Medical marijuana has many active compounds called cannabinoids that provide its therapeutic effects, with the more well-known being CBD, short for cannabidiol, and THC, short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the psychoactive one providing the feelings of euphoria or being “high,” while CBD acts in different ways. Both of these active compounds, THC and CBD, have anxiety-relieving effects, but CBD is believed to be the more effective.
High levels of THC can trigger anxiety in some people, especially those not used to heavy-hitting THC-rich strains. Strains with relatively high levels of CBD are an excellent place to start, though everyone’s response is different. The best solution is often found by browsing a menu to look at many different promising candidates. You want to avoid sativa strains and sativa-dominant hybrids, at least to begin with, when seeking the best strain of marijuana for anxiety. These tend to have higher concentrations of THC, sometimes very high, leading to a powerful, heady effect. While that is often desirable, in some people, especially those prone to anxiety, it can trigger symptoms.
You can ask at your medical marijuana dispensary about the best marijuana strains for anxiety available and which one might be best for your anxiety. Just say you’re interested in high CBD strains and also those with a one-to-one ratio of CBD to THC. You can always start with weaker overall strains and then move up as you choose. Here are a couple of possibilities available at the Desert Rose dispensary to get you started.
This indica-dominant, high-CBD strain should definitely be on your list of strains to try out as a solution to your anxiety. Unlike some of the heavy hitters that also have very high THC levels, this one is relatively low, reducing the chance of you feeling too racy.
This indica/sativa hybrid is another good choice to try that gives a relaxed body effect with energetic, cerebral effects but not too much. Kirkwood OG is a balanced strain that relieves anxiety but doesn’t make you want to crash.
The best approach is to figure out your tolerance with milder strains and determine which are best at treating your symptoms. Seeing what’s on offer as part of our dispensary deals is a great way to try out a new strain that looks promising for relieving your anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety but don’t have a medical marijuana card and would like one, don’t forget to read Desert Rose’s first time patients guide to getting your medical marijuana card to treat your condition. We offer medical card doctor referrals as well!
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