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Some stress in life is normal, healthy even. It can help to bolster your immune system, improve your cognitive function, and toughen you mentally. On the flip side, too much stress can create some significant problems. You may have heard that cannabis can provide some much-needed stress relief, which can then help to improve your overall mental and physical well-being. For the best results, try an Indica dominant hybrid. 

The Effects of Too Much Stres‌s

While some stress may be good for you (even though it might not feel like it at the time), too much of it can take a toll on your mental and physical health. It can sap your energy, leaving you feeling lethargic. You may find yourself getting sick more often than you used to. It can lead to issues like insomnia, digestive problems, depression, and an increased risk for heart conditions. 

Cannabis provides a natural way to alleviate stress. Certain strains contain cannabinoids and terpenes that promote relaxation (both mentally and physically) and help you get the relief you need. 

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What Are Hybrid Strains‌?

Hybrid strains of cannabis are the result of crossbreeding. For instance, Blue Dream, one of the most popular strains in cannabis (and across the US), is a cross between the Indica Blueberry and Sativa Haze. What’s interesting about hybrids is that they exhibit traits of both parents. So, in many cases, you’ll get the Sativa head high along with the Indica body high. In essence, you get the best of both worlds.

What Does Indica Dominant Mean?

Another interesting thing about hybrids is that they aren’t always an even 50/50 split between the parent strains. They can lean more toward the Indica or Sativa side of things. As the name suggests, Indica dominant hybrid strains are those that lean more toward the Indica characteristics. As such, they’re great for easing stress and helping you to relax. They can also help to reduce aches and pains as well as provide a remedy for insomnia. With these strains, you can alleviate your stress and start feeling better.

Best Hybrids for Stress Relief

There are a good number of hybrids on the market, which can make finding the right ones a bit of a challenge. Here are some of the top Indica dominant hybrids for ultimate stress relief:

Granddaddy Purple

Grandaddy Purple is a 75% Indica dominant hybrid that’s a cross between Purple Urkel and Big Bud. As a hybrid, you get a body and head high effects right off the bat, but they quickly give way to a nice, relaxing body buzz.

Girl Scout Cookies

Also called GSC, Girl Scout Cookies is a (60%) hybrid cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison. While the high starts in the head, it eventually shifts to the body, filling you with a sense of total relaxation. You’ll feel your stress disappear as you experience some tranquilizer-like effects.


Pennywise is a CBD-dominant 70% hybrid with Indica. A cross between Harlequin and Jack the Ripper, the effects start in the head before moving to the body. The CBD content and Indica genetics mean that the mental stimulation isn’t too overpowering. Eventually, you get the full-body high that promotes mental and physical relaxation.

Try an Indica Dominant Hybrid to Alleviate Your Stress

Studies have shown that cannabis can be effective for alleviating stress. Indica and Indica dominant varieties can be particularly effective for reducing stress, helping you to relax and unwind at the end of a long day. Look for these types of strains when you shop with Buzz Delivery and give them a try.