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The best cannabis strains for sleep and insomnia

Insomnia is the worst, but luckily cannabis can be an effective sleep aid for many. It can slow racing thoughts, dissolve pain , relax muscles, and deliver its own sleepy chemicals to help you fall and stay asleep.

We put together a list of sedating strains to give you an idea of what to look out for on your next visit to the dispensary. But first, some tips to keep in mind:

  • THC strains are typically the most effective for sleep. If THC agrees with your body and doesn’t cause unpleasant side effects like anxiety, a THC-dominant strain might be your most reliable source of sedating effects.
  • Go easy on the high-THC strains if it’s anxiety keeping you up. A light dose of THC can float you to sleep, but larger doses can worsen anxiety in some consumers. You may want to try a strain higher in CBD if you’re sensitive to THC.
  • Edibles can help you stay asleep longer. Though inhaling cannabis yields faster effects, edibles last a lot longer .
  • Browse Leafly for sleepy strains. Find out which strains other Leafly users have described as “sleepy” here .

Finding the right strain for you is a personalized endeavor and often requires a little trial and error. The strains below offer a few starting points—take note of which ones you like or don’t like, and use those shapes (cannabinoids) and colors (terpenes) to guide you to other strains that are likely to help you achieve a good night’s sleep.

Tahoe OG Kush

Primary terpenes: Limonene, caryophyllene, myrcene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant

With effects that tend to be heavier than your average OG Kush hybrid, Tahoe OG is a godsend for many insomniacs. Smoking or vaporizing this strain can yield fast-acting effects that let muscles relax, easing that need to roll around in your blankets all night.

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Granddaddy Purple

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, caryophyllene, pinene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant

It would be a crime to leave this classic off any list touting top sleepy strains. Not only is it fairly easy to find, Granddaddy Purple is shown to exhibit high levels of myrcene , a terpene that is commonly believed to provide relaxing effects. A favorite among those who use cannabis for pain or anxiety, GDP carries strong flavors of berry and grape to sweeten the deal.

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God’s Gift

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant

God’s Gift is indeed a gift to insomnia sufferers, as all that stress keeping you up at night feels suddenly overpowered by a surefooted sense of peace. Releasing the exhale with notes of berry and citrus, you’re sure to feel your mood lift as your body sinks.

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Sweet and Sour Widow

Primary terpenes: Not enough data

Cannabinoid profile: Balanced THC/CBD

While strains containing THC are generally preferred for sleep, those sensitive to its anxious side effects may not have the same success. Choose instead a CBD strain like Sweet and Sour Widow . Its CBD can help curb the paranoid, racy side effects while still containing small amounts of THC to make you drowsy.

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Northern Lights

Primary terpenes: Not enough data

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant

Imagine yourself on a cold winter night, wrapped in a warm blanket as green lights dance above you. This isn’t altogether unlike the experience provided by Northern Lights , an old-school strain that has been lulling minds to sleep since its inception in the mid-1980s. Commanding sleep with a heavy hand, Northern Lights uses its high-THC content to annihilate pain and insomnia.

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Ogre

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, caryophyllene, limonene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant

The sleep-inducing hybrid Ogre stomps out insomnia with ease. Sweet citrus flavors dance over the palate on the inhale, giving your senses something to delight in as the sedative effects kick in.

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9 Pound Hammer

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene

Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant

Crushing insomnia like a war hammer, this no-nonsense strain is perfect for insomniacs who can’t escape the prison of their mind while lying in bed. The mild fruity flavors of ripe berry and grapes are just another reason to love this insomnia-crusher appropriately named 9 Pound Hammer .

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Remedy

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene

Cannabinoid profile: CBD-dominant

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With virtually no THC in its chemical makeup, Remedy is meant for consumers who are shy about the high. You’re really not looking to get stoned, and that’s okay. CBD-dominant strains like Remedy can help you sleep by relieving pain, anxiety, stress, and other symptoms that fuel insomnia.

Sleep N Sour

Here you can find all info about Sleep N Sour from Seattle Chronic Seeds. If you are searching for information about Sleep N Sour from Seattle Chronic Seeds, check out our Basic Infos or Lineage / Genealogy for this cannabis variety here at this page and follow the links to get even more information. If you have any personal experiences with growing or consuming this cannabis variety, please use the upload links to add them to the database!

