Pillow Talk: Best Strains for Managing Insomnia

Sleep is one of the most powerful recovery tools that we have. When sleep is compromised, so is your health.

According to sleep research, roughly 40 percent of Canadians will experience a sleep disorder during their lifetime. Insomnia is a common sleep problem that can make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. It’s rarely a condition on its own and is often a symptom of a larger condition, such as depression, stress, heart disease, chronic pain or nervous tension.

Consistent lack of sleep often results in a prescription for sleeping pills, which can have long lasting and unwanted side effects. Just recently, the FDA ordered their strongest warning yet on the possible side effects of sleep medication.

If your sleep rhythm is all over the place, cannabis can help you get back on track. Unlike sleeping pills, cannabis has no known lethal dosage.

Bubba Kush
Bubba Kush is a poster child for indica. It makes you feel happy, relaxed, hungry, and sleepy. It’s a top choice for patients suffering from stress, depression, nausea, ADHD/ADD, and even Tourette Syndrome. Aside from couchlock, expect to experience extreme body melting bliss. The sweet, powerful, and easy to grow Bubba Kush strain commands sleep with a heavy hand, knocking out even the most hardcore caffeine lovers.

Tahoe OG
Named after Lake Tahoe where the original cut got its roots, Tahoe OG is one of the most outstanding sleeping aids around. It consistently puts you to sleep without waking up to a foggy head in the morning. Tahoe OG delivers a happy, introspective, full numbing high that melts pain, tension, and stress away. You’ll find yourself easing off into a well-rested slumber with this insomnia buster. Tahoe OG, AKA insomnia’s worst nightmare, is also known to make hunger pangs kick in within minutes. So get those snacks ready!

Harlequin
Not to be confused with the crazy super villain Harley Quinn, this sativa-dominant strain is not psychoactive. Harlequin is a quintessential medicinal strain with a 5:2 CBD to THC ratio. It’s popular among low tolerance users, helping with variety of medical conditions and ailments such as anxiety, fatigue, chronic pain, migraines, and gastrointestinal issues. This balanced and healing strain also helps people fall and stay asleep.

Kryptonite
It should come as no surprise that a strain with a name like Kryptonite is a very potent. Unlike the toxic and power-draining crystalline material from the DC Universe, this indica is heavily medicinal. It packs a major euphoric punch that melts away anxiety and depression. It is a great choice for battling insomnia and pain. It lets your body succumb into a relaxing body high and you will find yourself in a couchlock predicament. Even Superman won’t run away from this one hit and quit, Kryptonite!

Bruce Banner
Another strain that has reference to the superhero world is Bruce Banner. You will not like this strain when you are in pain, feeling down, or having difficulty sleeping; you will absolutely love it. Clocking in with a THC level of 23%, it quickly obliterates pain and helps with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and ADHD/ADD. Its relaxing and slightly sedative properties make it ideal for treating insomnia. Hulk smash your way through the day (or to dreamland) with Bruce Banner.

Hash Plant
Hash Plant  is a solid indica worth trying to grow. Relaxing and cheery, it is perfect for chilling out. This strain does not get nearly enough credit for its medicinal qualities. The sedative and body-numbing effects make it great for muscle tension, soreness, anxiety, chronic stress, depression, as well as Crohn’s Disease. Hash Plant comes on slow then gently melts the worries and tension away. It delivers numbness that lulls your mind to sleep and helps relieve insomnia.

Crown Royale

This strain offers dreamy mental effects coupled with soothing physical effects that dull pain, nausea, and stress. Despite its THC levels that can go up to 21.5%, Crown Royale leaves you lucid and functional. The head high is stimulating (and some even say arousing). Its sedative properties can counteract even stubborn cases of insomnia. This indica, which has a medium grow difficulty level, can also subdue symptoms of arthritis, PTSD, and fibromyalgia.

God’s Gift
No need to beg and plead with the Gods of Slumber. True to its name, God’s Gift cannabis strain is a gift to insomnia sufferers and those dealing with chemotherapy pains, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pains, and inflammation. It leaves you in complete relaxation and puts the body in a dreamy and blissful trance-like state. This strain is really heaven sent!

Give these strains a try and you may just find your new favorite herbal nightcap. More and more medical patients are turning to cannabis for its therapeutic properties. With cannabis legalization in full swing, many have started growing their own plants.

Please note that the information presented here should not be considered medical advice and is not intended to replace proper medical care.