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What Cannabis Strain is Best for Anxiety?

Stereotypically, cannabis relaxes users. However, those familiar with cannabis know that different strains can have very different effects. If you’re looking for a strain that will assist with anxiety, a sativa might provide too much energy. The wrong strain could even worsen your anxiety.

One of the best ways to choose a strain is to discuss your goals with a budtender at your nearest legal dispensary. They can help you choose the ideal option from their inventory. In the meantime, however, the following are among the most widely-available cannabis strains that benefit users with anxiety:

Granddaddy Purple

Indica strains tend to be more relaxing, while sativa strains tend to be more energizing. As you might guess, hybrid strains can strike a balance between the two effects. In addition, there are certainly many sativa and hybrid strains that users find help with anxiety.

That said, Granddaddy Purple is a fairly iconic indica that cannabis enthusiasts frequently use to curb stress. Granddaddy Purple is also a strain someone might experiment with if they struggle with insomnia. Be aware, though, like many indicas, Granddaddy Purple can result in a fairly strong case of “the munchies.”

Blackberry Kush

Blackberry Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid. That means it’s technically a cross between an indica and a sativa, but it is primarily indica.

You may try Blackberry Kush if you find that indicas put you to sleep. A hybrid may be a better option if you want to manage anxiety while remaining awake. Some users also find Blackberry Kush is helpful with pain management.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is another indica that has been popular among cannabis enthusiasts for decades. Its reported effects are very similar to those of Granddaddy Purple.

However, it’s worth noting that a wide range of factors can influence how different strains of cannabis affect different people. You may find that Granddaddy Purple does little for you, while Northern Lights is much more effective, or vice versa.

Experimentation is often key when exploring different cannabis strains. You may have to test a few options to find one that’s ideal for your needs.

Blue Dream

Contrary to what some may believe, cannabis can be very helpful when someone wants to achieve a variety of potential goals. For example, maybe you’re working on a creative project. The right cannabis strain could help you think more creatively, allowing you to come up with ideas you might not have otherwise had.

Blue Dream might be the right strain for you if so. As a hybrid, its indica qualities promote anxiety relief, while its sativa qualities boost creative thinking.

Jack Herer

Jack Herer is a bit of an outlier here. It’s the only sativa on the list. Regardless, many users find it’s helpful for anxiety relief. As a sativa, its energizing effects may attract users who wish to reduce anxiety while being able to actively socialize.

Ask Questions, Find Anxiety-Reducing Strains

Again, speaking with your budtender is always advisable if you don’t have much experience with cannabis. Still, odds are good your local dispensary will have at least one or two of these strains on hand. Give them a try to find out if they provide the anxiety relief you’re looking for. If not, a budtender can help you find something that will.

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