Stress, a natural mental and physical reaction to the experiences of life, can be killer. Seriously, stress can have extremely negative impacts on a person’s life. Physically, stress can pose health risks to the body, including increased headaches, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insomnia, and an increased risk of a heart attack. As it turns out, cannabis may be able to help. Here are the top five cannabis strains for stress relief.
The Effect of Stress on Human Happiness
Let us not forget other issues brought on by stress, like depression and anxiety. Sometimes stress can cause a pimple to occur, which then causes more stress. In every way, stress has the potential to be a very overwhelming and ugly cycle of events.
But, maybe it’s a good idea to let that stress go, right? You must allow yourself to forget, or work through, that feeling you got from a traffic ticket. A little “me time” might just be the right answer.
Self-care is important. While it can come in the form of the physical (with things like bath bombs, exercise, massages, and moderate indulgences) and mental forms of release (including journaling, cutting out toxic people, and getting more sleep) it’s also possible to marry the best of both worlds.
Cannabis has been a trusted form of stress reduction for thousands of years. Stress, whether it comes from work, personal struggles, monetary pressures, or any resounding issue, can have negative lasting effects. These effects can then seep into all facets of life.
Marijuana combines a physical activity of smoking with mental alteration. This makes for short and long-term relief throughout the mind, body, and soul.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a known remedy for reducing anxiety that stems from stress. Usually, this means that sativa-dominant strains of cannabis have properties that can lend healing energy, though many hybrids offer a little mix of both for the best stress solution.
The weight of life's problems, both big and small, will take a hike with these top five strains to help relieve stress.
Known for its calming effects, Cannatonic is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain loaded with CBD. Sometimes users who struggle with extreme anxiety can have a hard time consuming strains with large amounts of THC because of the accompanying paranoia. This phenomenon depends on each user – some people don’t experience these negative side effects.
This strain’s abundance of CBD makes for a smooth, non-psychoactive dose of stress relief. Key characteristics of this strain include an intense mood boost and pain relief, paired with herbal, woody, and citrusy flavors.
In addition to stress, Cannatonic is an excellent resource for anyone fighting depression, headaches, and muscle spasms. The effects are calming and well-balanced because of its slight sativa dominance. Cannatonic’s high is felt more in terms of mood and cognition throughout the body.
Despite its aggressive name, AK-47 is a pretty mellow and relaxing cannabis strain. It is sativa-dominant and packs a punch of energy and focus through a mental buzz. AK-47 is a perfect accompaniment for engaging in creative activities – think puzzles, coloring books, and crafts – or social engagements.
These distractions can be a way to remove yourself from stressful situations. This places energy and increased focus on other, more enjoyable experiences with heightened senses. Being productive is a way to combat stress, and it can lead to feelings of accomplishment and pride, removing all negative emotions.
The flavor profile of AK-47 is complex. Thanks to its mix of Colombian, Afghani, Mexican, and Thai cannabis genetics, AK-47 offers an earthy, woody, and slightly floral taste and a little bit of a pungent/sour aroma. The main characteristics of the high are an increase in happiness, relaxation, uplifted mood, and energy. This strain is full-bodied with very rewarding properties.
Sure, "crack is whack," but not when the substance is actually cannabis. Green Crack, despite the misleading name, is a strain of marijuana. Even more counterintuitive are Green Crack's traits, which happen to be very helpful and relaxing when it comes to stress relief.
This strain has a reputation for being an energy-booster, giving users an increase of euphoria, an uplifted mood, and intense mental clarity. That stressful situation you were in does not stand a chance next to the aid of Green Crack. In some cases, like Green Crack, strains can be a resource to help problem-solving and getting tasks complete.
Green Crack takes the term, non-drowsy medicine, to a new level. That might be the strain's only similarity to stimulants: it gets the blood and juices flowing. The user can be an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.
It is, however, very relaxing. Green Crack is often used to combat stress, fatigue, pain, and depression while having a tangy, earthy fruit-like flavor. It has a "get stuff done" feel to it, which can knock down stress via a to-do list.
Fun fact: some people have taken to calling this cannabis strain "Green Crush" instead.
Pucker up. Like Sour Patch Kids, this type of marijuana is a super sweet dose of happiness. Sour Diesel, also known as Sour D, is famous for both its potency and its stress-relieving properties. This strain assists in being involved in productive activities that chip away at accumulated stress.
Super Sour Diesel pairs extremely well with artistic and creative activities – which simultaneously helps users unwind and tune in to the activities they’re working on. Tackle a painting, do-it-yourself projects, or listen to a new album with the aid of Super Sour Diesel. The stress will seemingly melt away into the abyss without a second thought.
Novice users be wary: Super Sour Diesel will produce a very powerful cerebral high.
Due to its potency, this strain can be overpowering for those not used to it. It is recommended to microdose; but even with a smaller dose, users will still experience intense euphoria and energy, mopping up any issues of stress, depression, and pain. Pair the earthy, pungent, and slightly sweet Super Sour Diesel with any introspective or social daytime activity.
Forget strawberry: 'Blueberry fields forever' is probably what the Beatles meant to say.
Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid, with many indica-like aesthetics, and is perfect for alleviating stress. This marijuana strain has a high THC content percentage, which eases users out of high tension situations into a gentle and calm euphoria, with both bodily and cerebral effects.
The high will be a significant blast of full-body relaxation with Blue Dream, similar to a full-body, eyes-closed massage.
Fun fact: Blue Dream was created in California, though it’s now widely sought after all over the country.
The best part? Its potential healing properties, which include relaxing, happiness boosting, uplifting, and inducing creativity, and helping to battle stress, nausea, pain, and depression.
The fact that it tastes like delicious candy certainly doesn’t hurt either!
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