Getting a good night’s sleep is something that is very difficult for many Americans. Insomnia is a very common sleeping disorder that affects over 40% of Americans every year. With this being the case, cannabis strains that help you drift peacefully off to sleep are now an incredibly valuable medicine for many people.
While typical sleep treatment programs may focus on behavioral changes to help improve sleeping habits, some patients have found success by adding cannabis to their treatment plan. When choosing a strain for insomnia, look for strains that are Indica-dominant and feature high THC content.
How Cannabis Helps You Fall Asleep
CBD and THC affect sleep in different ways. Both are components found in marijuana, but THC is psychoactive, meaning you get high from it, while CBD doesn’t make you feel high. Strains of marijuana that are high in CBD versus THC may actually have the opposite effect from what you want to achieve if you have insomnia. High CBD marijuana strains tend to have no effect on how sleepy you are at night, but they can help you stay up during the day if you’re feeling tired.
High THC strains might help you sleep better, and even more specific strains may induce sleep. For example, indica strains of marijuana tend to be the best for putting you to sleep, while Sativa strains tend to make you feel more alert and energetic.
Short-term cannabis use appears to increase the time you spend in deep sleep, the stage that helps you wake up feeling refreshed. However, THC decreases the amount of time you spend in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, where you spend time dreaming, processing emotions, and cementing new memories.
Best Strains For Sleep
Below are some of the best cannabis options to help you sleep.
GDP is a favorite nighttime strain for its heavy body high as well as its light and dreamy head buzz. Grandaddy Purple is known to start off by melting away stress and anxiety while stimulating a pleasant euphoric feeling. On top of that, smoking GDP will easily whisk you off to sleep as it calms the mind and sedates the muscles.
Tahoe OG offers a powerful mix of heady Indica and body-oriented Sativa, with a 10:90 Sativa/Indica ratio. The THC levels, which can top 20%, make this a particularly potent choice for those seeking stress reduction and mood boost.
The high is predominantly relaxed, both in body and mind, but the Sativa component adds a strong euphoria and feeling of happiness. This strain is often used to treat anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia. Additionally, it’s also helpful in treating depression and ADHD.
Northern Lights is a full-bodied Indica strain that is known for its euphoric effects that settle into the body and help to ease the mind into sleep. Alongside its sweet and pungent aroma, NL is a calming and numbing Indica that can help to wipe away stress and slow down your mind, helping you fall asleep more easily.
Do-si-dos is a popular Indica hybrid marijuana strain (70% Indica, 30% Sativa) that is a potent sleep inducer. The strain is pungent and well-balanced with effects that tend to last longer than average. With THC levels reaching anywhere between 19% and an incredible 30%, the Do-Si-Dos strain can be potent – even for experienced cannabis users.
The high reportedly hits you fast and hard with a cerebral rush of euphoric energy that only lasts for a short time before fading into a happy, stoned introspection. A warming body buzz will then wash over you while the mind enters contemplative and relaxed states.
Bubba Kush is a popular Indica with a smell and flavor that’s both fruity and earthy, having a coffee-like aftertaste. Bubba Kush tends to induce soothing yet powerful relaxation throughout the body along with a slightly euphoric mindset.
It can help with insomnia and muscle tension that acts to get the body ready to fall into a peaceful slumber. On top of helping with insomnia, BK can help reduce nausea and stimulate appetite in those who are struggling to eat.
While insomnia is a hard condition to deal with, these Indica and Indica-hybrid strains can help anyone to ease their mind and fall asleep more easily. Everyone is different, but make sure you are using Indica or heavily Indica-dominant strains if your goal is to beat insomnia.
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