Have you ever noticed how you tend to feel unwell right after a major shift in your life? Perhaps a major trip or after starting a new, demanding job? Well, most people simply blame it on the ‘usual’ pressures of life and try to move right along. However, the truth is, in these moments, we may be ignoring scientifically proven medical conditions when we shrug these feelings away as mere coincidence or as normal occurrences of life.
There is real evidence that has gone to prove just how stress can tangibly affect a person’s health. Consider this statistic; roughly 70 to 90 percent of all medical visits are due to stress-induced complications. Most adults, whether they realize it or not, have already experienced the negative health effects that emanate from stress at one point or another.
Physical Effects of Stress
To understand this better, we would like to briefly highlight some of the ways stress adversely impacts our physical health.
Stress affects not just your mood but your general behavior as well. Nonetheless, stress can also affect your body in numerous ways as well. Stress can actively lower your body’s immune response due to hormones released by the body in response. Some of the most prevalent effects of this kind of response include, among others:
- Muscle Aches.
- Chest Pains.
- Lower Libido.
- Lack of Appetite.
Importance of Stress Management
Managing stress is always easier said than done. But there are a few measures you can consider, and their effectiveness varies from person to person. Remember, the key is to increase relaxation and not necessarily to follow a particular approach, so find out exactly what works for you.
For some people that could be regular exercise while for others it could be meditation, yoga, pilates etc. For some people, it could be something as simple as reading a book in the quiet of their home, watching their favorite television show, or spending time with a close friend. Some people will find that a short walk out in nature helps relax them and take their minds off the stresses of life. It could be just about anything, and we do not discourage any method or approach, as long as it is not counterproductive; for example, drug abuse. Only you can truly identify what works for you.
That being said, we have an approach you could consider, and that’s some Weed Strains for Relaxation. If you’re reading this post, it’s safe to assume that you are already aware of the fact that there are numerous strains of cannabis out there and each of them has a unique effect on the mind and body when consumed. In the next section, we would like to discuss some of the best cannabis strains for relaxation you could consider to counteract stress.
List of Strains Best Suited for Relaxation
Granddaddy Purple is a critically acclaimed weed strain that has an average THC level of about 21 percent and an appealing candy/berry flavor. The Granddaddy Purple strain is a cross between the Purple Urkle and Big Bud Strains. The strain packs quite a punch and is known for its sedative properties so you may want to take it easy at first, especially if you are a beginner. This strain takes effect almost immediately and leaves you feeling incredibly relaxed and euphoric, alleviating any stress or pressure you may have been feeling.
Ice Cream Cake
The Ice Cream Cake strain is especially popular with individuals suffering from chronic pain. The strain has also been found to help with sleeping disorders, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and stress. Ice Cream Cake is a cross between Wedding Cake and Gelato 33, and the reason why it is so effective in assisting the consumer relax is due to its sedative properties that leave your mind and body feeling completely at ease.
Purple Punch is arguably more popular for its physically unique appearance than anything, with a deep and distinct purple hue. However, Purple Punch is also recommendable for the management of a variety of conditions, including insomnia, aching, nausea, anxiety, and depression. Once consumed, Purple Punch creates a blissful mental feel that chases away any clouds of anxiety that may have been forming in the consumers’ minds. Apart from its feel-good effect, Purple Punch also has a fruity, floral-like flavor, making it quite a treat as well.
Also known as, ‘Original Glue’, ‘Gorilla Glue’, or ‘Gorilla Glue 4’. This potent strain with a THC level of about 26 percent delivers a heavy dose of relaxation and euphoria that leaves you ‘glued’ to your couch. Due to its heavy sedative effects, however, Gorilla Glue is recommendable for when you are absolutely sure you do not have any demanding tasks ahead of you. Otherwise, once its euphoric effect has subsided, you may find that you have compounded your stress and anxiety from all the pending work you have to do.
Wedding Cake is also known as ‘Triangle Mints 23’. This is a hybrid weed strain that was made by crossing the Animal Mints and Triangle Kush strains. The strain has a rich earthy flavor with a tangy or pepper-like profile. Despite its delicious flavor, Wedding Cake, like its descendant, Ice Cream Cake, provides a relaxing effect that will have you wrapped in a blanket of euphoria for hours on end.
Blue Dream is a Sativa-dominant hybrid that is a cross between Blueberry and Haze genetics. This particular combination that is the Blue Dream leaves the consumer feeling goofy, happy, and generally in a positive state of mind. Blue Dream reduces that tension both in your body and mind and is a perfect option for anyone looking to relax, yet remain active and upbeat. Nonetheless, look out: if you consume large quantities of this strain, you will certainly find yourself stuck on your couch.
This is a hybrid strain and one of the most popular CBD-dominant strains used whenever a person just wants to settle in and cool their heels. Harlequin has a mellow citrus flavor and an underwhelming effect unlike most of the strains mentioned above. However, don’t let this fool you, Harlequin is certainly effective if you are looking for some mild uplifting that will leave you feeling relaxed but completely on point; enough to go about your day without succumbing to the everyday pressures of life.
Zkittlez is a cross between Grape Ape and Grapefruit. Zkittlez is arguably one of the most flavorful cannabis strains to have ever graced the earth. Therefore, not only will you be experiencing that potent, relaxing effect but also an extremely sweet, fruity, berry-like flavor that will leave your space smelling like relaxation as well.
To Sum Up
It can be extremely difficult to quiet the mind and/or relax the body. As mentioned above, there are many approaches or measures one can take. If cannabis is your approach of choice, however, we hope this post has given you some insight into the best strains for stress relief.
Our mental health essentially affects all aspects of our lives, and cannabis provides an escape from the difficult times and leaves the consumer feeling mentally and physically energized, ready to tackle the world, and generally able to lead a better quality of life. After browsing the list above you can check our online menu to see if it’s available at your nearest location, or stop by one of our retail stores and talk to our experienced staff to see what strain might work best for you!