4 Best Marijuana Strains That’ll Melt Away Your Anxiety [2018 Update]

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MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on August 29, 2018

For those of you who suffer from anxiety and are thinking of lighting up a marijuana joint, then this post is for you.

Anxiety is a tricky beast to combat and also a difficult medical condition to explain. Often “Anxiety” is used as an umbrella term to describe different feelings or an uneasy situation. It is often related to stress, and you might even hear people say “I’m always so stressed and worried, I’m sure that I suffer from anxiety.”

In today’s fast-paced, high-pressure rat race, it’s almost impossible not to feel “anxious” at some or another but the fact that you are stressed, worried or under pressure, doesn’t necessarily mean that you suffer from anxiety. It doesn’t also mean that you don’t. It simply means that you need to analyze yourself and understand whether you suffer from anxiety or you are simply a normal worrier. Whether you fall into the category of people who suffer from anxiety or not medical treatments such as marijuana can’t probably help with your anxiousness, and in this article, you’ll find out why.

So, before we dive into the best marijuana strains for anxiety, let’s understand what anxiety is and what are the symptoms.

What is Anxiety?

According to recent data, anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in North America. It’s estimated that one-third of the North American adult population experiences anxiety unwellness issues. Furthermore, a recent survey showed that 41% of employees reported high levels of anxiety in the workplace. Another report showed that half of college students suffered from some type of anxiety and were seeking medical treatment.

As we mentioned above, Anxiety is a general term that is used to describe a variety of different feelings. While anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, apprehension or unease, it is divided into subcategories:

  • General anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobic disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder

Of all of the anxiety disorders stated above, GAD is the most common one, affecting 5% of Americans at some point in their life. Women are more likely to suffer from some type of Anxiety Disorder with the exception of PTSD and anxiety tends to hit women around the age of 50. This often occurs around the age of 40 when menopause hits in.

The thing about anxiety is that it isn’t one of those stand alone illnesses like the flu. When it hits, it hits hard and is generally accompanied by other related disorders such as depression.

People who suffer from anxiety will tend to experience the following:

  • Often feel out of control
  • May experience higher levels of stress
  • Often struggle with low self-esteem issues
  • Feel nervous and anxious in social situations
  • Have extreme difficulty managing pressure at work or at home.
  • Are more often sick than usual
  • Will experience unhealthy relationships
  • Will suffer from health problems apart from anxiety
  • May feel depressed
  • May have anger management issues
  • Constantly feel unsettled.
  • Constantly feel overwhelmed
  • May bounce from job to job due to of higher levels of stress

According to Anxiety UK, anxiety can be seen in the following ways:

  1. Physical effects -, increased heartbeat, sweating, muscle tension, dry mouth, feeling dizzy, churning stomach.
  2. Cognitive effects – people who suffer from anxiety may experience negative thoughts, feel like they are going to make a fool of themselves or feel like they are going to die.
  3. Behavioral effects – many people end up changing their behavior due to a fear of having an anxiety attack. They will avoid certain situations that make them uneasy.

How to Treat Anxiety Without Marijuana

Over the last couple of years, anxiety has been a hot topic in the medical research industry, leading to a variety of treatments. Many have been proven effective in treating anxiety disorders

  • Talk Therapy – This may sound a bit ridiculous but it does actually work, and it doesn’t involve stuffing meds down your throat. Talk therapy isn’t just about talking. It’s about solving issues and finding a solution to your problem. Whether it’s work related or anxiety that is caused due to social activities. It is known to be effective in overcoming fears or coping with stress, which in the end is all related to anxiety.
  • Medication – According to recent data 65% of Americans take prescription drugs, and in 2012 there were 3.3 Billion prescriptions filled. Drugs like Paxil, Xanax or Niravam are often prescribed by doctors to manage anxiety.
  • Alternative therapies – Yoga, meditation, and acupuncture. Alternative therapies have caught on over the last couple of years as people try to change their lifestyle in the hope that it will help them cope with day to day illnesses and medical conditions. These great solutions have been proven to be effective in treating anxiety as they lead to a healthy, happy and productive lifestyle that is free from stress and worry.

