For many people, the relationship between marijuana and anxiety is a complex one at best. For a few, cannabis can provide long-awaited relief from stress, worry, and panic. On the other hand, some people find that smoking weed can actually heighten their anxiety and induce paranoia, sweats, and even panic attacks. The latter reaction is in actual fact very common and can be credited to a variety’s THC content. However, a lot of smokers don’t realize that you can actually access strains with little to no THC whatsoever. Instead, strains that are usually more suited to those with anxiety related conditions are those which are CBD potent.
Which strain to choose to fight anxiety?
The first stage of deciding which strain you’re going to use to fight your anxiety is self-awareness. You need to be sure of how high your tolerance is, and how sensitive you are to different varieties of cannabis. The two main ‘types’ of cannabis are, of course, indica and sativa, but keep in mind there are also hybrids out there too.
One strain that’s said to be a life-saver for those who suffer from the anxiety related is Granddaddy Purple, commonly known as Granddaddy ‘Purp.’ This strain apparently relieves symptoms of stress, insomnia, and depression. Cannatonic is another strain for the THC-sensitive, which has a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio. Cannatonic is reported to have high levels of the terpene myrcene, which can aid relaxation. A further example of a variety with high CBD content is ACDC. ACDC often contains around twenty times more CBD than THC and so its psychoactive effects are minimal. This makes it much easier for users to keep clear-headed and avoid seemingly uncomfortable social situations.
Remember though, it’s not just low THC strains that can aid in reducing anxiety.
Remember though, it’s not just low THC strains that can aid in reducing anxiety. One high THC variety of cannabis that can help calm your nerves is the blissfully relaxing Jack Herer. Jack Herer, unlike other high THC strains that can increase the heart-rate, actually induces calming effects, with many users reporting that it leaves them feeling incredibly restful, happy and focused. The extremely famous and multiple Cannabis Cup award winners, Girl Scout Cookies, has also been praised by many. Users who suffer from PTSD report that it's tremendously therapeutic given its happy and calming effects, it is also said to reduce night-terrors.
All in all, if you suffer from anxiety and are searching for something to help you keep the worries away then some of these strains might be for you – but please do your research first. There are thousands of different varieties out there, all with varying percentages of CBD and THC content, so find the type that works for you.