Delta 8 THC is perhaps the second most popular hemp derivative following cannabidiol (CBD), largely thanks to its mild yet extremely enjoyable and soothing psychoactive effects. Delta 8 can be used for all kinds of purposes, but the large majority find it to be the ideal cannabinoid to savor after a long day of work, when they want nothing more than to put their feet up and relax.
Given that delta 8 THC seems to be so helpful with stress, it’s no surprise then, that a lot of people who seek it out are those dealing with anxiety. That being said, anxiety sufferers may find that taking things a step further by seeking out specific strains can really provide them with the results that they’re looking for.
Can Delta 8 in General Help with Anxiety?
Delta 8 THC is a hemp-derived cannabinoid that was discovered in the 1960s and has since been studied for its various useful effects to the human body. This mild psychoactive is about 70% as intoxicating as delta 9 THC, and another key distinguishing property is its preference for CB1 receptors in the nervous system. This means that the cannabinoid may offer particularly potent effects on nervous system responses, including mood.
We know that cannabinoids have the ability to help balance neurotransmitters including dopamine, serotonin, and cortisol, which are all key players in our ever-changing stress and anxiety levels. Studies show that delta 8 in particular may act as an anxiolytic, which, in short, means that the cannabinoid does have the potential to offer relief to anxiety, and stress.
Why Choose a Delta 8 Strain?
Did you know the hemp plant contains a lot more than just delta 8 THC? That’s right, the hemp plant boasts hundreds of compounds that work together synergistically to offer unique effects that pertain to the body and mind. Terpenes are secondary compounds in hemp that deliver all kinds of valuable properties while introducing a flavor and aroma to the plant. In different breeds of hemp, these terpenes are configured in distinctive ways that change the properties of the overall plant while giving off a one-of-a-kind flavor and aroma profile.
The strain of a hemp product is simply its ‘breed’, and basically, its configuration of terpenes. Some types of strains are better for anxiety than others. The overall consensus is that indica and indica-dominant hybrid strains offer the best usefulness if you’re seeking out the more calming side of the hemp plant.
Indica strains are classified as such based on their myrcene level. Myrcene is a more soothing terpene, and if it exists in more than 0.5% of the plant’s chemical composition, its effects are quite strong. Indica-dominant hybrids are the result of crossing an indica with a sativa to offer a more balanced experience that isn’t as heavy in terms of its couchlock effects or mellowing cerebral properties.
Product Type #1: Vapes
Vapes refer to products that contain a vape oil made from delta 8 distillate and terpene extracts. We offer both 510-threaded, pre-filled vape cartridges and all-in-one disposable vaping devices. Each of these products come in a nice strain variety that includes plenty of indicas and indica-dominant hybrids.
Product Type #2: Flower
Delta 8 flower is the result of infusing raw hemp flower buds with pure delta 8 THC distillate. Flower naturally comes in a rich selection of strains that users can choose from. Flower is most frequently vaped or smoked but can be used for baking as well.
Product Type #3: Gummies
Most delta 8 gummies on the market do not give the user a selection of strains to choose from, but at Hemplitude, our gummies offer a dazzling array for a more customized gummy experience. Gummies offer up to 8 hours of effects, and being able to choose the strain of your dreams allows you to enjoy those 8 hours on your terms.
Best Strains for Anxiety – Finding the Ideal Terpene Profile for Your Needs
If anxiety is what you’re trying to tackle with delta 8, you’ll find that these strains below offer the best chance for success. They all consist of indica or indica-dominant terpene profiles that are more likely to introduce the soothing side of hemp into your routine.
Strain #1: Bubba Kush
Bubba Kush is a legendary indica known for its powerful effects that will make you want to zone out on the couch and forget about the world. The strong body high is a nice bonus effect for when you’re feeling tense all over. With notes of coffee, chocolate and toasted nuts, it’s also one of the tastier strains.
Strain #2: Purple Prim8
Purple Prim8 is another indica that offers the mellowing effects that you’re craving. But, it’s not as heavy, so that you can still get stuff done around the house. The grape-like flavor is a nice plus, while the body high is there, but never too couchlock-inducing.
Strain #3: Wedding Cake
With its creamy, sweet, minty, and citrusy flavor profile, Wedding Cake is a delicious indica-dominant hybrid that offers a strong cerebral effect that is great for when you want to mellow out. Because it’s a hybrid, it offers euphoria-like effects as well. It’s a good choice for someone who wants more of a balance between indica and sativa effects.
Strain #4: White Widow
White Widow is a hybrid that starts out with a rush of euphoria and a mental buzz but becomes more and more soothing as time goes on. The citrusy and floral taste is enough to satisfy you, but its ability to help you feel focused yet at ease is its main appeal.