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Top 10 Strains for Sleep and Insomnia

Originally posted on 5th July 2018, Updated on 24th January 2019

It’s been said that as many as 10 to 30 percent of adults have suffered from insomnia from time to time. For some, it’s a chronic condition that keeps them feeling lethargic, unfocused, and irritable for the day that lies before them. Prescriptions or even over-the-counter sleeping pills are often used to treat the condition, but these can leave a person feeling as though they just can’t wake up for as many as 12 hours after they’ve taken the medication.

Medical strains of marijuana can be a much more effective, and a much safer, way to treat this condition, while still still allowing you to get up easily and go about your day. This study points to the fact that CBD may aid in giving a person a good night’s sleep. Another study shows that marijuana may be effective at combating the pain that keeps many patients suffering from it from getting adequate rest.

When choosing strains for insomnia, the important thing to remember is to choose an indica strain. Indicas are known to lull a person’s mind and body into a state of peacefulness and calmness, not to mention the heavy body buzz that can come with them.

These are not only great strains for sleep, but also great for those that just want to enter a serious couch lock when facing a day where all they want to do is Netflix and chill.

But even among the indicas, there are some strains for insomnia that are better than others. Here’s our list of the top ten marijuana strains that are best for sleep and insomnia.

Top 10 Marijuana Strains for Insomnia


1. Granddaddy Purple

Grand-Daddy Purple-marijuana-strainOf all the strains for insomnia that deliver a knock-out punch, Granddaddy Purple might just be one of the best. This popular strain is available in most dispensaries and online shops, and it releases high levels of the terpene myrcene, which is known to make users sleepy. As Granddaddy Purple is also considered a medical strain that deals with pain, this strain is especially good for those who can’t sleep due to serious pain.

2. Afghan Kush

Afghan Kush is another very popular strain that is known for knocking people out. So much so that many are warned before using it to go easy unless they are prepared to close their eyes for several hours. Afghan Kush can numb pain in a similar way that Granddaddy Purple does, quiet anxiety-ridden thoughts that are known to keep people up at night, and overall put the entire body to sleep.

3. Northern Lights

Just mention the Northern Lights to anyone that loves a completely relaxing buzz and watch their eyes light up - much like the Northern Lights themselves. This is one of the best strains for insomnia and to prove the point, novice users will always be warned before using. This strain isn’t called a “two hit and quit” strain for nothing. After just a couple of tokes, you won’t be able to do anything else, literally.

4. Big Bud

Big Bud might be more well-known for its impressive bud yield on the plant, but it’s also garnered quite a name for itself when it comes to strains for sleep, too. After just a couple of hits of Big Bud, users will feel the sleepy effects almost immediately, making it a great strain for those that want to use it just before bedtime and be off to Dreamland in no time.

5. CBD Shark Shock

While CBD Shark Shock does have enough of a THC content to get you high, it’s the high CBD content that will really help lull anyone to sleep. It’s extremely relaxing and will cause the heavy eyelids that are so important to getting a good night’s rest. And, because the CBD content does outweigh the THC content with this one, CBD Shark Shock is a great medical strain for those that want to sleep, but don’t necessarily want to experience the effects of an all-on high.

bubba-kush-marijuana-strain6. Bubba Kush

There are indica strains and then there are really serious indica strains. That’s just what Bubba Kush is, a nearly-pure indica strain that may not have as much THC as other Kushes, but still has all the indica components one needs for a good night’s sleep. A few hits will just bring on a serious couch lock, while a couple more will have one dreaming the sweet dreams they crave.

7. Blue Mystic

Blue Mystic is still indica dominant and one of the best strains for sleep that are out there. But, it’s especially great for those that are just starting to use marijuana to help with their sleeping patterns, as it’s not incredibly potent and won’t be as overwhelming as other strains out there. For those that just want a great night’s sleep, without feeling as though they’ve been completely overtaken, Blue Mystic is a great strain to start with.

8. Hash Plant

When looking for an indica to help with sleeping problems, you can’t go wrong with a pure indica like Hash Plant. With parents like the indica-heavy Northern Lights and Afghani, there’s little doubt that this strain can provide a great night’s sleep to anyone that needs it. Expect to experience a full body high and a feeling of euphoria immediately after smoking, but shortly after, you’ll be sleeping like a baby only to wake up feeling happy and refreshed.

9. White Rhino

White Rhino comes from the White Widow plant, another strain that is known for bringing a knock-out punch to those that are just looking for a good night’s sleep. Not only will White Rhino bring those drowsy feelings that can submerge you into a deep sleep, it’s also known as one of the best strains for insomnia due to its ability to completely clear your mind. That quiets all of those nagging thoughts that keep the mind turned ‘on’ and lets you slip into an easy sleep.

10. Blueberry


Blueberry isn’t just known for its fantastic taste when smoked, it’s also won the Cannabis Cup for Best Indica. And when you’re looking for a great night’s sleep, why not go with the award-winning indica? The euphoric feeling will hit first but it won’t be long before your mind clears, your body relaxes, and you’re off to a good night’s sleep.

There are medical strains of marijuana for just about any ailment or condition out there. Not being able to fall asleep, or stay asleep as is often the case with insomnia, is one of the most frustrating conditions out there. And it can affect every other aspect of your life. If you find yourself struggling with it, try one of these top ten strains for insomnia, and find it much easier to face those days ahead of you.

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