Do you struggle to fall asleep and get the rest you need at night? You aren’t alone. With all the background noise of modern times, it’s no wonder that almost one in three American adults aren’t getting enough shut-eye. Sleep issues are brutal, but you’re in luck because cannabis can help! Let’s take a look at how cannabis can promote better sleep and which strains are best for bedtime.
Cannabis for a Good Night’s Sleep
Insomnia is the worst. The aftermath of a long night tossing and turning can have you feeling drowsy, depressed, and irritable. The long-term effects of insomnia can cause physical and mental problems and reduce your overall quality of life. It sucks, but the good news is that cannabis has got your back.
There isn’t anything new about taking a bedtime toke. In fact, people have been using the cannabis plant as a sleep aid for centuries. The difference is we now have modern-day science to confirm what people have known about cannabis since ancient times – it has the power to make you relaxed and fall asleep.
Cannabis is particularly good at helping you get to sleep faster. One study found that it can shorten the amount of time it takes to get to sleep, sending people off to dreamland an average of 30 minutes quicker. Speaking of dreams, cannabis can work to help reduce their intensity and frequency. Which is great for people dealing with PTSD or those who just want a bit of mental peace while they rest.
Which Buds to Choose for Bed?
Strains that are popular for sleep tend to be of the Indica dominant variety. These are the strains known for producing a relaxing body high. However, not all strains labeled as Indica dominant are going to have the sedating effect you’re looking for. So how do you choose?
It’s better to consider the complete profile of cannabinoids and terpenes when choosing a strain for sleep. Look for strains that are high in myrcene, the terpene with sedating powers that produces the “couch lock” effect that people associate with indicas. Strains that are high in THC are often good choices for sleep — as long as you aren’t the type of person that gets too stimulated or anxious from high doses of THC. If that’s the case, look for a more balanced strain with a fair amount of CBD and CBN.
Cannabis affects everyone differently, and there is no perfect science when it comes to choosing a strain for sleep. A little trial and error will help you narrow down what works best for you. If you need some inspiration on where to start, here’s a list of our favorite strains for sleep.
Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) – This potent strain can help fight depression and provide the sedation you need for full-body relaxation. GSC is very potent, so start slow for best results. It’s an excellent primer for a good night’s sleep and will have you enjoying the euphoric “couch lock” effect as you tuck into bed.
Granddaddy Purple (GDP) — This famous indica is a cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud. It’s a sedative strain that allures people with its deep purple backdrop and a mystical dusting of white crystals. It’s great for melting stress, relieving pain, and crushing insomnia.
God’s Gift – One of the most popular choices for sleep, this indica provides full-body relaxation and eases pain fast. This California favorite is a cross between OG Kush and Granddaddy Purple. If you need to get up early, enjoy God’s Gift at least an hour before bed to avoid any lingering sleepiness.
Tahoe OG Kush – If you are looking for quick sedation, this smooth and tasty choice can help you get ready for sleep in no time. It can soothe away your pain and provide a nice nightcap after those busy days when your muscles are tight and sore. Save this one for right before bed because its sedating effects are known to work as well as prescription sleep aids.