How Does Cannabis Affect Sleep?
Studies into how cannabis affects sleep are lacking due to restrictions placed on using marijuana for medical research. However, the research that does exist suggests that the endocannabinoid system within our body – the system that THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids interact with – plays an important role in sleep regulation. Because cannabis successfully interacts with the endocannabinoid system, it’s fair to utilize the plant as a solution to sleeping issues.
Furthermore, additional research has found that cannabis increases Stage 3 sleep and reduces the amount of REM sleep we experience. REM sleep is the light sleep in which we dream, while Stage 3 sleep is the deeper sleep thought to be the most important for those suffering from a sleep deprivation condition.
Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid?
Not all strains of cannabis are created equal, as far as treating one’s symptoms. Indica tends to treat insomnia most effectively due to the strong, physical body high it produces, as well as its less psychoactive effects. Sativa often has the opposite effect with its energetic, uplifting “head” buzz. High-THC strains can also have adverse effects on falling asleep, so finding one with a balance of THC and CBD is ideal.
That being said, there are many hybrid strains ideal for treating insomnia, as well. Below we have compiled some of our favorites.
8 of the Best Strains for Insomnia
Cherry Pie is a indica dominant hybrid of Grand Daddy Purple and Duban Poison. Although it is hard to find the authentic version of this particular medical marijuana strain, it definitely will not be hard to believe that this is the best type of strain. In structural composition, it has dense buds with orange hair all over and displays a slight tint of purple. Inspiring the name of this medical marijuana strain, the aroma is that of cherry pies. It is most commonly used by patients who are suffering from evident symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, migraines and other stress-oriented syndromes. Although it may cause dry eyes and mouth upon use by the patient, it definitely helps in elevating the level of euphoria, relaxing body and mind, uplifting moods and focusing the conscience.
Mochi by is another strain that leans on the Cookie Fam lineage for flavor, potency, and stability. This phenotypic expression of Sunset Sherbet x Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies is an indica-leaning hybrid with beautiful, dense buds. Mochi’s appearance is a frosty mixture of purple and jade foliage knotted with bright red hairs. Its effects are very similar to that of its parent strains, offering moderate pain and stress reduction while imbuing the consumer with a calm and creative aura. The Mochi strain is also known by the names Gelato 47 and Mochi Gelato.
Grandaddy Purple is a classic indica strain that smells and tastes of grapes. It produces a powerful cerebral high combined with the sedating effects of a pure indica, and is a favorite among patients whose pain keeps them up at night.
Bubba Kush is a well-balanced indica that is not too high in THC, making it an ideal choice for those who lack sleep. It offers relaxation and ease, not to mention the sweet flavors of rich chocolate and coffee.
Girl Scout Cookies
The beloved Girl Scout Cookies hybrid strain offers knockout sedative effects while also treating pain, anxiety, and other conditions that keep you up at night. Try it as an edible to guarantee a peaceful, all-night slumber.
Tahoe OG Kush
Tahoe OG Kush is a top nighttime hybrid, as it provides an extremely lazy, heavy body sensation. Due to superb breeding, Tahoe OG embodies all of the typical indica effects with an added euphoric, sativa-like kick.
This indica is not for the cannabis beginner. It produces a heavy body high that instills a deep sense of peace and relaxation. With the lingering smell and taste of berries, you’ll find yourself floating away into sleep.
Khalifa Kush, or Wiz Khalifa OG, is a hybrid that was bred specifically for the rap artist Wiz Khalifa, who claims it descended from an OG strain. The effects and aromas are similar to that of OG Kush: sour lemon and pine, with an active cerebral buzz that can nevertheless aid in a restful night’s sleep.