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If you’re just not catching those Zs the way you used to, then you know first-hand how badly we all need a good night’s sleep. Besides just leaving you tired all the time, insomnia can cause irritability, a lack of focus, headaches, depression, and the accumulation of these effects can seriously degrade your quality of life in all areas. If you’re feeling way too unrested and cranky for those morning Zoom meetings, you should check out our list of best strains for insomnia.

Each insomniac arrives at their condition for different reasons. For some people, it’s stress that keeps them awake, and for others, it’s chronic pain. Some people are just naturally restless when they sleep, and a whole night of thrashing and twisting keeps them from being able to get quality rest. Whatever ails you, medical marijuana has the ability to help you relax your body, relieve pain, slow down those racing thoughts, while helping you to fall asleep and stay there. So let’s find out which MMJ strains can put you in your ZZZs.

What Is the Best Weed for Insomnia?

Not all marijuana strains hit the snooze button quite as well as others, but when it comes to strains that assist in sheep-counting, these are a few of the stand-outs.

Northern Lights Indica for Sleep

Even if you don’t know the names of many strains, chances are you’ve heard of Northern Lights. It’s been around since the early 1980s and is considered to be the most-used strain of marijuana in history. This old-school cross of Thai and Afghani encourages sleep with a heavy hand as the warm, cerebral high hits you quickly and keeps you warm while melting away stress and anxiety. It’s not extraordinarily high in THC with just 18%, but it’s potent and famous for being fast-acting. Many feel it’s one of the best marijuana strains for sleep.

Granddaddy Purple Strain

In the realm of insomnia-fighting weed, Granddaddy Purple has a spot in the Hall of Fame. This classic strain is rich in a terpene known as myrcene, an element believed to have relaxing properties that lead to a restful sleep. A decent amount of CBD helps with pain as well, and the whole-body sedative effect anchors you to the bed for a full night of restful sleep. Some users even report that this strain helps in dealing with frequent nightmares. So, consider putting this strain in your cannabis for sleep column.

Tahoe OG Strain — Your THC Sleep Aid?

Also known as Tahoe OG Kush, some patients have gone so far as to describe this strain as being a true replacement for prescription sleep aids. This hybrid is a cross of SFV OG Kush and OG Kush with minimal CBD and a potent, 25% THC content. The rapid effects release tension and treat you to a heavy-body sensation that’s like being wrapped in a warm, comfortable blanket. It also helps some patients find their appetite so they can enjoy a meal before bed. It’s great for smoking or vaporizing.

 God’s Gift Strain — Weed for Sleep!

When it comes to insomnia, this strain lives up to its name. The high THC content is potent enough for even experienced users, and it provides a quick and overpowering sense of peace that leaves you feeling relaxed and ready for bed. The full-body high is going to keep you from moving much if at all, so we recommend that you use this one just before it’s time for lights-out. The potency of this strain should come as no surprise, as it’s a cross of OG Kush and Grandaddy Purple.

Not all strains are created equal, and this post absolutely needs a quick discussion of anxiety. As we’ve noted above, THC-rich strains have the potential to let you drift off into deep, restful sleep, but some users find that THC can be a trigger for anxiety. If you find that you can move into a paranoid space when using THC-rich marijuana strains, then you may want to discuss this with your doctor or dispensary the next time you get together.

You deserve a good night’s sleep. If you’re not spending enough quality time with your bed, get in touch with us at Elevate Holistics, and we can help you navigate the application process for your medical marijuana card and dispensary network to help you get rid of whatever’s keeping you up at night.


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About the author

Ally Hilbert is the Content and SEO Manager here at Elevate Holistics, working to publish and run Elevate’s blogs and landing pages, as well as conduct keyword research, competitor analysis, and more. After having brain surgery at the age of 17, Ally became fascinated with medical cannabis and its benefits, and, at 18, had her first CBD-related piece published. Today, she’s been writing about cannabis for the past six years, and simply can’t think of a better company to get to do it for. When she’s not writing or editing, Ally’s side-by-side with her pup Sadie in Seattle.
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