The best weed strains to combat social anxiety

Published Sep 1, 2019 09:00 a.m. ET
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We now live in a day and age where we invest more time and energy into our online presence, than we do on fostering healthy face to face interactions. Though this societal shift is incredibly helpful for maintaining contact with long lost friends and relatives that we no longer see in our day to day lives, it can be detrimental in the long run for those who choose to use technology over practicing real-life social skills.

That dramatic change, along with an uptick in mental health awareness, has led to many more people than ever before reporting intense symptoms of social anxiety. For those who suffer from these debilitating issues, it can be a challenge to hold down a job, get to know a neighbor, make friends and some people even have trouble with the very first step of being social, which is leaving the house.

Anxiety can happen at any time, and not all sufferers can predict when an onset of symptoms might arise, making it even more difficult to face these fears. Luckily, some people have luck with pharmaceutical options prescribed by a doctor, or certain lifestyle adjustments, but many others still suffer alone and in silence, with absolutely no reprieve.

For them, finding an alternative method of treating social anxiety could be lifechanging, and cannabis might be just the answer they have been seeking.

Indica vs Sativa strains for Anxiety

There are some common misconceptions surrounding cannabis consumption that has stemmed from years of propaganda and myth. One of which, is essential to clear up if you are seeking the best weed strains for anxiety.

Indica Strains

Cannabis Indica strains are often believed to be more potent, intense and sedating which could possibly interfere with your ability to stay awake, be alert and stay clear-headed which are typically necessary for a good quality conversation.

Sativa strains

Cannabis Sativa is touted as a cure-all for grogginess and a more uplifting type of weed that can help to burst through the barriers that so often accompany social anxiety.

Which ones are the best weed strains for anxiety? The truth is that these two labels mean very little when it comes to the effects that a consumer might expect from smoking or ingesting a particular cannabis strain. Instead, they are essential tools for growers, as they help to describe things like the length of growing time, size of the plant and yield, and many other important factors for marijuana cultivators.

The reality is that both Indica strains and Sativa strains can be helpful for those who suffer from anxiety, and the most effective and highest recommended marijuana strains for social anxiety are often hybrids. Hybrids are a combination of two different plant species genetics that may or may not include components from Sativa and or Indica genes.

How to select the best cannabis strains for Social Anxiety

When it comes to finding the best weed strains for any symptom, the first place that you should look is at the expected effects from any reliable online database. The majority of which have been compiled by consumers and growers through years of self-experiments to help consumers understand what each different type of weed might have to offer.

Top 20 best weed strains for Anxiety

For those who want some fast and accurate ideas to start, we have compiled a list of 20 different types of marijuana including both Sativa strains and Indica strains that can help to curve the most commonly felt symptoms of social anxiety:

