Cannabis is a common remedy for some people who live with anxiety. But not all cannabis is created equal. Some strains can cause or worsen anxiety.
The key is to choose a variety with a high CBD-THC ratio.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the main active compounds in cannabis. They both have a similar structure, but there is a big difference.
THC is a psychoactive compound, and CBD is not. THC is the cause of the “high” associated with cannabis, including the anxiety and paranoia that some people experience.
While not a treatment for anxiety, the use of high strains of CBD can help relieve certain symptoms, especially when combined with other tools, such as therapy.
We reviewed Leafly’s strain explorer to find 12 dominant strains in CBD that are worth a try if you’re looking for something softer.
Keep in mind that strains are not an exact science. The effects are not always consistent, even between products of the same strain.
Remedy is a 14 percent CBD strain that produces few or no psychoactive effects.
It smells of lemon pine. Most users recommend it for its ability to soften you without the intense body and body effects of high THC strains.
This is another 14 percent CBD variety preferred by people looking to relieve stress, anxiety, and pain without feeling stoned.
It does not contain any significant amount of THC. The two most common words used to describe their effects are “relaxed” and “happy,” according to Leafly reviews.
Lifter is a newer player in the cannabis game. It has an average of 16 percent CBD with almost no THC.
Its aroma is described as “funky cheese with a touch of fuel” (strange but good bending). Its super relaxing effects will not slow down your focus or function.
This is one of the best known high CBD strains. It contains about 13 percent CBD with little or no THC.
It is used in various health and wellness products to help relieve anxiety, pain and depression without any psychoactive effects.
If you like the smell of wine and cheese, Cherry Wine is your variety.
It has an average of 17 percent CBD with less than 1 percent THC. According to user reviews, it relaxes the brain and muscles with no mind-altering effects.
This variety of CBD has an average CBD to THC ratio of 13: 1, but strains of up to 20: 1 can be found.
Ringo’s Gift is a cross between two strains of high CBD content: ACDC and Harle-Tsu, which is actually next on our list.
Users report a great improvement in anxiety and stress levels after using this variety. Improving sleep is another of the effects that users enjoy.
This award-winning variety has an average of 13 percent CBD, but often proves much more.
It was named the best CBD flower at the 2014 Emerald Cup. Laboratory tests found it contained 21.05 percent CBD and 0.86 percent THC.
This proportion makes it a favorite of people looking to reduce anxiety and increase their mood and concentration.
This was one of the first high CBD strains to be bred and remains one of the fan favorites.
It has an average CBD: THC ratio of 13: 1 or even a lower THC. Users say they feel relaxed and happy without that “heavy body” feeling.
Elektra has an average of 16 percent CBD with less than 1 percent THC. Some user reviews say up to 20 percent of CBD has been tested.
Its spicy smoke and aroma receive mixed reviews, but people love its relaxing effect that doesn’t destroy you at all.
This variety high in CBD has some acidic notes in terms of aroma, but it gets accessories from people who use it to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Sour Space Candy has an average of 17 percent CBD and only a small amount of THC.
Suzy Q is not as high in CBD as some other strains. It has about 11 percent CBD with little or no THC.
It is considered a good option to help relax the anxious mind and tense muscles without letting yourself get drugged or knocked out.
This variety contains more THC than the others we have listed, making it a good choice if you are still looking for a light buzz. It can contain between 4 and 7 percent THC and between 8 and 10 percent CBD.
According to user reviews, people who are generally not comfortable with THC find that this strain relaxes and calms without causing a green exit.
Even if you go with a high strain on CBD, most still contain some THC, even if only a small amount. However, since it is difficult to predict exactly how any amount of THC will affect someone, it is always a good idea to be a little cautious.
Here are some tips to help make your experience a little safer when you try a new variety:
- Go down and down choosing a variety with the lowest THC you can find. Give yourself enough time to work before you consider having more.
- Consider non-smoking methods, such as CBD oils, to protect your lungs. Cannabis smoke contains many of the same toxins and carcinogens as tobacco smoke.
- If you smoke, avoid deep inhalation or hold your breath to limit exposure to harmful by-products of smoke.
- Do not drive for at least 6 hours after use, or longer if you still experience any effects.
- Avoid cannabis completely if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Also note that individual states have their own legislation on the legal levels of CBD and THC. See your state’s law for specific information. Be aware of other state laws when traveling with cannabis.
Research continues on cannabis, specifically CBD, as a potential way to manage anxiety. While not a proven and true remedy, some people find it helpful in relieving some of its symptoms.
If you want to try high CBD strains, just make sure you keep up with the anxiety treatments prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and lifestyle for over a decade. When not hiding in your writing booth researching an article or interviewing health professionals, you may find yourself playing around your beach town with your husband and dogs towing or splashing around the lake trying to master the paddle board. .