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8 Best Marijuana Strains for Sleep and Insomnia

There are truly few things in life as enjoyable as waking up well-rested and prepared for the day. While it is easy for restful sleepers to take their nightly Zs for granted, nearly 30% of American adults will experience bouts of insomnia in their lives. Adults need 7 hours of restful sleep per night to maximize their health and wellbeing.

How Does Cannabis Help Us Sleep?

Thanks to the ongoing cannabis wellness revolution, more and more individuals are coming to realize the benefits that Mary Jane can provide for combatting sleep difficulties. By focusing on specific strains and the cannabinoids that they contain, cannabis users can improve the quality of their rest. One study performed by Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience revealed a direct connection between high THC levels and sleep.

Today, we are going to highlight 8 of the best marijuana strains for sleep and insomnia.

1. Grandaddy Purple [Indica]

Cannabis enthusiasts of olde understand how powerful a sedative Granddaddy Purple cannabis can be. Brimming with high levels of myrcene, one of the most relaxing terpenes found within cannabis, Granddaddy Purple is an ideal Indica strain for promoting restful relaxation. Often shortened to GDP, Grandaddy Purple is used by cannabis advocates to target and treat pain and anxiety.

Grandaddy Purple can range in THC percentage depending on the cultivator, with higher levels of THC promoting quicker bodily relaxation. The taste of GDP is berry-forward with a smooth, creamy grape finish. Revered along the West Coast, GDP can be found in Midwestern markets under the name Grandaddy Purps.

Genetics – Mendo Purps x Skunk x Afghanistan

Effects – Promotes Euphoria and Physical Relaxation

Main Terpenes – Myrcene, Pinene, Caryophyllene

2. Gorilla Glue [Hybrid]

There are few strains more appropriately named than Gorilla Glue. Also known as GG4 or Original Glue, Gorilla Glue is a heavy-handed hybrid strain that delivers physical relaxation in droves, leaving users stuck to the couch and ready to nap the day away. One of the most popular Midwestern strains in America, Gorilla Glue was awarded the 2014 Michigan Cannabis Cup Award for the Hybrid Category.

Myrcene is again the leading terpene promoting relaxation to help guide restful sleep, but it isn’t working alone. GG4 has a beautiful terpene profile that incorporates Beta-caryophyllene and pinene for a rounded experience that every advocate will enjoy. Strains with beta-caryophyllene provide pain-relieving effects that combine with high levels of pinene to promote mental relaxation and anxiety relief.

Genetics –  Chem’s Sister x Sour Dubb x Chocolate Diesel

Effects –  Heavy Body Lock, Sedation, Anti-anxiety

Main Terpenes –  Beta-Caryophyllene, Myrcene, Pinene

3. Northern Lights [Indica]

Indica strains are often called upon to assist in nightly rest — and for good reason. Northern Lights is sometimes known as NL. This strain is revered for its highly euphoric effects that slowly settle into restful, physical relaxation. This Indica-leaning hybrid has been idealized for treating and addressing pain, stress, insomnia, and depression.

Pungently aromatic with sweet notes that hit the nose just right, growers are a fan of the purple-and-crystal coated buds that grow every 50 days. Northern Lights possesses high levels of Pinene, Myrcene, and Beta-Caryophyllene. Featuring a familiar terpene profile, this strain originated out of Seattle, WA, after crossing the ocean from Holland in 1985.

Genetics –  Afghani x Thai

Effects –  Body Lock, Relaxation, Euphoria, Pain Relief

Main Terpenes – Pinene, Myrcene, Beta-Caryophyllene

4. Harlequin [Hybrid] (CBD+)

Don’t worry Batman, this isn’t the Harlequin you have to worry about. This Sativa-dominant hybrid is one of the most unique strains that you will find in today’s discussion. Despite its Sativa lineage, Harlequin expresses high levels of CBD (up to 9%) to promote relaxation while reducing stress and paranoia. CBD counteracts the paranoid effect that THC can promote, providing a calming experience for even the most novice user.

