You’ve decided medical cannabis is the solution for your insomnia. There’s good evidence to support the idea cannabis may help people struggling with insomnia. As a psychoactive medication, cannabis works on the brain and the central nervous system. Its effects may include relaxation, a sense of ease, drowsiness, and sleep.
Once you’ve received your authorization to treat insomnia with medical cannabis, you’ll need to select a strain. While you may need to experiment with a few different strains to find the right one for you, it can be difficult to even pick a place to begin.
There are so many different options! Check out a few of the strains on this list. All of them are recommended for treating insomnia. Narrowing the field could help you find a place to start.
1. Hindu Kush
Most Kush strains are heavy indicas, which may be perfect for promoting sleep, calm, and relaxation. Any number of them could be contenders on a list of best medical cannabis strains for insomnia. Many like Afghan Kush and OG Kush make such lists with regularity.
Hindu Kush is the originator of most of these strains. It exhibits the fundamentals insomniacs want in a medical cannabis strain. Patients suggest it relaxes the body and the mind, stopping racing thoughts and easing you into a sense of calm before you drift off to sleep.
2. Blue Cheese
Blue Cheese is another potent indica strain, which some people highly recommend in the treatment of insomnia. Many users note it puts them to sleep in a short time. They suggest it helps unwind both the mind and body. It may also be an effective treatment for minor aches and pains.
Some users will delight in its unique hints of blueberry and cheese, while others might find it quite off-putting.
3. Critical Mass
If you have trouble falling asleep or even staying asleep once you get there, Critical Mass might be the cannabis strain for you. Widely known to be one of the most potent indicas around, Critical Mass is infamous for putting people into a “couch-lock.”
Different variations on Critical Mass exist. The strain usually features a high THC content. Some variations emphasize CBD content, combining the two to potentially help you get to sleep and stay there.
4. Granddaddy Purple
Granddaddy Purple is a medical cannabis strain that has been around for a while. Popular since the 1980s, it’s earned its reputation and its place as one of the most popular purple strains in the world.
Users state this indica strain acts quickly to unwind you physically and mentally. Many say it’s helpful in treating anxiety and depression. If your insomnia is the result of anxious thoughts or depression, this might be the strain for you.
5. Northern Lights
Northern Lights is another strain that’s been around for a while. Originating in the 1980s, it’s noted for its ability to lull even the most restless of minds into a deep, restful sleep. Patients note it also numbs pain.
This indica has a high THC content. It’s best to approach it with the “start low and go slow” rule, particularly if you’re a cannabis novice.
Among users, Ogre has a reputation for fighting insomnia effectively. Some people are surprised to learn this medical cannabis strain isn’t a pure indica. Instead, Ogre is a hybrid strain, combining the best of sativa and indica to potentially promote sleep.
For those who find indicas too potent (or ineffective), Ogre might be the ideal solution. It’s also noted for its citrus taste, making it more appealing than some other strains.
There are many other strains of medical cannabis that claim to promote sleep and combat insomnia. Discuss your options with your medical provider. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different strains to find what works for you.