Chronic stress is a real issue for many people in today’s society. And though we have the usual options for dealing with it, like meditation or therapy, sometimes you just want to kick back, light up a joint, and forget about all your problems for a while. The good news is, there are actually certain strains that can be better than others when it comes to relieving chronic stress—and no, it’s not just because they get you high!
There are two chemical compounds that are found in cannabis and are known to help relieve chronic stress: THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive chemical that supposedly makes you “feel” something when you smoke weed. However, in reality, it also helps lower stress by binding to receptors in the brain that control feelings of pain, fear, and anxiety. CBD has the same effect but without the psychoactive ingredients.
When looking for the best strain of marijuana to relieve chronic stress, you’ll probably want to look for one that has both THC and CBD—they work together better than on their own. You can find these specific types of strains at local dispensaries near you.
What Causes Chronic Stress?
For many of us, stress isn’t a choice—it’s a condition. Chronic stress can feel like a never-ending, always-looming threat. The constant presence of this negative state is a problem for many of us, and yet many people remain unsure of exactly what chronic stress is or how to handle it. Let’s take a deeper look at the cause and effects of this phenomenon.
What is it?
Chronic stress is defined as the experience of pressure that’s ongoing for an extended period of time—particularly in the absence of any clear, resolvable issue. It’s often characterized by feelings of anxiety, tension, worry, and irritability.
It’s important to note that this isn’t just about feeling tired or stressed out after a long day at work or even a particularly emotional week with family or friends. There are some days when you have every right to feel stressed out, but feeling chronic stress without any particular reason is not normal!
How does it start?
There are a lot of different factors that may play into why someone experiences chronic stress. We often think about things like work or family obligations, but these aren’t the only causes. In fact, some people experience chronic stress in response to trauma they’ve experienced in the past—sometimes years ago—for which they’ve never received proper counseling
Which Strains Are Best For Chronic Stress?
Not all cannabis strains have the same effect on stress. Some strains may increase anxiety or make you feel paranoid or jittery. However, certain strains have been shown to be extremely effective in reducing anxiety, calming your mind and body, and helping you relax.
Here are our picks for the 10 best strains for chronic stress:
CHERRY GUSHERS STRAIN:
Usually, when you’re looking for a strain to help you with your chronic stress, you’re looking for something a little more relaxing and a little less energizing. This strain that’ll have you feeling like you just ate an entire bag of your favorite childhood snack. Cherry gushers strain has sage green leaves with orange hairs, sometimes covered in trichomes that make them look white.
The smell is sweet with notes of chocolate and cherry. It has a THC content of up to 23% and a CBD content of less than 1%. It has just enough CBD and CBN to keep you from getting too hyper and staying up all night, but cherry gushers weed strain also got plenty of THC to stimulate appetite and help you enjoy whatever activity you’ve got planned as much as possible. And if that activity is eating? Well, it might just be the perfect strain for you.
STREET HEAT STRAIN:
Street heat strain is great for first-time users and those who have been smoking for decades. We were lucky enough to get our hands on it, and let us just say that we’re obsessed. The buds are covered in resin and smell of musky earthiness with sweet undertones. Smell is really strong, so if you’re using it somewhere you don’t want a lot of attention, we recommend being discreet or waiting until later to smoke.
It’s citrusy without being too sweet; we smelled hints of orange and tangerine mixed with something woodsy. When we smoked street heat weed strain, we really felt like the end-of-the-day stress melted away. It was like our worries drifted away on a cloud of delicious smoke. It’s definitely not best for during the day, but if you have trouble winding down at night, this could be your new go-to.
There are many strains that have a reputation for being difficult to grow, and Bordeaux strain is one of them. It’s definitely not for the beginner grower, but if you’re experienced, you’ll find that it makes up for its difficulty in bounty. It has a high THC content of over 20% and a low CBD content of less than 2%. The onset is exhilarating with a burst of creativity and euphoria followed by a body high that relaxes the muscles and relieves chronic stress.
Patients report feeling great for hours after using this strain with no impairment or cloudiness associated with many strains in this family. It smells fantastic, with notes of grapefruit, citrus, sweet earth and pine. The taste is similar but more pronounced, with hints of earthy pine on the exhale. Bordeaux weed strain is mainly available in Colorado and Washington but there are efforts in place to make it available nationwide.
IRON LOTUS STRAIN:
Iron lotus strain boasts fairly high levels of THC (an average of 17% and reaching as high as 26%) and produces a cerebral effect that leaves you feeling energized and motivated. It’s also a good choice if you’re looking to stimulate creativity. It won’t necessarily knock you off your feet with its strength, but it will keep you pleasantly active for a long time. This strain has a sweet berry aroma that has hints of sourness to it.
