The best cannabis strains to combat stress

by Angelica Leicht

You ever find yourself so stressed that it feels a little like a piano is crushing your ribs and vital organs? If the answer to that question is no, well, please take your optimist self and go away. But if you can relate, please stay. We have things to discuss, like how you probably need a stress-relieving cannabis strain in your damn life.

These strains are all of vastly different genetic origins, but they have one thing in common. They’re all known for their potent stress-relieving badassery. Pick your poison, and let’s light up and lift that piano off the ol’ ribs, shall we?

AK-47If some of your stress comes via social anxiety, this is the strain for you. AK-47 is a sativa-dominant hybrid that delivers a strong dose of mental alertness and kicks you right in the socialization shins – i.e., it will make your introvert ass a Chatty Cathy in no time. Your stress will slide away and in its place will be a burst of creativity, so that’s also a major win.


Super Sour DieselThis strain is a powerful sativa with a rep of knocking out stress with the ol’ one-two punch. It’s a cross between Super Silver Haze and Sour Diesel, and it pulls together the badass parts of each strain to create a literal super strain. You’ll get a burst of creativity and euphoria while finally gaining the ability to kick those feet up and let go of the worries.

Blue DreamWhat do you get when you cross a Blueberry and a Haze? You get a hybrid that’s perfect to help you relieve the burdens of the workweek (or wherever the burdens may have come from). Blue Dream’s name is very appropriate, considering it encourages full relaxation of the ol’ body, and leaves you with a super calm, euphoric feeling. This strain is pretty interesting, because it’s sativa-dominant, but acts much more like an indica. Think of it as a blueberry-scented hug. Everyone needs one of those.

Girl Scout CookiesThis strain is a 40/60 sativa to indica hybrid, and depending on what batch you snag, it can come yielding up to 28 percent THC. A little goes a long way with this strain, which is known for providing the user with the best of both worlds. The high is a euphoric, relaxed one, which means all those bags you’re carrying on your shoulders will just slip the hell off with a couple of tokes. This strain is known for the ability to combat stress, thanks to the sativa genetics, and in turn helps depression and anxiety, too.

Northern LightsThis little strain is mega-famous, or infamous, depending on how you want to see it. Northern Lights is a pure-as-snow indica, the kind that urges your brain away from racing and into a dreamlike tranquility, and does so while relaxing your body into a mellow, lazy trance. You can’t be stressed while your brain is on a journey and your body is a puddle, can you? (Hint: No. You cannot.)

Jack HererThe legendary Jack Herer strain, named after cannabis activist Jack Herer, is a sativa-dominant strain that is known to be one of the top-notch stress relievers. Jack Herer will leave you in a state of sheer bliss, meaning it’s perfect for relieving all of the stress from those heavy-duty problems you carry around. You’ll be left feeling creative, euphoric, and calm as the breeze. As a bonus, this strain leads to a clear-headed buzz, so you will be stress-free and able to get your shit done. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.


Durban PoisonThis strain is a happy strain. A very happy strain. A pure sativa, Durban Poison is like a rush to the head of endorphins – the good ones – and a kick in the procrastinator’s butt with an increase in energy. You won’t be numb or “stoned,” just happy as a clam, without a care in the world. The perfect antidote for the ol’ stress poison.

GG#4If you’re carrying around a lot of stress and you ain’t got nothin’ to do, you should snag some GG#4 and light right up. This strain, formerly known as Gorilla Glue #4, is potent as all get-out, and leads to a euphoric, relaxed state that will leave you stuck to the couch like human putty. That’s a good thing, though. You want to feel like euphoric human putty. Promise.

OG KushJust call OG Kush the stress-crusher, because this strain is the primo stress combatant. Nobody knows quite where it came from – the heavens, we’re guessing – but what we do know is that it is a damn treasure. Light some up and you’ll find yourself the epitome of slap-happy in no time flat. (Can we join?)

Angelica Leicht


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