According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada (ADAC), 25% of Canadians will suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Anxiety is often related to stress, and can cause uneasy or uncomfortable sensations that can best be described as constant worry or pressure. Anxiety manifests itself through a variety of physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, muscle tension, and lightheadedness.
Individuals who suffer from anxiety can find relief in a variety of medications, including marijuana. Cannabis provides anxiety patients with an all-natural, organic solution for their condition. Most people will find that their anxiety symptoms can be improved by medicating with high CBD, or high THC Indica strains. These strains are preferred for their calming and relaxing properties that slow things down for both the mind and the body.
Here are 5 strains that are well known for their ability to eliminate the symptoms of a variety of anxiety disorders.
Marijuana Strains That Treat Anxiety
Individuals using marijuana to treat insomnia have reported success in medicating with Indica strains. These strains are notorious for the strong sensations of physical and psychological relaxation that they cultivate. The ‘couch-lock’ effect that is experienced when consuming these strains is perfect for settling people down into bed, and allowing them to drift off into sleep. Additionally, Indicas are commonly used for alleviating the negative effects of a wide array of anxiety and depressive disorders. By directly treating these underlying conditions that may be causing insomnia, marijuana provides users with the peace and calm that they need to enjoy a full night’s sleep.
Which Strains are Best for Treating Insomnia?
1 – Cannatonic
Cannatonic is a high-CBD strain that typically contains THC and CBD at somewhere between a 1:1 and 1:2 ratio, depending on how it is grown. Because of this ratio, this strain is known for giving users the best of both worlds, a calming CBD buzz, and a mild euphoric high from the THC. Cannatonic is considered to be a premier medicinal strain for its ability to treat a wide range of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, physical pain, and migraines.
2 – Grandaddy Purp
Grandaddy Purp is a heavy Indica that is revered for its couch-locking effects. This strain delivers simultaneous effects of cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation. In addition to its amazing psychoactive effects, this strain is also appreciated for its delicious grape and berry taste and aroma.
2 – Grandaddy Purple
Grandaddy Purple is a relatively new strain that first appeared in 2003. This strain has become immensely popular among marijuana smokers due to the strong body high it generates, and the delicious berry taste and odor that it gives off. GDP is a strong Indica that produces both physical and cerebral euphoria. It is loved for the dreamy high that it cultivates which is used to treat conditions such as insomnia, stress, loss of appetite, and muscle pain.
3 – Northern Lights
This strain is an Indica known for its spicy-sweet aroma, and its heavy, physically sedating effects. Northern Lights produces a mellow sensation of happiness that melts away stress and worry, making it a great choice for treating anxiety. Don’t be surprised if this wonderful trip is accompanied by a long, full-night’s rest.
4 – Harlequin
Harlequin is another high CBD strain that is prized for its calming and sedating effects. Its remarkably low THC level means that it barely produces a psychoactive high, making it a great option for those who like to remain sober while they medicate. Harlequin produces a mild, uplifting sensation that is accompanied by anxiolytic effects that demolish anxiety.
5 – ACDC
ACDC is one of the highest CBD (and lowest THC) strains available. It has been known to reach CBD:THC ratios of as much as 20:1, and produces no psychoactive high whatsoever. Instead, it promotes a sense of calm and relaxed mental clarity, perfect for eliminating anxiety throughout the day.
These strains are just some of many that have been known to treat a wide range of both simple and complex anxiety disorders. Everyone is different, and as such, should experiment with different strains, while remaining mindful of their personal tolerance, preferences and sensitivities. If smoking marijuana does not produce adequate relief from anxiety or its symptoms, don’t hesitate to try it in another of its forms such as concentrates, edibles, tinctures, or patches. Check out our store for a variety of cannabis products that are available to treat your anxiety.
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