If there is one thing Cannabis is known for, it has to be its ability to send you off into a deep slumber. Those in the know will understand that this is widely misrepresented in the media, and in fact, not all strains will leave you sleepy and relaxed.
In this article, we are going to debunk the myth that every strain causes a high that will see you in bed for 8 pm. We have put together our top 5 strains that have made it big for their ability to induce sleep even in the most stubborn cases of insomnia!
The Science Behind The Strains
Okay, so let’s just jump right into it here for those who may be new to the cannabis industry. There are probably many incorrect ideas that you have been led to believe by the common misconceptions of the marijuana plant. For instance, it is untrue that every joint you smoke will make you drift off into sleep.
You probably know by now that there are many different strains of the Cannabis plant, hundreds in fact! Each of these unique strains falls into one of three categories, which will determine the overall effect it has when consumed:
There are many differentiating factors to these three strain categories from the way they tend to grow to their general appearance. And the effects on the mind and body from each vary dramatically to give you a unique high every time.
While the indica strains are most famous for their deep body relaxation, sativas are known for their energizing properties that lead to creativity, sociability, and focus. As the name suggests, Hybrid strains combine a decent amount of both indica and Sativa to produce something in the middle, which often possesses strong elements of both!
Our Top 5 Strains to Get You Off To Sleep.
Okay, so now the part you all came here for, our top five strains are a veritable feast of delicious, relaxing strains that will be sure to leave you in a state of peace and tranquillity.
You may notice that all of these strains are either indica or hybrid, as we said sativas are just not cut out for the job of leading you to a long night in slumber!
1. Tahoe OG Kush – The Stay At Home Strain
Tahoe OG Kush is the perfect solution to your insomnia problems! With effects that trump most other kush hybrid strains, Tahoe OG will leave your body feeling weightless as your mind drifts off into a peaceful sleep.
This strain is not recommended to those who have a busy schedule ahead, the powerful effects of the 50:50 indica and Sativa ratio will lead to a feeling of extreme laziness and overall relaxation.
Fans of an earthy strain will enjoy this smoke, with citrus undertones that will give you a sharp undertone and a pungent aroma this is certainly a sensory strain!
This comes highly recommended for patients suffering from pain, lack of appetite and in particular insomnia. The heady sativa combined with the body-oriented indica will see your stresses melt away into the night!
2. Skywalker – The Empowering Strain
Boasting THC levels that reach up to 23%, Skywalker is genuinely out of this world! A positive, mood-boosting indica that will relieve stress and tension, and leave you feeling ready for a long night of sleep.
Skywalker is an excellent option for those suffering from anxiety or panic attacks that can often lead to sleep problems. The potent strain is brought to us by Amsterdam’s Dutch Passion seeds and combines Blueberry and Mazar to create a heady and relaxed high.
The sweet flavor of Skywalker makes it a favorite amongst many and is guaranteed to clear the mind and relax the body. We wouldn’t recommend this strain in high doses, a little goes a long way with Skywalker, and too much could cause anxiety to worsen.
Overall Skywalker is a perfect option for anxiety-induced insomnia, for its ability to create feelings of euphoria and relaxation in the user, it had to make our list!
3. God’s Gift – The Dreamy Strain
God’s Gift is the indica strain with super strong THC levels that reach up to 27%! This fruity bud is a delicious combination of berries and citrus to provide a long lasting high that is guaranteed to stave off even the worst cases of insomnia.
Dense and white in appearance, God’s Gift flowers around 8-9 weeks and gives off a lovely grape aroma! You will only need a small amount of this strain to see you away for the night!
4. Ogre – The Intense Strain
Ogre gives an effect that will truly leave you in a state of sedate peace. This strain is the embodiment of sleep-inducing with its THC levels ranging between 15-22% it is not one for the novice smoker!
This sweet citrusy strain stems from Master Kush and Bubba Kush and delivers an almost instant high that is intense and hard-hitting. With a cerebral effect that will see you curling up into a peaceful slumber, Ogre is pungent in every sense of the word!
Ogre is simple and straight to the point, a mossy green plant with few orange hairs, it is not the most pretty plant on our list, but it is certainly one of the most effective in treating sleep problems.
5. Big Bud – The Legendary Strain
There has to be a legendary strain in any top 5 we do, and this time it has to go to Big Bud. This indica strain is famous across the U.S. for its monstrously large buds that deliver a potent high!
With THC levels between 23-26%, this strain is big in name and big in nature! This herb is a grower’s dream, with its production of some of the biggest buds we have known, and very few leaves!
The winner of the 1989 High Times Cannabis Cup, Big Bud is an earthy, spicy smelling plant that tastes sweet and grape-like! The high from Big Bud is a creeper, with a slow onset of laziness, euphoria, and sleepiness; it is one to smoke if you are not planning on leaving the house for the rest of the day!
Insomnia or a difficulty sleeping can be detrimental in the long-term, with many other side effects emerging from the issue. While there are currently pharmaceutical treatments for the issue of insomnia, the current options come riddled with side effects and are highly addictive.
We prefer a natural solution to this problem, and amongst our top five there is something for everyone, whether you struggle a little with getting off to sleep, or suffer from intense insomnia these strains should see you through the toughest of nights!
Remember that many of these are very strong, so always use caution and remember a little goes a long way!