Stress and anxiety are ubiquitous in modern society as a combination of deadlines, long work hours, and economic strife means that Americans are constantly ‘on edge’. The National Institute of Mental Health says that over 18% of American adults, approximately 40 million people, are affected by anxiety disorders. Many experts believe the true figure is closer to 30%.
Anxiety disorders cost the United States economy more than $42 billion a year, which is almost 30% of the nation’s total annual mental health bill. This cost is measured both in terms of time missed at work, and the enormous amounts of prescription medication we consume to tackle these issues.
Cruelly, these prescription drugs are addictive, laden with side effects, and all too often, their effectiveness is short-term. Marijuana, on the other hand, is a natural anxiety reliever with minimal side effects and a whole lot of additional benefits. In this piece, we look at five remarkable marijuana strains that can help you overcome the anxiety disorders which threaten to rule, and ruin, your life.
1 – Sour Tsunami (The Uplifting Marijuana Strain)
This is a rare strain insofar as it has relatively large amounts of CBD and THC. Sour Tsunami typically has up to 10% of each, so the CBD in the plant counteracts the THC which means you’re less likely to experience negative side effects such as dizziness, hallucinations, paranoia and anxiety.
This strain is a cross between Sour Diesel and New York Sour Diesel and was one of the first high-CBD weed strains to achieve mainstream popularity. Like other high-CBD strains, Sour Tsunami doesn’t provide you with much of a cerebral buzz in what is a Sativa dominant (60%) hybrid.
Instead, you will benefit from the immense analgesic properties of this strain which should make you feel focused, happy, and extremely uplifted. As it is the ideal medicinal strain, we recommend using Sour Tsunami during the day. It ensures your head remains clear, but you also enjoy the complete absence of anxiety in the hours after use.
2 – Critical Mass (The Legendary Marijuana Strain)
This strain typically has a THC content of over 20% but its 5% worth of CBD works wonders to alleviate feelings of anxiety. This indica dominant strain (80%) is a cross of Afghani indica with Skunk #1. It is a hybrid that’s a different take on Big Bud, but it is a strain that’s known for the awesome body high it rewards users with.
Critical Mass is one of the most reliable marijuana strains when it comes to relaxation – after a few smokes, you should feel the effects on your body although your mind remains reasonably clear. As well as feeling happy, users report that they experience a sense of lightness as they seem to ‘float’ through the air.
Unlike Sour Tsunami, Critical Mass is not for daytime use because it makes you feel extremely sleepy; this is why it is one of the strains of choice for insomniacs. The body high should last for hours and we recommend that you get ready for a bout of the giggles, because Critical Mass is known to send users into a state of euphoria and joy.
3 – Afghan Kush (The Marijuana Strain for Pure Relaxation)
This is another powerful strain with 21% THC, but once again, the effects are offset by up to 6% CBD. It is a pure indica that originated in the Hindu Kush mountain range and was created by growers in the Netherlands. Afghan Kush is widely regarded as one of the finest strains in the world for relaxation, and we recommend using it after a hard and stressful day at work.
It is of course extremely potent though, which means newcomers should tread carefully. No matter how wound up you are, a few smokes of Afghan Kush will ensure you unwind. Within minutes, you will feel euphoric, at peace, and eventually, you will find it hard to avoid giggling at almost anything. Also, the effects of Afghan Kush last for hours, which means it is the perfect evening strain.
Afghan Kush is especially popular because it helps you completely forget about your anxieties and woes. A few hits are all you need to feel the intense indica effects taking over your body and mind. Relaxation ultimately leads to sedation and eventually, you’ll fall asleep. As an aside, Afghan Kush is also one of the best strains if you’re having trouble eating, because it gives you a monster case of the munchies.
4 – Strawberry Cough (The Marijuana Strain That’s a Tasty Way to De-stress)
The first thing we have to do is issue a warning: Strawberry Cough is well named because it is capable of triggering a coughing fit in just about any smoker. If you can overcome this issue, though, Strawberry Cough is one of the best anti-anxiety strains out there. It is a Sativa dominant strain (80%) with 18% THC and a minimal amount of CBD.
In general, Strawberry Cough offers an even high and once you have the coughing fit, you’ll feel a strong tingling sensation in your throat. It takes a while for this strain to take effect but when it does, you’ll feel extremely relaxed and joyous. You should also feel a gradual increase in your energy levels, which means this is a great strain when you want to finish tasks.
As a result, Strawberry Cough is an ideal morning or afternoon strain because as well as making you feel balanced and calm, it helps you unwind while still giving you the motivation to get things done. The energy boost is akin to a sugar high but without the shattering comedown.
5 – Blue Dream (America’s Most Popular Marijuana Strain)
Blue Dream has consistently been one of the United States’ most beloved strains and while it now faces stiff competition from Gorilla Glue #4, it is still one of the best anti-anxiety options. It is known as the perfect daytime pick me up because it keeps your mind clear, boosts your energy, and makes you feel great. It is like coffee but without the caffeine withdrawals.
This Sativa dominant strain (60%) contains up to 24% THC and around 2% CBD. It originated in California and is a cross between a Blueberry Indica and Super Silver Haze. Blue Dream is renowned for the intense full-body relaxation that you feel soon after smoking, and you should also feel a sense of euphoria.
Nonetheless, it is not a strain that stops you in your tracks – the gentle mental stimulation it provides makes it the perfect breakfast strain, and it is also the go-to weed for creative types. Even though you might feel as if you’re floating, Blue Dream keeps you sharp enough to interact and the energy to go about your day.
Final Thoughts on Marijuana for Anxiety
Ideally, the marijuana strain you choose to tackle anxiety will have at least a little bit of CBD to counteract the THC. An increasing number of medical studies have shown that CBD is one of the most effective cannabinoids for treating anxiety, PTSD, and a variety of other mood disorders. If you’re getting pumped full of prescription drugs that do nothing for your anxiety, switch to marijuana and get better, naturally.