One of the most common problems that can make anyone’s day just crap is a poor night’s sleep. Cannabis is not only helpful for inducing sleep, it also helps to keep you asleep all night. Smoking and vaporizing can be a great option for getting a nice high to get a good night of rest. But I’d recommend edibles for getting a long lasting effect suitable for sleeping. These strains are my most favorite for night time; they’ll relax, relieve pain and help work as a sleep aid.
- Blueberry [Purple Thai x Afghani]
Do you have pure Blueberry? Call me. Seriously, it’s so hard to find regular old Blueberry cannabis that isn’t crossed with anything. Blueberry nuggets create more of a bulbous bud structure with a blueberry patchouli aroma. It is one of the strains that commonly has high CBD quantities. Generally there won’t be immensely high amounts of THC so the effects will be mellow and relaxing. Feel gently lulled to sleep by Blueberry and also feel immense relief from aches and pains.
2. Grand Daddy Purple [Purple Urkle x Big Bud]
One the purple heavy hitters, GDP is a classic that I grab whenever I find it at a dispensary. It is one of those Indica strains that just slaps you right in the face. GDP smells sweet and earthy, like most wonderful indica strains, and has a dark purple dark green hue with a bulbous, pine tree bud structure. Take a hit and then immediately feel relief from pain, stress and a need to go to sleep. This is a great one for the anxious mind that keeps you up at night because it hits you with a freight train of tired moments after inhalation. Find an edible with this strain and get ready for the most intense sleep of your life.
3. Northern Lights #5 [Afghani Indica x Thai Sativa]
This is another of those comfortable, relaxing Indica strains that slowly lulls you to sleep after relieving any stress, pain or discomfort. I love this strain because it calmly pushes you into a river of tired before bed. It runs through the body with a light, airy sense of pain relief that eventually reaches the brain. The nugs will usually be bright green, dripping in trichomes and ball-like fat, dense structure.
4. Romulan [North American Sativa x White Rhino]
I’ll preface this saying that this is a favorite to have on shelves as a budtender. Not just because it is a classic Indica for pain relief and sleepiness but also because it helps you spot all the Trekkies in the crowd. Pronunciation is key. Pine entwines with sweet earth to create a scent that is distinct and pungent, buds will be light green fat spears with long, dark brown pistils. This is another lull comfortably to sleep options. It gives you a little kick in the rear but is still a mellower option in comparison to GDP and Black Diamond.
5. Black Diamond [Blackberry x Diamond Kush]
The teeny tiny percentage of Sativa in this strain shoots you up into the air upon first inhalation. It almost tricks you into thinking that you’re awake, which is why I wouldn’t recommend this strain for the severely anxious before bed. The aroma that the nugs emit is pure blackberry, sweet and bright. They grow in a dark purple and kelly green hue with light orange pistils littering the little pine trees. Effects will shoot you to the moon making you feel on top of the world, this is partially due to the amazing pain relief that the strain provides. You could get immensely hungry and then all of a sudden BOOM you’re tired, and asleep. Depending on the batch of bud, you could just pass out like a narcoleptic person when smoking Black Diamond.
6. Blackberry Kush [Blueberry x Afghani]
Enjoy the most melty, delicious pain relief with just one inhalation of Blackberry Kush. A lot like Black Diamond, a child of this beautiful mother, the smell of these nuggets is sweet, delightful blackberry. They grow in fat, purple balls that are so dense you’ll want a grinder. You’ll feel any pent up anxiety or deep seeded stress release and the tension in joints and muscles will relax; everything is hunky dory after some BBK. All of these things (pain, anxiety, stress) can lead to insomnia, Blackberry Kush can help solve that problem.
When I first got my medical cannabis card in 2009 in San Francisco I walked straight to the original Green Room and picked up some Afgoo. It will always sit so comfortably in my heart for this reason. Combining an earthy Afghani with sweet strawberry cedar wood of Goo; Afgoo is unmatchable for pain relief combining with relaxation. What better to lead to a good night’s sleep. The buds will be light brown/green and spear like with a smell that is both pungent earth and sweet as sugar.
8. Holy Grail Kush
This former Cannabis Cup winner can do it for me every time. I love the pain relief provided by Holy Grail, and the intensity of the effects given combined with the Kosher Kush parentage can have the same sleep inducing properties as GDP. That’s right, it’ll punch you right in the face! Sorry I just love that analogy. The buds smell like a lemony pile of delightful dirt and grow in fat balls with little points in a light greenish brown dense chunky nug. True effects are felt immediately, making this a wonderful option for the intensely anxious cannabis medicator.
9. Purple Kush [Hindu Kush x Purple Afghani]
If you can get your hands on true Purple Kush then you’re in for a delightful, relaxed evening. I’ve seen this strain run anywhere from a light purple hue with a vibrant green undertone to a dark purple hue that was so covered with trichomes that the spear shaped nuggets almost shone white. The pleasant aroma emits a rich cocoa and deep blackberry. Effects are relaxing and comfortable. There are no spikes in energy or intense ups and downs before the inevitable faceplant. This Indica strain is like snuggling in a warm blanket that gently lulls you to sleep. It is a great option for the anxious insomniac with a spiraling mind that keeps them awake.
10. Bubba Kush [OG Kush x Maybe Northern Lights #5]
Ooooh yum Bubba Kush, it is one of the most melty and comfortable Indica strains. It can relax the most tense of muscles which can really help when attempting to get some shut eye. Generally I’ve seen this bud with a structure like little bowling balls, not too dense but definitely not loose. The aroma is of deep, rich soil with sweet plum undertones. Taste resembles the smell pretty closely. Bubba Kush is bound to create a lethargic effect but beware calorie counters, you will probably get the munchies.