Top ten recommended cannabis strains for anxiety

Published Jan 29, 2019 01:45 p.m. ET

 Those who suffer from anxiety may require a bit more research to feel secure when choosing a strain. With panic attacks and paranoia being common side effects of THC, it is essential to pick one that is most likely to provide relief. While there is a wide range of low THC strains to choose from that may be best to start with. That doesn't mean you can't find one high in THC that could also help to relieve your symptoms.

First, it is essential to recognize your tolerance and sensitivity level. The next step is to experiment with some new strains to see which ones make you feel the best. Below is a list of the ten most recommended strains for anxiety sufferers.

Cannatonic- This indica dominant hybrid is considered to be highly medicinal. It is high in CBD and low in THC (rarely over 6%). Cannatonic is known mostly for it’s calming and mood-altering effects and it comes highly recommended to those who have ADHD, PTSD, depression, paranoia, and bipolar disorder. This one comes with a minimal buzz and keeps your head clear.

Girl Scout Cookies- This hybrid has an even mix of both Indica and Sativa genetics. It’s most frequently used recreationally as it comes with a slightly higher THC level (26%-28%) than most on this list but still offers a relaxing experience. This particular strain is well known for its long lasting high. With many users reporting still feeling the effects after 6+hours. GSC is recommended most to those suffering from nausea, anxiety, body aches and pains, and lack of appetite. While it certainly packs a punch and isn't for everyone, if you suffer from anxiety and want to consume it more for the recreational aspect than this strain could be perfect for you.

Grand Daddy Purple- This Indica strain is high in THC at 24%-27% and is mostly known for its oversized purple buds. GDP offers a wide range of benefits for those who suffer from muscle spasms, decreased appetite, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and stress. The buzz is described as heavy and relaxing and is perfect for the end of a long day.

Purple Urkle- This Indica weighs in at a higher 26% THC content. This one is a popular sleep inducer that offers an intense full body pain relief. It can often be used to treat those with insomnia, anxiety, ADHD and PTSD. While most famous for recreational use it has been a favorite of many who benefit from its calming effects.

White Fire OG- Also known as WiFi OG is a Sativa dominant hybrid with a whopping 25% THC and a little (0.5%) CBD. With the reputation of an energetic and more focused buzz. WFOG is excellent for those with depression, anxiety, and pain. While a bit more limited in medical benefits, this one made a listbecause of the success it has with those suffering from specifically from anxiety.

Blackberry Kush- A predominantly Indica strain. The effects are described as euphoric, intense, and powerful. While the primary purchasers of this strain are using for recreational purposes, it rings in reasonablylow at 12.5% THC with only 0.07% CBD. , this one highly talked about in the medical cannabis community. The medicinal benefits of this one are mostly felt by those who suffer from headaches, nausea, anxiety depression, and for those in search of pain relief.

Northern Lights- A pure Indica with an average 16% - 20% THC and 0.01%CBD. NL is better known for its mild, full body buzz. This one is popular amongst those who like to remain active while using. Some other positive effects are a feeling of sociability and happiness. Recommended for those with fibromyalgia, anorexia, insomnia, and also for those who suffer from chronic pain.

Strawberry Cough- Is a Sativa dominant hybrid and descendant of the infamous Haze strain, with an average of 15%-20% THC. Most famous for its distinctive strawberry flavor and smell. SC is medicinally beneficial to anyone suffering from muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, peripheral neuropathy, shingles anxiety, and depression.

ACDC- A Sativa dominant phenotype of the high CBD strain Cannatonic. The fantastic thing about ACDC is that it has a THC: CBD ratio of 1:20. It’s because of this that this strain has almost no intoxicating effect. With only 1% THC and a high 19% CBD this one is incredibly special and has an extensive range of medical benefits. Including assisting those who have epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, anxiety or just about any kind of pain.

White Widow- A balanced hybrid with an average 18% - 25% THC content. The effects from this strain are known to kick in quickly and be rather powerful. Offering a more intense head buzz along with short bursts of energy. WW is known for its ability to lessen the symptoms of those with fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, anxiety, sciatica, back pain, andstress.

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