Think a cure for sleepless nights sounds out-of-this-world, too good to be true?
Insomnia is one of the most common reasons people seek medical marijuana out here in California. Help is so close within reach, I can’t believe more people don’t get with the program.
According to the CDC, sleep deprivation is a top health concern among people in the United States, affecting over a third of all Americans. It causes stress, can lead to auto accidents and difficulty performing everyday tasks.
While they’re supposed to be a solution, pharmaceutical sleep aids are associated with all kinds of problems – including sleepwalking and even sleep-eating. They can cause serious dependency issues, and if you quit taking them, your insomnia will likely come back with a vengeance.
Don’t be that exhausted, miserable person. It’s totally unnecessary to medicate yourself in this manner if you’re living in a state where medical cannabis is legal. You ARE able to get your sleep cycle back on track naturally by stimulating the endocannabinoid system.
I suffered from insomnia for practically my entire life until I started consuming cannabis daily. Now I typically sleep great, and I can tell because my Misfit Shine tracks both light and heavy sleeping time every night.
You don’t even have to consume every day for cannabis to work for you. A couple of puffs or an edible, an hour or two before bed helps most people, but getting into a rhythm of every 2 or 3 days may also be just as helpful. Just like any other health routine, it’s all about starting small andrecognizing the changes your body is going through, finding that ideal set, setting and method of consumption for your individual needs.
Below are some of the strains that FINALLY helped me learn to sleep properly. Seek these out at your local dispensary, or try their genetic “parents” to make for a fun and educational grown-up science experiment.
(indica) [Purple Urkle x Big Bud]
This strain was one of my first loves, and remains my all-time favorite for sleep as well as pain and stress relief. Colors in cannabis often have a deeper genetic meaning; having “Blue” or “Purple” in the name will always suggest a strain crossed with a heavy indica, so you can bet they’ll be good for sleep, evenif they are labeled as “sativa” or “hybrid.”
(sativa-dominant hybrid) [Blueberry x Haze]
While a more inexperienced budtender might tell you to avoid sativa strains before bedtime, I’m going to disagree. Many people can’t sleep even when their bodies are tired, due to the racing thoughts or anxiety in their head. If this is you, a soothing headchange to forget all your worries might do the trick better than a heavy, sedative strain. Blue Dream is the perfect example of a heavy-hitting feel-good hybrid.
(indica or indica-dominant hybrid)
In another instance where understanding cannabis genetics makes decision-making easy, you can pretty much put money on the fact that astrain labeled as “Kush” will be a solid choice for bedtime. Kush strains originate genetically from the mountains of the Middle East and are all distinguished by their heavy sedative feeling. If you’re lucky, you’ll find the elusive Purple Kush, one of the ultimate strains for stress and insomnia.
Keep in mind, even if medical cannabis is legal in your state, insomnia may not be a covered condition. Start reading up on your state and local laws, as well as upcoming elections or legislative actions that may change your situation.
Read my full article at Merry Jane Media for more on cannabis for sleep issues, and please feel free share your favorite sleepy time cannabis strains in the comments!