Cannabis for Anxiety: Top 5 Strains to Reduce Your Symptoms

Cannabis for Anxiety: Top 5 Strains to Reduce Your Symptoms

By: Heather Burton

There are a growing number of scientific studies being published in favour of using cannabis as a therapeutic modality to reduce the symptoms of anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 40 million adults over the age of 18 are affected by anxiety in the United States.  However, less than 40% are receiving treatment. Those who seek treatment are often given prescription medications. There are many who made the decision to self medicate with cannabis prior to it becoming legal medical and/or recreationally. There are hundreds of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant that have therapeutic benefits such as reducing symptoms of anxiety.  CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the most well known.

Benefits of Medical Marijuana for Anxiety

Both CBD and THC are one of the fastest-growing holistic treatments to alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. CBD not only gained notable recognition in the healthcare arena over the last several years, but scientific studies are also proving this cannabinoid to be a very effective treatment for anxiety disorders and other common health conditions. Below are several different strains of cannabis that are used to treat many common health conditions.

White Widow

White Widow is an OG cannabis strain known for many of the modern hybrid strains you see on the market today. This strain is used by many medical cannabis patients. Thanks to its indica-dominant heritage, this strain promotes deep relaxation and a sense of well being.

Hindu Kush

Hindu Kush is a pure indica strain, meaning it’s great for treating pain-both physical and mental. Known for its relaxing and slightly euphoric effects, this strain calms mental chatter and increases sleep quality.

Ringo’s Gift

Ringo’s Gift is a balanced hybrid with an impressive CBD to THC ratio. You will most likely find this strain turned into premium full-spectrum CBD oil products. Using a THC/CBD oil orally will help you prolong the beneficial effects that help your ECS balance itself.


Cheese is a perfectly balanced hybrid. Medical marijuana users say it’s a pain reliever that helps calm symptoms of depression, anxiousness, and bouts of stress. If you’re new to treating your symptoms of anxiety with cannabis, use this strain sparingly.


Harlequin is a Sativa dominant CBD–rich cannabis strain that was made by breeding two landrace strains: Thai and Nepali. Users who suffer from anxiousness, stress, sadness say this strain improves their ability to focus, promotes clear-thinking, and reduces feelings of tiredness.

In A Nutshell

There are many methods of consumption when it comes to using cannabis to reduce anxiety symptoms. Taking a holistic approach to reducing sadness, anxiousness, tiredness is attainable.

Remember, it’s important to speak with your primary care provider before incorporating cannabinoid therapy as a treatment modality.

If you are a novice in your medical cannabis journey, remember to start low, and go slow. It is clear that cannabis is helping people restore balance, and improve quality of life.  With the right strain, I’m certain you will have better control over your anxiety.

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