Can Cannabis be Used to Treat Anxiety?

Anxiety: It’s Complicated

In many ways, the modern world is a triumph – we can keep in touch with grandparents in New Zealand, or order Ramen noodles to be delivered to our door in under an hour. Unfortunately, these triumphs also lend themselves to a wealth of passive stresses that can cause anxiety and low-level depression.

Anxiety is an emotional and physiological reaction to what the mind perceives to be a threat. It is characterized by feelings of unease, as well as a range of physical responses including increased heart rate, shortness of breath, and nausea or stomach pains.

How can I treat this thing?

Everyone experiences anxiety slightly differently – so too, everyone can treat the disorder in a way that works for them. Whether it’s PTSD, OCD or a specific phobia, there is likely to be a strain of cannabis to match the individual’s symptoms of anxiety.

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It is worth familiarizing yourself with the different types of strains available, to help determine which best suits your needs.

Exploring strains for anxiety

When it comes to choosing the right strain or extracts in Canada, sources say that it is important to look for those that are low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol – or the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana), but high in CBD (cannabidiol – the second most prevalent ingredient after THC) in order to have the best experience possible.

Below is a list of 4 tried and tested strains that people have found to have the most significant effect on easing the symptoms of anxiety. As always, use in moderation and start with a small dose before working your way up as needed.

The best strains for anxiety

  • Critical Mass. Named for its extremely large buds and its high THC content of 19%-22%. A potent strain, users report a buzz that makes them feel sedated, and often lethargic, making it ideal for those that have trouble sleeping. In higher doses it produces feelings of calm and happiness in the mind, sometimes leading to users feeling “body-stoned”.
  • AC/DC. With a high concentration of CBD, this strain is often used medicinally to relieve pain and reduce anxiety. It is said to have minimal intoxicating effects, making it ideal for those who are seeking relief without the usual psychoactive effects.
  • Granddaddy Purple. Sometimes known as Grand Daddy Purp or GDP, this strain is named for its complex grape and berry aroma. It delivers a mixture of euphoria and relaxation, making it a popular choice for those seeking relief from stress. It has been said to produce a dreamy buzz, often causing the user to remain fixed to one spot for the duration of the high.
  • Harle-Tsu. High in CBD and very low in THC, this award-winning strain is often favourable for those seeking to lower symptoms of anxiety and boost their mood. With a sweet and citrusy taste, Harle-Tsu is another strain that has little psychoactive effect, making it perfect for a relaxing Friday night, followed by a satisfying sleep.