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10 Best Marijuana Strains for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

As one of the most common mental illnesses among individuals aged 18+ in the United States, anxiety is an invisible affliction that can make life more difficult than it needs to be. According to the CDC, at least 18.1% of the population will report feelings that coincide with anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders manifest with symptoms that include increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and sweating.

Many patients who deal with anxiety want to treat their disorder naturally. Thanks to the cannabis wellness revolution, more patients than ever are coming to enjoy the relaxing therapeutic effects that cannabis provides. More than just a giggly way to enjoy your favorite munchies, popular cannabis strains featuring terpenes like limonene and myrcene can directly improve your anxiety symptoms.

Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Marijuana Strains for Anxiety and Panic Attacks!

1. Loctite [Hybrid]

Hailing from the west coast, Loctite is a hybrid strain produced by powerful parents, including the beloved Gorilla Glue #4 and Mt. Rainier. A gassy and uplifting hybrid, Loctite features dense green buds that give way to orange pistols, wafting citrus scents from every angle. 

Moderate amounts of THC allow Loctite to operate as a great anxiety-relieving strain for novice to experienced consumers. The presence of high levels of the terpene Caryophyllene provides additional anti-inflammatory properties for pain relief.

Genetics – Gorilla Glue #4 x Mt. Rainier

Effects – Upbeat and giggly, relaxing.

Main Terpenes – Caryophyllene

2. Jack Herer [Sativa]

Finding anxiety relief through Sativa cannabis strains can be unusual, to say the least. Jack Herer, however, is a strain unlike any other. Developed by Platinum Jack Herer, a cannabis activist, and author, Jack Herer has been celebrated since the strain was first crafted in the Netherlands during the 1990s. Gaining early recognition as a medical-grade strain, this pine-scented Sativa has since become a staple in cannabis dispensaries around the nation.

Start slow and low with Jack Herer as the uplifting and energetic buzz can take getting used to, particularly for first-time users of the strain.

Genetics – Northern Lights x Shiva Skunk x Haze

Effects – Energizing and clear-headed high ideal for focused boosts of energy.

Main Terpenes – Beta Myrcene, Pinene, Humulene, Limonene

3. Critical Mass [Indica] (CBD)

Cannabis connoisseurs understand how important CBD is when combatting certain afflictions and disorders. When it comes time to treat and address anxiety or panic attacks, strains with prominent levels of CBD can help. Critical Mass is a unique crossbreed featuring moderate levels of THC backed by a foundation of CBD and CBG.

Critical Mass is ideal in smaller doses as it gives individuals feelings of wellness, calm, and creativity. The longer patients medicate through Critical Mass, the more likely they will succumb to the sedating aspects of this strain.

Genetics – Afghani x Skunk #1

Effects – Pain Relief, Anxiety Reduction, Feelings of Wellness, Relaxed.

Main Terpenes – Myrcene, Limonene, Pinene

4. Kosher Kush  [Indica]

Kosher Kush is an Indica cannabis strain that was first found in Southern California, grown by a group of Orthodox Jewish cannabis advocates. With a dominant terpene profile featuring Alpa-Pinene and Limonene, it is easy to see why Kosher Kush gained so many fans in such a short amount of time. 

Regularly testing between 18% and 24% THC, Kosher Kush is a powerful Indica strain that brings notes of earth and fruit with each smell. Kosher Kush has multiple High Times Cannabis Cup awards for the Best Indica on the market.

Genetics – OG Kush #18 x SFV OG

Effects – Relaxing, uplifting, and enjoyable high that descends into a comfortable body buzz.

Main Terpenes – Alpha-Pinene, Limonene, Caryophyllene

5. Runtz [Hybrid]

Beginning with a cerebral rush of energy not too dissimilar from your favorite sugar rush, Runtz delivers a hybrid experience that is as bountiful in flavor as it is the effect. Created from the Zkilttlez and Gelato strains, Runtz is a true 50-50 hybrid with sticky nugs that are bright green and textured with purple undertones. Runtz begins with an expanding head high that soon shifts its attention toward the rest of your body.

