Feeling anxious and maybe even a little.....depressed? We get it. I have to tell you, during these strange times, adding a little cannabis to your routine might just help you sail through your day with ease and a bit more grace.
Here are three of my favorite strains for taking the edge off and getting to a place of less stress. They can be taken via smoke, tincture, edibles....you name it!
I take this CBD by mouth in with a tincture by @trychemistry. It's a great everyday strain and is totally manageable for me.
I have always thought of this as sexpot, but I think that's because it allows my body to relax, which helps me feel less self-conscious enjoy sex even more. Magic! It can help relieve daily stress that builds up as you shelter in place and may take the edge off that menacing cabin fever feeling.
This one is for when I feel I can't muster up one nice word. It happens, I am human. But it is not my natural state (I am naturally an optimist!) so when I am feeling blue, I like this strain for its brightness and ability to help me look on the bright side. It also keeps me bright-eyed and bushy-tailed so it can be taken during the day.
These strains contain the stress-ease terpenes Caryophyllene, Myrcene, Limonene and Pinene.
If you are shopping for cannabis to lift your spirits, ask your budtender for these strains or similar strains with these specific terpene profiles.
Care to dig a little deeper and know a little more about cannabis strains?
Caryophyllene, or β-Caryophyllene, is a complex terpene found in many herbs and spices. This terpene is most prevalent in black pepper, cloves, and cotton plants. The sharp aroma is peppery, spicy, and woodsy.
β-Caryophyllene can produce calming sedative effects and is valued for its anti-anxiety properties. In fact, this terpene may be responsible for the reported relief that comes from chewing black peppercorns during acute anxiety attacks. β-Caryophyllene is the only known terpene that can directly activate the CB2 receptor of the Endocannabinoid System, giving it powerful pharmacological effects - it has been reported to have anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and gastrointestinal protection benefits. We add B-Caryophyllene to our Medical Strength & CBD Recover Cannabis Caramel edibles to enhance the wellness benefits they may offer.
Myrcene is one of the most abundant terpenes found in cannabis. This powerful terpene is also found in mangoes, thyme, and hops. Its aroma is described as herbaceous, musky, and earthy. Myrcene most often produces very relaxing sedative effects and is the primary compound responsible for the “couch-lock” effects famously associated with cannabis. In addition to powerful sedative effects that are useful for sleep disorders like insomnia.
Limonene is a recognizable terpene found most readily in fruit rinds, particularly citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit. In addition to citrus, Limonene is prevalent in herbs like rosemary and peppermint. The scent is strongly citrusy, sweet-tart, and fresh. Limonene typically produces mood-elevating effects, promoting stress-relief and a feeling of enhanced focus. Limonene is thought to be useful in helping with depression.
Pinene, or α-Pinene, is a well-known terpene responsible for the iconic smell of pine forests. While its most abundant natural source is pine trees, it can also be found in herbs like parsley and dill. The scent is very refreshing, earthy, and woodsy. Pinene usually produces lightly energizing effects with a sense of calm rather than anxious jitters. Pinene is also thought to enhanced alertness, which explains why a hike through the forest can leave you feeling recharged and centered.
Good luck, stay calm and wash your hands.