In recent years, anxiety disorders have become the talk of the town in the mental health community. Everyone experiences occasional jitters or nervousness before a big event, but it seems that this generation is particularly susceptible to abnormal levels of both generalized and social anxiety as well as panic attacks. Anxiety disorders in fact affect over 18% of adults in the U.S, which accounts for over 40 million people. These numbers only account for the people who have actually sought help and received a diagnosis for their problem.
Not only is anxiety unpleasant for the sufferer, but it can also be dangerous to the health and have life-altering implications. People who suffer from anxiety are more likely to develop drug and alcohol dependencies, they often suffer from sleep problems and untreated anxiety can also lead to lower academic performance. Although many people do not seek help for their anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be an effective treatment for anxiety disorders. There are also prescription medications that people with anxiety can take. However, many people feel these medications make them feel dull and tired and they often cause addiction problems.
Medical marijuana offers an alternative to these medications. Not only is marijuana natural, but also there are a variety of ways it can be consumed, besides smoking. Medical cannabis has been shown to not only treat a variety of physical conditions, such as pain, but has also showed positive effects for mental disorders, including anxiety and post traumatic stress. With all the different varieties of medical cannabis available, it can be difficult to select the right strain to control your anxiety. Typically, you want to stay away from sativa strains of weed and ideally select a low THC, high CBD variety. This will ensure that you stay clear headed while enjoying the therapeutic effects that medical cannabis can offer. Below, we profile the top weed strains for anxiety.
Cannatonic is a strain that often comes up when discussing medical marijuana for treatment of mood or psychological disorders. Originally created in Barcelona, Spain, this strain is made up of 6% THC and 15% CBD. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana while CBD or Cannabidiol, is an active ingredient in marijuana with anti-psychotic and calming features.
This makes for a strain of marijuana that boasts extremely relaxing effects without significant psychoactive properties. This means that the paranoia often associated with marijuana will be non-existent in most cases, with this strain of marijuana. Your mind will also be clear and your mood uplifted and anxiety free. This strain of marijuana will likely leave you feeling sociable, so Cannatonic is ideal for those suffering with social anxieties.
Unlike many higher THC strains of marijuana, consuming Cannatonic will not leave you feeling lethargic or tired and you should be able to go about your day quite normally, with the added benefit of decreased anxiety and depression.
This cannabis strain is often use by people who suffer from epilepsy and many other debilitating conditions. It can also be used to control pain and treat migraines, again, owing to its high CBD content. Cannatonic mostly affects your spirit and has very little effect on the body. It may calm your mind, allowing you to fall asleep more easily, but if you suffer from severe insomnia, a strain slightly higher in THC may be more appropriate at bedtime.
Sour Tsunami is another strain of medical cannabis that is famous for its powerful therapeutic capabilities. Like Cannatonic, this strain is High in CBD (usually around 13% but can go as high as 30%) and lower in THC, sitting at around 10% THC. The wonderful Sour Tsunami strain is able to relieve many symptoms of both physical and mental ailments such as pain, stress, insomnia and nausea.
This cannabis strain, like other high CBD formulas, will help provide relief from symptoms without lethargy while leaving them with a clear mind. Users can rest assured that they can still be productive after consuming Sour Tsunami.
Sour Tsunami is also one of the most sought after strains in terms of treating depression. Although neither anxiety nor depression has been shown to create the other disorder, there is evidence that they often co-exist in a patient, so if you suffer from both these illnesses, the Sour Tsunami may be a great strain of medical marijuana to explore.
This strain will make you feel uplifted and stress free without leaving you drowsy, lethargic or with a cloudy head.
This high CBD, sativa dominant strain offers the ultimate in relaxation. It boasts a THC to CBD ratio of 1:20 and CBD levels can be up to 19%. This means that this strain is an effective therapeutic tool for conditions ranging from anxiety to protecting cells from the dangerous effects of chemo and controlling pain, all without intoxicating the patient.
ACDC treats these conditions without leaving the patient fatigued or sluggish and induces an almost immediate happy and calming sensation. It can also be effective in helping patients that struggle with sleep, anxiety induced or other, fall asleep and stay asleep.
For the THC sensitive, ACDC can work wonders on anxiety levels, leaving them feel relaxed and at ease, without clouding their judgment or making them feel lethargic so you can feel certain that you will be able to go about your day and accomplish tasks normally.
Anxiety affects a huge number of people and can really impact your life in a negative manner. While we always recommend therapy and talking through anxiety issues, marijuana can offer an all-natural solution to soothing anxiety and avoiding panic attacks without risks of dependence and without making the sufferer feel dull or lethargic. ACDC, Sour Tsunami and Cannatonic are all strains that repeatedly receive praise for their ability to raise your mood and calm you without leaving you stuck to your couch, tired or intoxicated. Search for them at your local medical cannabis dispensary today!
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