GanjAmerica: The Best Strains for Anxiety and Depression

Dealing with anxiety and depression is not fun, especially, on a really bad day.

These mental illnesses are often treated with medications such as Xanax and Valium, which are unfortunately the most commonly abused prescription drugs. Benzodiazepines have the potential to become addictive for its user! Fortunately, marijuana provides an alternative to easing depression and anxiety that is both reliable and safe.

What is a strain?

By definition, a marijuana strain is either a hybrid of variations or a pure extraction of the cannabis plant. In 2017, a study from cannabis researchers concluded that there are roughly 779 cannabis strains in the world thus far!

While all are wonderful in their own right, the best strains for anxiety and depression alleviate psychological and physiological symptoms, and at the same time, should be taken in low to moderate dosages to lower the chances of experiencing a “bad trip.”

Without further ado, these are the best strains to treat anxiety and depression:

Granddaddy Purple

Fancy your berry and fruit aromas? Grandaddy Purple is at the top of the list for helping your anxiety mellow out and diminishing the impact of depression. If you have trouble sleeping at night, implement the relaxing and sedative properties of Grandaddy Purple before bed. Also used by chemotherapy patients to alleviate pain, Grandaddy Purple can lessen the fatigue that comes with a depressive episode, give you a sense of peace, and help you drift off into sweet and gentle dreams, regardless of the type of pain you are currently experiencing.

Jack Herer

Waking up can be one of the hardest things in the world, but Jack Herer can give you the little push you need to jump out of bed with its spicy aroma and wonderful benefits. Jack Herer is widely used by those who need to hone in their focus at work and kickstart creativity. Furthermore, it triggers happiness in the brain, which immediately elevates mood and endorphin production. Evidently, Jack Herer is a mood improver with mild effects on the body that are just enough to help you to function at your own pace.


If you tend to experience panic attacks or high-levels of anxiety daily, Cannatonic is the most recommended strain to treat them. Because Cannatonic has a high CBD level, it lowers the amount of anxiety that floods through your body as a whole. Furthermore, you don’t experience much of a high with Cannatonic due to its low THC levels. Instead, you experience short-term effects that are a great “pick-me-up” whenever you feel your anxiety is about to spiral. Sometimes, anxiety also causes physical discomforts, but Cannatonic can help you out with those muscle pains, tension, and migraines.

Blue Dream

Ah, Blue Dream – one of the gentle classics. High in THC and smelling like a blueberry, Blue Dream is a popular strain on the West Coast that kicks depression in the ass. It immediately sends your mind and body into a blissful state of nirvana, making it a solid choice for those who need the instant relief from their depressive episode or anxiety symptoms. In addition, Blue Dream gives you the courage to be more social as well.


This post was written by a guest writer, Trevor Mcdonald. 

Photo credit, Green Rush Daily.