5 of the Best Strains for Stress Relief
During this uncertain time of coronavirus, many people are understandably feeling stressed and sometimes depressed. In fact, the Washington Post reports that we could soon see a nationwide mental health crisis. While it’s unclear how cannabis impacts mental health, cannabis can certainly relieve stress. We compiled five of the best cannabis varieties for stress relief here.
Before we start, let’s make this clear. Cannabis is a plant. The word for varieties of plants is cultivars, not strains. Strains describe things like viruses and fungi. Words matter, especially if we are going to shed the lazy stoner stereotype. We make our stance on that clear here in our Weed is a Drug article.
Indica or Sativa for Stress Relief
Sativas are known for their invigorating, energizing effects that may reduce anxiety and stress, as well as enhance creativity and focus. An Indica’s typical effects include deep relaxation and a reduction in insomnia as well as a relaxing effect on the muscles.
Strain for Stress – Jack Herer
Jack Herer is a Sativa-dominant cannabis cultivar that stimulates and eases the mind but also offers some relaxing, tingly body effects of Indica that can melt away tension. Named after arguably the most important cannabis activist in history, Jack Herer is an award-winning favorite that has a nice piney flavor with a hint of sweetness.
The Stress Relieving Strain – OG Kush
OG Kush is popular for being one of the best cannabis varieties for stress relief. This is because it can leave you feeling euphoric and relaxed. It can also leave some consumers feeling energetic and upbeat, so many love it for wake and bakes or as an early evening conversation starter. This woody, earthy-tasting cultivar can also help treat insomnia.
White widow is a delicious cultivar that is well-known worldwide. It also tastes piney and earthy as well as boosting creativity. The white widow will put you in a good mood and make you feel cheery, which is a great way to help relieve stress.
Cheese strains tend to smell and taste deliciously funky and skunky, but Blue Cheese has a nice fruity hint to it due to its blueberry lineage. This Indica-dominant variety will leave you zoned out if you aren’t careful, so be sure to not consume too much if you want to avoid that couch-lock.
Rounding out our list is the cultivar named after the classic Jimi Henridrix song. It’s a cross of Purple Thai and haze, tasting sweet and earthy. There’s also a strong spiciness to this variety. It will help you enjoy your day while adding some cerebral stimulation and an energetic feel.
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