7 High-CBD Cannabis Strains to Ease Anxiety

Cannabis is a go-to remedy for some folks living with anxiety. But not all cannabis is created equal. Some strains can actually bring on or worsen anxiety.

The key is to choose a strain with a high CBD-to-THC ratio.

Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the main active compounds in cannabis. They’re both similar in structure, but there’s one very big difference.

THC is a psychoactive compound, and CBD is not. It’s THC that causes the “high” associated with cannabis, including the anxiety and paranoia that some people experience.

While not a treatment for anxiety, using high-CBD strains might help ease certain symptoms, especially when combined with other tools, like therapy.

We combed through Leafly’s strain explorer to find 12 CBD-dominant strains worth trying if you’re looking for something on the mellower side.

Keep in mind that strains aren’t an exact science. The effects aren’t always consistent, even among products of the same strain.

1. Remedy

Remedy is a 14 percent CBD strain that produces little to no psychoactive effects.

It’s got a lemon-pine scent. Most users recommend it for its ability to mellow you out without the intense head and body effects of high-THC strains.

2. ACDC

This is another 14 percent CBD strain preferred by people looking to relieve stress, anxiety, and pain without feeling stoned.

It contains no relevant amount of THC. The two most common words used to describe its effects are “relaxed” and “happy,” according to reviews on Leafly.

3. Lifter

Lifter is a newer player in the cannabis game. It averages around 16 percent CBD with next to no THC.

Its aroma is described as “funky cheese with a hint of fuel” (weird flex, but OK). It’s uber-relaxing effects won’t put a damper on your focus or function.

4. Charlotte’s Web

This is one of the best-known high-CBD strains. It contains around 13 percent CBD with little to no THC.

It’s used in several health and wellness products to help ease anxiety, pain, and depression without any psychoactive effects.

5. Cherry Wine

If you like the smell of wine and cheese, Cherry Wine’s your strain.

It averages around 17 percent CBD with less than 1 percent THC. According to user reviews, it relaxes your brain and muscles without mind-altering effects.

6. Ringo’s Gift

This CBD strain has an average CBD-to-THC ratio of 13:1, but strains as high as 20:1 can be found.

Ringo’s Gift is a cross of two high-CBD strains: ACDC and Harle-Tsu, which is actually next on our list.

Users report a big improvement in anxiety and stress levels after using this strain. Improved sleep is another effect users rave about.

7. Harle-Tsu

This award-winning strain averages around 13 percent CBD but often tests much higher.

It was named best CBD flower at the 2014 Emerald Cup. Lab tests found it to contain 21.05 percent CBD and 0.86 percent THC.

This ratio makes it a favorite for people looking to lower anxiety and boost their mood and focus.