Article by Kayla Paradis, Cannabis Life Network
Indica or Sativa?
A common question that comes up is; do I choose a strain of Indica or Sativa? Many smokers have said that smoking has caused anxiety for them, while others insist that it helps. Understanding what strains do and the effects they have on the body will help you make a more clear choice on what to smoke. When choosing one or the other things to consider are: do you want immediate relief or not?
Indica- Generates quick results
Indica is excellent for generating a calm and serene effect due it having lower THC content. Higher CBD ratio can lead to experiencing more soothing effects of your anxiety treatment and assist with a decreased risk of paranoia. If you’re treating medical marijuana as a beta-blocker it may have more immediate effects on your anxiety. It can result in a less mentally active mind, which would alleviate some of the symptoms that make anxiety more pronounced depending on the state you’re in when you start smoking.
Cannabis Strain Sativa helps in anxiety and depression
Sativa is more THC dominant meaning that it does increase brain activity. This may not offer as many immediate effects as Indica, however, it will be a more profound high which could lead to less awareness of anxiety symptoms such as heart palpitations. Sativa has the same effects on depression as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) that are being used to treat forms of depression by, actively preventing serotonin from being absorbed too quickly in the brain. If you’ve suffered from depression as well and your anxiety is a contributing side effect to this, people have said that Stativa may assist with both.
Granddaddy Purple- Great for relaxation[INDICA – THC Dominant] Granddaddy Purple can promote a relaxed state in the mind and body. Many people use it to assist with chronic pain and due to its effect on the body in this way it has also helped many with anxiety.
Jack Herer a THC dominant strain
[INDICA – THC Dominant] Jack Herer is a strain that has warm and bright effects. Many have said that Jack Herer provides a great mood adjustment without draining from your energy supply. Due to it being more THC dominant it’is a great cannabis strain if you find that your anxiety is very strong and present and you’re looking for more immediate effects.
Northern Lights- Cannabis Strain with soothing effects
[INDICA – THC Dominant] Northern Lights has been known to be one of the best cannabis strains for assisting with anxiety due to its tranquillizing-type effect. It’s been said to assist with anxious thoughts which can help when you’re needing to calm down. Do not smoke this when you have to go somewhere. *great for naps*
Remedy a CBD Dominant Strain
[SATIVA – CBD Dominant] Remedy offers a peaceful mindset that can lighten the effects of anxiety. Due to it being a CBD dominant it can be used more as an upper and elevates your mood. Many have found it to be great when smoked outdoors.