Sometimes the best remedy for super stress is to take in a big breath and exhale a cloud of a good, balanced strain of bud smoke or vapor to bring things back into perspective. It’s a known cure for a case of the mean reds, which are even more stressful than the blues, according to Audrey Hepburn’s beloved character Holly Golightly.
Though indicas are known to be such relaxants that they can give a user couch-lock, that doesn’t necessarily mean that being really stoned and a little sleepy is going to cure your stress. In fact, it could lead to a stress filled binge-fest in fact. (Though an original, pure Afgan is definitely a relaxant that won’t have you incapacitated when used in moderation, as are a few of the below mentioned.) A high octane sativa may or may not be the ticket, depending on your body. Everyone is different.
This classic, resin rich strain grows big, plentiful buds for a sativa dominant hybrid and thus is popular among growers and usually available at a dispensary. It’s an energizing strain that’s uplifting as well as having a slightly head high. You might get a little spacey, not too much, but perhaps just enough to breathe through whatever’s gotten your goat.
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Another long time winner, Jack Herer is a well balanced hybrid that leans slightly more toward the sativa side. Because it is such a versatile, clear headed strain, it’s used for everything from PTSD to social anxiety to, of course, stress. It also has a rich history in its namesake, regarding hemp and cannabis activist Jack Herer, who penned the cannabis proponent’s mandatorily read The Emperor Wears No Clothes.
A highly based indica strain (around 95%), Northern Lights has always had a reputation of being very calming, even to the beasts within. It might kick your ass if you smoke a few joints or a full cartridge to your head, but if used sparingly, it’s a great remedy for stressors. It’s another award winning, grower favorite and usually very easily found in states that both do and don’t have marijuana laws in place.
Super Lemon Haze
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This amazingly potent and effective strain has 20% indica, just enough to keep the uplifting sativa high while bringing it down a notch to soothe the nerves and calm you down after an especially hard day. Usually covered in kief and with the smell and taste of Lemon Drop candies, it’s as fun to imbibe in as it is an anxiety slayer.
This fragrant strain provides a cerebral high that will absolutely melt away stress. A serious indica dominant, its effects are somewhat delayed, but are usually so relaxing that people also use the strain as a sleep aid. This is the one to pull out when the news is bad and you don’t have to drive anywhere.