Sleeping with Cannabis
We know that the stereotype that most have that leans heavily on the assumption that cannabis makes users lazy and unproductive. At Medizin’s Medical Cannabis Dispensary, we know that this is simply a false assumption. However, for those that need assistance with falling asleep, certain strains of cannabis can help give users some of the best sleep of their lives.
Almost everyone you talk to these days complains of tiredness commonly brought on by trouble sleeping. Missing out on the 6–8 recommended hours of sleep not only makes you tired, which is bad enough, but also contributes to health issues like a weak immune system, diabetes, obesity, and much more.
How can cannabis help?
Instead of pounding back coffee or sugary energy drinks all day after a poor night of sleep or lack of sleep, you can simply head to your favorite cannabis dispensary. You’ll be presented with a wide range of cannabis products that have helped customers sleep more soundly. Cannabis strains that help with sleep issues are a healthier choice in comparison to trying to make up for lost sleep with caffeine. Indica strains usually induce heavier sleepy effects than sativas and are a perfect place to start when looking for zzzs on top of their typical relaxation feelings.
Best Strain for Sleep
Moderate amounts of THC from indica strains in flowers, concentrates, and edibles almost instantly flood the body with a relaxed feeling which is sometimes all someone needs to let themselves drift to sleep. If that isn’t the case, certain strains of THC offer even more help. When THC degrades over time, it converts to cannabinol (CBN). CBN is a sedating cannabinoid that is around five times more effective in sedation than THC and many people who have issues with sleep will reach for to help time after time to alleviate this issue.
However, if you find that one of those alone is not enough to get you to sleep, pairing CBN with an indica strain can help. The effects of both will increase relaxation and help users fall asleep easier.
Some of the top strains people like to reach for are Granddaddy Purple, Northern Lights, Bubba Kush, GG4, Girl Scout Cookies, Mochi, Kosher Kush, Wedding Cake, and Purple Kush. The decision of which to reach for is determined by which terpenes work the best for your body. These strains tend to run between 17-25% THC, but some of these strains can run up to as much as 30%. If you have a lower tolerance, reaching for the highest strains may actually make you sleep too deeply which may make it so you miss things like work, so getting help from a budtender to pick the best one for you is definitely recommended.
However, for some people, THC can actually act as a stimulating effect for some people, especially those who are new to using cannabis or taking higher doses. If you’re one of these people, using cannabis at night may actually keep them awake longer or make the actual process of falling asleep take longer than normal, even if you already have insomnia. If this is something you’re finding yourself having issues with, talk to your favorite Medizin budtender to pick a strain more specific to your needs
In general though, the most important thing to look at is high THC strains, such as the ones aforementioned, and of course the terpenes within the strain.
Best Terpenes for Sleep
Terpenes are the aromatic compounds within plants and, in the cannabis world, they are the reason for not only the flavors and aromas, but also the effects that one will experience after partaking in forms of cannabis consumption.
The best three terpenes for sleep tend to be myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene. Myrcene has a highly sedative effect that some like for the “couch lock” that comes from the full body relaxation. Pinene and caryophyllene are terpenes that help reduce anxiety, stress, and pain. These are great for helping users to fall asleep when the root of the problem might come from other health issues such as anxiety or chronic pain.
What to get from your local medical cannabis dispensary.
Speak to your favorite Medizin budtender at your closest location to get the best recommendations to help with any sleep concerns as well as specific strains that might work best for you. Simply let them know the details of your sleep troubles (getting to sleep, staying asleep, relaxing, etc.) and let them guide you. Keep your eye on the indicas or indica-dominant hybrids. Any method of medicating will do the trick, from edibles like Medizin’s new cannabis-infused Macadamia Nut Oil to indica-dominant strains like Raspberry Kush. There is a wide selection of cannabis products that can also be viewed as sleep aids, but the important part is finding the product that works the best for you.
One more thing to note is that since cannabis is a natural medication, it is made to work in synergy with not only your body, but also with other natural remedies. Hops, chamomile, and lavender contain terpenes that will happily work alongside the terpenes in cannabis to lull you to sleep. Although they aren’t usually available at your medical cannabis dispensary, make a trip to pick up some chamomile tea or lavender bath salts to add to your nighttime routine. Of course, make sure to pair them with your favorite strain from Medizin’s Medical cannabis Dispensary.
Missing out on sleep is no joke and feeling drowsy the next morning isn’t any better. And if you’re one of the many people who find themselves only surviving due to massive amounts of caffeine, there are much better solutions out there. If you visit a Las Vegas dispensary and try a product that either fails to relax you or leaves you in a haze the next day, don’t give up. Head back, explain the results of the first product, and our budtenders will keep trying until you find what is right for you!