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Top 5 cannabis strains for people with insomnia

About 25% of Americans suffer from some form of insomnia. There are many reasons why someone develops insomnia. It could be due to stress, muscle aches, tension, anxiety, worry, etc. Sometimes thoughts stay in our heads and won’t leave when we want to sleep. It happens to all of us at some point.

About 25% of Americans suffer from some form of insomnia. There are many reasons why someone develops insomnia. It could be due to stress, muscle aches, tension, anxiety, worry, etc. Sometimes thoughts stay in our heads and won’t leave when we want to sleep. It happens to all of us at some point.

Fortunately, there is a natural remedy to this problem. It comes in the form of cannabis strains. For centuries, people have used cannabis as a pain reliever, muscle relaxer and sleep aid. All your feelings of stress and anxiety will go away after consuming cannabis in oil or edible form.

Strains with higher levels of THC are the most effective sleep aids for your insomnia problem. THC is a potent psychoactive cannabinoid with sedating side effects. As long as you plan to stay home and go to sleep, it is okay to consume THC. However, make sure recreational cannabis is legal in your location because THC is illegal in some jurisdictions.

If you find out that THC is illegal where you live, you can still consume CBD products instead. CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can make you feel calm and relaxed enough to sleep quickly and peacefully. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about the police because CBD is legal to consume everywhere.
What’s more?
You get to decide what time of the day you want to use your CBD because CBD goes well in the morning, afternoon, or night without altering your mental or physical status.

When you must choose between edibles and oil, you will feel the most significant effects if you consume edibles. THC edibles will keep you asleep for a longer time. If you can get your hands on any cannabis strain with high THC levels and comes as an edible product, then it is your best chance for getting a decent night’s sleep.

Now all you must do is choose the best cannabis strain. Below are the top 5 cannabis strains for people with insomnia.

1) Northern Lights

Northern Lights is one of the most popular cannabis strains because its effects are a lot stronger than other strains. With 18% THC levels, the Northern Lights strain will make you forget all about your stresses and worries for the night. It also contains a high level of myrcene, which is a terpene known for its sedating effects.

Between the psychoactive and sedative effects, the Northern Lights strain is the perfect solution for people who have insomnia. Your mind will drift away from all the thoughts and feelings that made it impossible for you to get to sleep. The high level of THC will numb your aches and pains too. Nothing will prevent you from drifting to sleep.

You can only consume Northern Lights in a location where recreational marijuana is legal. The 18% THC level makes it illegal to purchase this cannabis strain in most states. But as the laws surrounding recreational marijuana become more relaxed in the country, we might see an increasing interest in the Northern Lights cannabis strain.

2) Royal Jack Auto

Jack Herer was an author and cannabis rights activist from the United States. His most famous book was called “The Emperor Wears No Clothes,” which was his attempt to push for the decriminalization of cannabis. There was a Sativa-dominant cannabis strain named after him called “The Jack Herer Strain.” It was a combination of Shiva Skunk, a Haze hybrid and Northern Lights #5.

The Royal Jack Auto is an “auto-flowering” version of the famous Jack Herer strain. Autoflowering is a unique cultivating process for people who want to grow their plants indoors. When the Jack Herer strain goes through the auto-flowering process, it becomes the Royal Jack Auto strain.

The result is a combination of nerolidol and terpineol. It is the perfect combination for causing the brain to relax and sleep. Even with moderate THC levels, the Royal Jack Auto strain does an excellent job of subduing the body’s central nervous system. If you ever find the Royal Jack Auto available for sale in the store, we recommend trying it out.

3) Nine Pound Hammer

JinxProof Genetics created this interesting cannabis strain called the “Nine Pound Hammer.” As the name indicates, the Nine Pound Hammer is loaded with enough THC to pound away your insomnia and give you a decent night’s sleep. It also uses grape and berry ingredients to provide it with a mild fruity flavour. Some of its primary terpenes include caryophyllene, myrcene, and pinene.

The Nine Pound Hammer is a combination of Jack the Ripper, Gooberry, and Hells OG. The strain has very dense buds with a resin coating. The THC levels are between 17% and 21%, making it much stronger than your average THC cannabis strain. Because of this, the effects will come to you faster and last longer.

4) Gorilla Glue

The Gorilla Glue strain is recommended for people living with insomnia because of severe aches, pains or spasms. It is one of the best natural anti-depressants too. If you have trouble getting to sleep because of pain or depression, you might find yourself overcoming these problems with the gorilla glue strain.

