Top 3 Cannabis Strains for Stress Relief

Do you feel stressed often? Do you struggle to relax? Read on to discover some cannabis strains that help manage stress.

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If you know much about the medical benefits of cannabis, then you will know that many consumers use cannabis to help relieve pain, epilepsy and inflammation. These aren't the only conditions where cannabis can provide some form of relief, however. Whatever the underlying reason is, more and more people are turning to cannabis to help manage life's little stresses or even some of the bigger ones.

But where do you start? Some cannabis strains have mood-lifting effects which can help you cope with a case of the blues. Others simply make you feel more at ease, with some physically relaxing effects.

With so many different cannabis strains out there, even researching them for yourself can be stress-inducing. Well, not to worry. We've got you covered on 3 of the most popular strains around for stress relief.

Girl Scout Cookies (GSC)

Girl Scout Cookies is a hybrid strain that, due to legal reasons, is now recognised as its abbreviation, GSC. This strain was first cultivated by the well-renowned Cookies Family and is a cross between the sativa strain Durban Poison and indica strain OG Kush.

The GSC strain has taken some of the best features from its parents such as OG Kush's physical relaxation and Durban Poison's uplifting and stimulating cerebral effects. GSC is a cult classic amongst cannabis consumers due to this well-balanced high and agreeable flavour.

The normal THC content of the GSC strain is anywhere from around 16-21%. While this is still considered fairly potent, it's not as overbearing as other THC-dominant hybrids. This THC content is largely responsible for the physical relaxation and uplifting effects associated with the consumption of this strain.

Upon consumption, the euphoric and relaxing effects induced by this strain will be felt instantly. These indica-typical effects are balanced by cerebral effects, such as alertness, energy and creativity.

These cerebral effects are quite stimulating but, due to the sedation caused by this strain's indica genes, any motivation to engage in any activities will be hard to muster. For this reason, GSC is considered as a strain more suited to nighttime use than daytime use.

GSC is a popular strain amongst medical cannabis consumers thanks to a variety of therapeutic benefits. This strain is primarily used to alleviate chronic pain, inflammation, muscle tension and cramps, but those aren't its only uses.

Due to this strain's uplifting effects, it is also utilised to quell feelings of stress and anxiety. This strain's sedative properties aid the stress relief, helping users to manage stress and pain before bed, in order to get a good night's sleep.

If those effects aren't enough to sway you, then maybe its taste will. As its name would suggest, this strain tastes like freshly oven-baked cookies. Some flowers are sweet, some are spiced, but a pleasurable taste will be found no matter which variant of GSC you stumble upon.

Original Glue

Original Glue (aka GG4), formerly known as Gorilla Glue, is a hybrid strain developed by GG strains. This wild child is a combination of three different parent strains: Chem's Sister, Sour Dubb and Chocolate Diesel. Similar to the aforementioned GSC strain, Original Glue is popular in the cannabis community with its mix of potent effects such as relaxation, euphoria and sedation. 

Another thing which makes this strain popular amongst experienced cannabis consumers, in particular, is its high THC content. On average, this strain ranges between 18-22% THC, but in some cases, it can reach up to a staggering 28%. While veteran cannabis consumers will enjoy the heavy-handed euphoria commonly experienced with this strain, due to its high levels of THC, novice consumers should exercise caution.

The uplifting effects of this strain are felt instantly after consumption, which is why many consumers find Original Glue helpful for stress relief. These cerebral effects evoke feelings of happiness and euphoria and can sometimes result in giggling fits.

Physical relaxation and sedation accompany these cerebral effects and are quite potent, often 'glueing' users to their couches. Mental clarity is hard to come by as this relaxation occurs, but that is often the desired outcome for many consumers.

Original Glue is a popular strain for cannabis consumers who self-medicate. Some users who suffer from conditions related to depression, anxiety and PTSD rely on this strain to help manage their symptoms. The euphoric effects help to elevate mood and the potent mind-numbing effects are useful in disabling negative thoughts. The strong sedation this strain induces is also helpful for those who have insomnia or difficulties falling asleep.

Outside of its effects to help relieve stress, Original Glue is able to relieve pain as well. The mind-numbing high doubles as a body-numbing high which washes away mild to medium aches and pains. This strain has also shown potential in managing arthritis and other acute inflammatory injuries.

While the GSC strain doesn't have effects that are as potent as Original Glue's, it is definitely the better tasting of the two. Although this strain has some sweet aromatic notes, don't be fooled by its smell. The flavour profile consists of chocolate, coffee and diesel (yes, the fuel) notes that give this strain a sour kick.

Cherry Pie

Let's revisit the sweetly-named strains by taking a look at the Cherry Pie strain. This strain is an indica-leaning hybrid strain that was originally bred in the Bay Area and cultivated quickly after by the aforementioned Cookies Family. Its parents are Granddaddy Purple, a flavourful indica, and Durban Poison, a potent sativa which you might recognise as one of the parents of the GSC strain.

This combination of genetics has produced a sweet and sour hybrid with mind-stimulating psychoactive effects. Cherry Pie produces a potent high but still leaves the user lucid and able to function. Because of this, it is highly regarded as one of the most well-balanced hybrids.

Cherry Pie's average THC content is around 16% and can range anywhere between 14-18% THC. This makes it the lightest THC strain in this roundup and one of the lighter hybrid strains in general. This allows for a 'mind-expanding' high that is suitable for a variety of settings.

The high of this strain progresses slowly, causing relaxation throughout the body. Any tension in the core and limbs disappears accompanied by stress relief. The cerebral effects of this strain mainly affect the user's perception, making visual and auditory stimuli more intense and interesting. Other cerebral effects include a boost in creativity, concentration and focus. Due to mental acuity being retained whilst high, this strain is popular for daytime use.

Medical cannabis consumers will find that Cherry Pie has some psychological benefits. While this strain doesn't invoke the same feelings of euphoria as the other two strains mentioned, it can still help to manage conditions such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. As this strain provides mental focus and concentration, it can help users to feel more mindful and 'in the moment' rather than worry about other stressors. 

These effects have also been helpful for consumers suffering from attention deficit disorders. The increase in concentration and focus allows them to complete various tasks without distraction. This strain has physiological effects similar to the other strains mentioned, providing analgesia and anti-inflammation in areas such as the joints, muscles and head.

Flavour-wise this strain is the best pick of the bunch. Cherry Pie has a distinctive cherry flavour that is equal parts sweet and sour. The smoke of this strain is a smooth one, with hints of toasted muffin and tangy fruit.

While these recommendations may prove useful, doing further research is recommended to understand different cannabis strains and their effects. If you liked what you read about any of these strains, be sure to check out their strain profiles for more information.

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Josh Griffin
Josh Griffin

Josh is a Perth-based writer with a background in psychology and pharmacology. Through his studies he has gained an interest in abnormal psychology, mental health and psychopharmacology and has reported on these topics. Currently, his main focus is on cannabinoids and their medical potential.

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