Basic / Breeders Info

Sleep N Sour is a mostly sativa variety from Seattle Chronic Seeds and can be cultivated indoors (where the plants will need a flowering time of ±67 days ), outdoors and in the greenhouse. Seattle Chronic Seeds’ Sleep N Sour is a CBD Strain with the same amount of THC and CBD and is/was never available as feminized seeds.

Seattle Chronic Seeds’ Sleep N Sour Description

Pairing my Super Sour CBD f5 with Sin City Seeds Cancers Nightmare.
Male was covered in trichs and could withstand heat and high temps, and did very well in stress testing.
Expect Sweet N Sour Berries pie with gas, to a Sour Blueberry Haze.
This is going to be a strong 1:1 strain CBD/THC rich.
Very medicinal and a great yielder due to the Blue Dream incorporated.
Not your average CBD plant.

Sleep N Sour Lineage / Genealogy

  • Sleep N Sour »»» SSCBDf5 x Cancers NightMare F6
      • »»» <(Sour D 2004/2005 x Sour Brasi) x CBD Grenades> x CBD Grenades
      • (Sour D 2004/2005 x Sour Brasi) x CBD Grenades
          2004/2005 x Sour Brasi

            2004/2005

            • »»» Original Diesel x DNL
              • »»» Chemdawg x x SensiNL
                    Probably

                    • »»» Skunk #1 x Afghanistan
                          • »»» Afghanistan x Mexico x Colombia »»» Indica »»» Sativa »»» Sativa
                            • »»» NL #1 x NL #2 x NL #5 IBL
                                »»» Indica
                                (specified above)
                                »»» Mostly Indica
                              • »»» x Northern Lights x Hawaiian
                                      (specified above)
                                      »»» Indica/Sativa Hybrid
                                      • »»» Luca Brasi x Sour Diesel
                                        • »»» Bubba Kush pre-98 x Corleone Kush pre-98 probably
                                          • »»» Northern Lights Humboldt cut x Triangle Kush probably Humboldt cut
                                              Probably »»» Indica
                                              Florida Probably

                                              • »»» Chemdawg x Probably x Hindu Kush, Pakistan
                                                  »»» Sativa
                                                  »»» Indica
                                                  »»» Indica
                                                • »»» Bubba Kush pre98 x SFV OG Kush F4 pre98 (specified above) F4
                                                  • »»» SFV OG x Afghani #1
                                                      SFV Cut (specified above)
                                                    • »»» Afghanistan x Afghanistan »»» Indica »»» Indica
                                                      • »»» Sour Brasi x Alien Grenades (specified above)
                                                        • »»» x Tahoe Alien x Unknown Strain
                                                            (specified above)
                                                          • »»» Tahoe OG Kush x Alien Kush F1
                                                            • »»» OG Kush Tahoe Cut x SFV OG Kush IBL Tahoe Cut (specified above) IBL (specified above)
                                                            • »»» Las Vegas Purple Kush x Alien Technology
                                                              • »»» Northern Lights x Hindu Kush Purple (specified above) Purple »»» Indica
                                                                »»» Indica
                                                              • »»» Cannatonic x Whitenightmare Probably
                                                                  • »»» Reina Madre x NYC Diesel
                                                                    • »»» La Reunion x x Congo #1
                                                                        »»» Sativa
                                                                        #1

                                                                        • »»» Africa Bangi Congo x Kongo #3 x Pakistan Chitral
                                                                            Kongo #3 »»» Sativa
                                                                            Chitral »»» Indica
                                                                          • »»» Sour Diesel x Afghani/Hawaiian (specified above)
                                                                            • »»» Afghani x Hawaii
                                                                                Probably Indica »»» Indica
                                                                              • »»» Blue Dream x White Moonshine
                                                                                • »»» Blueberry x Super Silver Haze Probably F2
                                                                                    F1

