Anxiety is a singular word that encompasses a variety of psychological disorders that can affect mood, social, and work life. Anxiety can present in many forms and range in severity. Although pharmaceutical drugs are the traditional method of treating anxiety, it may not work for everyone. Some patients cannot tolerate the side effects, or they don’t see enough of an improvement.
When looking for a cannabis strain for Anxiety Relief it is best to stick with Hybrids or Indicas. This is due to the uplifting nature of Sativas, which can become too overwhelming for someone who is already anxious. Starting low and going slow is the key to discovering the ideal dose. Strains that are high in Cannabidoil (CBD) have also been shown to benefit those with Anxiety better than high levels of THC. Look for weed that is high in CBD or with a balance of CBD and THC.
Many Licenced Providers will provide a Terpography of their cannabis strains. The Terpography details the primary Terpenes found in that particular marijuana plant at the time of harvest. Terpenes are the aromatic oils found in the plant, of which over 100 have been discovered thus far. These oils vary based on the variety and can change with age, soil, weather, and even time of day.
Although many Terpenes may help with general anxiety, two that stand out are:
Limonene & Linalool
Limonene has a citrus scent and can be found in citrus fruits, rosemary, juniper, and peppermint. It is known for stress relief and anti-anxiety properties. Look for Limonene mainly in Hybrids. It can be found in some Indica strains, but it isn’t as prevalent.
Linalool has a floral scent (not like your Aunt Mae’s potpourri). It is also found in lavender plants and is known for its ability to enhance mood and sedating effects. Look for Linalool in Indicas as well as Hybrids.
Cannabinoids can be used to help with anxiety and the key with any treatment is to try a few different strains to discover what works best in your body. Every person reacts differently to marijuana, as metabolism and endocannabinoid receptors are unique. Keep a journal to help track what is working and how much you need to get relief.
*It is important to talk to your physician before changing your current medication*
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