Anxiety can bring productivity to a halt, making it impossible to complete tasks that the sufferer knows should not be difficult. Untreated, anxiety can result in feelings of shame, and the condition can even lead to depression. There are medications available for the condition, but many of these have serious side effects. Researchers from the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology suggests that marijuana can help those who focus on negative emotions be more neutral in the face of negative stimulus. The strains below are well-known for their medicinal qualities, and in particular, their ability to help users cope with stressful situations.
Skywalker is an indica-dominant strain that is often used to treat recurring muscle aches. It is also used as a sleep aid. Because this strain has sativa in its lineage, it can provide a mellow head high as well, which gives a nice buzz as the body high kicks in. A product of Dutch Passion Seeds out of Amsterdam, this strain is a hybrid of the Blueberry and Mazar strains. These two strains result in a low-growing strain, making Skywalker great for indoor use.
Known for its lemony taste and aroma, Sensi Star is an indica that provides a strong body high and surely to make anxiety levels plummet. Introduced to the market in ’95, its designers keep the strain’s exact genetics close to the vest. Enthusiasts believe that it is made up primarily of Afghan strains, with a lesser stevia component. Sensia Star has won over 10 awards at various festivals. The strain’s THC levels average 20%.
This controversial strain was originally known as “Jew’s Gold,” but its promoters felt that a more neutral moniker was called for, and “Kosher Kush” was born. Sold originally by a group of upper-crust California teens, the breed was refined by Reserva Privada. The strain won the High Times Indica Cup in both 2010 and 2011. Possessing of a mellow odor and medium yield, Kosher Kush is a favorite among enthusiasts.
Herojuana, possessing a very strong pepper or chemical flavor, is said by many to be an acquired taste. The strain provides a very strong body high that is known to provide numbing effects and to cut straight through anxiety. Herojuana is also known for its two-hour high and smooth inhale.
MK Ultra takes its name from the top secret CIA initiative that saw many US and Canadian citizens experimented on in the 1950s. The strain is said to dissolve anxiety and provide one of the most intense cerebral highs available. Produced by TH Seeds from the strains OG Kush and G-13, MK Ultra was a Cannabis Cup winner in 2003. The strain has a short stature, making it ideal for indoor growing.
Well-known for its high THC count and muted, almost frosty color, Kryptonite provides a fast acting and deep high. The strain is often used to treat depression, anxiety and muscle aches. It has a mildly sweet flavor. The strain’s precise THC content has been measured as high as 25%.
A combination of the strains Skunk and Afghani, Critical Mass has a high yield and dense buds. Created by breeder Mr. Nice Seed Bank, the strain flowers faster than most, at between 6 to 8) weeks. Critical Mass has medium THC levels, at around 20%. Growers warn that because the plant produces more flowers than other strains, it is susceptible to mold. Growers can avoid this issue by growing indoors in low humidity.
Dutch Passion, creators of such strains as The Ultimate and Brainstorm, created Orange Bud in the ’80s. A pure Skunk strain, Orange Bud is a potent strain with a mild, citrus flavor. The strain is well-known for its bright orange hairs. The THC level of this strain is typically around 15%, but the strain grows well indoors or out.
Platinum Bubba Kush
Platinum Bubba Kush is considered to be one of the best medicinal strains as it provides relief for pain, anxiety and insomnia. Considered a “creeper” because of its slow-acting high, the strain is nevertheless said to be powerful. The strain has a spicy aroma and sweet flavor. It flowers within 9 weeks and produces dense, purple buds.
707 Headband gets its name from the Californian area code where it first debuted. The strain is a cross between Diesel, OG Kush and Master Kush. The strain is said to have a sweet flavor and pungent odor. It typically flowers in 10 weeks and provides a strong head high. 707 Headband is a very popular strain, and has been noted for its ability to relax and calm some of the most anxiety ridden smokers out there.