4 Best Cannabis Strains That’ll Melt Away Anxiety [2019 Update]

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on July 2, 2019

If you suffer from anxiety and are thinking of lighting up a marijuana joint, 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 time or another but the fact that you are stressed, worried, or under pressure, doesn’t necessarily mean that you suffer from anxiety. It also doesn’t 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, treatments such as medical marijuana can possibly help with your anxiousness, and in this article, you’ll find out why. Today, we will answer ‘what is anxiety?’, discuss its symptoms, and show you 4 strains that could help melt away your stress and anxiety.

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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 several 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. It often occurs around the age when menopause sets 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 feeling out of control
  • Experiencing higher levels of stress
  • Often struggling with low self-esteem issues
  • Feeling nervous and anxious in social situations
  • Having extreme difficulty managing pressure at work or at home
  • Being sick more often than usual
  • Experiencing unhealthy relationships
  • Suffering from health problems apart from anxiety
  • Feeling depressed
  • Having anger management issues
  • Constantly feeling unsettled
  • Constantly feeling overwhelmed
  • Maybe bouncing from job to job due to 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 the 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 due to social activities. Talk therapy 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 one 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 they act on serotonin receptors. However, 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 affects 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 an extract.

4 Best Marijuana Strains for Anxiety

Whether you are just starting out 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. This strain is said to provide the perfect blend of euphoria and stimulation and is commonly used to relieve various mood disorders.

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 may help with stress and anxiety. It is a good choice for anxiety relief thanks to its conservative THC levels of 13-17%, making it less likely to cause side effects than other, more potent, strains.

Read the full Sour OG Strain Review here.

3) Cherry Pie (indica Dominant Marijuana hybrid

This indica dominant marijuana strain promotes a creative high with a clear mind. Unlike some indicas, it provides deep relaxation but allows you to remain active and alert. Many users consider this strain 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 cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation. At 17-24% THC, this is not a strain for newbies, but if you are looking for full-body relaxation and a powerful high, it could be a good choice for you.

Read the complete Grandaddy Purple Review here.

Best Cannabis Strains That’ll Melt Away Anxiety: Final Thoughts

The relationship between cannabis and anxiety is a complex one, and there is no doubt that overdoing it could easily make matters worse. However, when used in moderation, medical marijuana could provide an effective, natural treatment for anxiety and stress.

The strains listed above are just a few of the many strains that could help with anxiety relief. If you have any other suggestions on how to treat anxiety with marijuana, let the community know by posting them in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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  1. Melvin Thorson
    Regain Composure

    I am sure of White widow, as it acts great whenever I feel low. I have never seen any other strain act so fast for me. It as been 3 years now, and the best part is, I have not become immune or too tolerant to the strain, so even a small puff helps me regain my composure.

  2. Stephanie
    Decent Article

    For myself, I prefer Sour Deisel. I have GAD and PTSD, and for whatever reason, the Sour Diesel works for me. My brother also has GAD and he prefers the White Widow. We’re both very glad to have tried using cannabis for our anxiety. I was able to get off of my anxiety medications, which was huge for me.

  3. Mark Maxey
    It works!

    I have been using medical marijuana for 6 months now. I no longer have to take 16 different meds a day, instead, I only have 1 or 2 that I require. Pain and PTSD has subsided naturally with medical marijuana.

  4. Pj
    All you need to know.

    Very informative and well written.

  5. Deborah West
    Very enlightening on reasons for and strains to use with anxiety.

    Thank you for this guide to MJ strains that help with anxiety.
    I’ve suffered with anxiety since childhood, stemming from a horrific childhood where nobody “had my back”. From this experience I beg to differ that women don’t suffer from PTSD. You don’t need to go to war to have it and, having said that, there are more women in combat than ever before. We may not be on the front lines and I’m not familiar with any women in combat, but I can think of several other reasons women in uniform can suffer from PTSD (sexual harassment and/or abuse can do it).
    Child abuse is relived daily in my mind and, only recently, have I associated myself with that diagnosis.
    Getting back to the topic, more states are prescribing MM for anxiety and depression, as does the state I live in, New Jersey. Our MM laws are broadened now that we have a governor who appreciates what this wonderful plant can do. I’m also on pain management and get tested regularly for “drugs” and, since the war on opioids is affecting people that rely on them for pain (I’ve had my dosage cut in half while still in the hospital for my 1st hip replacement), I think I’m going to get off the fence and sign myself up for MM. After all, opioid addiction is now on the list for diagnosis in N.J. (Thank you Murphy!)
    I’d like to see an article on strains for pain management in the future but thank you, again, for this eye opening article and for doing my homework!

  6. Brittany Heredia
    Just What I Needed

    This is exactly what I needed. I was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, and depression a little over a year ago. I tried the therapy, medication, all of that and nothing truly worked for me until I tried MJ. Now I’ve been looking for ways to get the best out of it and this article was so helpful with that!

  7. Amy Burkey
    Nature's Medicine

    Marijuana definitely helps me with my anxiety, ptsd and chronic pain. Everyone needs to start slow and adjust until it works, it just can’t be full speed ahead! Marijuana is definitely better than being on a boat load of prescription medicines!!! Nature’s medicine!

  8. Melissa Dopp
    Right on

    Thanks! This is exactly what I’ve been dealing with.. Figuring out the right strains & amount of CBD to combat pain from fibromyalgia and symptoms of anxiety & depression without interfering with my (toxic) antidepressant medication. Too much CBD & I start having withdrawal symptoms from the medication. I’d love to get off it but the withdrawal is too much for me to handle right now. Maybe when I find my magic strains & dosages I’ll be able to do it.

  9. Hank Leigh
    Self Help

    I am in Afghanistan and suffer from PTS I will be retiring in March 2020, Your articles are comforting knowing there might help without pills that take away my want to live. I also live in Fla where this is not legal yet. Growing my own seems to be an option for me since I live on a farm in the country. CDB oil also seems like an option for my arthritis pain. I look forward to next year when I can give myself the help that I need. Thank you for the articles

  10. Robert Betz
    White Widow is a life saver

    White Widow works for me. It keeps me calm and eases my anxiety

  11. chris martins
    preformance anxiety/stage fright

    this is great article…it’s interesting….as a drummer for a metal band…i find that one or 2 hits before i hit the stage will take the edge off of my stage fright that i get before going on…depending on the strain..usually just one is needed…any more and i find that it will mess with my tempo….i’ll tend to play faster if i do too much….but it works way better that a couple of shots…which just bogs me down…

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