An estimated 50 to 70 million American adults have problems with sleep, according to the Institute of Medicine. Sleep can be impaired by disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea, as well as other conditions such as chronic diseases and mental illnesses.
Sure, there are over-the-counter and prescription medications for sleep, but these can also come with undesired side-effects. If you’d rather take the homeopathic route for improving your sleep quality, get your physician’s advice and check out our hand-curated list of the best strains for sleep.
What The Research Shows On Cannabis And Sleep Quality
In what ways does cannabis work as a sleep aid? The general research consensus is that cannabinoids can improve sleep quality, decrease waking during the night, and help you fall asleep faster, according to this study from 2019. Another research study from 2008 revealed that THC consumption before bed can reduce the amount of REM sleep the user gets. This makes it possible to get more deep sleep, as REM sleep is when most dreams (and nightmares) occur.
However, marijuana seems to work better as a short-term solution. Another study, this one from 2017, found that THC could impair sleep quality in the long term, despite decreasing sleep latency. With all of this in mind, it’s clear that it is appropriate for medical patients to use cannabis for insomnia, PTSD, anxiety, or other conditions that affect the quality of one’s sleep – perhaps not as a long-term solution, studies show, but there is always more research to be done on cannabis and how it affects the body. One thing that’s clear now is that there’s nothing better than a puff of weed for the occasional times when you find it hard to snooze.
Herbies Picks: The Best Marijuana Strains For Sleep
We’ve done the legwork for you and have compiled a list of the best marijuana strains for sleep. Whether you’re suffering from insomnia or other symptoms that prevent restful slumber, the right cannabis strain can help you fall asleep and stay that way until morning!
Let’s start things off with a bang! Eleven Roses is a feminized pure Indica that will blow you away with her 25% THC content. She works hard and fast, delivering a strong body stone not long after consumption. Eleven Roses has a pungently fruity scent that’s accented by earthy notes and a touch of metal. This powerhouse will bring you into a mellow state perfect for catching some Zs.
Extreme Impact Auto
Next up is Extreme Impact Auto, an Indica-dominant hybrid from Heavyweight Seeds. She’s packed with 21% THC and 0.6% CBD, making for an intensely chill high accompanied by spicy, lemony smoke. As you can probably tell from this strain’s name, the effects are totally extreme, sending you down a magical river of relaxation headed straight for dreamland! Expect your eyelids to get heavy even before you’ve finished smoking, making Extreme Impact Auto perfect for combating insomnia and guaranteeing a good night’s sleep.
If you’re looking for a strain with a sweet, fruity taste, look no further than Dutch Passion’s Blueberry. This award-winning Indica-dominant hybrid has THC levels that test in the range of 22-26%, and that will hit you hard with a sedative body stone. Her smoke evokes images of forests packed with pine trees and berry bushes. Blueberry is great for at-home evening use and will eventually send you into a restful slumber.
Holy Grail Kush
Enjoy the best of both worlds with Holy Grail Kush’s genetics, a 40% Sativa/60% Indica hybrid. The combination leads to a phenotype with balanced effects that are incredibly chill yet super euphoric. The aromas of Holy Grail Kush are reminiscent of mulled wine on Christmas, deliciously piney and citrusy. Although her effects are mentally stimulating, the high develops into full-body relaxation with a quiet mind, perfect for getting to sleep.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a few pure Indica strains for sleep, making Critical Kush one of our essential picks. Her earthy smoke leads to a piney flavor, accentuated by notes of lemons and tangerines. Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention Critical Kush’s potency: 25% THC paired with 1.8% CBD puts this strain on the medicinal level. Whether it’s fatigue, anxiety, or insomnia that’s keeping you from getting some good shut-eye, Critical Kush will help.
Gorilla Glue #4
Of course, while pure Indicas are great for sleep, don’t forget about hybrids! Gorilla Glue #4 is an equally balanced feminized hybrid, bred from a cross between Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. Her sticky buds exude a pungent, slightly citrusy aroma that translates into piney, chocolatey smoke. GG#4 is one of the most potent strains out there: with THC levels hitting 28%, this strain is destined to glue you to your couch! The effects are truly hybrid in nature, inducing a pleasant euphoria combined with complete body relaxation that will put you in the mood for bedtime.
Due to her potency in both THC and CBD – 25% and 1.1% respectively – Pineapple Chunk easily qualifies as medical cannabis strain, and is exceptional at combating symptoms related to chronic pain and insomnia. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the Hawaiian pizza vibes of this strain as you’re transported to paradise. Sensations that are initially euphoric but mellow out into a calming couch-lock will have you yawning in no time!
Our top weed-for-sleep picks wouldn’t be complete without one more 100% Indica: Afghan Kush by World of Seeds. This lovely lady has her roots in the Hindu Kush mountain range in Northern Afghanistan, and her heritage is obvious in the hashy flavors and aromas of her smoke. The effects are relatively narcotic and not very cerebral – with 20% THC, Afghan Kush is sure to have you melting into the couch and appreciating the medicinal value of this strain!
Cannabis Strains For Sleep
Stoned For Sleepytime
Now that you’ve got the lowdown on some of the best strains for insomnia and other sleep disorders, all that’s left to do is get growing so you can get smoking! Of course, it’s also important to mention that any sleep aid shouldn’t be taken long-term, whether it is over-the-counter medication or medical marijuana. Be safe, and chat with your doctor about cannabis and sleep for your personal needs.
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