4 Best Marijuana Strains That’ll Melt Away Your Anxiety [2019 Update]
March 1, 2019
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4 Best Marijuana Strains That’ll Melt Away Your Anxiety [2019 Update]

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on March 1, 2019

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.

In this article, we will explain what is anxiety, its symptoms and show you 4 strains that could help melt away your stress and anxiety.

Need a highly effective solution for Anxiety? Continue reading or explore your options by starting here.

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.

Read the full White Widow Review here
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.

Read the complete Cherry Pie Review here

4) Grandaddy Purple (Indica Hybrid)

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

Read the complete Grandaddy Purple Review here.

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61 comments
  1. Debbie
    Great picks!

    Amazing picks! I’ve personally tried all 4 strains and find them incredibly useful for calming my nerves and making me less anxious. Definitely recommend to anyone suffering from stress or crippling anxiety!

  2. Yazmin
    Meds vs canna is

    I have chronic anxiety and depression diagnosed for around 10 yrs now. Had to take a mini cocktail of pills everyday until i started researching and switch to a more “natural” approach. I found indica strains work better for my anxiety isually sativa strains worsen my symptons. I wouldnt mix anti depressants or anti anxiety meds together with cannabis so i starting lowering doses woth the advise of my doctor and now 3 yrs later done with xanax, prozac, ect, ect. And i feel great

  3. Samantha Greggory
    Fingers crossed

    I have severe OCD and have heard about Sour OG a few times in OCD communities online. This is a great article, and really insightful for someone suffering like I am. I will be buying this and will let you all know how i go!

  4. Lisa
    Anxiety and RLS...Taken off meds....Can't sleep!!! Help!!!

    Hello! 🙂
    Just starting to look into marijuana options since our state is now on board with medical use. I have had severe anxiety as well as severe restless leg syndrome for many years. I had been on Xanax for many years for both these conditions, but recently had a really bad reaction to it. So, I have been abruptly pulled off of of the RX. In the mean time, my anxiety and especially my RLS is out of control. I haven’t slept more than a couple hours (if that) a night for nearly 2 months and all my Dr. will offer is melatonin….which does nothing for me.
    Are there options (and relief) for me in the Marijuana world?
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Ashton
      Some ideas for you

      We all metabolize differently. Our environment and perception of life can also affect these processes. Id offer this advice to you since no one has replied.

      Be reminded that things always fall into place. Meaning keep a positive outlook. Get busy. Be yourself. People are naturally attracted to real people. Take care of something. Drink water. And lastly you can try(you mention RLS and anxiety) these supplements:
      Quality Magnesium (NOW brand)
      L-Theanine
      L-Argentiine/Ornithine
      Rhodiola
      Ashwaghanda
      Could read a book by Julia Ross about amino acids and supplementing.

      Hope this helps.

  5. Melody
    Need some help from some peeps that understand.

    Hi, lovely peeps!

    I’ve been smoking pretty much since I was 13. I love the whole process of it…the rolling, the smell, the smoke etc… recently it has given me RIDICULOUS anxiety!! Just out of nowhere! I have noticed sativa has been a big NONO for me. Ok, that’s fine…move on to indica…still feeling it, not as bad, but definitely still there. I want to pretty much relax and smoke it like a cigarette…any ideas on ones that are extremely low in TCH? Is CBD what I’m looking for? Would loooooove some help on this. Super frustrating!

    1. Ren
      Ghost train haze

      I stopped smoking for many years due to anxiety. I just tried ghost train haze and it worked amazingly for me. Even though it says online that it can cause anxiousness. I only smoked a small amount. I’m writing this cause it felt like a miracle worker

    2. Michelle

      Ive recently read that anxiety grows progressively with THC use. And that adults who have smoked since under the age of full brain development are more likely to get paranoid and develop schizophrenia…Im no expert but I do read that more…maybe try switching to CBD for anxiety.

    3. bird fancier

      try high CBD strains, I believe it would help more than cbd oil, which is from hemp.
      the thc is still there, its just balanced by the cbd. I got cbd blueberry from my dispensary
      about a 1:1 ratio of cbd to thc and I definitely get effects. I hope this helps to avoid negative
      effects like high anxiety.

  6. Dale

    I used to be a daily smoker for almost 10 years and always dealt with mild anxiety. Then one day out of now where I got the worst panic attack I’ve ever experienced where I felt like I couldn’t breathe. Nowadays I can’t even take one hit without feeling super anxious. It’s weird cause I use to smoke to treat my anxiety but now it cause it. I wish I could enjoy bud again but now I had to give it up

  7. Brandon
    Need advice

    Hello, I have really bad panic attacks where it feels like I cannot breathe. What strain would you reccomend to fix this problem.

    1. Joe Hartman
      Game changers

      I have bad anxiety attacks as well. Gorilla glue #4 always helps, never has let me down. Alaskan Thunder Fuck, white widow, blue magoo at all very good for this as well. I call them game changers. But now there is a strain called game changer. I haven’t tried it yet but im hoping it lives up to it’s name.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. Daniel
      That pure indie medicine

      Hey I usually still to indica only for your panic attacks it sometimes happens with me since I have PTSD myself. I have grand mall seizures that I control with depicoat. But for my petite mall seizures I find GRANDDADDY PURPLE and GORILLA GLUE preferably GG#4. The GDP can be rolled up but not with the GORILLA GLUE since it’s pretty sticky. Best bet is a bong. Best of luck. Happy holidays!! PEACE ✌🏻

    2. Robert

      I get you. smoked daily for years then one day, BAM!! Worst freakout panic attack you ever heard of and have been real sensitive ever since. I have done a lot of research and reading and two strains I’ve come across that are supposed to be superb for anxiety, panic and those of us with the racy heart are Congo which seems to be fairly available and Kalichakra by Mandala. Do a little reading and you may find one or both of these are worth pursuing.

    3. 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.

    4. 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. 🙂

    5. 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.

    6. Big john
      Axziety crushers

      Been dealing with the same problem for over 20 years

      Best products for me so far,

      Kali mist
      Strawberry cough
      Hurkle
      CBD rene

    7. Adam

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

  10. 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?

  11. 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?

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