Cannabis has a long history of human use that dates back centuries. It is known to treat an assortment of ailments, including anxiety. While cannabis is commonly smoked, it can also be ingested via edibles and brewed as tea, among other forms.
Besides its use as a textile material in the United States, cannabis is highly controversial, even with the recent legalization in 33 states. Although cannabis remains illegal under federal law, cannabis products are widely available because of their many healing benefits like managing anxiety.
Although these products from a marijuana dispensary are not necessarily meant to replace prescribed medication and therapy, it’s helpful to learn about alternative solutions to alleviate your anxiety.
Cannabis products can be administered in different forms such as oil, edibles, cannabis flowers, sublingual sprays, concentrates, capsules, and supplements.
Cannabis Strains to Help with Anxiety
In general, marijuana is divided into three categories: Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid.
The Indica strain is believed to have a relaxing effect on users while Sativa provides a more uplifting energizing effect. The hybrid strains, on the other hand, offer a combination of the Indica and Sativa effects. Cannabis dispensaries usually breed different types of cannabis to provide specific effects on the users (Holland, 2021b).
Choosing a cannabis strain depends on the desired effects. But for stress-relieving and calming effects, these cannabis products are some of the best choices:
Bubba Kush is the perfect strain for fighting insomnia and is great for healing anxiety, physical pain, and nausea. Bubba Kush can be smoked or mixed in your cooking because of its delicious and earthy flavor.
Originally from the Hindu Kush Mountains, the Afghan Kush strain is super relaxing and great in relieving pain. It is perfect for putting your mind and body in a calming and soothing state from the first moment you inhale the smoke.
This strain is commonly used for alleviating anxiety, chronic headache, stress, depression, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Northern Lights is highly recommended for its mood-lifting and relaxing effects.
Medical users love this cannabis strain because of its high efficacy in easing pain like arthritis, muscle spasms, PMS, irritable bowel syndrome, and more.
Pineapple express has relaxing and mood-lifting effects with a pineapple-like scent. It has 0.1% CBD content and 23% TCH content recommended to treat acute pain, mental fog, and social anxiety.
Super Silver Haze
This strain is excellent for stress and anxiety relief. It is also the perfect strain if you are experiencing recurring pain like migraine or stomach problems that hinder you from being active. Its sweet pine and citrusy smell/flavor are even better after you smoke Super Silver Haze.
Administration of Cannabis for Anxiety
The effects of these cannabis products depend on the administration method and could take up to 30 minutes to 2 hours before it starts working. Meanwhile, smoking or vaping these cannabis strains provide immediate relaxation for people experiencing anxiety.
But it is still recommended to consult your primary health care provider before using these herbal products.
Holland, K. (2021b, March 22). Sativa vs. Indica: What to Expect Across Cannabis Types and Strains. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/sativa-vs-indica#cannabis-strain-chart