Do you have trouble falling asleep? Or do you wake up far too often during the night? Cannabis has proven to be a wonderful medicine against insomnia. In this article we’ll discuss the best strains for sleep. That’s to say: these strains will help you find a balanced sleep pattern again. Don’t use them when you aren’t prepared for a couch lock!
To find the best strain for sleep you first need to investigate your specific sleeping problems, as different strains work on different parts of the sleep system. Some strains will knock you out after a few hits. Other strains more affect the preconditions of insomnia. They alleviate pain, for example, or have stress reducing and antidepressant tendencies. Insomnia often goes together with more complex disorders like depression or PTSD.
Strains for sleep: a natural alternative
Research suggests insomnia may be caused by an abnormality in the endocannabinoid system. This is the system within our body that interacts with THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. It is not so strange, then, that many insomniacs turn to cannabis as a sleeping aid. Moreover, cannabis is a natural alternative to sleep medication.
Finding the best strains for sleep has much to do with finding the best strain for you. The following strains may be interesting to look into. It will take a bit of experimentation, also regarding the dose.
When you’re interested to use cannabis as a sleeping aid, you may want to consider alternative ways of consumption. Did you know that cannabis edibles work much longer than smoked or vaped cannabis? Thereby improving the chance of an uninterrupted night? You also need less for a strong effect. The only downside is that edibles take at least 45 minutes to kick in. Another interesting option may be cannabis oil, as the drops are very easy to dose.
The 5 best strains for sleep
- Northern Lights
Northern Lights is at the top of the list, because it is a popular strain and therefore widely available. It can also be used recreationally, but prepare for a total body relaxation. Northern Lights is a pure Indica (around 95%). It is highly sedative, reduces stress and anxiety and increases the appetite.
- Nine Pound Hammer
The name says enough, doesn’t it? This strain will overwhelm you with a sense of sleepiness. It is also a favourite strain of chronic pain patients, as it offers strong pain relief and relaxation. Before you drift away in sweet dreams, you will notice the happy, euphoric and uplifting onset of this strain.
This is an Indica dominant strain with quite some THC in it. It works on many aspects related to insomnia. Its mood elevating properties will help in case of depression or stress disorders. The pain alleviation will account for a relaxed sleep and even if you suffer from nausea, this will be soothed by Querkle. This strain won’t knock you out immediately. It rather provides the right preconditions for sleep: it will bring you into a meditative state from which you tranquilly drift away.
- Big Bud
Big Bud is an ‘off switch for the mind’ again. Make sure you are close to bed and prepared for the night, because it’s impossible to keep your eyes open with this buddy. Strong body high, foggy feeling, couch lock.
- Granddaddy purple
This strain was developed for medical marihuana patients, specifically to induce sleep and to reduce pain. It comes with a euphoric high and both mental and physical calmness. This strain will also stimulate the appetite.