Even though there is a dearth of conclusive evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for sleep disorders, many patients are thoroughly convinced that the herb helps them get restorative sleep. At this time, cannabis can be legally used to treat sleep disorders in 7 U.S. states. So what are the best strains to help treat sleep disorders, like insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy? Here are five strains to get you started.
Being a cross of OG Kush indica and Sour Diesel sativa, Headband is sometimes called the ‘love child of cannabis’ power couple’. Even though some dispensaries list Headband as sativa-dominant, many patients report that headband is perfect for helping them fall asleep and stay asleep.
Because of its heavy indica influence that can cause intense drowsiness, Zensation is not a strain that should be used during the day. Many users of this strain have reported falling into deep, restorative sleep and staying asleep – waking up feeling refreshed with minimal or no grogginess.
Big Buddha Cheese
Perhaps the most unique strain to come from U.K. breeders, Big Buddha Cheese is one of those interesting in between strains that can go more than one way, depending on the user. Coming from a cross of Afghani and OG U.K. Cheese, this strain’s indica dominance and relaxing effects suggest that it could be perfect for treating insomnia or other sleep disorders. A few users of this strain do report feeling energetic, talkative and creative, so be sure to try it out and see how it makes you feel before relying on it to put you to sleep.
Guava Dawg is one of the strongest strains on the legal cannabis market. This sweet tasting, indica dominant hybrid contains between 22-25 percent THC. Because of its high THC content and sweet flavor, Guava Dawg is a popular choice to relieve pain and stress, as well as treat depression, eating disorders, and sleep disorders.
Named after the alter ego of Marvel Comics’ The Hulk, Bruce Banner is another strain that has one of the highest levels of THC in existence. This heavy-duty hybrid is a cross of OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel, and is almost guaranteed to put you in a state of deep relaxation.
Any strain with indica dominance should be better than its sativa counterparts, but of course, that’s not always the case. As we’ve said before, it all depends on the user: how they’re feeling before ingesting the strain, their tolerance level, the potency of the particular strain, etc.
Have you successfully treated your sleep disorder with cannabis? If so, what strains have worked best for you? Let us know in the comments and maybe we’ll do a review on it.
Also, please keep in mind this information is for educational and entertainment purposes only and is not meant to diagnose any sleep disorder or offer specific treatment information.