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The top strains for stress relief

Carolyn BerkMay 26, 2021

Stress-busting strains to enjoy like there's no tomorrow. 


In the words of the classic R.E.M. hit, “It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine." Although the song came out in 1987, it seems like a fitting anthem for how 2020 and 2021 has unfolded. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, those languishing feels, the vacillating economy, and ongoing uncertainty – it's all too easy to view the world through apocalypse-colored glasses. 


And while it's completely understandable if you don't feel fine, or if everything is just fine, it's important to take time to replenish and recharge. When you need to mentally hit pause, cannabis can be wonderful support for calming your mind and restoring your emotional strength. 

Cannabis for managing stress (it doesn't take much)  


Even scientists agree: recent studies suggest that cannabis can significantly reduce short-term levels of depression, anxiety and stress. Researchers found that:

  • One puff of cannabis high in CBD and low in THC was optimal for reducing symptoms of depression.
  • Two puffs of any type of cannabis was sufficient to reduce symptoms of anxiety.
  • 10 or more puffs of cannabis high in CBD and high in THC produced the largest reductions in stress.

Instead of anxiously refreshing the news or being hypnotized by an infinite scroll, take time to disconnect and turn your focus inward. 

Best strains to reduce stress 


It's natural to have difficulty adjusting to times of rapid change and conflict. When that period of time stretches out over weeks or months, it can feel especially challenging. 


It's times like these when it's important for your mental health to remember the popular mantra of the last year: It's a marathon, not a sprint. Part of making it to the finish line is accepting discomfort and knowing when to slow down in order to conserve your energy. 


But what if even finding a solid relaxation strain sounds stressful? No need to stress - we have your back. Luckily, there are many cannabis strains that can help you maintain mindfulness when things feel particularly intolerable. Try one of these strains for help finding resilience after a nerve-wracking year:

Chaos Kush 

Enjoy Chaos Kush when you need to escape a day of disarray.


This indica-leaning cannabis hybrid is the perfect strain for unwinding and relaxing after a hectic day. Many plagued by too many sleepless nights enjoy Chaos Kush for its ability to gradually ease them to sleep.  


Trainwreck

Has your year been a total trainwreck? Then you definitely deserve to hop on the fast track to positive vibes with Trainwreck


Trainwreck is a cross of three landrace strains: Mexican, Thai, and Afghani. Its relaxing effects are multidimensional, beginning with a euphoric energy best suited for outdoor activities. After a few hours, the sativa dominance fades and it's time to enjoy the indica traits - relaxation and restful sleep.


Grim Bastard OG

This is an undeniably difficult year to get through. But don't let the experience turn you into a permanent grim bastard. 


Despite the name, it's easy to fall in love with Grim Bastard OG! People who try this indica-dominant strain say it actually helps them feel more social with its relaxed and happy vibes. Invite Grim Bastard OG if you're looking to ease away aches while winding down before bedtime. 

Nightmare OG 

There's no need to be scared of the powerfully sedating Nightmare OG, which helps people leave their worries behind for a full night of restorative sleep. 


Nightmare OG is a hybrid strain of OG18 and White Nightmare. You'll sleep soundly with dreams of pine, lemon, and blueberry. 

It's ok to eat your feelings 


There's nothing like a little comfort food to revitalize your soul. In fact, many people consume marijuana before chowing down in order to heighten their senses and get more out of each bite.


If you find yourself craving your go-to treat, why not pair it with one of these deliciously-named strains? In addition to taking your favorite food to another level, these strains may also help you ease your mind along with your appetite. 


Cookies and Cream

Nothing can bring back childhood joy like cookies and cream! 


The sweet-flavored strain Cookies and Cream helps users feel relaxed, pain-free and creative at the end of the day. Dunk into this 50/50 hybrid preroll for an evening of euphoria and tranquility, already at the perfect dose. 


Gelato

You don't need a plane ticket to Italy when you can enjoy the strain Gelato right at home. 


Also known as 'Gelato #33' or “Larry Bird,' Gelato is a well-balanced hybrid that hails from California and shares part of its name with the jersey number of the famous Boston Celtics forward. Choosing this flower is a slam dunk for those who want to feel a peaceful body buzz with a heady high that promotes focus and energy at onset, followed by a calming effect that lasts up to an hour.


Frosted Flakes

Put away the milk and spoon, because you'll need a different kind of bowl to savor these Frosted Flakes.

This sweet hybrid strain is quickly becoming a favorite among consumers looking to add a bolt of energy and joy to their day. People who try Frosted Flakes report feeling a rush of uplifting euphoria that gradually morphs into a relaxing body buzz. 

Take a vacation in your mind


Itching for a trip? You're not alone. Coronavirus travel restrictions have interrupted countless plans and made staycations the norm. 


Just because you're stuck at home doesn't mean you can't satisfy your wanderlust. Shake up your routine with local day trips or playing tourist in your own town. While it may not match the actual thrill of the open road, you can appease the travel bug with TV shows like Anthony Bourdain's “No Reservations" or nature documentaries such as “Planet Earth". Indulge in one of these destination-name strains for an enhanced experience that will have you telling cabin fever bon voyage. 


Maui Wowie

Say aloha to peace and pensive calm with Maui Wowie.


Maui Wowie is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain from the Hawaiian Islands. Its pineapple-drenched aroma and boost of positive introspection bring the island's tranquil vibe to your living room, conjuring the sun when it seems like rain is a permanent forecast.

Northern Lights

No need to journey north for a glimpse of the Aurora borealis when this strain can help you experience your own calm nighttime atmosphere. 


Northern Lights is one of the most revered strains on earth, winning more Cannabis Cup awards than any other. It has also been bred into legendary hybrids like White Widow and Jack Herer.

Mandarin Sunset

Wherever you're watching the sunset, you can drift in calming and sleepy vibes when you consume Mandarin Sunset. 


You don't need to be fluent in Mandarin to understand the appeal of the hybrid Mandarin Sunset. This indica-dominant strain is perfect for when the sun dips towards the horizon and you want to feel the day's stress and pain gradually fade away. People who try Mandarin Sunset say they felt increasingly relaxed until they were ready to dim the lights for sleep. 

Carolyn Berk Lantern Author 
Carolyn Berk
Carolyn Berk got her start working in both radio and TV before applying her journalism skills to the cannabis industry. She is currently a content marketer and an active member of the New England cannabis community.