The Gorilla Glue strain grow to have between 18% and 25% THC levels. Sometimes they will even get up to 32% THC. If you can find a Gorilla Glue product with that much THC, you will end up sleeping like a baby for sure. It won’t take much vaping or oil consumption for this strain to knock you out. So, make sure you consume it at home before going to bed.
Your best bet for fast results is the Gorilla Glue THC Vape Oil. When you vape this, the effects of GG kick in faster.

5) Sweet ZZ

Sweet ZZ is one of the tastiest cannabis strains on the market. If you can find this strain in an edible product, you will enjoy it immensely. It tastes very sweet and sugary, making it the perfect edible for THC candy products. But you can also get the sweet taste in your mouth from vaping the strain too.

As for the health benefits, Sweet ZZ is loaded with brain-relaxing terpenes. Its two main terpenes are humulene and caryophyllene. The latter targets the receptors in the brain to establish a soothing and calm feeling throughout your body. It will almost put you in a hypnotic state of mind. And, of course, it helps that it has 22% THC levels too.

Seven cannabis strains that could help treat insomnia

The aftermath of insomnia usually includes daytime drowsiness, depressed mood, irritability, low energy levels, and a generally pessimistic and negative attitude. Photo by monkeybusinessimages / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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Insomnia, otherwise known as sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder defined by either having difficulty falling asleep or difficulty remaining asleep.

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The aftermath of insomnia usually includes daytime drowsiness, depressed mood, irritability, low energy levels, and a generally pessimistic and negative attitude. The potential hazards of insomnia can include difficulty in learning and maintaining focus and impaired motor skills.

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Insomnia is associated with stress, chronic pain, heart disease, menopause, and can also be caused by excessive consumption of caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine. The best way to treat insomnia without depending on prescription medication (which can be addictive and can have serious side effects) is to practice good sleep habits that include regular daily exercise regimen, frequent exposure to sunlight, and a consistent bedtime and wake up routine. The state of your bedroom is also important–it should be clean, ventilated, quiet and dark.

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Different types of insomnia

Insomnia usually affects the elderly more than young people, but over the last decade, increasing numbers of young people are being afflicted. Studies also suggest that women are more likely to experience insomnia.

There are several different types of insomnia. Sleep-onset insomnia is manifested by being unable to fall asleep at the beginning of the night’s rest and is closely associated with anxiety-related disorders.

Maintenance insomnia is the inability to remain asleep. People who suffer from this type usually don’t have problems with sleep-onset, but once they fall asleep, they wake up very easily and have a hard time going back to sleep.

Acute insomnia is a brief episode of sleeplessness, usually caused by a dramatic event, either positive or negative. There is usually no urgency to treat acute insomnia. Chronic insomnia, on the other hand, is a long-term disorder. Doctors usually categorize chronic insomnia as having issues sleeping at least three nights per week, over at least a three-month period.

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Lastly, comorbid insomnia is when your sleeplessness is linked with another condition, such as depression or anxiety. Chronic pain is also closely connected with insomnia.

Here’s how cannabis can help

The potential hazards of insomnia can include difficulty in learning and maintaining focus and impaired motor skills. wildpixel / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Cannabis can be used to help treat insomnia. But it’s important to choose the right strain and to consume the right amount at the right time.

The science behind the use of cannabis for deep sleep

There are four main stages of sleep, which include:

  • The half-awake stage: first 10 minutes of sleep
  • The light sleep stage: heart rate slows down, body temperature drops
  • The deep sleep stage: 35-45 minutes after falling asleep. This is the most important stage in the sleep cycle, where real rest and healing of the body takes place
  • The REM (rapid eye movement) stage: usually happens after 90 minutes of deep sleep. This is also the stage where dreams occur.

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When we are under the influence of cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to be precise, research indicates we fall asleep more quickly, which lets us spend more time in the third phase of sleep. This increases regeneration and heightens energy levels during the following day.

Extra time spent in the third sleep phase also diminishes the duration of the REM stage and because of this many are under the impression that we don’t dream when we’re high.

Which type of cannabis will be most effective?

Insomnia usually affects the elderly more than young people, but over the last decade, increasing numbers of young people are being afflicted. Studies also suggest that women are more likely to experience insomnia. fizkes / iStock / Getty Images Plus

In case you’re unfamiliar with the classification of cannabis you can find out all about that topic here. But for insomnia, indica flowers may be the way to go, as they have the strongest sedative qualities.

