Cannabis can be very effective at alleviating the symptoms of anxiety. But, if you're new to its use, choosing the correct strain at the dispensary can be daunting. There's a lot of different "flavors" of weed: indicas, sativas, hybrids, CBD, or THC-rich strains.

Choosing the incorrect strain to treat your anxiety can actually worsen the symptoms. So, you want to make sure that you get it right. When in doubt, always ask the dispensary staff. They know what strains you should try better than anyone. Just remember these tips as a general set of rules:

  1. Indica strains tend to offer more relaxing benefits than sativas or hybrids.
  2. CBD-heavy strains are more calming than THC-heavy strains.
  3. Most cannabis strains are hybrids, combinations of indicas and sativas.

Using marijuana to treat any condition involves trial and error. While there are many guides, both online and at cannabis dispensaries, to individuals strains that list the feelings you should expect, each person experiences the effects differently. Finding the perfect strain for your anxiety requires experimentation. 


Indica cannabis strains tend to promote rest and relaxation. Their effects tend to relax the body and promote sleep. If you're anxious, a nice indica will help to calm you down, allowing you to unwind. Indica strains remain the most popular for people dealing with anxiety.

The buds of indica strains tend to be shorter than other strains. Denser and more weighty than sativa or hybrid buds, their appearance is more berry-like and not very fluffy. Also, when exposed to colder temperatures, the buds can develop beautiful purple and red hues, which helps to further distinguish them.

CBD-Heavy Strains

The cannabinoid CBD tends to be more prevalent in indica strains. CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory and relaxing properties, which makes CBD-rich strains perfect for alleviating the symptoms of anxiety.

Of course, you can also get various cannabis products that entirely free of THC and contain only CBD. These products are generally great for treating your anxiety, especially if you don't want any of the psychoactive effects that are caused by THC.


Hybrids marijuana strains result from the cross-pollinating of the two dominant marijuana strains, indica and sativa. These strains are by far the most common because they combine the best characteristics of both indicas and sativas. Hybrids can have high levels of both CBD and THC. This could be good or bad for anxiety. The best practice is to get an anxiety relief endorsement from the dispensary staff.

To get started, contact a marijuana dispensary in your area.