The most popular cannabis strains for managing PTSD 


Cannabis has been connected with treating a seemingly endless list of medical conditions. Many of the claimed benefits are purely anecdotal, but others are starting to be supported by clinical evidence.

PTSD is one of the conditions that has seen the greatest number of cannabis studies. Conclusions to date have been remarkable, with PTSD patients who used cannabis demonstrating a greater reduction in symptoms and a 2.5 times higher likelihood of complete recovery. But there are literally scores of cannabis strains, all of which have different properties. According to the studies carried out to date, these are the most effective at treating PTSD.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is among America’s best-known cannabis strains. It’s popular among recreational smokers due to its euphoric high but Cannaconnection points out it is also renowned for its medical benefits. The mellow high that is associated with Blue Dream has a positive effect on mood and has been shown to work particularly well for those battling PTSD, as well as related conditions like anxiety and depression. The lower concentration of THC makes it a good choice for daytime use and for those who are new to cannabis.

OG Kush

Here’s the strain that most people associate with PTSD cannabis treatment. It’s famous for its relaxing effect and is certainly a good choice for experienced cannabis users. Just keep in mind that the THC content can be as high as 25 percent. That means inexperienced consumers just might feel as if they’ve been run over by a bus, or perhaps beamed out into space. Unlike Blue Dream, OG Kush is better taken late at night when it’s just you and the sofa.


Harlequin has been specially bred for its high CBD content. But unlike typical high-CBD strains, it also packs a punch with its THC content, which is typically between 12 and 15 percent. This “best of both worlds” approach can be truly valuable to those battling PTSD.  The CBD help to stabilize the mood, while the THC points the way to blissful sleep. It’s a great all-rounder for day or night use.

Durban Poison

This strain gives an energetic and clear-headed high. PTSD patients have said it helped them overcome withdrawal and social anxiety. Unlike most of the strains we are looking at, Durban Poison is sativa-dominant. That means it can induce an elevated heart rate, which can cause discomfort or anxiety if you are not ready for it. Also, this is a strain that has been known to induce paranoia in those who are trying it for the first time. Keep that in mind, and as with all things, if in doubt, start slow and in good trustworthy company.


At the other end of the scale, ACDC is a strain that’s high in CBD, low in THC and ideal for anyone who’s new to cannabis. It’s perfect for daytime use as it simultaneously helps you relax and improves your focus.

There’s no one size fits all answer to which strain is best for PTSD. It all depends on your symptoms and also on whether you are already an experienced cannabis consumer. The above suggestions should, however, help set you off on the right path.


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