One of the most common problems in the 21st century is insomnia. With rates of mental illness at an all-time high, many people find it difficult to sleep. Even after trying conventional sleeping treatments, some find it difficult to drift off to sleep. That is why some insomnia sufferers are turning to cannabis as a treatment method in order to improve their quality of sleep. But, what are the best strains for insomnia?
Before we take a look at the different strains that are available, it is important to take a look at some of the “rules of thumb” that you must follow, when selecting the right strain for you.
- From research, it appears that Indicas are most effective when it comes to treating insomnia. Many people find Sativa strains can have the opposite effect and keep you awake.
- The best method of ingestion is by using edibles. Because the cannabis is processed through the stomach, it can be longer lasting than if you were to smoke or vape it. It is true however that smoking cannabis can produce almost an immediate effect.
- Slightly aged cannabis seems to produce better sleeping effects than fresh cannabis. This particular fact left me feeling surprised, but research has shown that older cannabis contains greater concentrations of cannabinol, which acts as a sedating agent.
- One of the most important considerations to follow is to choose a strain that isn’t high in THC, especially if anxiety is a contributor to your insomnia. Research has shown that a small dose of THC helps you drift off to sleep, but larger concentrations can have the opposite effect – so beware! It may be a good idea to try a cannabis strain which contains CBD as a replacement for THC, as CBD is able to cushion the anxiety in some cases.
Taking these points into consideration, you may wish to try these strains of cannabis for insomnia:
Tahoe OG Kush
Tahoe OG Kush comes highly recommended from a wide range of insomniacs. It has been found that smoking or vaporizing Tahoe OG Kush helps your muscles feel relaxed, and increases the likelihood of dropping off to sleep. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Tahoe OG Kush is able to slow down the thought process, making you feel calm.
The aptly named God’s Gift is also a popular strain. Many sufferers do feel it is a gift, as it reduces stressful thoughts. It is also nice tasting strain, as you can distinguish the taste of citrus and berry, so it is found to increase your mood aswell.
This is a hybrid of an Indica and a Sativa which has had good reviews from insomnia sufferers. Many people liken it to a sedative effect. It is certainly one to try if you have the worst sort of insomnia.
It is important to experiment with the different strains available, as one may well be suitable for you, but not for others. Good luck in your strain search!