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Finding the Best Weed for Sleep

Posted on January 14th, 2021 to Education

An Honest Guide to the Green Goods for Sleep

Your body needs sleep. But the fact is most people don’t get enough of it, and some people are barely sleeping at all. For centuries, cannabis has been a go-to for the sleep-deprived and the slumber-seekers.

If you happen to be part of the group of weary souls needing good sleep, you’ve likely wondered: What is the best weed for sleep? Are they any specific cannabis strains that will help me grab some Z’s? We’ve pulled together this quick guide to help you out so you know what to look for when it comes to cannabis strains for sleep.

Why Cannabis Helps You Sleep

Cannabis has been scientifically shown to be an effective sleep aid. Cannabinoids like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) act on the receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to encourage a heightened state of relaxation. Most notably, THC binds to receptors in the ECS, which seems to generate a sedating effect. However, other beneficial effects of cannabis also lead to a better night’s sleep, including:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Soothing aches and pains
  • Calming nausea or other symptoms of some illnesses

A number of factors can affect whether or not smoking or ingesting weed will help you sleep. The specific strain you use just happens to be one of the most prominent factors in the experience.

Indica-Dominant Strains Tend to Offer Sedating Effects

The world of cannabis strains is vast and ever-growing. However, pretty much every strain you find is going to be a hybrid, which means you are getting a hybrid of both Sativa and Indica. Nevertheless, strains do exist that express more characteristics of either their Indica or Sativa genetics. What you then get is hybrid cannabis strains that are deemed as either Indica or Sativa dominant because of the seemingly overriding characteristics of the plant.

In general, Indica-dominant weed strains offer more sedating effects than Sativa-dominant strains. So the best strain for sleep should be clearly labeled as Indica-dominant. You may have experienced the sedating effects of Indica when you smoked a certain strain and felt more relaxed than you have ever felt before. Some people refer to this feeling as “couch-lock” because you’re essentially so relaxed your body feels glued to the couch.

So, what is the best Indica strain for sleep? A few good Indica-dominant varieties for sleep include:

  • Northern Lights
  • 9-Pound Hammer
  • Grandaddy Purple
  • Pink Kush
  • God’s Gift
  • Ogre
  • XXX OG
  • Blackberry Kush

We can’t promise that we will have these strains for sale in our shop. But, knowing these names can help guide your discussion with your budtender, allowing them to find the strain that will best suit your needs.

Weed Strain Effects Can Be Heightened by Certain Terpenes

Terpenes are actually tiny molecules that can be found in plants and even animals in nature. Researchers have found 20,000 different terpenes, and the cannabis plant family is known to host roughly 200 of the group. Terpenes may be most recognized for their aromatic and flavor qualities. That Super Skunk weed you know and love—terpenes are the chemical compounds that yield the telltale skunky odor. Love the sweet finish of Blueberry Kush? You guessed it, terpenes are responsible for that sweet, fruity flavor.

The terpenes found in each strain play a big role in your cannabis experience. Not only do terpenes serve up those telltale aromatic and flavor characteristics, but they may also have their own therapeutic effects on the mind and body. Some terpenes are very well-known for offering calming, relaxing effects to support better sleep. Here are a few terpenes that may help you sleep:

Myrcene

One of the most common terpenes found in plants from the cannabis family, myrcene can be found in Grape Ape, 9-Pound Hammer, and Blue Dream, strains, to name a few. This terpene is highly regarded for its sedating effects. Myrcene has actually been shown to heighten the effects of pharmaceutical sedatives in animal studies.

Caryophyllene

Found in Bubba Kush, Original Glue, and Death Star, caryophyllene has a trademark woodsy odor and is commonly associated with encouraging a more relaxed state. Some studies have shown that this terpene offers anxiety-reducing properties, which can help if you have problems sleeping due to anxiety or stress.

Terpinolene

Offering sedative effects, terpinolene is a good terpene to look for in weed strains for sleep. This terpene is broadly scattered across many cannabis strains, but typically in smaller amounts. However, you can usually spot this terpene by its especially unique pine-citrusy smell, which is prevalent in strains like Golden Pineapple and XJ-13.

Get Some Zzzs with High-Quality Cannabis from Elevated Roots

The best strains for sleep in 2021 are not purely based on the cannabinoid content of the strains, even though in the past, most people would opt for a high THC strain for sleep. The many constituents of the cannabis plant work together to yield more specific effects, including when it comes to sleep. So, as you shop our menu for the best marijuana strains for sleep, consider Indica-dominant strains with a desirable terpene profile. Remember, feel free to ask for advice at Elevated Roots—we’re always happy to offer some guidance!

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