Because everyone has a unique biochemistry and endocannabinoid system, cannabis will work differently from individual to individual. This means you’ll need to experiment with a few strains to see what works best for you. It’s also important to consider the right balance between the levels of THC and CBD, keeping in mind many strains have almost no CBD.
Some strains of marijuana are better at easing insomnia caused by chronic pain, whereas others are better at targeting anxiety-induced insomnia. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is known for its sedative qualities, especially the indica varieties of cannabis.
If your insomnia can be resolved simply by adjusting your bedtime routine, then by all means, make those changes. However, if you’re suffering from insomnia due to other issues such as pain, depression, stress or anxiety, then marijuana can help. A 1973 study published in Human Pharmacology found that [subjects had a significant decrease in the amount of time it took them to fall asleep when given THC](http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF00437513# page-1). Meanwhile, a 1981 study also found that when patients with insomnia took a 160 mg dose of CBD, the length in which they were able to sleep increased compared to those who took a placebo.
- an increased number of accidents
- absenteeism from work
- an overall decreased quality of life
Cookie Jar is a hybrid of Platinum Girl Scout Cookies and White Fire Alien OG. This marijuana strain may help with anxiety and headaches, but it’s best known for its full body relaxation effects. For this reason, Cookie Jar is a great choice for those suffering with insomnia.
Finding the best strain of marijuana to help ease your insomnia is based a lot on what the cause of your sleeping problems are. The causes of insomnia can be rooted in a variety of different psychiatric or medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits or other biological factors. Insomnia can be caused by issues such as acid reflux, hypertension, chronic pain, depression, stress, anxiety or a recent trauma such as the death of a loved one.
Grape Ape is an indica cannabis strain that produces what’s known as a heavy high or “couch lock.” However, its effects are known to come on slowly, which makes it good for helping people fall asleep and stay asleep. The effects of Grape Ape are said to be both sedative and relaxing, and it’s also known to be helpful at relieving anxiety.
Meanwhile, cannabinol (CBN), a lesser known cannabinoid, is five times more sedating than THC, so it’s something you may want to look for to help you get a good night’s sleep.
This is a 75% sativa-dominant hybrid cannabis strain. Harlequin is high in CBD with a ratio of CBD to THC that’s 5:2. The strain is known for its ability to relieve pain, stress, anxiety and depression. Though it’s sativa-dominant, Harlequin is known to be a calming strain that helps people fall and stay asleep. It’s particularly good for people who have anxiety-driven insomnia because it has very little to no pyschoactivity.
Finding the best strain of marijuana to help ease your insomnia is based a lot on what the cause of your sleeping problems are. The causes of insomnia can be rooted in a variety of different psychiatric or medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits or other biological factors. Insomnia can be caused by issues such as a
The Grape Ape name has to do with the purple that can be seen on the bud rather than the flavor. However, it legit does have a fruity flavored smoke with grape and berry notes. A nice bonus is the sweet sensation that lingers after you exhale. Think of it like a grape-flavored hard candy.
Give yourself a low dose and go slow. It really won’t take much or take long.
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A bit of a tasty treat, God’s Gift has a well-developed taste that includes lemon, berry, grape, citrus, and hash flavors. It is for sure a pleasant combination to appreciate before you sink into your pillows and let sleep overtake you. Thanks, God.
9 Pound Hammer is one of those strains whose smell isn’t reflected in the taste as much as you might expect. The aroma is citrus and grape with a bit of incense, but the flavor is woodier and more piney — with a hint of lime when you breathe out the smoke. It is sweet and earthy and tasty, but not as berry as you might expect.
People are also big fans of this strain’s aroma which leans toward the sandalwood musk associated with Afghani strains but also has notes that are fruity and sweet like plump, juicy grapes. The flavor is also a bit fruity with hashy overtones that can get you coughing. However, on the exhale, there is a sugary grape taste that’s a lot like the children’s syrup Dimetapp, but… in a good way.
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“Why nine pounds of hammer?” you ask. Well, that’s a good question and one that we have also pondered without resolution. However, we can tell you with certainty that nine pounds of sticky, weedy hammer is more than enough to beat the crap out of your sleep difficulties. It is an 80 percent indica hybrid with a THC composition that can be up to 23 percent, and it will beat you over the head with no-nonsense sedation. Smoke or vape a little and feel your shallow breaths deepening as your limbs grow heavy and your muscles go slack. Recreational users may complain about the couchlock that accompanies using too much, but people looking for relief from sleeplessness will be happy to find themselves immobile in bed for a few minutes before they transition smoothly into sleep. Plus, this strain can give you the munchies something fierce so it’s good to find yourself meeting Mr. Sandman before you have a chance to raid the fridge.
Sleep is important. There are dozens of studies indicating that it leads to better health. It can also be deeply pleasurable — who doesn’t like to feel cozy? But at least 30% of adults can’t enjoy these benefits. For a variety of reasons, many of us spend each night working through every position we can comfortably contort our bodies into, with no shut-eye to show for it. Our eyes are red with exhaustion but the minute we lie down and close them our minds begin working through a list of stressors and fears.
Whether the problem is falling asleep or staying asleep, these weed strains offer a safe and fun solution.