Sleep is a huge factor in someone maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sleep is a necessity for a healthy brain and your overall physical healthiness. While asleep, your brain will repair your blood vessels and other bodily functions.
But if you’re like me, sleeping does not come easy. Like at all. Insomnia is a real son-of-a-bitch and those who experience it know it sucks. Many adults experience some sort of insomnia at some point in their lives. Some adults even deal with chronic insomnia.
Signs of insomnia include:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up in the middle of sleeping
- Not feeling rested
- Daytime tiredness
- Difficulty paying attention
Sleep is oh so important to our ever-fragile physical and mental well-being. When we don’t get enough sleep, we don’t function at our most optimal. Work becomes way more stressful, our thought processes become much harder, and fatigue runs our emotional tanks to empty.
Melatonin and various supplements can improve your sleep but there are studies that show that marijuana can help you get to sleep; much faster and stay asleep much longer. If you’re a canna-connoisseur like myself, many outstanding marijuana strains await you to offer a solution for sleeplessness. With that said, we will explore a few of the best marijuana strains for sleep.
The Science of Marijuana For Sleeping
Though still fairly recent, scientific research into the different uses for marijuana in the area of sleep has become something that may lead to more natural restful sleep. Many studies have shown marijuana’s ability to help deal with conditions that cause sleep disorders. Within any one marijuana plant, hundreds of cannabinoids are present.
Each cannabinoid holds the potential for medicinal properties. They stimulate the body’s cannabinoid system which regulates sleep, memory, appetite, and mood.
Terpenes For Sleeping
Strains that are high in these terpenes are going to be best for getting to sleep:
Terpinolene: Promotes a feeling of bliss. Helpful in aid for sleep
Myrcene: Affects the blood/brain barrier. The terpene lowers the barrier allowing THC to pass through easier thus allowing for a sustained high. The terpene protects against circulating toxins/diseases which cause brain infections. This process does not raise the psychoactivity of THC but naturally increases the sense of chill and couch-lock. This allows the marijuana to hit fast/strong. Typically completely halving cannabis onset time.
Caryophyllene: Helps activate your endocannabinoid system. Making each cannabinoid in your body function much more potently.
Watch Your THC Levels
THC marijuana strains are typically the most effective strains for sleeping. They are the most reliable source for creating the sedation effect which is essentially a sleep incarnate.
A strong indica is a good way to get high. But if a strain has too much THC, it can increase feelings of anxiety. If that’s the case, go lower in THC percentage. Intense feelings of anxiousness and paranoia are not good for promoting healthy sleep.
Introducing cannabinoids such as CBD and CBN increases success for the most restful sleep. CBD is often used to reduce stress levels, stress, and various other conditions which lead to insomnia.
CBD also contains pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory elements which promote a better body and sleep as well.
CBN occurs in the marijuana plant as the plant ages because with time and extended exposure to heat/oxygen THC becomes CBN naturally. CBN interacts with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system directly.
The chemical allows your body to naturally influence mood and cognition which allows your brain to shut off much more efficiently for better sleep.
Indica strains are known for much more of a body, can cause what we call “couch-lock”. This kind of relaxation goes with sleep like mac n cheese. Indica strains help to soothe your muscles and slow down that ever-thinking brain for the ultimate relaxation.
Top Strains For Sleeping
Before we begin our list, I’d like to mention that every strain affects every single person differently though common ground can be found between strains. With that said, I’d like to recommend some of the best strains for sleeping.
Like a powerful blow from Thor’s mighty hammer itself, 9lb Hammer is a heavy-hitting sedative, helping those who suffer from insomnia for years now. The strain clocks in between 20-23% THC.
9lb Hammer contains incredible power and relaxing vibes. The taste of 9lb Hammer can be described as having light grape tones and various fruity flavors. The strain promotes feelings of euphoria and crushes insomnia like it was Thanos’ head. When you find your 9lb Hammer sweet spot when seshing at night, you’ll slide into dreamland on ice skates.
