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

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MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on March 29, 2017

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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Aaron Lambotte

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

    1. Adam

      You need to consult with your primary physician.

    2. benji

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

    3. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Kara

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

    1. FG Budtender

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

    2. 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…

  8. Janice Dean

    The sour strain is wonderful, I am loving it.

  9. Ms Tanay

    I use to smoke 💨 14-19 years old I use to smoke a lot I would hit a a few blunts now I can’t I be so
    Scared heart racing over thinking 💭 negative thoughts have Terrible anxiety!!!!
    I’m 22 I want to smoke how I use to not that much any strands ???

    1. BehrDrk

      I smoked all day everyday. Easily a quarter a day. Then 10 years later I got exactly what you described and then the fear started. Its a panic attack and you will never die from a panic attack. You need to focus on something. Frisbee at the park. I go out and paint. Secondly an indica strain is what you want. Some of the best strains I’ve consumed with little to zero anxiety are:

      Grand daddy purple
      Purple Urkle
      Blueberry Kush
      BlackBerry Kush
      Afghan land races and Afgoo
      OG Kush (popular and famous for breeding)

      But to enjoy fully again you need to treat your anxiety. Try not to live so much in your head.

  10. Rachel Chapman

    This is one of the best strains I have ever had

  11. sandra

    I am currently on meds for PTSD, Aniexty, and Panic attacks. I am looking for a good strain that I will be able to have in small amounts and possibly be able to control these attacks. The cherry pie seems to be the favorite and most that people seem to be using. Has anyone had the disorders that I have and tried anything else?

  12. Marie Jeon

    I often experience anxiety attacks and Cherry pie has proved its worth by significantly reducing my stress levels.

  13. Anna Wiseman

    Cherry pie is a commendable strain for the anxiety. I am happy with the results.

  14. Mandy

    I used to smoke marijuana all the time from 18 years old to 25 years old. All of a sudden I started getting bad panic attacks. When I would smoke I started getting panic attacks and it would freak me out. I felt like I was dying and everything was very UNREAL to me. I wouldn’t wish them on my worst enemy. Has anyone else ever suffered from anything similar to this? I wish I could smoke to just relax once in a while because I really don’t care to drink, I hate hangovers! Thank you.✌

    1. Gil

      I’ve experienced this too and stopped smoking but recently tried it again an amazing strain I’ve found has been purple ak47 you can’t go wrong with it

    2. Tal Bitton

      Yes I have, and I havent smoked since then like 10 years ago. Now I am looking for weed that will make me relax.

    3. Reef

      Your not alone! It sucks because I loved smoking weed. I used to be a major stoner and now I get panic attacks it’s the weirdest thing, it really sucks. But now I smoke on and off. When u smoke and u start to feel worried, just tell yourself your just high! And think positive do anything to get your mind off of the anxiety. Tell the anxiety to F off! And just enjoy the high. I’m going to check out these strains and see which one works best. Another tip.. don’t smoke a lot take a couple hits and you’ll be chillin. Oversmoking = overthinking and then u kind of start to get anxious. Hope this helps (:

    4. Michael

      I was a heavy smoker for many many years. Like 14-28. Now anytime I puff a little bit the anxiety hits me super hard. Always feel like my body doesn’t feel right and get stuck in my head about death and my life and lack of accomplishments. Like someone else said, I wouldn’t wish this crap on my worst enemy. This is no way to live my life and I hope to find peace soon.

    5. Clint

      Yes!!! I smoked for 8+ regularly and never had an issue. I had to quit for work (adulting sucks) but recently got in a position where i could smoke again. The first two times I smoked I flipped. My heart rate got high, panicked, seriously thought something was wrong. That was a couple months ago. I want to smoke so bad but I’m literally scared too which is so stupid being that I smoked daily for years. It sucks.

      1. Lynn LaMar

        As an oldtimer who has been around the block a few times, I have discovered that less is more. 1 hit. It used to be a common known. It’s back.

  15. Jeannette Taylor

    Not satisfied with sour og but grandaddy really helped me to cure anxiety.

  16. Carl

    I find that any indica strain works best, granddaddy purp is my favorite though. I suffer from serve anxiety to the point where I wake up in sweats and heart pounding scared of the “normal” day ahead. I smoke up to three bowls in the morning to start my day and then the same in the evening. Never smoked in high school because I was a goody goody but tried it for my anxiety and can NEVER go back.

  17. Joseph

    I had a panic attack while smoking marijuana when I was 24 I’m now 60 and I still have bad Panic anxiety attacks can any marijuana please help me

    1. Adam

      It’s probably the strains or the THC. Doesn’t work well for you. Have you tried CBD?

  18. Kim

    As long as you smoke in moderation you will be fine – any strand smoked in excess will have your heart in your throat

    And too much can cause headaches

    Too much of anything is a bad thing 🤷🏽‍♀️

  19. Brenda Rivera

    Seemed impossible treating anxiety a week ago until I found grandaddy strain. Many thanks for the information.

    1. Lady Godiva

      Omg, could this be my miraculous strain too? I used to smoke as a teen. (not any of these, just some from reg from street.) there I had a hated time bc of extreme panic, anxieties, OCD, and focus (ADHDx)
      I liked some of the benefits that I noticed but I had to go through extreme nervosa for about a half hour prior though. Excited to know this!
      Someone get a hold of me, plzzzz!

  20. Rose Huffaker

    Anxiety is the most common health issue. Cherry pie is the perfect option for curing anxiety and it gives me instant relief.

  21. Rose Velez

    Stress is a major issue. cherry pie works best for me. Advise everyone to have a little bit in their medicine cabinet

  22. Kevin

    This strains are the bomb. I suffer from lower back pain and the last one really helps.

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