Can’t sleep at night? You’re not alone.
According to recent studies, more than 50 percent of adult Canadians have trouble sleeping, and a further 80% use the weekend to catch up on lost sleep!
This means that there are millions of people just like you who keep tossing and turning all night, only to wake up feeling foggy and fatigued the next morning.
Luckily, there is a perfectly natural and organic solution to your problem – medical marijuana!
Since quite a while now, certain strains and types of cannabis have been famous for being quite effective at putting you to sleep.
In fact, these strains are so powerful that they’ve become known as ‘all-natural or organic sleeping pills’ within the marijuana enthusiast community.
Today, we will be introducing you to the 10 most powerful marijuana strains for putting you to sleep.
But before we start rolling, let’s first take a look at the science behind weed and sleep.
How does marijuana affect sleep
While there are a lot of restrictions on using marijuana for medical research, studies from as early as the 70s have suggested a link between cannabis and sleep.
According to research, your body’s endocannabinoid system (the receptors that THC and CBD interact with) plays a significant role in the regulation of sleep.
In fact, certain strains of cannabis have been found to induce and increase the amount of Stage 3 or ‘deep sleep’ that you get, as opposed to REM (Rapid Eye Movement), the lighter sleep where we dream.
So, how does this happen?
For starters, no two cannabis strains are the same, and not all of them will make you sleepy.
In fact, some might do the very opposite and give you an energetic and uplifting buzz. These are generally Sativa strains so it’s best to stay away from these if you want to fall asleep at night.
Indica strains on the other hand are ideal for treating insomnia as they deliver a heavy and sedative body high that makes it difficult to do anything else but relax.
However, if you can’t fall asleep due to anxiety, it’s best to stay away from some of the high-THC strains out there and stick to balanced hybrids.
Luckily, we have something for each type of user in our selection today. Let’s take a look!
1. Purple Kush
No list of insomnia busting marijuana strains can be complete without the all-powerful and legendary Purple Kush.
A pure Indica crossed between even more legendary parent strains Purple Afghani and Hindu Kush, Purple Kush has THC levels up to 35%.
The reason it is so effective at putting you to sleep, is because of it’s pain relieving properties. Purple Kush will give you a warm, fuzzy, body-numbing high that will dissolve any aches and pains.
The best time to try Purple Kush is an hour or two before your bedtime, and just let the magic happen. Before you know it, you will be eased into a deep and powerful sleep that lasts for hours and will do wonders for your mental and physical health.
Because of these incredibly potent effects, Purple Kush is ideal not only for insomnia patients, but also those who suffer from chronic pain and spasms.
2. Death Bubba
Reader be warned, Death Bubba is on the heavier side and is famous for its incredibly heavy sedative effects. A cross between the famous Death Star and Bubba Kush strains, it is an Indica-dominant hybrid that smells of freshly cut grass and damp earth.
Don’t be fooled by the freshness, because even though the signature high begins with a rush of energy, it soon ebbs away and the indica dominant effects begin.
Before you can realize what’s happening, your body will start to experience much deeper levels of relaxation and sedation than you have ever felt before.
While this powerful strain also works wonders for pain, it’s great for soothing muscular tension and stress. Your aching muscles will be relaxed, and Death Bubba will whisk you away in a deep, peaceful sleep, guaranteed to last for hours.
3. Northern Lights
There are very few strains out there with the same amount of fame and legend to their name. A powerful descendant of original Afghan landrace strains, Northern Lights is not only well-known but incredibly potent.
A pure Indica with THC levels of up to 19%, all it takes for it’s powerful sedative effects to hit are a couple of drags on the joint. With a sweet earthy flavour with pangs of citrus, Northern Lights will have you relaxed and ready for bed within minutes of smoking.
Not only is it highly relaxing and perfect for treating insomnia, Northern Lights is a typical Indica strain, extremely effective for anxiety, stress, pain, and even lack of appetite!
4. Bubba Kush
Just like Purple Kush and Northern Lights, Bubba Kush is a strain with a reputation of its own.
Part of it’s legend is in its mystery – a potent, pure indica strain with heavy sedative and relaxing effects, Bubba Kush seems to be related to original Afghani landrace strains but no one knows for sure.
It’s been around forever, and is one of the original strains responsible for the famous ‘stoned’ effects we all associate with weed.
Within minutes of smoking, you will feel wave after wave of sedation and tranquility wash over you, leaving you with no other option but to fall into a deep, dreamless sleep.
5. Alpha OG
Last but not the least, Alpha OG is the most recently developed strains in our list.
Bred specially for insomnia patients by the Alpha Medic San Diego dispensary, it has an initial euphoric onset that makes you feel happy and uplifted.
Within minutes, however this is replaced by an intense indica body high that will leave you feeling lazy and eventually, quite sleepy.
Because of this rise and fall effect, Alpha OG is recommended for people suffering from insomnia, sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, chronic pain, and crippling anxiety.