Cannabis Strains that Help with Anxiety

By Jenn Keeler, WikiLeaf.com

AnxietyAnxiety is something many of us experience; according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States: 40 million adults (or 18 percent of the population) are affected. The reason for an anxious mind is complex, with genetics, brain chemistry, personality, past experiences, and even creativity playing a role.

Everyone has anxiety from time to time – it’s a normal response to the challenges of life. It’s natural to feel anxious before public speaking or during a review at work. It’s natural to feel anxious when driving through bumper to bumper traffic or when your favorite football team begins the Super Bowl with a high snap that results in a safety.

Some anxiety is normal; a ton of it is not

When anxiety crosses the bridge from being a nuisance to drastically interfering with your life, it’s something that needs to be addressed (and something that might be prevalent because of an underlying mental condition).

The Difference Between Anxiety and Fear and Stress

Anxiety and fear and stress are often used interchangeably, but they don’t mean the same thing.

Stress is the reaction to a stressor. If you’re on a hike and you run into a grizzly bear, your heart will race, your brow will sweat, and your knees will go weak (and you might try to take a selfie, but that’s not stress, just idiocy). Stress can be either acute or chronic. Running into a grizzly bear results in acute stress, going through something like a divorce induces chronic.

Fear is the feeling of apprehension in response to danger.

Fear ignites our fight or flight, causing us to fight back, run away, or in sheer terror, freeze. It’s the response to a real danger

Anxiety is the feeling of apprehension in response to no danger. If you’re hiking in a forest and your heart begins to race as you worry about running into a grizzly bear, that’s anxiety. There’s no bear around, so the fear’s not valid and you should probably not watch anymore Animal Planet. Man suffering from anxiety People who are anxious respond to a previous experience or an imagined one.

When compared to stress and fear, anxiety is more multifaceted. It involves undesired cognitions and both physiological and behavioral aspects. It’s also quite devastating to those who have it.

The good news is that anxiety is treatable: therapy, medication, exercise, and mindfulness all help alleviate it. And so does cannabis.

Strains for Anxiety 

Anxious people have a love/hate relationship with pot: some strains reduce it and others make anxiety much worse. Because pot is linked to paranoia, it compounds feelings of unease. However, that’s avoidable if you ingest the right strain.

So, try one of the following:

Kali Mist

Very high in Sativa (90 percent), Kali Mist has won a few awards that it’d like to brag about: The Hydro Cup of 1995 and the 2000 Seed Company Sativa Cup. Users report uplifting energy (experienced users report energy without the fog – the mind remains clear). It’s psychedelic in high doses (and in lower doses for the novice) and not something you want to hit again and again all day long.

This strain is used for stress, anxiety, and depression, making it beneficial to both medical and recreational users alike. It’s useful for some pain management too, though severe pain doesn’t respond each time.

Moby Dick

Illustrated whale, moby dick strain for anxiety Sativa-dominant, Moby Dick has moderately high levels of THC (some report yields as high as 20 percent). This strain is very psychoactive: smoke enough, and you’ll see your own elusive white whale. It’s very euphoric too, but makes you feel flakey after only a couple hits. So, use it when you don’t have to drive anywhere, talk to anyone who writes your paychecks, or sign on any dotted lines.

The body high is sedating and numbing and great at limiting stress, depression, and anxiety

It promotes hunger as well. Keeping comfort foods around the house may further prove helpful for any unease.

A study conducted at the University of Cincinnati found that pleasurable behavior, like eating foods that comfort you, induces a neural activity that eases stress. Sex also promotes this neural activity. Hurry up and tell your wives.

Hawaiian Snow

Hawaiian Snow might sound like an oxymoron and it sort of is when you consider that it’s a high THC strain that eases the mind. It induces light-headed cerebral effects that teeter between strong and not-as-strong. It also promotes the mood and floods the mind with creativity.

The euphoria it induces is specifically helpful for anxiety:

It’s hard to be fearful when you’re so damn happy

Still, there can be too much of a good thing: start slow with this strain for the best results.

Peyton Manning

The Peyton Manning strain started in Denver (but, who knows, maybe it first came from Indy). It was released in September 2013 after Manning threw seven touchdowns in one game. Fun Fact: I was at that game and I tossed my bra onto the field (okay, the first part is true, the second part is not).

Because it’s dominant in Sativa, it offers an uplifting high that helps focus the mind. The Indica is obvious too; the body high is calm and sedating. People with PTSD, ADD, ADHD, and bi-polar disorder find it effective.


Queso derives from the Cheese strain (not shocking, given the title) and offers similar effects. It elevates the mood, but fails to produce a strong head high.

The body high, conversely, is powerful

ThisQueso cheese dip makes it a good choice for pain relief, stress relief, depression, anxiety, and an inability to fall or stay asleep.

Some users report an increase in appetite and a reduction of nausea, two things that are prevalent in people with anxiety, particularly if they’re suffering from depression as well.

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

1 comment

  1. Page Richardson

    Just wanted to say thank you for creating this blog site and sharing true facts about the effects of marijuana. I am a huge supporter, have been smoking for 15 years as it helps me with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and mood disorder. I just took my first trip to CO this year and it was the most exciting trip ever!!! It was so fun to be able to actually shop for “Weed”. I live in KY but have no idea if or when it will become legal here, do you know? Or know where I can research this? I would love to quit my day job and open my own dispensary if they legalize it here if not I may consider moving to a state that it is legal. The more we spread the word and share how wonderful marijuana is and not a gateway to other drugs, the sooner it will be legalized, hopefully! Thank you

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