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There’s pretty much nothing worse for your health than not sleeping. During sleep, your body takes the time it needs to repair itself. Toxic waste products are eliminated from the brain and muscles are mended. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, poor sleep will always make symptoms worse the next day. Luckily, cannabis is one of the most powerful natural sleep aids around. Here are five must-have strains if you suffer from insomnia. 

1. Afghani

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When it comes to insomnia, THC is essential. Nothing quite compares to the potent, sedative effects of a high-quality indica. Afghani is a truly reliable choice for those struggling to get a good night’s sleep.

Afghani is thought to be one of the oldest strains around. It’s a Middle Eastern native and hails from the Kush mountain region. It is a landrace strain and is a true 100% indica. Afghani’s powerful sedative effects begin within minutes. Expect a deep sensation of happy relaxation prior to blissfully falling asleep.

2. Bubba Kush

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You can find Bubba Kush pretty much anywhere you can find cannabis. This strain is about 90% indica, making it a close second to Afghani. Expect a slow, meditative relaxation to replace any muscle aches or anxious thoughts.

The sweet and earthy aroma of Bubba Kush provides a little extra aromatherapy, enveloping you in a pleasant, herbal fog. THC content can reach up to a potent 20%, so newbies should expect some pretty striking sedation.

3. Northern Lights

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Northern Lights is yet another truly top-notch strain. It works wonders for a wide variety of ailments. Is your insomnia caused by depression, pain, anxiety, or pharmaceutical medications? Northern Lights can help. This strain is an indica-dominant hybrid, so you can expect a few sativa effects.

Upon your first hit, you may notice more cerebral qualities of this strain. After a few minutes, the sedative qualities of its indica heritage begin rolling in. Try this strain when you’re looking to wind down, an hour or so before it’s time to hit the hay.

4. Sensi Star

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Sensi Star has made a name for itself as an incredibly strong indica. This strain has won Amsterdam’s High Times Cannabis Cup a couple of times, and for good reason. It has an impressive THC content of over 20%. Similar to other indica strains, Sensi Star’s effects begin with feelings of relaxed euphoria.

As the high begins to mellow out, you’ll find that muscle tension ebbs away and you sink deep into the couch. Pick up some Sensi Star when your insomnia has really gotten out of hand, and you’re in need of some quality deep sleep.

5. Purple Urkle

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Purple Urkle is a real beauty. As the name suggests, it features a deep purple color. Some find that it even looks a little pink at times. Like Bubba Kush, it features a very nice sweet berry aroma. It’s also considered an indica-dominant hybrid. While Purple Urkle is an excellent bedtime strain, it definitely makes you feel hungry.

If pain medication or depression is zapping your appetite as well as your sleep, this strain is a great one to try.

These five strains are super popular choices among insomnia sufferers. Yet if you can’t find any of these at your access point or dispensary, have no fear! Most indicas will do the trick. Look for indica-dominant strains with a high THC concentration. When insomnia strikes, the psychoactive will put the beast in its place.

What are your favorite strains for insomnia? Share your thoughts with us on social media or in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

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Anna Wilcox

Anna Wilcox is a Pacific Northwest native with a passion for cannabis and natural health. Contact her on Twitter @delilahbfield.
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