Looking to melt away your stress and anxiety with cannabis? You aren’t alone. Relaxation is one of the most common reasons people take cannabis, both recreationally and medically—and it certainly seems to help.
Marijuana is known for its ability to relax tension, ease the mind, and reduce anxiety and stress. Research even shows that when individuals are treated with cannabis, both their subjective levels of stress and the biological markers of anxiety, such as cortisol levels, decrease.
Of course, not all cannabis products are the same, and some marijuana strains and products are more relaxing than others are. Read on for our list of favorite cannabis strains and products to promote calm, peace and relaxation.
When it comes to relaxing with cannabis, one easy way to go is with tinctures rich in cannabidiol (CBD), like this one from Wildflower. CBD is a safe and non-intoxicating cannabinoid that’s known for its ability to:
Since CBD won’t get you high, it’s a great way to stay calm and functional throughout the day. Just hold a few drops under your tongue for 30 seconds, swallow and wait for the relaxation to set in.
This particular CBD tincture has a delicious tropical fruit flavor. Close your eyes and imagine yourself on a tropical island for extra relaxation.
While sublingual tinctures are an easy way to go, some prefer the effects from eating a cannabis edible. If you’re looking for a sweet treat that will leave you feeling mellow and happy, try Cured’s CBD Cookie Dough.
This cookie dough isn’t designed to be baked—just eat right from the packet any time, any place for instant calm. It’s healthy, gluten-free, nut-based and won’t fill you up with empty carbs or get you high. And it’s infused with a blend of hemp-derived cannabinoids besides CBD like:
The combination of all of these cannabinoids may leave you feeling calm, happy and blissfully relaxed.
If you prefer to smoke or vape your CBD in flower form, it’s important to know what CBD-rich strains work best for relaxation. One CBD-rich marijuana strain that’s rated highly for anxiety relief is Cannatonic.
This hybrid CBD cannabis strain has an earthy aroma with notes of lemon and wood, and is known for its easygoing, happy and focused effects. Whether you’re smoking, vaping or eating your cannabis flower, this strain is a great choice to promote relaxation.
While CBD is very relaxing, some find that marijuana strains with more tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) give an added boost to cannabis’s calming powers. For an uplifting but relaxing cannabis strain, try Sour Diesel.
Named for its diesel-like aroma, and known for its energetic and happy high, this popular sativa strain is widely available and easy to find. So, don’t stress about tracking down an elusive or rare cannabis strain to tame your anxiety. Sometimes the most popular marijuana strains are popular for a reason, and for those who do well with high-THC sativas, Sour Diesel is a perfect option for relaxation.
While sativas like Sour Diesel work best for some patients, they can actually make anxiety worse for others. If sativas aren’t your style, but you still want the extra relaxation effect from THC, try a heavy indica strain like Hindu Kush.
This pure indica has a sweet and earthy aroma and provides a relaxed, happy and sedative high. But be forewarned, if you’re sensitive to the sleep-inducing highs of heavy indicas, this incredibly chill strain just may put you to sleep.
Want to add an extra level to your relaxing cannabis experience? Try drawing yourself a bath with the Elevate Luxe Soak from Verte Essentials. This indulgent mix of Epsom and Himalayan sea salts is blended with hemp-based CBD and an invigorating mix of herbs and spices like:
Just add to your next bath and soak in the calming mixture. While you won’t get high, both CBD and the salts are known for their ability to relax the body and tame stress.
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