5 Best Marijuana Strains For Treating Insomnia

Struggling with insomnia? You are not alone. According to StatsCan, about 1 in 7 Canadians struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep. Sleep is essential to ensuring that our bodies and brains are able to function at a high level throughout the day. Many over the counter medicines and pharmaceutical products claim to alleviate the symptoms of insomnia. However, these medicines can oftentimes come with side effects that make it harder to get up in the morning, more difficult to concentrate during the day and cause dependency, making it more difficult to fall asleep without them. 

Marijuana provides us with an all-natural treatment for insomnia that is free of side effects and is not addictive. When considering strains for treating your insomnia, keep an eye out for Indicas, as the body high they generate will relax you, eliminate any kind of anxiety or stress that may be keeping you awake, and lull you into a comfortable sleep. The strength of these effects is directly related to the amount of THC found in the plant you are ingesting, so also keep an eye out for high THC strains. To give you a start, here are 5 strains that are commonly known for their ability to induce sleepiness and treat insomnia:

1. Afghan Kush

Afghan Kush is a potent Indica strain that is notorious for its powerful sedative effects. It is capable of producing an overwhelming sense of relaxation that eliminates physical pain and anxiety, allowing the user to lazily and comfortably fall into sleep. The strong body high generated by this strain typically lasts 2-3 hours before receding, making it an ideal choice for helping you fall asleep, as it will not interfere with your sleep cycle later on in the night. 

2. Grandaddy Purple

This strain is known for its strong berry/grape flavour and its ability to induce strong head and body highs simultaneously. It produces a relaxing and sleepy body high similar to Afghan Kush which is accompanied by a somewhat stronger euphoric and happy head high. This strain will not only put you to sleep, it will do so with a smile on your face.

3. Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush is the strongest Indica on this list. It has the power to knock you out quicker, and produce more complete tranquilizing and sedative effects than any of these other strains. There is a tradeoff, however, as it has practically no Sativa properties, and will not produce anything close to the same psychological euphoria and happiness as some of these other strains. 

4. Skywalker OG

This strain is not to be confused with its close relative Skywalker, which is a more balanced hybrid strain. Skywalker OG is typically considered to be around 85% Indica and is capable of producing a similar body high as the other strains on this list while maintaining a small Sativa effect. 

5. 9 Pound Hammer

This strain is known for its high THC content, and its heavy and long-lasting sedative effects. The onset of this high is typically accompanied by a nice dose of euphoria that melts into relaxation and sleepiness over time.