Vancouver, BC is currently home to nearly 100 dispensaries, with some of the world’s best marijuana strains for anxiety, depression, pain and a whole host of other medical conditions that cannabis can help. But not all strains are created equal. Beyond the differences between Sativa and Indica – the former responsible for a more uplifting and cerebral high and the latter for a more intense body high – each strain offers its own unique benefits.

That’s why, to help you plan the best marijuana experience possible, we’ve listed some popular cannabis strains that can be found around Vansterdam and world-wide, alongside their most common features.

The Best Marijuana Strains For Pain

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There are many components in cannabis that contribute to its pain-management effects. Both THC & the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD have been shown to reduce pain by binding with pain-sensing receptors in the body.

For daytime relief that will keep you alert and active, try the White Widow marijuana strain, which is a popular strain for people looking for an energetic creative high that will help reduce pain and inflammation. White widow and other similar strains are popular for people suffering from arthritis and glaucoma who are looking to lead a ‘normal life’ while minimizing pain and reliance on prescription medication.

For a more heavy-handed approach to pain-management, look for strong purebred Indica strains such as Purple Kush and God’s Gift, which can offer immediate and full-bodied pain-relief. Strains such as these are widely popular with cancer patients due to their anti-nausea attributes.

Those looking to eliminate the psychoactive effects of THC entirely can also use pure CBD capsules, liquids and tinctures.

The Best Marijuana Strains For Energy & Creativity

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Generally speaking, sativa-dominant strains are much more likely to display energetic and creative characteristics.

Sativa strains such as the legendary Jack Herer strain are particularly popular party-strains for those looking to medicate while not impacting their ability (or desire) to interact with others. However, it’s important to note that many sativa-strains – particularly those of the ‘Haze’ variety may exacerbate feelings of anxiety and paranoia so it’s best to start with a low dose and increase incrementally.

Other popular marijuana strains for energy and creativity include Sour Diesel, Laughing Buddha, and Blue Dream.

The Best Marijuana Strains For Anxiety & Depression

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As mentioned previously, while some cannabis strains increase anxiety in higher doses, studies have shown that THC can in fact lower anxiety levels by binding with CB1 receptors in the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for feelings of stress & anxiety.

For this reason those looking to treat (or avoid) anxiety while using marijuana generally elect to go with cannabis strains that boast low THC and high CBD levels.

The best marijuana strains for anxiety include Cannatonic – which has 2:1 CBD to THC  levels – and (generally speaking) any strain that has ‘CBD’ in its name such as CBD OG Kush & CBD Critical Care.

Additionally, cannabis strains such as Juliet & 303 OG are popular with stoners looking for an uplifting high that combats social phobia while promoting creativity.

The Best Marijuana Strains For Sleep

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Generally speaking, the best marijuana strains for sleep and relaxation will be Indica-dominant, which makes them popular with those looking to treat insomnia or sleep apnea.

Traditional cannabis strains used for sleep include the world-famous Bubba Kush as well as Granddaddy Purple, Skywalker OG, and the powerful Pure HP.

And although most Indica strains will produce sedative-like effects, chronic anxiety sufferers may experience more therapeutic results from consuming extremely small doses of Indica-dominant Rosin concentrate.

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