What are the best strains of weed for treating anxiety? Answering this question means knowing how cannabis works as a treatment for anxiety and other mood disorders.
How Does Cannabis Treat Anxiety?
Cannabis can be an effective remedy for anxiety. Studies continue to attest to the therapeutic effects of cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Misinformation and misunderstanding persist about marijuana and anxiety. For the average recreational user, getting high can produce some anxious feelings. Usually, these are no big deal. Some, however, experience acute anxiety and paranoia.
As a result, cannabis gets a bad reputation as a treatment for anxiety. Many people think that it makes the disorder worse. However, it’s not cannabis itself, but THC that’s to blame. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that makes users high.
But it stimulates the part of the brain responsible for “fight or flight” fear responses. CBD, however, doesn’t have this effect. It serves as a counterweight to the effects of THC. And that’s why studies which focus on CBD have found that it’s an effective treatment for anxiety, PTSD, and other mood disorders.
The Best Strains for Treating Anxiety
Granddaddy Purple (GDP) is a legendary indica strain, known for it’s dark green and purple color and rich, berry-like taste.
If high-CBD indicas work well for treating your anxiety, but you’re looking for something with lower THC, look no further.
While many folks find that indicas provide a more chilled out experience than uplifting sativas, that doesn’t mean that sativas can’t be some of the best strains for treating anxiety.
Jack is another sativa strain that might over-stimulate those who are hyper-sensitive to anxiety.
Canna-Tsu is a hybrid strain that’s been popularized by those in the medical cannabis community looking to keep a clear head.
Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies is another hybrid strain that’s known the world over for its extremely high THC content.
Now we’re getting into strains that have been specifically bred to yield ultra-high CBD concentrations.
With Critical Mass, you’re getting one of the highest THC strains available today: 22 percent. It’s basically the complete opposite of Charlotte’s web.
Harlequin gets its name from its bright, variegated colors, giving it the appearance of a Harlequin’s coat.
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