Marijuana Strains to Help You Sleep

The two basic cannabis strains are Indica and Sativa. The majority of medical cannabis today is a hybrid that contains characteristics of both Indica and Sativa strains with one or the other being dominant.

An Indica dominant hybrid could be used for pain relief and have a Sativa part that can help with a person’s energy level whereas a Sativa dominant hybrid could be used to stimulate a person’s appetite and have a Indica part that can help with pain relief.

Since relaxation, getting to sleep and easing other sleep disorders is a priority, you would most likely want an Indica dominant hybrid.

Two medical components of cannabis you want to look at are Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). In the most basic terms, THC is the high and CBD in the medical component that relieves nausea, inflammation and anxiety.

An Indica dominant hybrid will be lower in THC but higher in CBD. The effects are a couch locking, body buzz that is a heavier, sleepy high. It is good for a late evening smoke as it induces relaxation, reduces stress and gives the user an overall calm and serenity.

Other benefits of an Indica dominant hybrid include:

  • Good for easing insomnia symptoms
  • Provides anxiety relief (but not for depression)
  • Provides pain relief
  • Relaxes the muscles
  • Reduces nausea
  • Relieves headaches and migraines
  • Has an inflammation reduction quality
  • Relieves spasms and reduces seizures.

Some of the top Indica strains are Afghani, Northern Lights, G-13, Granddaddy Purple and Hindu Kush.

A Sativa dominant hybrid will be higher in THC and lower in CBD. The effects are a more cerebral, energetic, uplifting head buzz. It is a good for daytime use as you are kept more energetic and sociable as it reduces depression, anxiety and nausea.

Other benefits of a Sativa dominant hybrid include:

  • Increases feeling of well-being and optimism
  • Relaxes muscles and relieves pain
  • Energizes and stimulating
  • Uplifting
  • Promotes creativity
  • Increases focus and creativity
  • Stimulates the appetite
  • Relieves headaches and migraines
  • Reduces nausea

Some of the top Sativa strains include Sour Diesel, Jack Herer, Headband and Purple Haze.

You can basically view Sativa medication as useful during the day and Indica being better for evening use. Vaporizers are also excellent for reducing the smoke that’s inhaled.

You should talk with a knowledgeable person who can guide you to the strain that will help ease your condition. And cannabis, like all other drugs legal or not, should not be used by people with psychological problems. If you’re not right in the head, cannabis isn’t going to help you and maybe mess you up even more.

I have used cannabis for my insomnia but I do so only occasionally opting to concentrate my efforts on improving good sleep habits. One of the techniques I have been using lately with great results is to set my alarm for the morning then place a towel over the clock so I can’t see what time it is. Kind of a set it and forget it method.

What strain have you tried to ease your insomnia? Leave a comment below.

About Bob Colley

I had been battling sleepless nights for decades. After reading hundreds of books, articles and talking with people I’ve improved the quality my sleep tremendously and have decided to share what I have learned with others in this blog.
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7 Responses to Marijuana Strains to Help You Sleep

  1. bob says:

    I use mainly Indicas to induce my sleep as I have chronic sleep aponea. Works a treat…. Legalize!!!

  2. Bob Colley says:

    Interesting that in Central America and Mexico they are looking at legalization and control of distribution because the war on drugs has been a huge failure. The cost in these countries has been a 1000 times worse than in the US or Canada but here these two backward thinking republics refuse to listen to any reason and the US wants to continue to support the merchants of death in the armament industries. Canada of course is nothing but the US’s bitch and will blindly follow along.

  3. nick says:

    Just started experimenting with medical pot for sleep. Suffer from CFS which means non restorative and fragmented sleep. Tried Granddaddy Purple and for two nights I slept better than i have in years BUT had an all day hangover the next day. Don’t mind a getting up in the AM hangover where some coffee clears it but this was longer lasting. Third night didn’t sleep as well. So, continuing experiment but any advice about the unwanted hangover or alternate strains gratefully appreciated.

  4. michelle says:

    how are you doing now? just found this site.
    Have you tried the medical edible cannabis for the sleep issues? I am experimenting for same issues and found it helps me sleep through the night and get up more refreshed, although I sleep longer. My questions are if the cannabis helps us get that stage 3 and 4 sleep we might be missing or what will. I have been without for a few days and noticed increased irritability during the day.

  5. Nick says:

    michelle, I stopped trying months ago. I found that a particular strain might work for a night or two but then stop working. Tried a dozen strains. Plus, too often it would give me a bad all day hang over.

    What made me stop finally was that one of my symptoms — which I can viral flares — that was happening once every two months happened twice in January and that freaked me out. Found a study from 2010 that said pot can suppress immune functioning. I take all these studies with a grain of salt but in totality my CFS was getting worse with no sleep improvement. The one time I tried an edible it wiped me out the next day and I ate only a tiny bit of the brownie.

    I think the pot doesn’t overcome the non restorative part of the CFS sleep problems. I find the same with meds, which sometimes help in the beginning, then stop working. It feels like eventually the disease process overcomes any remedy.

    I may try again as I’ve run out of ideas. There is a new sleep med up for FDA approval that was okayed by an FDA Advisory Panel. I’m interested in it as it works completely differently than any other sleep med works more directly on the sleep/wake cycle as regulated by the hypothalmus. Google “orexin-antagonists” It’s a Merck drug. Not getting my hopes too high but definitely worth a try if it gets approval. It’s been 15 years of almost non stop bad sleep for me.

  6. Zach says:

    I sometimes have sleep problems at night, I have ADHD witch since I don’t take the concerta, causes me to do bad in school because its really hard for me to stay focused and pay attention. I want to know what I should tell my doctor?? Or what I should just do about these problems. I’ve read up on the strains of weed and the way they work but if I try marijuana I would need to know the exact strain that I should use and if it would actually help me at all and not stop working after a few days.

  7. Drew says:

    How the hell do you get a hang over from weed? Are you sure you’re not just getting old, where fatigue sets in more often? Or taking meds while smoking? Cause it’s impossible to get a hangover off of weed.. Some advice would be either you smoke different stands every at night, or stop smoking and stick to meds.