                                                                                    • »»» Temple Flo x HTAF F1 F3
                                                                                        • »»» Purple Thai x Afghani
                                                                                          • »»» H.O.G. x Chocolate Thai
                                                                                              »»» Sativa
                                                                                              »»» Sativa
                                                                                            • »»» Thailand x Afghani F1 »»» Sativa (specified above)
                                                                                              • »»» <(Haze x Haze) x Skunk #1> x <(Haze x Haze) x NL #5>
                                                                                              • (Haze x Haze) x Skunk #1
                                                                                                  x Haze

                                                                                                      • »»» Mexico x Colombia x Thailand x India »»» Sativa »»» Sativa »»» Sativa »»» Sativa
                                                                                                        (specified above)
                                                                                                        (specified above)
                                                                                                        x Haze (specified above)
                                                                                                        (specified above)
                                                                                                      • »»» The White x Blue Moonshine
                                                                                                          »»» Indica/Sativa Hybrid
                                                                                                          (specified above)

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                                                                                                        5 Worst Cannabis Strains to Use Before Bedtime

                                                                                                        Many people use cannabis to help them relax and get a good night’s sleep. However, choose the wrong strain before bedtime, and you may remain awake for longer than you’d hoped.

                                                                                                        If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation, you’ll know what we mean. Your mind is racing at 100 miles a minute, but all you want to do is go to sleep. It’s frustrating!

                                                                                                        We have compiled this list to help you avoid this unpleasant scenario. Read on for the five worst cannabis strains to use before bedtime.

                                                                                                        The Importance of Sleep

                                                                                                        Before we move onto our list of the worst strains to use before bedtime, let’s look at why we need sleep.

                                                                                                        Sleep is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. It allows your body and mind to rest and recover from the previous day. It also helps prepare you for tomorrow. Most experts recommend 7–8 hours a night as an optimal level of sleep.

                                                                                                        Lack of sleep leads to a variety of problems. It leaves you feeling tired and irritable the next day and makes it difficult to focus. When you have not slept well, you are more likely to make mistakes at work or have an accident.

                                                                                                        Furthermore, sleep plays a vital role in maintaining your body’s hormonal balance, including the hormones responsible for appetite. Therefore, when you don’t sleep well, you may feel hungrier the following day. If it becomes a regular occurrence, this could lead to weight gain and various associated issues.

                                                                                                        Using Cannabis Before Bedtime

                                                                                                        If you suffer from a sleep disorder such as insomnia or sleep apnea, using cannabis before bed could help. However, it is essential to choose the right strain, or you could find that sleep becomes even more challenging.

                                                                                                        You may have heard the terms sativa, indica, and hybrid when talking about marijuana. These words refer to the overall shape and structure of the cannabis plant itself. They also give us a clue as to what a particular strain’s effects will be.

                                                                                                        Although there are exceptions to the rule, sativa strains tend to have more cerebral, uplifting effects. Indicas, on the other hand, tend to induce more relaxing, physical effects. Hybrids are usually somewhere in between, depending on their sativa/indica split.

                                                                                                        Which is best for you?…

                                                                                                        Therefore, if you are looking for a strain to help you sleep, it is potentially best to choose an indica. Otherwise, a strongly indica-leaning hybrid could provide a viable alternative. You will want to steer clear of sativas as these are among the worst cannabis strains to use before bedtime.

                                                                                                        One of the potential side effects of sativa strains is that they can cause your mind to race. This is possibly helpful during the day if you have tasks to complete and need to remain focused. However, if this side effect occurs when you are trying to sleep, it can cause problems.

                                                                                                        You might find yourself overthinking the events of the day or your to-do list for tomorrow. In severe cases, this could lead to anxiety, one of the leading causes of insomnia.

                                                                                                        So, which are the worst strains to use before bedtime? Let’s take a look.

                                                                                                        5 Worst Cannabis Strains to Use Before Bedtime

                                                                                                        It is no surprise that all of the strains on our list are pure sativas or sativa-leaning hybrids. They all make good daytime strains. Some are even great wake-and-bake options that could replace your morning coffee.

                                                                                                        However, use these strains before bed, and you will probably regret it. Here are the five worst cannabis strains to use before bedtime.

                                                                                                        1 – Durban Poison

                                                                                                        Durban Poison is a pure sativa landrace strain, originating from South Africa. Although the strains you find today are significantly different from the original Durban Poison, their sativa effects remain.

