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Winding Down With Cannabis: The Best Products for Your Nightly Routine

Published on February 10, 2018 · Last updated September 29, 2020

For those who struggle with sleep or feel antsy when they just want to relax after a long day, cannabis is often a saving grace. It’s a well-known insomnia aid in the cannabis community, and when combined with a calming nightly routine, it can be the best way to turn off an overactive mind and soothe tense muscles in preparation for rest.

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Below, discover six great ways to add cannabis to your bedtime routine and commit yourself to better, more satisfying sleep.

Practice Self-Care With an Infused Lavender Lotion

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Suggested Cannabis Product:Lavender Patchouli Infused Lotion by Kusa Brands

There’s nothing like a little TLC to relax the body and help you prepare for rest. One excellent way to do so is by pampering yourself with a cannabis-infused lavender lotion. The combination of soothing cannabinoids and calming lavender aromatherapy will have you ready for rest from the inside out. Right before sleep, massage this lotion gently into your shoulders and anywhere you hold tension to loosen up tense muscles and calm the body.

Choose the Right Strain for a Bedtime Toke

Suggested Strain:Granddaddy Purple

If you like to load a bowl before bed, paying attention to your strain of choice can make a big difference in falling asleep and staying there. Avoid sativa-dominate strains that have high-energy affects, such as Green Crack. Instead, opt for indicas which are generally more beneficial as sleep-time aids due to their terpene profiles. We suggest Granddaddy Purple—known for its intense body and mind relaxation—before kicking back with soft lighting and slow, deep inhales so you can enjoy all the calming properties this indica has to offer. Need more options? Check out our favorite Good Night Sleep strains.

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Make Your Bedtime Snack an Indica Melatonin Edible

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Suggested Cannabis Product:Insomnia THC Caramels by Sensi Chew

If you’re the type of person who craves a sweet treat before bed, then consider an edible tailored-made for deep sleep. Enter Sensi Chew’s Insomnia Caramels, offering 25mg THC or CBD in indica chocolate pieces mixed with a touch of melatonin. The combination of cannabinoids and “sleep hormone” creates the ultimate relaxation powerhouse that will knock you off your feet and right into bed.

Pair the Perfect Indica With Yoga and Deep Meditation

Suggested Strain:Skywalker

Yoga and meditation are great ways to unwind before settling down. Combining the two with the right indica strain can make for a powerful deep sleep combo. Choose an indica such as Skywalker to melt into deep relaxation without the couch-lock. After you feel that nice, mellow high flow in, ease into some gentle, slow-paced yoga to stretch out and loosen your muscles. Consider poses such as downward dog, cat/cow, child’s pose, forward bend, and other soft movements, before ending in savasana for some deep, full body relaxation and meditation.

Note: If you have medical conditions, please check with your doctor before engaging in yoga, as certain positions can pose health risks to those with certain conditions.

Relax With a Hot Cup of Infused Tea

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Suggested Product:Nature Lavender Chamomile Tea by Hippie Brew

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A cup of herbal tea is the classic way to unwind and relax before cozying up under the covers. Choosing a tea with chamomile and lavender—which are known for their relaxing, sedating effects—is a great option to calm the body; but choosing one that also has cannabis is even better. Hippie Brew’s infused tea features all three of these ultra-relaxing ingredients and is an excellent choice for a bedtime brew. If you prefer your own blends, you can use your favorite tea at home with infused honey, such as Honey Stix by Evergreen Organix, to suit your taste. Whatever your cup of cannabis tea, kick back before bed and gently sip on this soothing drink to unwind and sink into a pleasantly sleepy state.

Use the Sedating Cannabinoid CBN For Deep, Refreshing Sleep

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Suggested Cannabis Product:Transdermal CBN Patch by Mary’s Medicinals

One of cannabis’s lesser known yet incredible cannabinoids is cannabinol (CBN). Five-times more sedating than THC, CBN is excellent for lulling yourself into a very deep, incredibly refreshing night’s sleep. I can personally attest to the effectiveness of CBN patches, such as Mary’s Medicinals, and experienced some of the best sleep of my life. Simply put the patch on an hour before you plan to go to bed and after you’ve had your last meal of the night (CBN is an effective appetite suppressant). Before you know it, you’ll be slipping into a calm, blissful sleep.

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Rae Lland
Rae Lland
Rae Lland is a freelance writer, journalist, and former editor for Weedist and The Leaf Online. With a focus on culture, music, health, and wellness, in addition to her work for Leafly, she has also been featured in numerous online cannabis publications as well as print editions of Cannabis Now Magazine. Follow her on Instagram @rae.lland
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