Sitting in traffic or on public transit, feeling as though you never slept is a modern curse. For those who find themselves staring at the ceiling as morning inches closer or those constantly jerked awake by nightmares, there are certain strains that will bring relief from the torture of shallow sleeping habits. Sleep doesn’t just have effects on performance, memory and mental health, lack of sleep can trigger physiological changes that cause disease. Sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity, hypertension, and type two diabetes. Furthermore, drowsiness is responsible for one million vehicle crashes annually in the United States and was a major contributing factor to the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident. According to Harvard Medical School, sleeping less than five hours every night increases the risk of mortality by 15 percent.
Cannabis has been shown to be a highly effective sleep aid, especially Indica and high-CBD strains that give users a deep relaxation. Rather than flooding your bloodstream with a constant flow of caffeine to get through your day, we recommend that you save your Starbucks money and get to the root of the problem by trying some of these strains:
Northern Lights is a popular Indica strain that has become renowned for its ability to combat PTSD. One of the worst aspects of PTSD is the inability to get an ounce of shut-eye without facing the flood of traumatizing, dream-induced memories. People who try Northern Lights can expect a sound night’s sleep. This could be because of the strain’s relaxing, stress-reducing effects. It makes users both happy and sleepy and has been known to help cure insomnia. Northern Lights is probably your best bet if you’re looking for a good strain to smoke right before your head hits the pillow.
Blackberry Kush, a cross between Afghani and Blackberry, gets its namesake from its rich, purple coloring. Thanks to its heavy Indica properties, this strain will leave you feeling relaxed, sleepy and in good spirits. It’s also a great stress reliever. Reviewers have praised its ability to cure nightmares and night terrors. But keep a glass of water on your bedside table—this strain has been known to cause dry mouth and dry eyes. Blackberry Kush, as its name suggests, also has a great flavor to it, so no need to brush your teeth immediately after use—just light up, sit back and pass out.
This strain is an Indica-Sativa hybrid, that’s well known for its couch-locking properties. If you’re looking to get a good nights sleep, Tangerine Dream will make you feel relaxed and euphoric, while clearing away the mental clutter that keeps you up at night. Oddly enough, because of its Sativa component, some users report that Tangerine Dream can also leave you feeling somewhat energetic. Make sure to smoke this strain at least an hour before bed. Tangerine Dream is great stress reliving cannabis strain, and can be used to help treat depression. This strain also won the 2010 Cannabis Cup.
Tahoe OG Kush is another hybrid strain that’s renowned for its ability to cure insomnia. Best smoked after the sun slips below the horizon, this strain will sit you down on the couch, and hold you there until you drift off into dreamland. Due to its euphoric effects, Tahoe OG Kush is a safe bet if you’re looking for pleasant dreams. Users report that the strain is extremely potent, so be careful with your dosage. Tahoe OG Kush also gives off an extremely pungent, earthy smell.
Pound Hammer is an intense indica, with long-lasting effects of relaxation and drowsiness. If you’re the type of person who experiences racing thoughts as soon as your head hits the pillow, this strain will help soothe your mind and lull you into euphoria. Users of this strain will probably note its sweet, fruity flavors and pungent aroma. This is another great strain to try if you’re locked in the cycle of insomnia. Some also claim that 9 Pound Hammer induces giggles, so prepare for the type of dream that will cause you to wake up smiling.