The legendary Afghan Kush is a pure 100% indica strain that can be traced back to the Hindu Kush mountain region. Like many Afghani lineage indicas, Afghan Kush has heavy, body-heavy effects that will move your body into bed with ease. With the strain being rich in CBD, Afghan Kush is one of the best strains for managing sleeplessness in those who tend to experience anxiety/paranoia when getting high.
Afghan Kush has a pleasant earthy scent and sweet taste undertones of old-school hash. It has dense buds amounting in an abundance of trichomes. This strain will take the distractions/pains you may have accumulated during the day and melt them away like butter.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying a cheesy strain, you are missing out. Blue Cheese is the king of cheese. Blue cheese is a cross between Blueberry and U.K. Cheese; a yummy combination. The strain has a THC percentage between 15-18% having nice mild psychoactive effects.
Blue Cheese has an interesting sweet and savory aromas of blue cheese and berries. The smells begin to transform into a unique creamy marijuana flavor. Blue Cheese helps promote euphoria, a deep sense of relaxation, and most importantly provides sedation for sleepy time.
Blueberry Muffin is a sweet way to send yourself off to sleep. With amazing blue beauty, Blueberry Muffin’s powers are shown through the euphoric high that will entangle itself around your body like a comforting blanket.
Blueberry Muffin is a cross between Purple Panty Dropper and Blueberry. This strain will send your stress and worries to a place where they simply melt away.
Warning: we are now at critical levels.
Critical Kush is a cross of OG Kush and Critical Mass. Critical Kush is known for first delivering a pleasant euphoric feeling and follows up the high with relaxing feelings throughout your body and brain..
Critical Kush has a unique piney aroma with a spicy taste undertone. This strain delivers full-body relaxation and boosts your mental health. After smoking this strain, you will feel blissfully relaxed within 15 minutes or so. Critical Kush’s stress relieving properties will help you deal with sleeplessness efficiently.
Meet one of my absolute all-time favorite strains: the legendary, one and only, Northern Lights. Some consumers have stated that the strain like its namesake will leave you blissfully staring into the infinite space and stars above.
Northern Lights is a pure indica strain and is a cross between Afghani Kush and Thai. Northern Lights tends to weigh in at 16-22% THC. The strain carries aromas of sweet/spice. Northern Lights has a quick onset time and will help you to achieve healthy REM sleep cycles throughout your night’s sleep. The strain also has the ability to ease insomnia, anxiety, depression, and stress.
Original Glue (formerly Gorilla Glue) packs a powerful kick of stress relief and positive well-being. With the stickiest of buds and an overwhelming alluring aroma. It is a great marijuana strain if you are in need of a restful night’s sleep.
Original Glue has approximately 20% THC and is a cross between Sour Dubb, Chocolate Diesel, and Chem’s Sister. The strain carries flavors of chocolate, diesel, and pine. This strain, like its namesake, is known for its ability to glue you tight to your bed; making this an ideal nighttime smoke sesh.
Querkle seems to attack insomnia at its many sources. Anxiety calms, nausea dulls, and depression evaporates, leaving you in a meditative state as you gently coast into a restful sleep. That being said, this strain may not be the one you rely on for forcing your brain into sleep; rather, it pre-conditions a tranquil mindset so sleep comes easier when it’s time to shut the lights out.
Querkle is a cross between Purple Urkle and Space Queen. The strain has a strong grape and berry aroma with flavors to match. Querkle provides a strong body high, which helps consumers feel lazy, sedated, and ultimately tired.
Wedding Cake is one of the newest strains on the list. The strain is a cross between Cherry Pie and Girl Scout Cookies. Wedding Cake delivers a drowsy kind of high that almost simultaneously begins to rock the consumer off to the adventures of Slumberland.
Wedding Cake has a THC percentage of 23-25%. It basks in waves of vanilla smells and a berry taste. Wedding Cake reduces insomnia and provides pain relief.
Sleep well, friend!