  1. Aliens on Moonshine
    Type: Indica
    THC content: 9%
    CBD content: 18%
    Aroma: Pine, citrus and diesel

  2. Pineapple Diesel
    Type: Hybrid
    THC content: 18%
    CBD content: 0.5%
    Aroma: Sweet, diesel and pineapple

  3. Royal Haze
    Type: Sativa
    THC content: 15%
    CBD content: 5%
    Aroma: Woody, earthy and citrus

  4. Cindy White
    Type: Hybrid
    THC content: 22%
    CBD content: N/A
    Aroma: Earthy, woody and pungent

  5. Strawberry Amnesia
    Type: Sativa
    THC content: 22%
    CBD content: 1%
    Aroma: Sweet, strawberry and herbal

  6. Little Dragon
    Type: Hybrid
    THC content: 24%
    CBD content: N/A
    Aroma: Mango, citrus and mint

  7. Dance World
    Type: Sativa
    THC content: 11%
    CBD content: 11%
    Aroma: Earthy, lime and pine

  8. Area 51
    Type: Hybrid
    THC content: 23%
    CBD content: N/A
    Aroma: Pungent, sweet and lavender

  9. Sour Patch Kiss
    Type: Hybrid
    THC content: 17%
    CBD content: 1%
    Aroma: Tropical, citrus and sweet

  10. Red Poison
    Type: Hybrid
    THC content: 16%
    CBD content: N/A
    Aroma: Earthy, citrus and sweet

  11. Sugar Shack
    Type: Hybrid
    THC content: 19%
    CBD content: 1%
    Aroma: Pine, sweet and woody

  12. Blue Dream
    Type: Hybrid
    THC content: 23%
    CBD content: 1%
    Aroma: Berry, blueberry and fruity

  13. Lemon Walker OG
    Type: Hybrid
    THC content: 20%
    CBD content: 1%
    Aroma: Lemon, citrus and sweet

  14. Jamaican Lion
    Type: Sativa
    THC content: 21%
    CBD content: N/A
    Aroma: Sweet, spicy and herbal

  15. Pure Power Plant
    Type: Hybrid
    THC content: 23%
    CBD content: 1%
    Aroma: Skunk, earthy and pungent

  16. Hawaiian Haze
    Type: Sativa
    THC content: 25%
    CBD content: 1%
    Aroma: Tropical, sweet and earthy

  17. Deadwood
    Type: Indica
    THC content: 15%
    CBD content: N/A
    Aroma: Earthy, berry and lavender

  18. Orange Crush
    Type: Hybrid
    THC content: 14%
    CBD content: 2%
    Aroma: Sweet, orange and citrus

  19. Banana Kush
    Type: Hybrid
    THC content: 17%
    CBD content: 1%
    Aroma: Tropical, sweet and fruity

  20. Purple Cotton Candy
    Type: Indica
    THC content: 19%
    CBD content: 1%
    Aroma: Sweet, grape and lavender

Related Strains

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4.0
Effects: Focused, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Sin City Seeds is home to Aliens On Moonshine. This CBD potent phenotype is the crossing of White Moonshine and The Cali Connections indica dominant Sour Alien.
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4.0
Effects: Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Pineapple Diesel provides powerful but clear cerebral effects making this a good choice for beginners to try.
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Royal Haze is bred by Dinafem who crossed Northern Lights, Skunk and Haze to deliver a great strain to use in the daytime.
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4.0
Effects: Creative, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Cindy White is a 50/50 sativa-dominant hybrid cross between Cinderella 99 and White Widow with uplifting effects.
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4.0
Effects: Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Dinafem bred Strawberry Amnesia by crossing Strawberry Cough and Amnesia providing a great daytime strain
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5.0
Effects: Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Little Dragon offers a blending of OG Kush, Colombian, and Thai genetics. providing mid-level pain relief.
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4.0
Effects: Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Bred by Royal Queen Seeds in Spain, Dance World is a sativa dominant strain used to treat anxiety, pain and spasms.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Focused, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Area 51 has a sweet citrus smell with floral undertones and a smooth flowery smoke.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Sour Patch Kiss by Elev8 Seeds is a cross between Sour Kush and Kimbo Kush.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Red Poison is bred by Sweet Seeds and produces a healthy body stone.
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0
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Sugar Shack is great for anyone who suffers from insomnia and lack of appetite.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Creative, Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Uplifted
Blue Dream makes users feel calm and relaxed throughout their whole body, with its strong body high. Alongside that it also gives users a subtle head high and a little burst of cerebral energy with it.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Focused, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Lemon Walker OG is a first place in the concentrates category at a Denver Cannabis Cup.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Jamaican Lion is a high-CBD sativa strain that has lineage from Jamaican Yarders and Mountain Lion.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Creative, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Pure Power Plant is a potent sativa-dominant bud that delivers a very strong fast hit.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Hawaiian Haze is a sativa dominant strain that is a crossing of Hawaiian and an unknown Indica strain.
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3.0
Effects: Giggly, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Deadwood, a cross between Bubba Kush and Sweet Pink Grapefruit, is a deep indica strain that aids sufferers of chronic pain, anxiety and insomnia while delivering a sweet spicy note.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
California Orange and Blueberry combined produce Orange Crush. A powerful cerebral effect lasting up to 2 hours is delivered with this strain.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Banana Kush provides a very nice, strong full body stone with uplifting cerebral effects.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Aroused, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative, Uplifted
Purple Cotton Candy is the crossing of Cotton Candy Kush and Grandaddy Purple. This strain is a calming indica hybrid perfect for evening use.

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