According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, about 40 million Americans have an anxiety disorder.
If you are walking across a bridge at night and you hear chopping sounds in the darkness, you would become anxious, but that’s a perfectly normal response.
However, if being anxious is your default so that every moment you are pointlessly afraid, that’s the kind of anxiety to cripple your life.
An anxiety disorder can affect you in so many ways including messing up your digestive health, causing cardiovascular disease and exerting a strain on your social life.
Some people take medication to manage their anxiety, whereas others seek therapy, but marijuana is also proven to help manage anxiety disorders.
Next time you are feeling anxious, one of the quickest remedies would be lighting a joint.
Top Marijuana Strains for Managing Anxiety
The research into precisely how marijuana regulates anxiety is not thorough, but the following sativa strains are proven most helpful in relieving anxiety symptoms.
This strain is noted for its high levels of CBD, the non-psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis. Many people ingest CBD tinctures and edibles to eliminate their anxiety, but research shows that CBD works the best when other cannabinoids are involved, particularly THC. This strain was created by Mr. Green by crossing Landrace, with Colombian Gold and Thai.
2. Dutch Hawaiian
The American breeders Top Shelf Seeds created this strain by mixing Dutch Treat with Hawaiian Sativa. The buds are average in size, have a compact build, and smooth consistency. They are green-hued, with streaks of yellow and orange pistils. The buds also have a sticky property from their crystal-like trichomes.
3. Silver Haze
Silver Haze is native to the Netherlands and was created by Sensi Seeds by breeding Northern Lights with Haze. With its chunky and colorful buds, the strain possesses high THC levels, which is why its effects are quick in coming. This strain has won several awards including the High Times Cannabis Cup in 2005, and it enjoys worldwide popularity.
The THC levels of this strain can be as high as 25%. This is one of the best strains for managing anxiety, but one of its disadvantages is that it can cause dry eyes. The descendants of this strain include Jack Herer, Skunk, and Cinderella 99. The buds produce a dense, THC-rich smoke, and leave a strong aftertaste.
This strain is also known as Original Haze or Haze Brothers. It’s a family of strains including Cannalope Haze, Blue Haze, G13 Haze, Super Lemon Haze, Neville’s Haze, Dedoverde Haze, Amnesia Haze, Delahaze, Super Silver Haze, and Gipsy Haze. These sativa-dominant strains have a global following thanks to their citrusy and nutty flavors. The Original Haze acquires its traits from different strains native to Thailand, Mexico, India, and Colombia.
DNA Genetics is the breeder behind Chocolope and was created by mixing Cannalope Haze with Chocolate Thai. This energizing sativa-dominant strain is also known as D-Line. With its feathery buds, unique shape, and sticky, green-hued buds, needless to say, Chocolope has won numerous awards.
7. Super Sour Diesel
With THC levels as high as 20%, this sativa strain was attained by breeding Sour Diesel with Super Silver Haze. With its powerful cerebral effects, inexperienced users might want to limit the amount they smoke. The strain possesses a wonderful aroma.
8. Acapulco Gold
With its unique color and great potency, Acapulco Gold was super popular during the 60s free-spirit culture. This strain is native to Mexico, and its buds have unique colors consisting of green, gold, and brown. This strain has a spicy edge to it and is popular around the world.
9. Island Sweet Skunk
With THC levels as high as 20%, this strain is known for its energizing capabilities. It’s native to Canada and was bred by mixing Big Skunk #1 with Sweet Pink Grape Fruit. The plant has a tall-build and is resistant to mold and disease. The sticky buds produce a smooth smoke.
10. Lamb’s Bread
With its green-hued buds, unique hairs, and high THC levels, the Lamb’s Bread (AKA Lamb’s Breath) makes a great weapon against stress and anxiety. Bred by Yardie Seeds, this Jamaica-native strain was favored by two icons, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley.
Overcoming Anxiety with Marijuana
If you have anxiety, you are never going to have the life you always dreamed of, and anxiety will cause you to develop inhibiting tendencies.
But sadly, many people try to eliminate their anxiety by using an approach that barely works, usually buying OTC drugs.
OTC drugs may mask your symptoms, giving you a false sense of recovery, but these effects are usually short-lived, and the symptoms come back looking big and bad.
One of the reasons why marijuana is getting decriminalized in the US, with Virginia being the most recent to decriminalize it, is down to its numerous health benefits.
It’s proven that using marijuana can help you eliminate anxiety and enable you to function with zero inhibitions.