29 Mar Top Five Strains for Anxiety and Depression
Combating Mental Illness with Nature
There is something lurking among us. Many of heard its dark whispers, others have seen mere glimpses, regardless we all know of its existence. It is an enemy like none other than our species has ever faced before. We are of course talking about depression and anxiety. Such foes are difficult to deal with. Some of us struggle against them every day, while others, unfortunately, fall to its fatal attraction. We have many weapons against depression, many tools at our disposal, ranging from prescription medications to walks in the park. Some of these tools are quite effective for some, allowing them to live near “normal” lives (whatever that is). One tool, however, that so few people recognize as a useful weapon in our arsenal, is medical cannabis. The chemicals within marijuana can aid in the fight against depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that low doses of THC, and higher doses of CBD, both the main active chemicals in cannabis, can lead to a decrease in symptoms of depression not only in the short term but the long-term as well. While each person is unique and exploring what works best for you is a top priority, many people have found the effectiveness of cannabis as an antidepressant hard to beat. Today, we will be discussing the top five cannabis strains for helping against the battle of depression and anxiety.
To start off our list, we shall start with our number one pick; we have a very famous and potent cannabis strain; Harlequin. Harlequin is a seventy-five, to twenty-five Sativa dominant strain. What this means, is that it has a very strong CBD to THC ratio. As we discussed, it is the presence of CBD that creates the effects we are looking for. Harlequin is a decadent of a strain called Columbiana Gold, a Nepali indica, as well as Thai and Swiss landrace strains. With a ratio of 5:2, CBD to THC, this strain provides relaxation, and relief from pain, stress, and anxiety. With an earthy smell and a mango like the taste, Harlequin is a favorite of many, and for good reason. Taking the number one spot on our list for a reason, this strain will help relieve depression and anxiety-like no other. Let’s continue on!
The second strain on our list is a fun one. Pennywise is an Indica dominant cross between Harlequin, and another strain named Jack the Ripper. This high CBD strain has a unique smell, of some sort of cross between lemon, bubblegum pepper, and coffee. This high CBD strain is great for its many therapeutic properties, especially in treating arthritis, PTSD, neurological disorders, epilepsy, and even some cancer symptoms, and of course depression and anxiety. With mild psychoactive effects, due to the high CBD content, this strains provides mental clarity while delivering a strong buzz that relaxes, and eases the mind. Pennywise is a great option for those who are suffering from depression, anxiety, or a wide range of neurological ailments.
No, we are not talking about the movie, despite its prevalence in pop culture, we are talking about another cannabis strain! Pineapple Express is and has been a very popular strain for some time. A mix of the strains Train Wreck and Hawaiian, the smell of this herb is of fresh apple and mango, with a taste of pine cedar, and of course pineapple. This is a Sativa dominant hybrid that provides a long lasting high. some describe the feeling as a light, but the energetic buzz that is perfect for getting things done, and enhancing one’s creative abilities. As far as depression and anxiety go, this strain’s light and energetic buzz are perfect for relieving the stress of a long day, and the dark of depression. Don’t expect any miracles of course, but this is one awesome strain.
While the name of this strain might seem to be a little much, fear not! This cross between MK Ultra and G13 Haze is another high CBD strain that produces a strong but mellow high that is great for relaxation and for uplifting one’s spirits. Used to treat a variety of ailments from muscle spasms, pain, anxiety, and migraines, this strain is great for treating a wide range of both mental and physical symptoms. With a musty earthly odor, mixed with a mild but sweet citrus flavor, this is sure a tasty strain, and thanks to how strong it is, it is the favorite of many. While you can’t really go wrong with any of the choices we have listed here, this strain is often used for its high CBD content and powerful effects.
Ah the Aurora Borealis, a magic event that occurs in nature, has lent its name to this amazing staring. Propagated in Holland in the mid-1980’s, and later finding itself on an island near Seattle Washington, this strain is a mix of both Afghani and Thai landrace strains. Winner of the High Times Cannabis Cup, as well as many other rewards, this spicy but sweet strain, is perfect for promoting relaxation. Northern Lights is a great strain for thus suffering from anxiety and depression due to its light sedative effects. Great for bedtime, this strain is a favorite of many who need something a bit stronger than some of the strains listed here. As with the others, this is a great strain that can help many people, who are suffering from anxiety and depression.
And there you have it! The top five strains for treating depression and anxiety. While of course, no one can expect these ailments to be cured by these strains, hopefully, they are tools in the hands of those who are suffering. Each of these strains was chosen for their ability to lower levels of anxiety and uplift those who are depressed. Of course, there are probably many other strains out there that do the same, if not better of a job than the ones listed here, but as far as we can tell, these are the best strains for helping those who are suffering by providing them with another weapon in the war against depression and anxiety. What’s your favorite strain, or the one that helps you out the most? Let us know! Now, as far as this tale goes, now you know the top five strains to help fight anxiety and depression!