The taste also contains notes of berries, especially blueberries! Iron Lotus weed strain is perfect for relieving pain and stress, as well as improving mood and sleep. also known for its ability to stimulate the appetite, which is great if you’re on the verge of being hungry or are experiencing nausea from chemotherapy treatments.
NORTHERN FIORE STRAIN:
Features a 70% indica/30% sativa mix, and it has an average flowering time of 8-9 weeks. This strain has a somewhat fruity flavor profile with citrusy notes mixed with flavors of earth and pine. The smell is quite pungent and has hints of both skunk and cheese. Expect your taste buds to tingle when you smoke this strain. If you smoke Northern Fiore weed strain after a long day of work, you’ll likely find yourself in a deep sleep by midnight. If you’re looking for a good night’s rest or have trouble sleeping because of stress, then northern fiore strain is one way to help you wind down at night.
RED DEVIL STRAIN:
The red devil strain is reported to be great for chronic stress and major depression, and it’s easy to see why. Very little of this hybrid strains’ genetic makeup is known, but its Indica-dominance is often said to be obvious in its high. The buds are large and dense, with a nice purple hue that makes the nugs look like they’re dipped in sugar. The smell is pretty pleasant: sweet and earthy, like a forest after a spring rain.
The taste can be a bit difficult to describe—it’s probably best to just try it yourself! The first thing that hits you when you take a hit of red devil weed strain is the relaxed, happy vibe. It’s perfect for solving creative problems or taking care of tasks around the house. After about an hour of feeling creative and productive, you’ll start to feel yourself getting tired. Pretty soon, you’ll be ready for a nap (and it will probably be a good one).
SWEET POTATO PIE STRAIN:
Sweet potato pie is a hybrid strain with a THC content of 22% and a CBD content of less than 1%. Its lineage is unknown, but it is believed to be the result of breeding two strains with high CBD contents. It is known for its unique flavor profile and its ability to provide both energizing and relaxing effects. The buds are purple, with orange pistils and a light coating of trichomes. The aroma of sweet potato pie weed strain is earthy with overtones of sweet, fruity berries.
When smoked or vaped, the flavor has notes of berry and pine that are both sweet and slightly pungent. Produces mild cerebral effects that can cause users to feel more talkative and sociable. Users may also experience euphoria and a sense of calmness. It may help relieve symptoms such as chronic pain, inflammation, stress, depression, fatigue, ADD/ADHD, nausea, and appetite loss.
BITCH SLAP STRAIN:
It’s a hybrid strain that is ideal for relieving chronic or acute stress. It has a high THC level (around 20%) and a low CBD content, so it has psychoactive properties that result in a full-body high. You’ll feel relaxed, euphoric and slightly sedated. The flavor is great too: it’s got sort of a fullness to it that makes it very pleasant. It’s not overpowering or anything like that; bitch slap weed strain just has a nice depth to the taste.
You might also feel slightly hungry. It’s great to smoke during the day if you have a stressful job, or if you feel like you’re living in extreme circumstances (like the zombie apocalypse). Bitch slap strain is also great for social situations, like networking events or dates with people who are more than just friends.
HONEY BERRY STRAIN:
The most common use for the honey berry strain is the treatment of chronic stress. Its a hybrid that combines the best of both worlds: a sativa for mental clarity and an indica for calming body effects. You can definitely tell from the scent that there’s something berry-like going on here, but it’s not overpowering or too sweet—it’s got some earthiness to it as well. The taste is similar: berry, with just a hint of pine and earthy overtones. It gives you tingly lips when you smoke it (that’s how you know it’s good).
The high from honey berry weed strain starts with a strong head rush, followed by a deep relaxation that lasts several hours. It’s also known to improve mood and increase energy, so it may be helpful in treating seasonal depression or fatigue. Appearance is characterized by dense buds with lots of trichomes clinging to the green leaves; these trichomes give the buds a shiny, snowy appearance. As with most strains, the coloration tends to vary depending on how well the plant was cultivated and what kind of growing medium was used during cultivation.
PORNSTAR OG STRAIN:
At first, you might be surprised by the smell. Pornstar og weed strain is not quite as sweet and fruity as other strains—it has a bit of a spicy note that reminds us of, well… liquorice. Yes, really! It’s strong, too. We could smell it from across the room before we even opened the jar. People have described pornstar og strain as a “cat pee” type of scent (no offense to our feline friends), but we think that’s just because the pungency catches some people off-guard.
The buds are big and fluffy—they’re a bit on the dry side, but they’re not crumbly or anything like that. They’re still soft enough to be broken up easily by hand. Light green in color with dark orange hairs—they’re not super dense, but they’re pretty dense compared to some strains that are out there right now. The trichomes were mostly cloudy but with a few amber ones mixed in here and there (we think this is where much of that spicy liquorice flavor comes
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