Cookies Denver
Apple Fritter, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Sour Rado, Strawberry Milk, Tart Pops
Cookies Pueblo
Cookies N Cream, Sour Rado
EUFLORA 16th Street
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Pineapple Blast, Strawberry Shortcake
EUFLORA Buckley Rd
Strawberry Shortcake
EUFLORA Gun Club Rd
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Pineapple Blast, Strawberry Shortcake
EUFLORA Longmont
Big Bubba Diesel, Pineapple Blast
Elevated
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Cherry Punch, Koko Puffs, Tart Pops
Golden Meds - Sante Fe
Apple Fritter, Colorado Cool-aid, LA Kush Cake, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Wedding Crasher
Herbal Healing
Banana Kush, GG4, Garlic Breath, Miracle Alien Cookies, OG Sin, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive
High Plainz Strains 2
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Koko Puffs, Papaya Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Strawberry Shortcake, Wedding Crasher
KIND CARE OF COLORADO LLC
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, LA Kush Cake, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Wedding Crasher
Karma
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, LA Kush Cake, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Wedding Crasher
Kinfolk Farms
Pineapple Blast, Poon Tang Pie
LACONTES - Washington
Apple Fritter, Big Bubba Diesel, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, LA Kush Cake, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane
MAGNOLIA ROAD - Boulder
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Blue Sherbert, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, LA Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Pineapple Blast, Poon Tang Pie, Pudding Pop, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, Wedding Crasher, Wookie Fruit
NATURES MEDICINE SALIDA
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Sour Rado
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (44th)
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, LA Kush Cake, Pineapple Blast, Poon Tang Pie, Slap N Tickle
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (EVANS)
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, LA Kush Cake, Pineapple Blast, Poon Tang Pie, Slap N Tickle
Primal
Colorado Cool-aid, Koko Puffs, Unicorn Poop
ROCKY MOUNTAIN - RIDGWAY
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, Koko Puffs, Papaya Cake, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream
ROOTS RX BASALT
Cookies N Cream, Sour Rado
ROOTS RX EAGLE/VAIL
Cookies N Cream, Sour Rado
ROOTS RX EDWARDS
Cookies N Cream, Sour Rado
ROOTS RX GUNNISON
Cookies N Cream, Sour Rado
ROOTS RX Leadville
Cookies N Cream, Pineapple Blast
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Forbidden Melonz, Papaya Cake, Poon Tang Pie, Sour Rado, Wedding Crasher
Rocky Mountain Cannabis - Denver
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, Item #9, Koko Puffs, Slap N Tickle, Triangle OG
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Craig
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, Koko Puffs, Papaya Cake, Triangle OG
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Dinosaur
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, Garlic Breath, Koko Puffs, Papaya Cake, Triangle OG
SOLACE MEDS LLC - FC
Apple Fritter, Big Bubba Diesel, Bubba Berry, Colorado Cool-aid, Cookies N Cream, Koko Puffs, Pineapple Blast, Sour Rado, Strawberry Shortcake, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds Broadway
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool-aid, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, Pineapple Blast, Sour Rado, Tart Pops, Wedding Crasher
THE JOINT BY CANNABIS
Apple Fritter, Cookies N Cream, Koko Puffs, Wedding Crasher
THE KIND CASTLE
Apple Fritter, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Poon Tang Pie
The 404
Apple Fritter, Cookies N Cream, LA Kush Cake, Pineapple Blast, Poon Tang Pie, Veritas Cookies
The Dispo (REC)
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool-aid, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, LA Kush Cake, Pineapple Blast, Poon Tang Pie, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, Triangle OG, Wedding Crasher
The Happy Camper Palisade
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool-aid, Cookies N Cream, Forbidden Melonz, Headband Kush, LA Kush Cake, Poon Tang Pie, Scooby Snax, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Tart Pops, Wedding Crasher
Tumbleweed Carbondale
Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, LA Kush Cake, Poon Tang Pie, Sour Rado, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Tumbleweed Craig
Apple Fritter, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, LA Kush Cake
Tumbleweed Debeque
Bananaghani, Cookies N Cream, Pineapple Blast
Tumbleweed Frisco
Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Pineapple Blast
Twin Peaks - REC
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool-aid, Cookies N Cream, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Wedding Crasher
A Cut Above - rec
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Forbidden Melonz, Pineapple Blast, Poon Tang Pie, Sour Rado, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
BACKCOUNTRY CANNABIS COMPANY
Apple Fritter, Bubba Berry, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, Pineapple Blast, Poon Tang Pie, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel
BUDDY BOY - Walnut St
Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Forbidden Melonz, Garlic Breath, Poon Tang Pie, Sour Rado, Veritas Cookies
BUDDY BOY - York St
Forbidden Melonz, LA Kush Cake, Poon Tang Pie
BUDDY BOY -38th
Forbidden Melonz, LA Kush Cake, Poon Tang Pie
Buddy Boy - N. Federal
Forbidden Melonz, Poon Tang Pie
Buddy Boy - S. Federal
Forbidden Melonz, Papaya Cake, Poon Tang Pie
Callie's RiNo
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, Garlic Breath, Koko Puffs, Slap N Tickle
Canna Cabinet
Apple Fritter, Big Bubba Diesel, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool-aid, Gas Tanker, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, LA Kush Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Poon Tang Pie, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, Triangle OG, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
CannaCo II
Cookies N Cream, Sour Rado
Cannacura
Koko Puffs, Papaya Cake, Slurricane
Cherry Peak
Apple Fritter, Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, LA Kush Cake, Papaya Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Wedding Crasher
Cookies Commerce City
Cherry Punch, Cookies N Cream, Sour Rado, Wedding Crasher

