Is marijuana good for sleep? Here you will see the best narcotic cannabis strains and products.

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Image of a cannabis bud cocooning a baby to help it sleep.
Image of a cannabis bud cocooning a baby to help it sleep.


Many people consume weed to sleep better every day, just as many people drink coffee to wake up. They are part of our habits and once you get used to them it is difficult to do without them. But to what extent is cannabis related to quality sleep? In this post you will find out…



🚀 Does Cannabis help you sleep ?



There are people who can’t sleep after smoking weed, just like there are people who can’t sleep after quitting it. So, is cannabis good for sleep? In general, it is. Examples of the effects produced by some cannabinoids are relaxation, calmness and sleep.

But we must be clear about one thing, just as there are varieties of cannabis that make you sleep, there are others that stimulate you and cause the opposite effect. Even the same genetics can have different effects on different people.


Photomontage of a cannabis leaf wrapping a smoker in bed*
Photomontage of a cannabis leaf wrapping a smoker in bed*



✅ Cannabis for sleep


A few years ago it was thought that indica strains were better for sleeping than sativas. Usually this is true, but in recent decades many pure genetics have been analyzed and the results have shown that this is not always the case.

The most sleep-inducing cannabinoids are CBN, CBD, CBG and CBC, and these can be present in both sativas and indicas. There are high mountain sativas like Nepalese that can contain significant amounts of these compounds. Even super Equatorial sativas like those from Congo with high levels of CBD, which at first are very psychoactive, but after a while the effect changes to narcotic.

Another important factor to consider in the chemical composition of cannabis is terpenes. These compounds modulate the effect of cannabinoids and there are some like Myrcene, Terpineol or Caryophyllene with great sedative effects.



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🎯 Best Cannabis strains for sleep


Most cannabis genetics that improve the quality of sleep have always been indica or hybrids descended from this subspecies, but with the passage of time and all the breeding work that has been done around the world, now we have all kinds of varieties that help you sleep, and from our point of view these are the 10 best


1.Northern Lights

This variety is already more than 40 years old and still remains among the favorites of many consumers. Its genetics is unknown, but it is clear that it contains a large load of Afghan, and this can be seen in its morphology and especially in its narcotic effect like few others. It is clear that right now there are more powerful strains, but it is still difficult to finish a joint of Northern Lights without falling into the arms of morpheus.


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2.Grandaddy Purple

It is very possible that GDP is the most consumed variety in USA and Canada for insomnia problems. It was created by Ken Estes, and since its appearance it has attracted all the attention of the associations of medical marijuana consumers for the powerful mental and body relaxation it causes. Some of today’s most famous polyhybrids such as Girl Scout Cookies, Cherry Pie, or Purple Punch contain GrandaddyPurple among their genes, and that speaks of the quality of this plant.


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3.Hindu Kush

Pure variety of the Himalayas, very worked in origin for many generations for its ability to produce high quality hashish, and also for its narcotic and calming power, which improves the quality of sleep in people who have ease of wakefulness, apnea, and other breathing problems. The famous OG Kush is a direct descendant of this genetics, which set a quality standard in its day for its tight buds and concentration of giant trichomes


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The masterpiece of one of the best breeders in history, the great DJ Short. It is a hybrid mainly indica with a very special effect, since it starts out very euphoric but as time goes by it becomes more and more relaxing until it leaves you totally asleep. It is an ideal marijuana for people with psychological problems, or also for those who think a lot about things, because it makes you see everything from a more positive point of view and that helps you to fall asleep faster


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It is the perfect definition of sedative medical cannabis, because it is enough with a few puffs to feel a great general relaxation. It is supposed to descend from ancient Afghan cultivars, but it was first cultivated in the USA and later in Holland, where it was also crossed with other narcotic strains such as the potent G-13. It is not very psychoactive, in fact it has the particularity to slow down the speed of thoughts and pulses, so it leaves you ready to sleep 8 hours in a row without problems.


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6.Black Domina

This plant developed by SensiSeeds seems to have been created as a special variety to sleep better, since it is formulated from several Afghan genetics known for their ability to induce sleep. In many associations of Spain it is the most demanded variety by consumers who need therapeutic marijuana to relax, to escape, and to be able to sleep all night long without the risk of waking up for any reason. Its cultivation is very simple, and normally yields very well in any circumstance.


