Best Medical Marijuana Strains For Anxiety
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/07/2018 in Strains
Updated on January 29, 2019.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Anxiety disorders are mental conditions that make people worry intensely about future events and become terrified about current issues. This condition can be so severe that it prevents people from carrying out daily activities and leading a healthy life.
Whether anxiety is in the form of panic attacks that make the person sweat and have irregular heartbeats or social phobias that make them avoid group situations, certain marijuana strains can effectively treat anxiety.
Why Is Marijuana Effective for Treating Anxiety?
Conventional medicine uses several different kinds of drugs to treat anxiety disorders, including serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Zoloft and tranquilizers like Valium. However, many patients don’t respond well to these medications.
One of the non-psychoactive cannabinoids found in marijuana that is commonly used to treat anxiety is cannabidiol (CBD). Various scientists and researchers have experimented with both animals and humans to test the effectiveness of CBD for anxiety treatment. They have found that CBD has a calming effect on the mind and can be used to treat a variety of anxiety-related ailments, including:
How CBD Helps Treat Anxiety
Taking CBD can relieve frequently reported anxiety symptoms such as fear, worry and acute stress.
In a double-blind study conducted by researchers in Brazil, participants showed a significant reduction in anxiety after taking CBD. To validate the subjective reports of participants, the scientists took some brain scans showing cerebral blood circulation patterns that had an anti-anxiety effect.
In another study to observe the effect of taking CBD on social anxiety disorder, the participants did a public speaking mock test. The reduced anxiety during the test was confirmed by anxiety indicators such as blood pressure and heart rate.
The scientists conducting the study concluded that taking CBD brought about a decrease in anxiety, discomfort in speech and cognitive impairment.
Which Are the Best Cannabis Strains to Treat Anxiety?
Marijuana produces different reactions in people with regards to anxiety relief. For some people, a little puff can give instant relief from worry and other symptoms of anxiety. But others report the exact opposite. So, what’s the cause of these different reactions?
Indica vs Sativa For Anxiety
The most obvious reason is the strain a patient uses to treat anxiety. As noted in our earlier mention of studies related to CBD use for treating anxiety, the concentration of CBD in the strain will influence how the user feels after taking it. While patients should experiment with different strains, the following have already been tested and approved of by others with anxiety.
Here are six strains for anxiety treatment to try.
1. Granddaddy Purple
Granddaddy Purple (GDP) is a prevalent hybrid strain created from two indica strains, Big Bud and Purple Urkle. It has a unique berry and grape aroma and a large bud structure. The flowers have a deep purple color when they’re in full bloom.
Granddaddy Purple gives a sense of physical relaxation, and it may also be used to relieve pain, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia and stress. It promotes a peaceful mindset and allows patients to enjoy relief from tension.
2. Amnesia Haze
Amnesia Haze can help those who have an intense fear that makes their thinking fuzzy and unfocused. This strain is a hybrid derived from a Jamaican and Laotian sativa along with an Afghani Hawaiian indica. It has an 80:20 ratio of sativa to indica, making it an excellent strain for clear thinking during the day. While the THC is much higher than the CBD, this strain is useful for relieving various symptoms, including:
Amnesia Haze has a distinctly fresh, fruity taste and a smell of spicy pepper. Excessive amounts should not be taken to avoid dry mouth and bloodshot eyes.
3. Chocolate Chunk
Chocolate Chunk is a 100-percent indica strain with strong potency. It has Afghani indica genetics and is most useful for evening or night use, as it can make the user feel quite drowsy.
Chocolate Chunk has between 10 to 20 percent THC. The flowers have a dense, chunky look that is common for pure indica. The buds have a conical shape while the leaves are tightly coiled, and amber trichomes give the flowers a yellowish tint.
A puff of Chocolate Chunk has a nutty, chocolatey taste. The broken or ground buds have piney, Afghani odor while the cured flowers have an earthy, dank scent.
Chocolate Chunk is great for relieving:
- Aches and pains
- Muscular tensions
- Worry and anxiety
Bear in mind that the strong sedative effect makes it an excellent strain for unwinding at the end of a busy day or during a long weekend.
4. Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies is a hybrid strain that offers users cerebral euphoria and great body comfort. It’s derived from OG Kush and Durban Poison. GSC is a versatile strain with 18 to 23 percent THC. It usually has larger, dense and chunky buds.
Girl Scout Cookies has a rich scent with a combination of citrus sweetness and earthy musk. When they’re burnt, the buds produce a toasted cookie scent that’s synonymous with the strain’s name.
The effect of GSC is almost instant. Users may have a strong feeling of euphoria and feel like socializing with friends and family members. It’s also normal to notice the improved taste, which makes food more palatable. After the initial cerebral excitement, a relaxing effect comes over the entire the body.
GSC has a range of medicinal applications including relief from:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Aches and pains
Harlequin is a hybrid marijuana strain with a sativa to indica ratio of 75/25. It’s a CBD-rich strain that doesn’t have the strong cerebral high one would get from a sativa-dominant strain. The ratio of CBD to THC in Harlequin is 5:2, with CBD ranging from 6 to 15 percent while THC is 4 to 10 percent. This makes it great for lifting mood and providing a mild anti-anxiety effect. Harlequin is best when taken in the afternoon.
6. Northern Lights
Northern Lights is one of the most popular indica-dominant cannabis strains. It’s commonly called “two hit and quit” because it makes the user extraordinarily drowsy and relaxed. A sense of happiness and well-being also accompanies this effect. Some users also use it to increase focus and creativity. It is useful for treating symptoms of:
- Loss of appetite
Find a Marijuana Doctor to Learn More
Medical marijuana an effective alternative to traditional anxiety treatment drugs. The strains highlighted above will help relieve the symptoms of anxiety disorder. Experiment under the supervision of a qualified medical marijuana doctor to choose the ones that deliver the best results.