February 23, 2021

Cannabis and Anxiety: Exploring the Science and Strains

Many people find that cannabis relieves symptoms of anxiety, but unlocking these benefits requires careful navigation so that you don’t take a wrong turn.

When it comes to anxiety, cannabis has the potential to be quite beneficial, but there are a lot of variables at play. Many consumers find that a smoke sesh, tincture, or well-timed edible is just the ticket for keeping symptoms of anxiety at bay. For others, weed can temporarily send them into spiraling worries or paranoia.

However, treating “cannabis” as a monolith either way is problematic. Delving into ratios of cannabinoids and terpenes, and exploring the qualities of various strains can pay dividends for those wondering if cannabis is good for anxiety, including people who have had negative experiences with cannabis products in the past. 

It’s all about being self-aware and recognizing what works for you and what doesn’t, whether it’s the strain or the setting—or both. 

Is Cannabis Good for Anxiety? Here’s the Research

While cannabis can have a range of effects when it comes to anxiety, it makes for an effective chill pill for many people. There’s no shortage of anecdotal reports of people utilizing cannabis to combat anxiety, particularly social anxiety.

Research published in 2020 hints at the neurological basis for how cannabis can provide mental relief effects. Scientists identified a certain molecule, 2-AG, that temporarily blocks the connection between the frontal cortex, associated with conscious processing, and the amygdala, a brain area highly associated with anxiety and stress responses. Researchers have found that this connection is stronger in people with clinical anxiety, and the neural receptors that respond to 2-AG are also activated by cannabis. 

While speculative, the finding points to a neurological explanation of how cannabis can relieve anxiety by keeping the amygdala’s signals from disrupting the frontal cortex.

A study out of the University of Washington found that THC lowered anxiety at low doses and raised it at higher doses, while CBD lowered anxiety at any associated dose. But there’s a lot going on in cannabis beyond THC and CBD. The study authors acknowledge: “As a plant, marijuana is composed of more than 500 chemical substances. Only a fraction of these have been studied.”

In-depth clinical study of the interplay between these myriad compounds and how the human body interacts with them, known as the entourage effect, is still in the early stages. But scientists are laying the groundwork for further study of the mechanisms of cannabis and anxiety.

What Are the Best Cannabis Strains for Anxiety?

Cannabis affects different people in different ways, and that’s doubly true when it comes to anxiety. 

As you consider aiding your anxiety management with cannabis, consider what amplifies or quells your symptoms. Are they activated by spiraling thoughts? Physical discomfort? Certain social situations? Also consider what alleviates those anxious thoughts. Feelings of wellbeing? A meditative state? Physical relaxation? Answering these questions will help steer you in finding cannabis strains that improve your mindset.

Because high-THC sativa strains are more likely to spark anxious thoughts in some people, at Veritas we recommend indica or indica-forward hybrids in our Alleviate and Rejuvenate categories, as these tend to have a nice mellowing effect, and starting with modest doses. If you find that’s the type of feeling you want, try different doses and strains in that same category. 

Here are a few of our personal favorite strains in the Alleviate and Rejuvenate categories, and why we like them: Sunset Animal promotes feelings of tranquility, as do other indica-dominant strains like Sundae Float and La Kush Cake. If you’re looking for more of a boost of positive energy and sunshine, try Animal Mints or Papaya Cake. The First Cut exclusive Old Family Purple features the parent strain Purple Urkle, which many have found to be helpful for anxiety relief. 

When it Comes to Cannabis and Anxiety, Stay Mellow

Experienced cannabis consumers can often navigate based on their own past experiences, but for people who are less practiced, or who have recently developed anxiety issues, the key is to take it slow. 

Start with low-THC strains at modest dosages, and change course as needed and desired. When you're in new mental territory, take it one step at a time. That gives you the best chance of finding where you want to go.
Learn more about Veritas strains and cannabinoids on our blog.