How to Treat Anxiety Disorder with Cannabis

Wait, say what? “I thought pot smoking gave you anxiety?” quipped the well-read observer.

Well, it sure can but what exactly is anxiety?


From WebMD:

There are several types of anxiety disorders including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life.

An anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness. For people with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling.

Yes, indeed some sensitive folks do become a little besmirched when ingesting cannabis. You hear about it all the time. Just recently a dear friend of mine I’ve known for years reported a serious, if not hilarious, episode of “anxiety,” after smoking a potent sativa strain called Jack Herer. Living in California she is allowed to use medical marijuana for her anxious condition.

“I wound up staying up most of the night baking pies, and woke up on the floor spooning a huge stuffed elephant. Now I’m sweating…at the pool with a weed hangover.”

Ok, so maybe this person needs to rethink marijuana as her “go to” anxiety medicine. Or maybe she needs to try an indica for its sleepier profile.


Here’s a list of some medicines that you could experiment with that are valued for their supposed positive applications in treating anxiety. There are strains that are high in CBD that may be just what you are looking for. Others still have THC in them but are famous for their sedative qualities.

Granddaddy Purple is one to consider.

Many people prefer indicas over sativas because they relax the mind rather than supercharge it. For this reason we recommend Granddaddy Purple, which eases you into a peaceful mindset while urging your body to release all that stress and tension.[ref]( 06/17/2015[/ref]

Jack Herer is one recommended for some but not for our intrepid aforementioned patient. That much we can be certain of so approach this one cautiously.

A high-THC sativa typically wouldn’t be our first recommendation for anxiety; they tend to have racy cerebral effects that tug at anxiety rather than help it. But Jack Herer is different in that its euphoria tapers in gently with calming effects that could possibly be explained by Jack’s relaxing parent, Northern Lights.[ref]( 06/17/2015[/ref]

Next we have Cannatonic.

For the THC-sensitive, we recommend the high-CBD hybrid Cannatonic. This strain typically has a CBD profile that sizes up to its THC content in a 1:1 ratio, which helps blunt the anxious edge that a lot of anxiety-sufferers experience with cannabis. Cannatonic tends to also boast high levels of the terpene myrcene which contributes to this strain’s deeply relaxing attributes.[ref]( 06/17/2015[/ref]

In general, when using concentrates for treating disease, they recommend the indica strains to induce a calm, sleepy patient which helps in healing the body of a dreadful disorder. There are some highly recommended indicas that are very good at treating insomnia. They are also good choices in relieving anxiety.

These would include Blackberry Kush known for its relaxed, sleepy effects.

Blackberry Kush is a heavy indica strain that inherits crushingly sedating effects from its Afghani parent and a sweet berry flavor from Blueberry. This may not be a strain you can indulge in throughout the day, but you’ll be more than grateful to have it at your bedside when insomnia rears its ugly head.[ref]( 06/17/2015[/ref]

Lastly there’s Purple Urkle.

Another powerfully relaxing indica strain, Purple Urkle annihilates the anxiety and stress that keeps you tossing and turning throughout the night.[ref]( 06/17/2015[/ref]

I personally feel that sticking to the potent indicas is a better approach in treating the different manifestations of anxiety. But you be the judge of that. Let us know if any other strains are of particular importance in calming and relieving the symptoms of anxiety.

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