Insomnia hits us all at some stage of our lives. For many, it is a nightly battle to try and get to sleep. Research has focussed on the potential benefits certain strains of cannabis can provide. How does it work? Well, researchers believe that medicinal marijuana can slow your thought process, enabling you to feel more relaxed, allowing you to drift off to sleep. Other effects include reducing pain that you may be experiencing which could interfere with your sleep quality, as well as relaxing your muscles. But, this only works when you select the right strain.
We would recommend that you select an Indica strain for insomnia. We feel that many Sativa strains can have the opposite effect and make it harder for you to sleep. Edibles are quite effective at helping people stay asleep for longer, since the effect of an edible lasts longer, but takes longer for the effect to kick in than inhalation for example. In fact, experts believe that older cannabis can induce feelings of sleepiness, although this may not be as appetizing as fresh cannabis. This is because older cannabis contains greater concentrations of a sedating inducing chemical called cannabinol (CBN).
So, which strains would we recommend?
Many regular cannabis users for insomnia speak highly of Tahoe OG Kush. The preferred method of ingestion is either smoking or vaporizing for best effect, and the strain is excellent for helping to relax your muscles. From personal experience, Tahoe OG Kush can reduce the speed of your thought process allowing you to drift off into a peaceful mindset, which is crucial for a good night’s sleep.
Arguably one of the most famous strains is Granddaddy Purple. This is a classic Indica which comes highly recommended and is easily found in nearly all dispensaries. The strain has high concentrations of the sleep inducing terpene myrcene. Many of you will enjoy this Indica analgesic with its hint of berry and grape, making it a pleasure to use.
Skywalker is a little-known strain that many swear by for insomnia. Users have reported that the strain can empower the mind and fill your head with positive thoughts, whilst reducing tension that may have built up during the day. The panic and anxiety that many of us insomniacs feel is a thing of the past when you use this strain. Make sure you are aware of the potency of this strain, so we would recommend that you only use a small dose.