The Importance of Sleep
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. In fact, the first two things that therapists investigate during any introductory session are eating habits and sleeping habits. This is because sleep is necessary for healthy brain functions and physical health. While asleep, your body heals and repairs your heart vessels while also preparing your brain for the next day of work.
The importance of a healthy sleeping schedule is obvious. There are numerous studies released every year that backs up the importance of sleep. The more difficult question is, how do I get to a healthy sleep schedule and how do I maintain it?
Although there are several ways to improve your sleep (melatonin, exercise, etc.), some studies show that marijuana can actually help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.
In this article, we will explore marijuana strains and which is the best strain for sleep.
Tahoe OG Kush
Tahoe OG Kush is a hybrid cannabis strain that could be your secret weapon next time you cannot fall asleep. If you are an insomniac or have a racing mind, the Tahoe OG Kush can help you slow your thoughts and put you to sleep. In fact, Tahoe OG is a strain that is fast-acting actually relaxes your muscles and mind. The combination of feeling both physically and mentally relaxed has a synergistic effect that could help you regulate your sleep schedule.
Afgoo is an earthy indica strain that will help you settle into bed. Afgoo isn’t as fast-acting as some of the other strains on this list, but it is known for its strong body high and distinctive earthy aroma. It’s also high in terpene myrcene, which has both relaxing properties and anti-inflammatory properties. Other strains that are high in terpene myrcene are White Widow, Special Kush, and Skunk XL. Some of these strains you will also find later on this list!
White Widow is a hybrid strain that has been around for decades. Early on White Widow was singled out as a strain that was particularly good at getting the user to fall asleep. The high THC content can be a bit excessive for beginners to marijuana, but if you are looking for something that will get you to sleep fast and hard, consider White Widow.
With a name like God’s Gift, you know that this strain will produce results. God’s Gift is a strain that focuses mainly on relaxing your mind and releasing yourself from all the stress you have built up throughout the day. This newfound feeling of relaxation is perfect for those who feel trapped in their thoughts.
Afghan Kush is an indica that will give you an intense body high. These effects differ from other strains on this list because most users feel a sudden lightness and relaxing effect that ripples through their bodies. Afghan Kush will remove all of the pain, annoyances, and distractions produced by the body. Fans of Afghan Kush report that everything from your legs, arms, and even eyelids will start to relax to the point where sleep is the only option left.
Northern Lights is an indica strain that has been around since the 1980s. As time has passed, Northern Lights has continued to grow more potent and powerful as a strain that can help you fall asleep. Like the other indica strains on this list, Northern Lights will have an intense body high that will alleviate pain and stress from your body. The high-THC within this strain will help you end the day relaxed and help you get prepared for the next day.
One thing to note is that this strain is specifically known for helping with pain. If you happen to be someone who is unable to sleep due to distracting aches and pains throughout your body, we highly recommend Northern Lights. Although this rings true for any strain on this list, we advise that you are extra cautious with dosage when it comes to Northern Lights because it is a potent strain that can put you in a deep sleep.
Blue Cheese is an indica-dominated strain that is a cross between blueberries and cheese. Although it is not the most obvious combination, many who have tried Blue Cheese speak very highly of it. This strain is known for soothing your sore and tense muscles. This strain is best for those who need a physical release for their tense body and want a sweet and unique smoke right before bed
Critical Kush is an indica-dominant strain that differs a bit from the Tahoe OG Kush strain that we discussed earlier. The Kush family appears multiple times on this list because it is especially good at giving you better sleep for longer periods of time.
Critical Kush received its name by being a cross between OG Kush and Critical Mass. Critical Kush is known for initially giving a euphoric feeling and then delivering a relaxing feeling throughout your body and mind. Critical Kush has a high percentage of THC and will help even the toughest insomniacs. If you are new to marijuana, we suggest trying out other softer strains on this list before trying any strain that is high in THC and more potent than necessary.
You may have noticed that most of the strains mentioned on this list are high in THC. Cannatonic is a hybrid strain that and is one of the few strains on this list that is high in CBD.
Everyone has different reasons for why they can’t seem to fall asleep. If you find yourself overly anxious and worrying before bed, Cannatonic may be the best strain to help you sleep. To some users, THC can actually worsen anxiety. If you fall under that category, Cannatonic is definitely the better choice to help you lessen that anxiety and fall into a deep sleep.
Grape Ape is possibly the best indica strain for sleep. Grape Ape is a purple indica strain that received its name due to the faint smell and taste of grape. Grape Ape is great for lowering pain, helping with anxiety, and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Grape Ape comes with an initial head high and slowly transitions into a powerful body high. Be sure to smoke this strain in the evening a few hours before bed, so that the body high hits right as you get tucked into bed.
Having a healthy sleep schedule can have a profound impact on your life. Before you start taking addictive sleeping medications, consider using marijuana to help put your sleeping schedule back on track. It is a fast-acting solution that is affordable with powerful effects.
As with all medications, the best strain for one person may not be the best strain for you. The best indica strain for sleep is different for each individual, but we are confident that you will be able to find a strain that will produce results from this list.
Do you think we missed the best marijuana strain for sleep? Let us know in the comments!