Marijuana and Anxiety

Marijuana and anxiety is a controversial topic. Marijuana is known to cause anxiety or paranoia, especially when taken in large doses over a short period. It can lead to panic attacks, and as of now it is the number reason why people stop using it.

Nevertheless, when using marijuana responsibly, it can have the opposite effect and help to treat a number of medical conditions including anxiety.

According to recent research, THC and CBD can have very different effects and will also affect people in different ways. CBD dominant marijuana strains tend to reduce levels of anxiety as it acts on serotonin receptors. Though for some, THC has been witnessed to help anxiety as it produces psychoactive effects that relieve people’s stress and help anxiety.

The CBD/THC Combination is a complex one and unfortunately there isn’t enough research to conclude how marijuana effects people who suffer from anxiety. In the end, it all comes down to the right balance and dosing. Therefore it is essential to consult with a marijuana doctor before consuming any form of cannabis, whether it be in its raw version or extract.

4 Best Marijuana Strains for Anxiety

Whether you are just starting our or you’ve been smoking cannabis for years, it is always best to start slow. Every marijuana strain has different THC/CBD levels and will affect your mind and body differently. If you are seeking treatment for anxiety and decide to try to the marijuana route, then be sure to consult with a professional. And if you feel that the strain you are consuming isn’t right, simply stop.

So here it is, the best marijuana strains for anxiety:

1) White Widow (Sativa dominant Marijuana Hybrid)

This Sativa dominant hybrid promotes a full-bodied high that can be a bit “spacey,” which makes it a popular choice for patients with anxiety or PTSD.
White widow cannabis Strain

2) Sour OG (Hybrid Marijuana Strain)

Sour OG is a mellow and relaxing marijuana strain that doesn’t know you out but helps with stress. It is a good choice for anxiety relief.

3) Cherry Pie (indica Dominant Marijuana hybrid

This Indica dominant marijuana strain promotes a creative high with a clear mind. Perfect for dealing with stressful situations.

4) Grandaddy Purple (Indica Hybrid)

This Indica hybrid delivers potent psychoactive effects with cerebal euphoria and physical relaxation.

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  1. Robbin Stone

    The answers in this forum have helped out tremendously. I’m gonna go for the indicas from now on and smoke less to see if that helps. Thanks again. I’ve been feeling like I’m dying lately when I get too high after smoking 8 years straight. Life’s a trip.

  2. Joe
    Need some help

    I suffer from extremely severe panic attacks…I get the feeling of going crazy, feeling of dying, choking…all the best parts let me tell you!! Now due to this I am on some pretty high doses of medications (not a fan, but feel like I can’t live without them)..now about 1 yr ago, I started to try cannabis again (at first major panic, but it did get better with time) however about 6 months ago I started to get attacks again every time I smoked…so I stopped, but I really miss how good it made me feel when I didn’t get the attacks…I’ve been reading that I should try high cbd strains such as Cannatonic or Harlequin? ?? Anyone have any info on these or suggestions on what to try for my very severe panic attacks?? Thanks

    1. Pete

      Well, as this article (and several others on the same topic) noted, Granddaddy Purple is just fantastic for anxiety. As far as CBD strains, any with an equal percentage of CBD to THC (like 5%/5%) unless you just want CBD on its own, in which case I’d recommend a tincture or an edible. But you can get tinctures and edibles that are 50/50, which seem to be what you’re looking for as they are somewhat psychoactive but not overwhelming.

