Ten Cannabis Strains That Will Help You Sleep

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Individuals with insomnia, which affects all age groups, have a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. It’s estimated that while 30 to 50 percent of adults suffer from occasional insomnia, 10 percent of the population experiences chronic sleeplessness lasting more than 3 weeks. For some, cannabis may offer relief.

As cannabis ages, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) gradually breaks down and becomes cannabinol (CBN), a cannabinoid with low psychoactive properties. As this conversion progresses, the psychoactive components are diminished, making high-CBN marijuana a frequent choice for those looking for medicinal applications without the “high.”

Known as strong sleep aid, CBN offers the same effects at lower doses as pharmaceutical sedatives. A report last year by cannabis research firm Steep Hill Labs, Inc., stated, “The consumption of 2.5mg to 5mg of CBN has the same level of sedation as a mild pharmaceutical sedative, with a relaxed body sensation similar to 5mg to 10mg of diazepam.”

Because CBN is a product of degraded THC, it is not yet found in high concentrations in many cannabis strains. This will likely change as growers continue to develop strains that meet the needs of medical marijuana patients.  

In the meantime, exposing your marijuana to air and light will allow it to age and begin converting THC to CBN.  

The following strains are known for their ability to induce sleepiness. 

A-Dub

  • Variety: Indica-Dominant Hybrid (80:20 Indica – Sativa)
  • Origin: Sour Double and Alien Dawg
  • THC Range: 27 - 32 percent
  • CBD Range: Lower than 1 percent
  • Characteristics:
    • Effects: Cerebral, Energized, Psychoactive, Sleepy
    • Symptom Relief: Appetite Loss, Depression, Stress
    • Flavors: Fruity, Skunky, Sweet
    • Aromas: Pungent, Skunky, Spoiled Fruit, Sweet

Amsterdam Flame

  • Variety: Pure Indica
  • Origin: Indian Indica and California Indica
  • THC Range: 16 – 20 percent
  • Characteristics: 
    • Effects: Couch-Lock, Happy, Relaxed, Sedated, Sleepy
    • Symptom Relief: Depression, Insomnia, Migraines, Muscle Spasms, Stress
    • Flavors/Aromas:  Berry, Mango, Strawberry, Sweet

Blue Blood

  • Variety: Indica Dominant Hybrid (70:30 Indica –Sativa Ratio)
  • Origin: Ogre Kush, Blueberry
  • THC Range: 15 – 20 Percent
  • CBD/CBN Range: 10 percent
  • Characteristics:
    • Effects: Creative, Energetic, Relaxed, Sleepy
    • Symptom Relief: Depression, Fatigue, Inflammation, Insomnia, Muscle Spasms, Nausea 
    • Flavors/Aromas: Berry, Earthy, Peppery, Sweet

Cataract Kush

  • Variety: Indica (99:1 Indica – Sativa Ratio)
  • Origin: OG Kush, LA Confidential
  • THC Range: 20 – 24 percent
  • Characteristics:
    • Effects: Calming, Euphoric, Happy, Munchies, Sleepy
    • Symptom Relief: Depression, Migraines, Nausea, Pain, Sleeplessness, Stress 
    • Flavors/Aromas: Earthy, Floral, Pungent, Skunky, Spicy

Death Star

  • Variety: Indica-Dominant Hybrid (75:25 Indica – Sativa Ratio)
  • Origin: Sensi Star and Sour Diesel
  • THC Range: 20 – 24 percent
  • Characteristics:
  • Effects: Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Sleepy, Uplifted
    • Symptom Relief: Depression, Insomnia, Nausea, Pain, Stress
    • Flavors: Diesel, Earthy, Skunky, Sweet
    • Aromas: Diesel, Earthy, Pungent, Skunky, Sweet

Kosher Kush

  • Variety: Indica
  • Origin: The strain began in Los Angeles, where it allegedly was blessed by a Rabbi.  
  • THC Range: Consistently higher than 20 percent.
  • Characteristics:
    • Effects: Calming, Euphoric, Happy, Hungry, Sleepy
    • Symptom Relief: Appetite Loss, Depression, Insomnia, Pain, Stress
    • Flavors/Aromas:  Earthy, Herbal, Lemon, Pine, Pungent

Pineapple Chunk

  • Variety: Indica-Dominant Hybrid
  • Origin: Pineapple, Cheese, Skunk#1
  • THC Range: Up to 26 percent
  • CBD Range: 1.1 percent
  • Characteristics: 
    • Effects: Creative, Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Sleepy, Uplifted
    • Symptom Relief: Appetite Loss, Depression, Insomnia, Pain, Stress, Tremors
    • Flavors/Aromas: Pine, Pineapple, Skunk, Sweet, Tropical

Purple Sour Diesel 

  • Variety: Sativa-Dominant Hybrid (70:30 Sativa – Indica Ratio)
  • Origin: Sour Diesel, SR-71, Purple Kush 
  • THC Range: Up to 21 percent
  • Characteristics: 
    • Effects: Body Buzz, Calming, Cerebral, Energized, Sleepy
    • Symptom Relief: Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Miraines, Pain, Stress
    • Flavors/Aromas: Berry, Diesel, Grape, Pungent, Sour, Sweet 

Red Dragon

  • Variety: Sativa Hybrid (60:40 to 70:30 Sativa – Indica Ratio)
  • Origin: Himalayan Cush and Utopian Haze
  • THC Range: 16 – 22 percent
  • Characteristics:
    • Effects: Euphoric, Happy, Hungry, Sleepy
    • Symptom Relief: Anxiety, Depression, Inflammation, Migraines, Mood Swings, Nausea
    • Flavors/Aromas: Berry, Fruity, Pungent, Spicy, Sweet

Shark Shock

  • Variety: Indica – Dominant Hybrid (80:20 Indica – Sativa Ratio)
  • Origin: Skunk #1, White Widow
  • THC Range: 6
  • CBD Range: 6
  • Characteristics:
    • Effects: Happy, Hungry, Relaxed, Sedation, Sleepy, Uplifted
    • Symptom Relief: Depression, Headaches, Inflammation, Insomnia, Muscle Spasms, Pain, Stress
    • Flavors/Aromas: Earthy, Pungent, Skunky, Spicy, Sweet

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