Harlequin is a unique strain that blends Colombian Gold with Swiss Landrace genetics. Experienced smokers will likely struggle to find the same level of benefit that novice users might enjoy. As a result, Harlequin is better for novice users and those looking to microdose throughout the day. Flavored notes of earth and mango round out the taste profile.

Genetics –  Colombian Gold x Swiss Landrace x Nepali Indica

Effects –  Relaxing, Clear-headed Effects

Main Terpenes – Myrcene, Pinene

5. Gelato [Hybrid]

A legendary strain within the cannabis world, Gelato is sometimes referred to as Larry Bird or Gelato #42. This balanced hybrid perfectly dances between relaxing Indica effects and dancing, Sativa-driven euphoria.  While a fantastic strain for socializing at almost any time of day, high levels of consumption can turn Gelato into the perfect nighttime companion.

High levels of THC drive a powerful high that is as heavy-handed as it is firm, delighting high-tolerance users while introducing novices to the true spectrum of feelings that cannabis can promote. Sweet and earthy, the Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies creaminess shows through in both the nose and on exhale.

In the immortal words of Juice Wrld, “Gelato to the head, smoked the pound myself.”

Genetics –  Sunset Sherbet x Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies

Effects –  Euphoric High, Relaxation, Pain Relief, Insomnia

Main Terpenes – Caryophyllene, Limonene, Humulene

6. Grape Punch [Hybrid]

At some point in time, the team at Elev8 Genetics realized that crossing Larry OG with Granddaddy Purple would reveal a fantastic hybrid strain for evening relief. Grape Punch takes the best of its Purple Punch lineage to create a unique bud that is brimming with great bag appeal. Purple dense nugs give way to bright citrusy pistols that grind into a fine powder.

Myrcene and Caryophyllene provide an Indica-themed experience that will leave experienced users in a happy cloud of relaxation. Limonene helps promote enough focus that you can relax in front of your favorite television show before passing out on the couch, a plate of munchies just within your reach.

Genetics –  Larry OG x Granddaddy Purple

Effects –  Heavy Head High, Relaxing Body Lock, Mood Elevation and Pain Relief

Main Terpenes – Caryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene

7. Zkittlez [Hybrid]

Don’t let the name of this strain fool you, Zkittlez is anything but a sweet treat! This hybrid marijuana strain is revered from Coast to Coast for its bright candy flavors and vibrant green-and-orange colas. A tropical blend of fruity flavors, Zkittlez is as calming as it is uplifting, relaxing as it is grin-inducing. 

Another myrcene-dominant strain, Zkittlez is rounded out by Pinene and Beta-caryophyllene for an experience that is as calming and relaxing as it is enjoyable. A great hybrid evening strain, Zkittlez is the perfect companion for those relaxing hours after work and dessert when nobody else needs your attention! High levels of THC with low levels of CBD make this a truly unique hybrid experience.

Genetics –  Grape Ape x Grapefruit x ???

Effects –  Anti-anxiety, Focused, Relaxed

Main Terpenes – Pinene, Myrcene, Beta-Caryophyllene

8. Bubba Kush (Indica)

Bubba Kush is a fascinating strain that tends to sit in the low 20%s for THC. Brimming with relaxing terpenes like Limonene and Beta-Caryophyllene, Bubba Kush is a slightly energizing hybrid that transitions into a comfortable stress-free relaxation session. Subtle notes of citrus lead the charge as beta-caryophyllene helps to ease both pain and anxiety, leading to a tranquilizing effect that can bring a smile to any face.

While not as heavy-handed as other strains we’ve discussed today, Bubba Kush is a fantastic Indica-hybrid that can be used to transition from relaxing to actual rest. Casual consumers should be aware, Bubba Kush is a common parental strain in many hybrids, so be sure to look for high levels of beta-caryophyllene to verify anti-anxiety properties.

Genetics –  Northern Lights x OG Kush

Effects –  Uplifting euphoria, Anti-anxiety, rest, and relaxation.

Main Terpenes – Limonene, Beta-Caryophyllene