Pot is chill, right? Take a couple of puffs and you can just lean back on a warm, comforting cloud. Not always. If you have any of the various forms of social anxiety, certain types of pot may spell panic attacks, longer lasting rattled nerves, and more.
The most crucial takeaway is that Sativa strains are not your friend in these cases. Even some hybrids can cause problems. The more you tend towards the Indica the better. As well, you’re looking to avoid varietals with high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) while seeking out ones powerful in cannabidiol (CBD), which is somewhat the opposite of where general growing trends have gone in the last 20 years or so.
According to the reviews and data available on Leafly—a stoner’s resource if there ever was one—these are a few of the most popular specific strains of marijuana you should avoid if you’re at all concerned about triggering your social anxiety disorder.
Green Crack, Sativa
Durban Poison, Sativa
Pineapple Express, Hybrid
Jack Herer, Sativa
OG Kush, Hybrid
Super Lemon Haze, Sativa
Alaskan Thunder Duck, Sativa
Silver Haze, Sativa
Girl Scout Cookies, Hybrid
You can check out a further list of possibly problematic strains here.
Perhaps just as important than steering clear of Sativa and the strains above is getting a face-to-face education from your local distributor. Ask your dealer or dispensary budtender their opinions, if their for weed harvested from “fully” mature plants (you don’t want the anything collected early), and about reactions other customers have reported. If they suggest a weed will keep you “up”, you don’t want it.
Lastly, remember that while many strains have been touted as anxiety cures, almost anything you smoke has a chance of triggering you in a social situation if they already make you nervous. Sounds obvious, but it needed to be said. To avoid bad reactions, toke slowly, carefully, in calm surroundings with trusted friends, and a fired up Netflix connection. Enjoy.