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Feeling Stressed? These Strains Are Known for Their Relaxing Effects

Feeling Stressed? These Strains Are Known for Their Relaxing Effects

Everyone has experienced stress, whether related to work, family, or day-to-day life. Many do not realize the negative side effects of stress on their physical, mental, and behavioral health. For example, stress is known to cause headaches, anxiety, and angry outbursts. Left unchecked, these common symptoms can contribute to larger health issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. In this article, we provide a list of medical marijuana strains known to help combat stress.1 Patients should consult a Florida Medical Marijuana Doctor about which of these strains are most beneficial since treatment varies by individual depending on their overall symptoms.

Medical Marijuana (MMJ) is used to treat a number of qualifying conditions. Those explicitly defined in Florida’s medical marijuana law are cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, seizures, Crohn’s disease, chronic muscle spasms, PTSD, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. See the remaining conditions at You can find out if you pre-qualify for a recommendation in just two steps! First, Take our eligibility survey. Once qualified for an in-person exam,  you’ll receive scheduling instructions for a visit to one of our Florida Medical Marijuana Doctors. Completing the survey takes only 5 minutes. Find out if you pre-qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation today!

Indica or Sativa?

Since ancient times, people have been using marijuana to alleviate stress. It is important to select the proper dosage, place of use, method of consumption, and which kind to use. There are many Indica and Sativa strains which can provide a clear mind and relaxation that alleviates anxiety. Typically, these strains are high in either THC or CBD, the cannabinoids responsible for relieving stress. Finding the right balance is key, since some patients experience anxiety and paranoia when consuming products high in THC. Sativa strains are generally better for daytime consumption since they are known to provide energy, while Indica strains (higher in CBD) are a better solution for nighttime use because they provide relaxation and help with sleep.2

Tips for using Cannabis to Beat Stress 

  • Pay attention to the terpenes listed on dispensary products. Both Caryophyllene and Linalool are terpenes that help fight stress. 
  • Keep a journal of the dosage, strain, and method of use after experimentation. Note the kind of high it gives so adjustments can be made as needed.
  • Try micro-dosing as a way to get the benefits from cannabis without feeling too high. As mentioned, some experience a feeling of anxiety or paranoia from different strains, so starting with a low dose and working up to a higher one is ideal for combatting stress.3

Top Cannabis Strains That Fight Stress

Indica-Dominant Strains

Granddaddy Purple

Providing relief from pain and insomnia, Granddaddy Purple is believed to be one of the best for stress, anxiety, and insomnia. It has a sweet, grape flavor that also relieves loss of appetite. A classic Indica-dominant strain, it may cause “couch lock,” but is “regularly used by people suffering from clinical pain or stress and anxiety resulting from life events.”4

King Louis XIII

Known for its fragrant smell of pine and an earthy musk, these dense nugs originate from OG Kush. The THC content of this strain is typically more than 20%. It is best used as a sleep aid and creates relaxation and a positive mood.5

Skywalker OG

A blend of Skywalker and OG Kush, this strain contains 18%-30% THC. It causes drowsiness, relaxes the body, and numbs the body and mind.4 It is commonly used to treat feelings of depression, a loss of appetite, and anxiety.6

Pot of Gold

Of Dutch origins, this strain consists of sticky buds of around 15% THC content that need to be ground with a grinder before use. Creating deep relaxation and euphoria, it is an effective treatment for pain and insomnia.4 “It has a refined sweet, fruity hashish taste and an extremely potent physical effect.”7

Sativa-Dominant Strains

Green Crack

A cross between Skunk #1, Afghani landrace, and 1989 Super Sativa Seed Club, Green Crack was originally called “Cush” then renamed by rap star Snoop Dogg for its strong sativa-like effects. A citrus flavor stands out most, but it also carries an earthy and flowery aftertaste. Delivering between 13%-25% THC, it is an uplifting strain that brings focus and energy.8

Legend OG

Most believe this strain was derived from OG Kush. Ranging in THC content from 20%-25%, it is known for its floral, tart, and strong terpenes. It creates a head high while alleviating pain and relaxing the body. As with Mango, dosages should be carefully selected as “high-THC varieties can overstimulate some minds.”9


Established in the 1960’s, this strain has a mild fruity flavor and a THC content around 20%. It induces hunger while creating positive and calm feelings that ease stress and anxiety. Dosing with care is important with Mango because it can act as a sedative.5

Sour Diesel

Named for its “diesel-like aroma,” and peppery, citrus-like flavors, Sour Diesel (or “Sour D”) provides energy and a cerebral high that relieves stress, depression, and pain. It is a long-lasting strain that has been a favorite of many patients since the 1990’s. Likely, it is a descendent of Chemdog 91 and Super Skunk.10

Strawberry Cough

As the name suggests, this strain has a strawberry flavor that gives relaxation and feelings of euphoria lasting around four hours. With a THC content between 15% and 20%, it facilitates creative discussion and sharpens cognitive abilities while reducing anxiety and stress.5

Is Medical Marijuana Right for Me?

Whether medical marijuana will help your condition depends on many factors best evaluated by a medical doctor. If you feel you may benefit from medical marijuana, the first step is to take our eligibility survey. In just 5 minutes, you could pre-qualify for a Florida medical marijuana recommendation. A Florida Marijuana Marijuana Doctor can then determine if you qualify during an in-person exam. For more information, visit