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The best cannabis strains for sleep and insomnia

The best cannabis strains for sleep and insomnia

Bailey Rahn
May 9, 2016
(Gillian Levine for Leafly)

Insomnia is the worst, but luckily cannabis can be an effective sleep aid
for many. It can slow racing thoughts,  dissolve pain
, relax muscles, and deliver its own sleepy chemicals to help you fall and stay asleep.

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We put together a list of sedating strains to give you an idea of what to look out for on your next visit to the dispensary. But first, some tips to keep in mind:

  • THC strains are typically the most effective for sleep. If THC agrees with your body and doesn’t cause unpleasant side effects like anxiety, a THC-dominant strain might be your most reliable source of sedating effects. 
  • Go easy on the high-THC strains if it’s anxiety keeping you up. A light dose of THC can float you to sleep, but larger doses can worsen anxiety in some consumers. You may want to try a strain higher in CBD
    if you’re sensitive to THC.
  • Edibles can help you stay asleep longer. Though inhaling cannabis yields faster effects, edibles last a lot longer
    .
  • Browse Leafly for sleepy strains. Find out which strains other Leafly users have described as “sleepy” here
    .

Finding the right strain for you is a personalized endeavor and often requires a little trial and error. The strains below offer a few starting points—take note of which ones you like or don’t like, and use those shapes (cannabinoids
) and colors (terpenes
) to guide you to other strains that are likely to help you achieve a good night’s sleep.

Tahoe OG Kush

Tahoe OG cannabis strain

Primary terpenes: Limonene, caryophyllene, myrcene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant

With effects that tend to be heavier than your average OG Kush
hybrid, Tahoe OG
is a godsend for many insomniacs. Smoking or vaporizing this strain can yield fast-acting effects that let muscles relax, easing that need to roll around in your blankets all night.

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Granddaddy Purple

granddaddy purple cannabis strain

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, caryophyllene, pinene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant

It would be a crime to leave this classic off any list touting top sleepy strains. Not only is it fairly easy to find, Granddaddy Purple
is shown to exhibit high levels of myrcene
, a terpene that is commonly believed to provide relaxing effects. A favorite among those who use cannabis for pain or anxiety, GDP carries strong flavors of berry and grape to sweeten the deal.

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God’s Gift

god's gift cannabis strain

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant

God’s Gift
is indeed a gift to insomnia sufferers, as all that stress keeping you up at night feels suddenly overpowered by a surefooted sense of peace. Releasing the exhale with notes of berry and citrus, you’re sure to feel your mood lift as your body sinks.

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Sweet and Sour Widow

sweet and sour widow cannabis strain

Primary terpenes: Not enough data

Cannabinoid profile: Balanced THC/CBD

While strains containing THC are generally preferred for sleep, those sensitive to its anxious side effects may not have the same success. Choose instead a CBD strain like Sweet and Sour Widow
. Its CBD can help curb the paranoid, racy side effects while still containing small amounts of THC to make you drowsy.

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Northern Lights

northern lights cannabis strain

Primary terpenes: Not enough data

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant

Imagine yourself on a cold winter night, wrapped in a warm blanket as green lights dance above you. This isn’t altogether unlike the experience provided by Northern Lights
, an old-school strain that has been lulling minds to sleep since its inception in the mid-1980s. Commanding sleep with a heavy hand, Northern Lights uses its high-THC content to annihilate pain and insomnia.

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Ogre

Ogre cannabis strain

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, caryophyllene, limonene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant

The sleep-inducing hybrid Ogre
stomps out insomnia with ease. Sweet citrus flavors dance over the palate on the inhale, giving your senses something to delight in as the sedative effects kick in.

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9 Pound Hammer

9 pound hammer cannabis strain

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant

Crushing insomnia like a war hammer, this no-nonsense strain is perfect for insomniacs who can’t escape the prison of their mind while lying in bed. The mild fruity flavors of ripe berry and grapes are just another reason to love this insomnia-crusher appropriately named 9 Pound Hammer
.

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Remedy

remedy cannabis strain

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene

Cannabinoid profile: CBD-dominant

With virtually no THC in its chemical makeup, Remedy
is meant for consumers who are shy about the high. You’re really not looking to get stoned, and that’s okay. CBD-dominant strains like Remedy can help you sleep by relieving pain, anxiety, stress, and other symptoms that fuel insomnia.

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