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The 7 Best CBD Strains For Panic Attacks And Depression?

Finally, there is some good news for those who suffer from panic attacks and depression frequently.

Although, many might term it as a “self-medication endeavour” but it will actually improve their symptoms along with physical health and well-being.

Panic attacks, anxiety, and depression – life can be tough living with these conditions. Unfortunately, many suffer from the problem.

In fact, depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States affecting an estimate of 1.5 percent of the US population in any given year.

Unfortunately, many cases of psychiatric problems are left untreated due to lack of knowledge, embarrassment, or even fear.

However, there is light at the end of every tunnel and those who are suffering in silent can benefit from cannabidiol.

What is Cannabidiol?

Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound found in marijuana. Known for its medical properties, CBD has been a topic of immense interest for patients and researchers as it provides various health benefits without making the user high.

Fortunately, CBD use is legal in most states and many users are utilizing its powerful strains for the treatment of epilepsy, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, and even nicotine addiction.

Above all, studies have shown it to be beneficial for those suffering from anxiety and depression.

For those who are not aware, CBD is derived from the plant cannabis – the same plant that produces THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the main component of marijuana.

However, unlike THC which is psychoactive, CBD is non-psychoactive.

In simple words, CBD will not give you the “high” feeling which is expected from marijuana.

As a matter of fact, when used properly, CBD can even counteract the effects of THC along with other benefits it provides.

Of course, for the desired benefits, you have to choose the best CBD strains from the many available in the market.

It is important to select a strain that has an adequate amount of CBD which is higher or balanced with its THC content.

To help you out, here are some of the best CBD strains you can take to control panic attacks and depression.

Best CBD Strains For Panic Attacks and Depression

1. Harlequin

Harlequin is one of the best CBD strains and ideal for those who are new to cannabis or have a low tolerance level for THC. The herb has a 5:2 ratio of CBD to THC which means that medical consumers can easily benefit from the desired results without the psychoactive effect. Most often, the strain has a THC content of no more than 6% while CBD is usually between 6 to 16%.

A little dose of Harlequin works wonder to relax the mind and improve mental clarity.

The upbeat flower is also great for those with frequent mood changes. Apart from the relief of depression and anxiety, Harlequin can also be used to treat arthritis, Parkinson’s, seizures, and even migraines.

Side effects: Dry mouth and dry eyes.

2. Sour Tsunami

Sour tsunami is a high CBD hybrid and one of the first strains to become popular. The CBD level in Sour Tsunami usually runs around 10 % – 11% while the THC content is approximately 10% making the ratio of the strain 1:1 of THC and CBD.

Medically, the strain is a potent herb and popular for the relief of seizures, sclerosis, and pain apart from treating anxiety. The mild and calm herb can also be used to promote relaxation and help in insomnia.

Side effects: Dry eyes and headaches.


ACDC has one of the highest CBD strains with a 20:1 CBD to THC ratio. The levels of cannabidiol can exceed as high as 19% in ACDC while THC in the strain has been tested to be as low as 0.2%. This means that ACDC users won’t experience any psycho-activity making it a great choice for daytime and daily use.

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ACDC is commonly used for various mental health conditions including depression, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and PTSD. It has also been studied extensively and known to treat/prevent cancers, multiple sclerosis, and seizures.

The popular strain is commonly used for raw cannabis juicing and has a fresh, earthy aroma with a tinge of sweetness.

Side effects: Dry mouth, dry eyes.

4. CBD Shark

The 80% indicia dominant strain has an equal ratio of CBD to THC. The strain is helpful in reducing depression by producing clear-minded, happy, and relaxing effects. It is ideally used in evening or night time for its ability to reduce pain and enhance sleepiness. The earthy flavored strain can also be used for migraines and treat inflammation.

Side effects: Dry mouth, dry eyes, and dizziness.

5. Valentine X

Named after St. Valentine, the strain is a 50/50 hybrid with a CBD: THC ratio of 25:1. The variant of ACDC (reviewed above) is widely used to promote relaxation, creative thinking, and even increase hunger. In medical terms, the Valentine X strain is beneficial for pain management, seizures, fatigue, and treating cancer.

Side effects: Dry mouth and headaches.

6. OG Kush

One of the most popular strains of all time, OG Kush is a one to one hybrid strain with an equal CBD: THC ratio. While the “Kush” strains are known to be sedative, the OG Kush works opposite and produces alertness and energy in most of its consumers. The OG Kush has an earthy, lemon scent and has the ability to crush negative feelings by enhancing happy, relaxed, and euphoric feelings. The instant mood-lifter has pain-relieving properties and is also helpful in increasing hunger and concentration. OG Kush can be safely taken in the daytime for a productive day.

Side effects: Dry mouth and dry eyes.

7. Stephen Hawking Kush

The strain of Stephen Hawking Kush is an excellent choice for those who are looking for an instant mood lifter. With an equal ratio of CBD: THC, Stephen Hawking Kush is – unlike other strains – tasty. Although it does have a similar earthy aroma as other strains in the market, Stephen Hawking Kush also possesses a hint of citrus and berry flavor.

Apart from relieving stress, anxiety, and feelings of negatives – Stephen Hawking Kush also provides instant treatment for arthritis, migraines, and headache. Although the flower can be used in the daytime, it is commonly utilized in the night for its sleep-inducing properties.

Side effects: Dry mouth and dry eyes.

Final Thoughts

Today’s Big Pharma companies emphasize on using anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills like Prozac, Xanax, and Valium.

However, anti-depressants can cause many unwanted side effects such as nausea, increased appetite, insomnia, lack of sexual desire, and fatigue.

Studies have also shown a high-rate of suicide while using anti-depressants and if not taken as suggested by doctors – these pills can become highly addictive.

On the other hand, CBD can be used by anyone suffering from panic attacks and depression. Since there is no danger of getting high, CBD is completely safe when used as directed.

It is, however, important to remember, that CBD (or any other medical herb) should not be used by women who are pregnant and nursing.

Additionally, users are advised to seek medical permission before using any CBD strains, especially if they are taking any other prescription medication.

With these tips in mind, there is no way you can go wrong with CBD. Just try one or two until you find the benefits you are looking for. And once you do, enjoy the relief and relaxation for many years.


Asad Khan
Asad Khan is an independent health journalist who specializes in food policy and global health. He is a senior fellow for investigative health journalism at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

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