Anxiety is a singular word that encompasses a variety of psychological disorders that can affect mood, social, and work life. Anxiety can present itself 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 shop for Hybrid or Indica strains for a calming effect. Sativa strains are known for their uplifting nature, which can become too overwhelming for someone who is 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 more effectively than high levels of THC. Look for cannabis that is high in CBD or with a balance of CBD and THC.
Many Licenced Producers 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.
A lot of Terpenes may help with general anxiety, but two stand out terpenes 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 Hybrid strains. 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 Indica and Hybrid Strains.
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. Everybody reacts differently to marijuana, as each person’s metabolism and endocannabinoid receptors are unique. Keep a journal to help track what is working and the dosage amount you need to find relief.
*It is important to talk to your physician before changing your current medication*
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