Indica flowers tend to have a dark-green shade, unlike the sativa strains, which are vibrantly light-green. The bud structures of the two subspecies are also quite different, the indica flowers have a condensed and firm bud form, while sativa flowers are looser with a string-like appearance.

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Smoking indica-dominant hybrids is also an option, but pure indicas are definitely the best possible solution for insomnia, because the balance between the THC and CBD cannabinoids offer the greatest relaxation and serenity.

Personal experience: When to smoke or vape

Aside from choosing the correct strain, it’s also important to perfect the timing of cannabis ingestion to get the best results. Quantity is the third crucial factor.

I suggest smoking a medium-sized joint anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes before the time you want to fall asleep.

Vaping is also a good choice (if you find a good vaporizer like Pax 3 for example). Be careful with edibles as the duration and intensity of the high caused by edibles can be overwhelming.

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The reason why you should wait an hour or more between the smoking/vaping session and going to sleep is that you need to give your mind some time to overcome the psychoactive sensations of THC. For instance, if you go right to bed after smoking, your brain will be very active, even though your body might be relaxed. This is because THC causes the breaks between the firing of neurons to become practically non-existent, and because of this we get the impression that we’re thinking very fast, and in fact we really are.

If you want to find out more on this subject, and several other canna-related phenomena head to the article on the connection of cannabis and creativity. Besides the quickness-of-the-mind effect, indica will also produce a powerful couch-lock feeling, which can be described as a very sedated bodily sensation, extremely suitable for deep slumber. The trick is to wait for your body to process all the THC, and go to sleep while the “couch lock” is still happening.

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Personally, I can have real difficulty moving from the couch to my bed, let alone going to brush my teeth and floss, that is how sedating a good indica can be.

Seven best cannabis strains for insomnia

Aside from choosing the correct strain, it’s also important to perfect the timing of cannabis ingestion to get the best results. boonchai wedmakawand / iStock / Getty Images Plus Photo by boonchai wedmakawand / iStock / Getty Images Plus

I’m going to recommend some strains perfect for inducing sleep but if you’re unable to find any of these strains in your area, just stick to purebred indicas.

Purple Kush

With a whopping 27 percent THC, this full-blooded indica is a mixture of Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani. As one of the most popular sedative medical strains around, you can count on Purple Kush to experience a relaxed state of mind and body. Expect a powerful couch-lock, and because of its superb pain relieving quality, this is a go-to strain for patients around the globe.

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The origins of the G-13 strain are completely shrouded in secrecy, the popular theory is that the Central Intelligence Agency developed it during the 60’s. This of course cannot be verified, but the mystifying aura certainly helps make this heavy indica a fan-favourite. With THC ranging from 20 to 24 percent, you can expect a cerebral euphoria with a twist of potent sedation. When it comes to consumption, go slow.

Kosher Kush

Created in California by DNA Genetics, this 100 percent indica has a distinct lemony flavor. THC levels are anywhere from 20 to 25 percent, so you can count on sedation from this strain. Besides the couch-locking, you can also expect a strong cerebral uplift, so hanging out with friends or watching a fun movie is a good option before calling it a night while high on Kosher Kush.

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MK Ultra

Another CIA-esque strain, MK Ultra was named for the infamous mind-control program conducted by the Agency during the 50’s and 60’s. The THC content can be up to 23 percent, and the strain—a cross of G-13 and OG Kush—delivers numbness that can help treat insomnia.

Critical Kush

This strain is a cross-breed between Critical Mass and OG Kush, with THC levels ranging from 20 to 25 percent. This indica has a wonderful lemony-pine flavour, and offers therapeutic tranquility perfect for insomnia, stress and anxiety issues.

God’s Gift

Created in California during the 1990’s from Grandaddy Purple and OG Kush, the THC levels in God’s Gift can range anywhere from 18 percent to 25 percent. You can also experience some food cravings from this one, so avoid eating too much sugar as that might keep you awake.

Grandaddy Purple

Grandaddy Purple owes its lineage to the also-famed Purple Urkle and Big Bud strains. The THC content can be as high as 23 percent, so be sure to expect a powerful kick. The flavour of this strain—delicious sweet and fruity notes—makes it a well-rounded product.

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