The Best Weed Strains For Smoking Before Sleep and For Insomnia

Stoners this list of sleepy cannabis strains is for you. You’re tired, but your eyes just won’t close. You toss and turn until you’ve tried every humanly possible position. You wake up clouded, lethargic, and irritable. Insomnia is the worst, but luckily cannabis is shown to be an effective and safe sleep aid for many people. It can slow racing thoughts, dissolve pain, relax muscles, and deliver its own sleepy chemicals to help you fall and stay asleep. However, as many have testified, finding the right strain is key.

We put together a list of 7 particularly sedating strains to give you an idea of what to look out for on your next visit to the dispensary. Keep in mind that no strain or product affects everyone the same, and finding the solution for you may require a little trial and error. The below strains were selected based on user-submitted reviews and data, but everyone’s experience is different. We’d love to hear about yours in a strain review or in the comments section below!

Tahoe OG Kush Strain

With effects that tend to be heavier than your average OG Kush hybrid,Tahoe OG is a godsend for 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. Tahoe OG is also known to slow racing thoughts so you can float into sleep with a calm and peaceful mind.


Skywalker Strain

Skywalker is known to empower the mind with positive thoughts while letting tension free from your body. Multiple Leafly reviewers reported that Skywalker helped loosen the grip of panic and anxiety, allowing them to float restfully into a good night’s sleep. Take caution with its potency, however; a small amount of this high-THC strain may be all you need while large doses can exacerbate anxiety in unaccustomed users.

God’s Gift Strain

God’s Gift is indeed a gift to insomnia sufferers. 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 still clinging to your tongue, you’re soon to feel your mood lift as your body sinks.


Northern Lights Strain

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 the Northern Lights indica, 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. Cannabis novices should approach this potent strain with extra caution, paying mind to dose low and slow.

Ogre Strain

The sleep-inducing hybrid Ogre stomps out insomnia with a force you’d expect from a pure indica. Sweet citrus flavors dance over the palate on the inhale, giving your senses something to delight in as the sedative effects kick in.

Girl Scout Cookies

The beloved Girl Scout Cookies hybrid strain offers knockout sedative effects while also treating pain, anxiety, and other conditions that keep you up at night. Try it as an edible to guarantee a peaceful, all-night slumber.

Querkle Strain

A personal favorite nightcap of mine, Querkle seems to attack insomnia at its many sources. Anxiety calms, nausea dulls, and depression evaporates, leaving you in a meditative state as you gently coast into restful sleep. My budtender was surprised to hear this one was an effective sleep remedy for me, as some report uplifting effects from this strain. That being said, I’d say this strain may not be the one you rely on for forcing your brain into sleep; rather, it pre-conditions a tranquil mindset so sleep comes easier when it’s time to shut the lights out.

9 Pound Hammer

Crushing insomnia like a hammer, this no-nonsense indica strain is perfect for insomniacs who can’t escape the prison of their mind while lying in bed. Its mild CBD content is just enough to pacify the mind and relax the body, like a counterweight to the mental speediness sometimes caused by THC. The loud 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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Feelings of happiness and euphoria come on strongly and can often lead to developing a case of the giggles. Accompanying these cerebral effects are equally potent body effects, such as physical relaxation and strong sedation. Once this relaxation sets in mental clarity can be hard to achieve however, this is often the desired outcome for some consumers.

This strain also has the ability to relieve pain as well as stress. The physical relaxation aids the analgesic properties of this strain, which can make mild to chronic aches and pains disappear. This strain also has the potential to manage pain related to arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

One of the biggest conditions that this strain helps to manage is insomnia. Through its ability to induce strong sedation, this strain can battle insomnia directly by making it easier to fall asleep. It can also battle insomnia indirectly by managing other factors that contribute to insomnia and may cause difficulties falling asleep, such as chronic pain, anxiety and negative thoughts.

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