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The Best Marijuana Strains for Treating Social Anxiety

Social anxiety, which can be a crippling fear of being over scrutinized or judged, affects about 15 million Americans, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It can stretch from difficulties socializing with others, to jeopardizing important interactions such as job interviews or romantic relationships.

As ATTN: reported, people who suffer from anxiety have found that marijuana, as an alternative to anti-anxiety medication, can both help relieve symptoms and exacerbate them. And while there’s far from any scientific consensus about marijuana’s effect on anxiety, some research indicates that, at least on a chemical level, certain strains of cannabis have the potential to mitigate its effects. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, even wrote a blog post in 2014 on the federal agency’s website about one study suggesting “that THC and/or other external cannabinoids found in marijuana may also serve to reduce anxiety by binding to CB1 receptors in the amygdala, rendering neurons less active.”

The cannabis review and information site Leafly compiled user reviews and analysis of the compounds found within different strains, and we’ve pulled five of those strains believed to be effective or promising forms of anxiety treatment.

1. Strawberry Diesel

Strawberry Diesel is a hybrid strain, which users say is good for fostering a sense of happiness and euphoria in users, while also relaxing them.

2. Super Jack

An energizing sativa, Super Jack is said to boost creativity and energy, while mitigating anxieties.

3. Vortex

Vortex, a sativa-dominant strain, is high in THC, the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Leafly notes that users’ experiences can range from energetic to somewhat disorienting.

4. Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer is a sativa-dominant strain that users say is good for bolstering energy and a sense of euphoria.

5. Chronic

Chronic is praised by users for its propensity to induce feelings of euphoria, happiness, and, for lack of a better word, silliness.

Based on compound levels and user reviews, Leafly highlighted strains of marijuana thought to be good for treating anxiety. Here are the top 5.