Runtz will typically test upwards of 29% THC, so do be careful about consumption if you are a novice or inexperienced cannabis user. Thanks to its high THC, Runtz is a good choice for people struggling with panic attacks and anxiety as well as high cannabis tolerance.

Genetics – Zkittlez x Gelato

Effects – Relaxing, Calming, and tingly. Ideal for sleep and relaxation.

Main Terpenes – Caryophyllene

6. Pennywise [Indica] (CBD)

Pennywise is a personal favorite among medical patients that want to relax, reduce stress, and eventually drift off to comforting sleep. Pennywise is a crossbreed that pulls directly from one of our favorite genetic parents for pain relief, Harlequin. Prominent phenotypes provide fingerling-type buds that provide hints of coffee, lemon, and bubblegum with every sniff.

Higher levels of CBD combined with the cerebral elements of the Jack the Ripper strain will make Pennywise truly a unique experience. Patients also use Pennywise to treat many neurological disorders, painful conditions, and cancer-related symptoms.

Genetics – Harlequin x Jack the Ripper

Effects – Begins with uplifting euphoria before drifting into a more relaxing and potent psychoactive experience.

Main Terpenes – Myrcene, Alpha-Pinene, Linalool

7. Gorilla Glue #4 [Hybrid]

Also known as Original Glue, this hybrid cannabis strain is used to treat a variety of anxiety-related conditions. Developed by cultivators around the world, GG4 has enjoyed a world of success in Cannabis Cup competitions, winning first place in Los Angeles as well as Michigan in 2014.

Gorilla Glue is fantastic for treating anxiety because it leaves users relaxed in a haze of comfort. GG4 is ideal for helping combat depression, pain, anxiety, and panic.

Genetics – Sour Dubb x Chocolate Diesel x Chem’s Sister

Effects – Relaxed, stress-free, glued to the couch.

Main Terpenes – Myrcene

8. Wedding Cake [Hybrid]

Wedding Cake is a fascinating strain that provides plenty of utility for recreational and medicinal cannabis users, alike. A true hybrid, Wedding Cake leans Indica thanks to its Tringle Kush/ Animal Mints background. However, some cultivation experts believe that Wedding Cake also incorporates coveted GSC and Cherry Pie genetics.

No matter the lineage of Wedding Cake, the rich and tangy strain features notes of pepper and earth that taste wonderful in the mouth and upon exhaling. Ideal for novice-to-intermediate users, Wedding Cake has a complex terpene profile featuring myrcene, limonene, and humulene.

Genetics – Cherry Pie x Girl Scout Cookies x Triangle Mints

Effects – Relaxed, Euphoric, Giddy.

Main Terpenes –  Limonene, Myrcene, Humulene

9. Durban Poison [Sativa]

Durban Poison is a Sativa that hails from South Africa, developed through landrace genetics. Originating from the work of  Sam the Skunkman, South African Durban Poison would hit the West Coast in the late 70s before spreading throughout the rest of America.

One of the rare Sativa strains that can be grown outdoors, Durban Poison has enjoyed thriving growing conditions throughout Europe, America, and South Africa. With a strong smell of licorice and anise, Durban Poison has a unique aroma that pulls the nose before capturing the mind.

Durban Poison is an uplifting, creative, and euphoric strain perfect for combatting depression and anxiety.

Genetics – Landrace Sativa

Effects – Uplifting and creative, Durban Poison is clearheaded enough for productivity.

Main Terpenes – Terpinolene

10. Tropic Thunder [Hybrid]

Few strains in the cannabis world hit quite like Tropic Thunder. Developed as a cross between Maui Wowie and a second mysterious plant, Tropic Thunder hits hard with high levels of THC as well as CBG. With a floral aroma that hits the nose and the mouth upon exhaling, it is hard to deny the tropical fruity flavors that manifest during each session.

Tropic Thunder is ideal for treating anxiety as well as panic attacks thanks to the prevalence of the terpene pinene. Pinene provides anti-anxiety and pain-relieving effects while boosting memory recall in some studies.

Genetics – Maui Wowie x ??

Effects – Euphoric and uplifting hybrid that drifts into a mellow-yet-elevating buzz.

Main Terpenes – Pinene