.
Blueberry is a popular, flavor-forward indica hybrid with a strong genetic backbone. It is a three-way cross between an indica Afghani parent and sativa Thai and Purple Thai variant parents. Blueberry was originally developed in the 1970s or 80s by DJ Short, a mysterious but prolific breeder who’s been dubbed the “Willy Wonka of pot.” Blueberry is distinguished by an unmistakable fresh blueberry smell and taste that have made it an enduring favorite. Blueberry is popular nationwide. It won top marks in the 2000 High Times Cannabis Cup for Best Indica and best strain overall. Blueberry has a THC content that ranges between 15% and 24%.
Wedding Cake, also called Pink Cookies or Birthday Cake, is known for being as potent as it is delicious! After using this strain, it takes only a short while before the effects hit you heavily. This indica dominant hybrid was created from crossing Cherry Pie with Girl Scout Cookies. Wedding Cake is loved by recreational and medical users alike, given its ability to relax the mind and body. Containing up to 25% THC, this strain packs a punch and will last for quite awhile: make sure you don’t have any important plans before indulging in Wedding Cake!
Not sure what strain works? We understand, that’s why we have our Mix & match, and blow out sale. You can try out several strains and get an amazing deal in the process. We offer same day delivery in Kitchener Waterloo, and free shipping in other parts of Canada.