    2. Bobby

      Hey Joe,
      I have panic disorder really bad as well and the thing I find best for my anxiety is indica dominant strains. High CBD works well too but indica is, in my opinion, the most important thing in this equation. It provides decent pain relief and amazing anxiety relief without making you feel too jittery feeling, or perhaps uncomfortable in your own skin. I generally take one to two medium-sized hits and wait for it to hit me. DO NOT over smoke lol. A lot of people will say there is no such thing as too high but they are wrong for those with panic disorder. Too high can edge you into a panic attack and they suck when high because all your feelings are magnified by thousands lol. Peace out bro, smoke on. 🙂

    3. Mike
      #1 Anxiety Strain

      The best strain I have used so far for my anxiety and PTSD has been canna-tsu. The 9%thc to the 14% CBD gives you a upbeat relaxing high in the beginning and mellows you out over time. My favorite part of this strain is it gets you where you want to be but not for to long. I would say on average I am actually high high for maybe a hour but the therapy lasts for about 3hours.

    4. Big john
      Axziety crushers

      Been dealing with the same problem for over 20 years

      Best products for me so far,

      Kali mist
      Strawberry cough
      CBD rene

    5. Adam

      Have you tried any of these https://www.marijuanabreak.com/best-high-cbd-strains

  3. Tracy
    Anxiety and Orange Cush

    I have bad anxiety and panic attacks. I’ve been an active smoker for years. The past few years, it had been making me feel 10× worse. Recently I tried orange cush and It’s been amazing. Much different feeling than the other. And i can and want to participate in life. Anyone else have any luck with this?

  4. Jelly Bean
    Medical Marijuana is the BOMB

    Smoked in the late 60’s & 70’s. Quit because of the anxiety it caused. Medical Marijuana kicks butt. One hit is all that’s needed. Life itself is too anxiety producing these days. Vaping doesn’t hurt lungs. Granddaddy Purple & Candyland are fun. Anyone have firsthand knowledge of Super Lemon Haze, Jack Herer, & Girl Scout Cookies relief for anxiety?

  5. DJ

    Start off one or two hits see how that works remember the more you smoke the more you have to deal with and believe me anxiety gets easier to manage

  6. Craig
    About getting panic/ anxiety attacks when smoking

    I use to get anxiety attacks from certain strains, indicas don’t do that to me, even 50/50 hybrids, but sativa’s get me almost every time. I’d stick to indica dominant strain’s

  7. Drew

    This article is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’ve been smoking for years but i was just told by my doctor that i have G.A.D. The marijuana intensifies my anxiety because of the life happenings thats going on right now. Almost everything on this article relates to me. I’ve been looking for answers and I’ve seem to found some. Thank you.

    Drew G

  8. John Dimambro

    Granddaddy Purple usually works best for me, if I feel any anxiety coming on after smoking (which I only smoke a little about an hour before bed) it passes quickly and then I feel super relaxed and mellow and it helps alot with my insomnia

  9. Aaron Lambotte

    Should I smoke marijuana for my depression and anxiety if I’m already on zoloft?

    1. Lulu

      Now a days smoking weed is not the oil way to relieve depression. Try oils, candies, lotions you have a few choices. Good Luck on getting rid of your anxiety

    2. benji

      tbh zoloftnever helped with my depression but weed did
      so yes smoke weed always

    3. Adam

      You need to consult with your primary physician.

  10. Lisa

    I have a hard time because of my anxiety and depression, I barely want to get out of bed let alone have the energy for the day or people. I just want to live a happy normal life, any ideas.

  11. Kara

    Is there a strain that is good for both panic attacks and chronic pain?

    1. Dawn Selstrom

      Yes there is, I deal with both anxiety and pain issues and my dispensary doc, (not really a Dr.) started me on a strain called Gods gift, it has a THC value of 27.13% and a CBD value of 0.22% and it truly helps my back pain and no anxiety what so ever. I recommend you try some out before purchasing to see if it helps you as well as it helps me. Good luck…

    2. FG Budtender

      For sure! most indices will do the Jobe amazingly for ya. on this list the bestsellers one would be grand daddy purp.

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