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Reduce Anxiety & Sleep Better With Cannabis

March 31, 2020 • 01 pm

The pressures of modern life can really take a toll on your well-being. Throw in a catastrophic life event or a global pandemic and your inner serenity can really take a hit. Did you know that many people use marijuana for anxiety relief, better sleep, and peace of mind during troubling times?

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The medicinal effects of cannabis have been touted for centuries. It has widely been used to treat a variety of physical ailments such as nausea, pain, inflammation, and muscle control. The psychoactive properties of THC make it effective in treating mood and mental conditions. It is these latter properties that make cannabis helpful in reducing anxiety or assisting with sleep.

Although marijuana has remained in use throughout the centuries, its usage was discreet during the late 1900s, with criminalization escalating in the 70s and 80s. However, in 1996, California voters passed the country’s first law allowing for medicinal use in a challenge to Federal law and authority. Other states soon followed and pushed toward legal recreational use.

The new opportunities for monetization have promoted the broader research and cultivation of marijuana varietals. Today, cannabis strains have been refined, researchers are developing specific strain combinations to treat various ailments. You can now find marijuana for anxiety, marijuana for sleep, marijuana for stress, and many other specific needs.

Historically, there have been three main categories for cannabis: indica, sativa, and hybrid. These categories correlate to the “terpene profiles” found in each strain of cannabis. Terpenes are also the source of the aromas associated with cannabis and many other plants and induce a variety of effects on the human brain and body.

Indica strains are known for their sedative properties and are often rich in terpenes like linalool (also found in the lavender plant) or beta-caryophyllene (found in rosemary and hops). Sativa strains are more uplifting and invigorating and often contain terpenes like limonene (found in citrus fruits) or pinene (found in pine needles). Hybrids are blends of the two, adjusting for the most desired effect. In fact, many of today’s strains are hybrid, with manufacturers using the indica, sativa, and hybrid labels to indicate the most dominant strain present.

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Choosing an indica-dominant strain is good if you need marijuana for sleep. Today’s marketplace offers a full range of products to help you achieve this goal, such as flower (Purple Punch by Flow Kana, Doc OG by Heady), vape (Sleep by dosist, Skywalker by ROVE), edibles (Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies by Big Pete's Treats), topicals (Indica Transdermal Patch by Mary's Medicinals), pills (Indica ProTab), soft gel caps (Sleepy Time by AbsoluteXtracts), gummies (Midnight Blueberry by Kiva Confections), and more (Tranquili-Tea and Snooze honey by Kikoko).

Reducing anxiety is also commonly treated with indica, although you may find the balance of a well-blended hybrid more suitable to your lifestyle. You can usually find which variety is right for your needs by consulting a specialist at your local cannabis dispensary. Be sure to choose a business that trains their staff appropriately and advocates the educational aspects behind marijuana use.


For those in the greater Palm Springs area, particularly Palm Desert and the surrounding communities of Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, and Indian Wells, curated products and cannabis knowledgeable staff are at The Leaf El Paseo. Their extended product menu and trained staff are available to answer your questions and direct you toward the best solutions for your particular needs.

Elevated dispensaries such as The Leaf El Paseo are best suited to help you in troubling times, providing products to reduce anxiety and induce restful sleep. If you suffer from these health issues, please browse our website for more product information. Contact us now to learn how we can help you.


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