Anxiety continues to be the top cited condition when it comes to Medical Marijuana card patients. After all, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. What’s more, the CDC reports that the number of individuals reporting symptoms of depression and anxiety have spiked dramatically following the harrowing events of 2020. It’s not hard to understand the spike of individuals reporting symptoms of anxiety. This past year has been a series of twists and turns that has seemingly given everyone their fair share of turmoil.
To help our patients and MMJ cardholders everywhere, we’ve compiled a short list of the best strains to help you calm your mind and body so that you can get back to equilibrium. If you’re seeking anxiety relief, seek out these strains during your next dispensary trip:
High in herbal terpenes and born out of the combination of Grandaddy Purple (which is often cited as a great strain for sleep) and Durban Poison, Cherry Pie is a relaxing indica dominant hybrid. Patients report feeling a creative high with the strain, a sensation not often contributed to indicas. Cherry Pie provides a deep relaxation without feeling foggy or lethargic.
Patients can find the strain in varying strengths, ranging from 13% to 23% THC. If you’re looking for a strain to help ease anxiety, but still want to get some work done, Cherry Pie is most likely your best bet.
While Cherry Pie is a great choice for anxiety, one of its parent strains, Grandaddy Purple (GDP), is also an incredibly popular strain to treat the condition. Grown in California, GDP, an indica, was introduced to the cannabis community by Ken Estes in 2003. A cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud, the strain has a distinct smell of grape and berry.
Grandaddy Purple is one of the best and most reliable strains to turn to if you’re looking for relaxation after a particularly stressful or bad day. It gives a sense of cerebral euphoria while simultaneously promoting physical relaxation. In short, if you want a night ending in couch lock and a clear mind, Grandaddy Purp has got your back.
The name of this strain really says it all—CBD forward, Remedy produces minimal, if any, psychoactive effects, instead helping individuals drift off into a calm, mellow mood. The strain is a cross between popular indica Afghan Skunk and Cannatonic, a hybrid strain that was bred to be high in CBD while low in THC content.
In a review for the strain on Leafly, one individual wrote, “I usually have high levels of anxiety with most high THC strains and have always been ultra sensitive to even low levels of THC. Even just one little hit of your typical strain sends my mind racing as I over analyze my life and stress myself out. This strain has changed the game!”
Canna-Tsu the result of combining Cannatonic and Sour Tsunami, further proving Cannatonic is a popular strain on its own and as a parent strain to great, calming hybrids. It is often recommended to and used by those suffering from chronic pain, inflammation, and seizures, as well as those suffering from anxiety. Canna-Tsu produces a wonderful calming and mellow effect but still allows individuals a degree of mental clarity due to the very low THC content.
Patients suffering from severe anxiety can find definite relief in this CBD-forward strain. For those battling anxiety who are consistently having to work through their symptoms, Canna-Tsu can alleviate anxious thoughts while allowing you to stay sharp and focused.
For many people around the country, medical marijuana continues to be one of the best paths to anxiety relief. However, many people come into the MMJ community blind and are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices, strains, and brands found at their local dispensaries. Finding the right strain for you and your anxiety can be challenging. We hope this list helps put a few things on your radar so you can get to healing a little bit faster with a little less work.