                                                                                                        Users describe Durban Poison as energetic and uplifting, providing a clean, clear-headed high. Some even use it as a motivating pre-workout smoke.

                                                                                                        It has a spicy and sweet flavor, with earthy, herbal undertones and a THC content between 17% and 26%. Although Durban Poison isn’t known to cause many side effects, it could lead to anxiety in susceptible people. For this reason, it is definitely best for use earlier in the day.

                                                                                                        2 – Haze

                                                                                                        Haze is a classic strain that has gone on to create many other popular varieties of cannabis. The original Haze is a combination of four different landrace strains: South American, Thai, South Indian, and Mexican. This blend gives Haze strong sativa characteristics and makes it best for daytime use.

                                                                                                        Haze is great for completing your to-do list as it has little in the way of physical effects. Instead, it provides a clear, cerebral high while subtly improving your mood.

                                                                                                        Its flavor is spicy, citrusy, and herbal, and its THC content averages at 21%. Medical marijuana patients use it to treat mood disorders and improve focus for individuals with ADHD/ADD.

                                                                                                        As well as avoiding Haze before bedtime, you may also want to avoid its many descendants. These include Purple Haze, Super Silver Haze, Lemon Haze, and Moonshine Haze, to name just a few.

                                                                                                        3 – Sour Diesel

                                                                                                        Sour Diesel is another hugely popular strain with 90% sativa genetics. Its exact lineage is unclear, but most believe it is a cross between Chemdawg 91 and Super Skunk.

                                                                                                        This strain’s name hints at its pungent flavor, but also its fuel-like effects. Users say it provides them with a long-lasting, energetic high, and it has become a popular strain for fatigue. In low doses, it may also help those suffering from stress, depression, and anxiety.

                                                                                                        Not everyone will enjoy the sour and skunky smell of Sour Diesel. However, with THC levels between 18% and 26%, this strain has become practically a household name.

                                                                                                        4 – Green Crack

                                                                                                        Apparently, Snoop Dogg named this strain Green Crack for its energizing and addictive properties. It provides a buzzy and focused high that will keep you going for hours.

                                                                                                        Surprisingly, this strain has just 65% sativa genetics and moderate THC levels of 15–20%. Its breeders created it from the ever-popular Skunk #1.

                                                                                                        Users of Green Crack describe its flavors as citrusy and fruity, with woody undertones. Patients use it to assist with issues such as depression and fatigue. However, overindulging could lead to anxiety and restlessness, meaning that Green Crack is one to avoid before bedtime.

                                                                                                        5 – Casey Jones

                                                                                                        Casey Jones is probably the least famous strain on our list of the worst strains to use before bedtime. However, with 90% sativa genetics and potent energizing effects, it certainly deserves its place.

                                                                                                        This strain is a three-way cross between Sour Diesel, Thai, and Trainwreck. It has become a highly popular wake-and-bake strain in recent years. Patients also use it to treat mood disorders and pain.

                                                                                                        Casey Jones is sweet and fruity, but don’t be fooled. Its 15–22% THC content means that it packs a punch and is not one to use right before bedtime. Possible side effects include anxiety, paranoia, and dizziness.

                                                                                                        Worst Cannabis Strains to Use Before Bedtime: Final Thoughts

                                                                                                        Many people find cannabis a useful sleep aid, but there’s no doubt that you need to pick the right strain. Fortunately, once you know the difference between sativas and indicas, you can easily choose the most appropriate one to use.

                                                                                                        Generally speaking, sativas provide more uplifting, energetic effects and are more suitable for daytime use. Indicas, on the other hand, are great for use in the evening once you complete all your daily tasks. They can help you to relax and unwind, preparing you for a great night’s sleep.

                                                                                                        If you do use the wrong strain before bedtime, you can do a couple of things.

                                                                                                        First, settle your mind with some slow, deep breaths. Then try to pay attention to your body’s physical sensations rather than the thoughts in your mind. You could also try distracting yourself by playing some quiet, relaxing music or following a guided meditation online.

                                                                                                        Finally, you could try a few drops of CBD oil. Many people use CBD as a sleep aid, and it could even help counteract some of THC’s effects.

                                                                                                        What do you think are the worst cannabis strains to use before bedtime? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below.