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7.Bubba Kush

Besides being one of the best marijuana strains for sleeping, BubbaKush has one of the most original flavors in history, with a unique touch of coffee. Its Pakistani ancestors give it a very powerful soporific power, and the concentrates of this strain could be considered as the most similar natural medicine to Diazepam. It is a special marijuana to end the day, to disconnect, to forget the problems, to calm the nerves, to relieve muscular pains, and thanks to all this to enjoy a night of placid sleep


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Despite being a phenotype of Skunk#1, the Afghan part of the cross is very dominant in general in this plant, showing its sweet and pungent flavor, and especially an effect that feels much more sedative than the typical psychoactivity and stimulation that usually cause the Skunk. If you tend to wake up easily, or you are one of those who turn 1000 times in bed before falling asleep, try this variety and you will sleep like a baby every night.


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9.White Rhino

It is undoubtedly the most indica variety of all the White family, a cross between White Widow and Afghan created by the famous Shantibaba. This same genetics is also known under the name of Medicine Man and it is not by chance, since it is one of the most medicinal varieties of marijuana from the narcotic point of view, to the point of causing the loss of consciousness even. Before the arrival of CBD-rich genetics, this was one of the most consumed weeds at therapeutic level.


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We could not finish this top 10 of the best marijuana strains to sleep without including the best Afghani of all time, because as you may have noticed, it is the genetics that provides the relaxing and sedative effect to several of the plants in this ranking. Until it appeared on the scene the vast majority of consumers preferred the effect of sativas, but today it can be said that it is the most used strain both to create new varieties and especially to treat problems associated with sleep.


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✨ Best CBD-rich marijuana strains to sleep with


Most people who have trouble sleeping are not marijuana users, or do not choose the right type of cannabis. Just as it is recommended not to do certain activities just before going to bed because they do not help to fall asleep, it is possible that consuming very psychoactive marijuana can be counterproductive in this regard. But luckily nowadays we have a lot of marijuana seeds rich in cannabidiol that can be special to sleep better and also have other medicinal properties, and here below you can see the 10 that we consider the best


1.Afghan Kush CBD

One of the best sleeping marijuana strains of all time, with a THC to CBD ratio of 1:1 and high amounts of beta caryophyllene. The combination between its Afghan genetics with cannabidiol facilitates and optimizes the rest, and the best thing is that the next day you wake up as new, without hangover or body burden of any kind.


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2.Black Domina CBD

If the normal Black Domina is already one of the most powerful strains from the sedative point of view, with the inclusion of CBD this quality has been reinforced to the point of not being able to give more than 3 or 4 puffs without noticing a body heaviness and an excessive sleepiness that forces you to sit or lie down, and before you know it you will be totally fried.


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3.CBD Time

This genetics has less than 1% of THC, but contains more than 20% of CBD, so you can get an idea of its potency, without psychoactive effects but with a great ability to cause quality sleep. Its aroma and flavor is delicious, and this added to its therapeutic effect is getting that CBD Time is one of the favorite bedside marijuana for many users.


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4.Medikit CBD

Variety created by BuddhaSeeds from the famous Harlequin, possibly the genetics rich in CBD most used all over the world to be able to sleep at night. Like CBD Time, Medikit CBD has less than 1% THC and a high content of cannabidiol, and thanks to this, in addition to improving rest, it inhibits pain, relaxes the body and calms the nerves.


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Élite Seeds is a seed bank specialized in medical marijuana, and among all the genetics they offer in their catalog, Solodiol is the best variety of all to sleep better. Its flavor is reminiscent of the Diesel family, it offers a great yield of buds and resin, and does not cause psychoactivity of any kind, it just relaxes you to such an extent that it leaves you asleep without even realizing it.


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6.CBD Blue Shark

With a 100% Indica chemotype and a THC to CBD ratio of 1:1, these Barney’s Farm seeds are the best solution for people with insomnia who cannot find a solution to their problem. It is a cross between Blue Cheese Strain and CBD Shark, so in addition to its effect, it stands out for its extraordinary earthy and sweet taste.


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7.Pakistan Chitral CBD

Another variety that combines a 100% Indica genetics with high values of cannabidiol so that people with sleep problems can sleep like a dormouse every night. This cannabis is hypnotic for its effect, but also for the striking colors of the buds, a deep purple unmatched.


