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Published: December 30th, 2022
Categories: Cannabis Info
Life can sometimes be so stressful that it causes sleep woes. For some people, sleep problems can seriously impact quality of life and even become debilitating. But according to recent studies, there are some potential links between cannabis and restful sleep. But which strains are best suited for the job?
Below, we break down the top 10 marijuana strains to help you sleep.
Although more studies are needed to come up with a concrete conclusion, recent research has shown favourable results regarding cannabis’ impact on sleep.
Take this 2022 study in which 26% of respondents reported a “very significant improvement in their sleep and comorbid symptoms” after taking either a pure CBD oil product or a THC and CBD oil combo.
Another possible connection lies in one of the terpenes present in the cannabis plant—myrcene. Also found in lemongrass, mangoes, and basil, it is known for its sleep-promoting properties. Myrcene is usually present in cannabis strains that are known to cause sleepy, relaxing effects.
With this in mind, the following strains are some of the most recommended to promote sleep, and feature phytochemical profiles that give rise to relaxing, soothing sensations.
The first name on this list is an indica-dominant strain with a 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD. Bred from the union of the relaxing Harlequin and the equally soothing Black Domina, Black Harlequin will put your distressed body and mind at ease in an instant. High THC and CBD levels of around 15–20% each combine to produce a wholesome effect that eliminates tension while offering some much-needed euphoria. As a bonus, you get to enjoy her fruity aroma and floral taste with every hit. Sweet dreams!
In stoner circles, Grandaddy Purple holds a reputation as a heavy-handed strain that’ll soften even the most experienced smoker. But when you breed her with the tranquilising LA Confidential, you get a true sleep inducer in Grandaddy Confidential. Within the first half-hour of your smoking session, expect to feel a physical and mental serenity take over. Powered by a THC content of 20%, Grandaddy Confidential will guide you gently but earnestly into a peaceful slumber. As you enjoy waves of relaxation, make sure to take note of the fruity berry flavours dancing on your taste buds.
Ask any herb lover about their top 10 list of favourite strains, and you will find Northern Lights somewhere in there. A delight for both cultivators and smokers, she's a veritable celebrity within the cannabis circle. That goes for both medical and recreational users. Her soothing nature makes her an ideal strain for those seeking deep sleep. Or, if you just want a strain to take those social jitters away, Northern Lights can give you that as well. After enough tokes, Northern Lights will lull you to sleep, but without a heavy punch. And for many, that's a win-win.
Here’s a strain that’s synonymous with relaxation. From the union of the legendary OG Kush and the ultra-popular Durban Poison comes Girl Scout Cookies. Her potency is on the higher end of the spectrum, with a maximum of 22% THC. As such, she isn’t to be taken lightly. As you experience her sweet vanilla flavours, you’ll be treated to a mental and physical buzz that’ll get you ready to cosy-up under the covers and wake up fresh the next morning. GSC is also known to stimulate the appetite, so prepare yourself for a few trips to the fridge.
Who doesn’t want a strain that offers both euphoria and relaxation? Thankfully, there exists a cultivar that possesses such qualities—Bubba Kush. She is the perfect nightcap after you’ve toiled through a busy work day. From there, you will feel yourself slowly but surely getting pulled into a pleasantly drowsy state. Before you know it, you’ll be waking up from a full night of sleep. As a bonus, Bubba Kush also offers a divine flavour experience. After a few hits, your lips will be coated with an earthy, sugary taste as the air is filled with a earthy and diesel-like scent.
The name itself should be a good-enough indicator, but inducing slumber isn’t the only distinct trait of Sleepy Joe. With an 80/20 indica/sativa profile, this one clocks in at 34% THC. That’s basically unheard of, even among the hardest hitters out there today. Given the potency attached to the strain, Sleepy Joe is meant for those lazy evenings on the mattress. Even if you try your hardest to focus on the Netflix special you’re watching, it won’t be long before you shut off and snore the next few hours away. But before you turn off the lights, you'll get to experience a strong hint of strawberry and lemon on your taste buds. A flavourful way to end the night, to say the least.
Another strain bearing a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC, CBD Skunk Haze caters to both recreational and medical users. CBD Skunk Haze contains around 8% THC and 8% CBD, resulting in a state of elation and clear-headedness. Those looking to take the edge off without getting super stoned will find a great evening partner in this strain. As for her flavour profile, CBD Skunk Haze will leave the room smelling of cedar wood and pine as your mouth is filled with a refreshing taste of citrus and mint.
Harnessing genetics from Critical Mass Auto and 1998 Black Domina Auto, Sugar Black Rose Auto is a soothing, sultry indica-dominant cultivar that will stone you to sleep, in the most pleasant way possible, of course. Containing around 18% THC, she relaxes the body from head to toe while uplifting the mind with a satisfying buzz. That said, she does so without overwhelming the user. Alongside these soothing effects are pleasant aroma and flavour notes of citrus, flowers, and Skunk. Each inhale offers something novel and enjoyable.
Some indicas go against the grain in terms of their effects. But with Mazar Kush, you get exactly what you pay for. A full-fledged indica, she will keep you stuck to the couch once you’ve found a comfortable spot after a few tokes. From there, you can expect a slow tug into a deep slumber. Both your mind and body will be soothed as your worries melt away. Mazar Kush has an interesting aroma-flavour combination. Once you light her up, you will sense distinct rose and floral hints mixed in with spicy and herbal notes.
Finally, we have Strawberry Glue. Considered to be an exotic strain among herb lovers, this one brings about an uber-relaxing body high. If you’re not a fan of drinking alcohol for your nightcap, this strain is an excellent substitute. Whether you’re coming home from a tiring day at work or you just want a slow, lazy evening to prepare yourself for bed, Strawberry Glue won't disappoint. The same is true of her flavour and aroma. She'll fill the air with an enticing fruity scent upon that first hit, followed by a hint of strawberry on the lips, perfectly living up to her name.
Given their unique chemical profiles, the aforementioned strains may just be your pathway to a good night’s rest. As long as you have a healthy relationship with cannabis, you will likely reap some benefits.
But don’t just take our word for it. Go ahead and try them yourself. Each one brings a unique trait to the table, making it a different and interesting experience every time you toke up.