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5 Cannabis Strains That Can Help Combat Anxiety

December 31, 2020 03:30 pm ET
5 Cannabis Strains That Can Help Combat Anxiety

Using cannabis to help combat anxiety is a tricky business. Studies have given us significant evidence that cannabis can be used to help cope with anxiety and because anxiety is so common, that’s an extremely welcome piece of information. Anxiety is a natural human function and just about everyone has experienced it to a mild degree, while some find their lives severely disrupted by it. But it’s a two-edged sword because, in addition to fighting the effects of anxiety, cannabis has also been known to exacerbate it. And if you’re a person who’s struggling to manage anxiety, that’s the last thing in the world you want to hear. For many, it might be enough to turn them off to the idea of even trying cannabis—a shame, because they might be shutting the door on something that could really help them. The answer to the conundrum is to consume cannabis mindfully. Rather than just picking up any old cannabis product and hoping for the best, you want to select something that’s known to be good for anxiety. Here are a few of the best of the bunch.

Cannabis Strains That Can Help Anxiety

Granddaddy Purple

High THC potency is what usually leads to a spike in anxiety. But that doesn’t mean you can’t smoke something potent and still feel mellow. Granddaddy Purple is your ticket to chill-town. WIth 20% THC, it’ll definitely have you feeling high, but the strain’s sedative properties will relax your muscles and calm your racing thoughts. Granddaddy Purple is one of the most popular and commonly recommended strains for those struggling with anxiety.

Sour OG

If you’re newer to cannabis use, or you want to keep your THC content a little more conservative, Sour OG’s roughly 15% might be the right fit for you. This award-winning strain is a great way to relax without causing sleepiness, so you can grab some Sour OG early in the day and count on remaining productive.


AC-DC is a CBD-dominant strain, making it an excellent choice for those looking to try to combat their anxiety with cannabis but concerned about the paranoia-inducing effects. Without the high, this strain allows its users to focus on the other benefits it has to offer—a clear mind and body relaxation that will help you let go of stress at the end of a long day.

Amnesia Haze

It’s important to know the THC content of whatever strain you choose, as well as whether it’s an Indica dominant or a Sativa dominant strain. But another important detail is the terpenes in the strain. In addition to impacting the flavor and the aroma of your cannabis, the terpenes can play a role in the effect it has on your body. Amnesia Haze features a high dose of limonene, a terpene also found in lemonade peels. Amnesia Haze’s high THC content will give you a nice head high, but the limonene will function as a mood lifter to help with your anxiety.

Chocolate Chunk

Take further advantage of terpenes with Chocolate Chunk, which features myrcene and caryophyllene. Caryophyllene is known to help reduce anxiety, while myrcene functions as a muscle relaxant and helps to promote sleep. What that means is that you shouldn’t use Chocolate Chunk unless you’re ready to either go to bed or else lie around dozing for a while—not at the start of your day, and certainly not before operating heavy machinery! But if your anxiety troubles you at night, in particular, you might find that this blend is just the solution you need.

If you have any other favorite strains that help combat anxiety, we would love to hear about them in the comments!  

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