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8.CBD Chronic

The medicinal version of Chronic is one of the most consumed to escape from the problems of the day to day and to be able to sleep peacefully. Its genetics combines a great selection of Chronic of Serious Seeds with the miraculous Remedy of the CBD Crew, and the result is a type of therapeutic cannabis that produces a lot of sleep in just a few minutes after its consumption


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Blackdance was developed by Reggae Seeds, a bank specialized in CBD-rich genetics that has a catalog full of medicinal varieties. Among all of them, Blackdance stands out for its narcotic powers and its excellent sweet taste, a jewel that will make you dance in your sleep for hours, waking up fresh as a rose and without any kind of hangover.


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10.Recovery CBD

Medical Seeds has several strains of marijuana ideal for deep sleep, but if we had to choose only one, we would choose Recovery CBD without any doubt. Thanks to the combination of 2 plants that stand out for their high concentration of CBD, this bank has created a sedative medicine like few others, the best way to end the day and prepare for a night of pleasant lethargy.


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🔥 Cannabis oil for sleep


Oil made from cannabis can be your best ally in fighting insomnia. There are several types and, although CBD is good, the best cannabis oil for sleeping is the one containing CBN. Unfortunately the latter ones are not yet for sale worldwide, although we hope that in a short term we will have them available..


How to take cannabis oil to sleep

If we only consume it to help us fall asleep, ideally you must take the oil an hour before going to bed, so that it takes effect as we end the day. How many drops of cannabis oil to sleep? This depends on several things: the concentration, your weight, the tolerance you have or the effect power you want to achieve. For example, with CBD oil at 2% concentration, it is recommended to start by taking 3 drops in adults between 132 and 198 pounds (60-90 kilograms).


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☕ Cannabis tea for sleep


It is one of the most widespread ways of using cannabis to combat insomnia. Sleeping cannabis tea is very effective and can be also combined with other plants to boost its effect. They are usually infusions made from hemp flowers and contain high levels of CBD and traces of other cannabinoids.

Remember that ingested weed takes longer to work than when it is consumed smoked or sublingually. It can take an hour or even longer to notice it, so it is recommended that you drink your cannabis tea right after dinner if you want to fall asleep as soon as possible.



👌 Cannabis edibles for sleep


In places like the USA and Canada, cannabis edibles are becoming more popular for sleeping, relaxing, treating ailments or replacing smoke as a way of consumption. Chocolate, candy, black truffle and all kinds of products to eat combined with cannabis so you don’t have any trouble falling asleep. We are sure that in a short time they will be the substitute of classic infusions or Melatonin products that are massively used nowadays.



⭐ How to sleep without weed?


As we have seen, cannabis is perfect to help you sleep, but people are creatures of habit, and when you get your body used to it, when you leave it, you miss it. That’s why some people don’t sleep without weed, and that can also be a problem.

It is natural to be able to sleep without the help of cannabis or any other sedative, as a resting habit for the body and mind. To those people who ask us how to sleep without consuming weed, we recommend that they increase their physical and psychological activity with all sorts of exercises, so that when it is time to go to sleep they will be exhausted, both physically and mentally. This is the best way to fall asleep naturally.



🧐 Conclusion


Among all available sleeping pills, cannabis is one of the most effective and harmless, but not all varieties or for everyone. Choose a genetics that has high levels of CBN, CBD or both if possible, and combined with Mircene, Terpineol or Caryophyllene.

Remember that eaten cannabis is much more powerful than smoked or vaporized, but it also takes much longer to work, so you may want to take it at least an hour before you experience its sedative power. If you liked this post, share it on your social networks, so this information can reach people who need it.


📲 Frequently asked questions


Is marijuana good for sleep?

In principle yes, because among the most important general effects of cannabis are relaxation and sleep induction. But not all strains produce the same effects, and sativa strains can create the opposite effect because they accelerate thoughts, produce euphoria, and in some cases even cause tachycardia.


What is the best marijuana for sleeping?

Until a few years ago the best marijuana for better sleep was indica, and they are still very good today, but right now CBD-rich strains have proven to be better in this regard when it comes to enhancing sleep without feeling stimulation or other psychotropic effects.


Can marijuana make you sleep for a long time?

Yes, especially CBD-rich genetics, and there are many people who have told us that they had never been able to sleep for such a long time until they started taking cannabidiol. Many people take melatonin or doxylamine to sleep better, but these drugs are short-acting, and although they help people fall asleep, they often wake up in the middle of the night and find it hard to get back to sleep, something that does not happen with cannabis.


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