Now that marijuana is legal in Canada. many Canadians who suffer from anxiety might be thinking about lighting up a marijuana joint. For many years Canadians have been struggling with many different conditions that affect their minds and bodies. In today’s fast-paced, high pressured society, it is almost impossible not to feel stressed or “anxious”. High levels of stress have often lead to anxiety.
According to recent data, anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in North America. It’s estimated that one-third of the North American adult population experiences anxiety unwellness issues. Furthermore, a recent survey showed that 41% of Canadian employees reported high levels of anxiety in the workplace. Another report showed that half of post secondary students suffered from some type of anxiety and were seeking medical treatment, such as prescription drugs.
As we mentioned above, Anxiety is a general term that is used to describe a variety of different feelings. While anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, apprehension or unease, it is divided into subcategories:
- General anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Major depressive disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Phobic disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Separation anxiety disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
Marijuana is a effective and safe way in dealing with anxiety. The herb is generally known to improve cognitive functions such as focus, chronic pain, quitting smoking, and even weight loss. Now as Canada is legalizing the plant, many studies show that the intake of cannabis can help deal with all forms of anxiety. Canadians are turning to Mail Order Marijuana to buy weed and cannabis products online delivered right to their door steps.
Marijuana VS Anxiety
It all depends on the strain. Depending on weather you choose to smoke CBD or THC the experience can produce completely different effects. The good results depends on different aspects: the strains you use, amount you consume and how good you know your body and its limits. When you’re smoking or ingesting marijuana, the high experience is produced by THC, which also gives marijuana its psychoactive effects. THC can: give individuals more of a head high therefore creating a relaxed dazed feeling. On the other hand, CBD appears to have great anxiolytic effects without anxiogenic effects at higher doses. In fact, the anxiolytic effects of CBD in humans were first demonstrated in the context of reversing the anxiogenic effects of THC. Generally speaking CBD strains produce more calming effect when dealing with anxiety.
According to some studies, consuming 300-600 mg of oral CBD reduces experimentally induced anxiety in individuals without anxiety disorders and reduces anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder.
The best strains that help with anxiety
When choosing the right strains to help you with anxiety, knowing the amount THC/ CBD is crucial:
Charlotte’s Web is a cultivar with less than 8% THC that has gained popularity as an option for treating seizures as well as a range of other medical conditions. This strain is classified as a sativa dominant hybrid, with a 60% sativa, 40% indica ratio. This CBD strain does not alter your mental state making it ideal for going about day to day activities, minus the worries of becoming dysfunctional with a 23% CBD level.
The CBD in this strain can bind to receptors that regulate inflammation, body temperature, and perception of pain, making it a powerful treatment for those suffering from anything from a fever to chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s Disease. At high levels, CBD can even stimulate serotonin-related receptors, conferring benefits for psychological conditions like anxiety, addiction, and sleep disturbance. Perhaps most significantly, recent studies of CBD have shown that it may work against cancer by destroying existing cancerous cells and halting the spread of new ones.
Cannatonic Cbd is a unique hybrid strain bred by Spanish seed bank Resin Seeds specifically for its low THC content (rarely above 6%) and high CBD content (6-17%). A cross between a female mk ultra and a famous G13 haze male, it produces a relatively short-lived, mellow high that is also uplifting and powerfully relaxing, thanks to the high CBD content. As one of the premier medical strains, Cannatonic is often used to treat pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, migraines, and a wide variety of other physiological and psychological symptoms. Most phenotypes present with a slight earthy odor and a mild, sweet, vaguely citrusy flavor
ACDC CBD has gone on to receive brilliant recognition, winning numerous Cannabis Cup awards, but not because of how blazed it’ll have you. Maintaining a 20:1 CBD to THC ratio, ACDC is another legendary marijuana strain for treating depression. The impressive levels of cannabidiol can reach up to as much as 19%. On the other hand, THC have been tested to be as low as 0.2%.
The domination of CBD over THC means that you won’t experience any psychoactive effects after consuming this marijuana strain, which makes it great for combating depression and anxiety. In fact, ACDC is commonly used to treat such disorders as anxiety, chronic stress, PTSD, and panic attacks, not to mention that its ability to cure/prevent cancers, multiple sclerosis, and seizures, has been studied extensively and is now well-known to the world of medical cannabis.
If you’re not keen on smoking marijuana, this strain can be used for cannabis juicing and for brewing tea, which makes it a perfect choice for people who fancy earthy aroma and a tinge of sweetness in their drinks.
Red Congolese is an insanely popular 100% pure sativa strain that is the result of a cross between a female Congolese X Mexican Sativa X Afghani. This dank bud won 3rd Place for Best at High Times’ Cannabis Cup in 2013, and boasts a THC level that ranges from 18-20% on average. The Red Congolese high is often described as a feeling of elation and awareness with alertness and an increased ability to focus. This is accompanied by a light tingly body high with amplified senses and excitable energy that slowly fades into a feeling of tranquility and well-being. Because of these uplifting effects, this strain is often used as a wake-and-bake treatment, and is ideal for treating patients suffering from conditions such as anxiety disorders, tension, chronic stress, and fatigue.
Super Silver Haze is a Sativa dominant strain with an 80:20 sativa/indica ratio. What really sets this strain apart from the rest is that it is quite fat with medium forestry-greens with unique brownish-orange leaves. It was the first prize winner at the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1997, 1998, and 1999. It also won awards at the High Times Harvest Festival. By crossing the genetics of Skunk, Northern Lights, and Haze, we are left with a beautiful, sticky sativa blend that boasts an energetic, long-lasting body high. The uplifting effects are a great remedy for high stress levels or when suffering from a lack of appetite or nausea.