Everything You Need to Know About Using Cannabis as a Sleep Aid

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Have you ever had trouble falling asleep — tossing and turning in your sheets as the minutes tick, tick, tick away? Or maybe you have trouble staying asleep, waking up suddenly and highly alert, seemingly out of nowhere.

We’ve all been there. While some of us only experience these restless nights on occasion, there are unfortunately millions of Americans who suffer from insomnia every year. This very common issue of persistent problems falling and staying asleep can lead to irritability, weight gain, and in worse case scenarios — even death.

For these unlucky few (or should we say millions), the traditional “cures” have often included prescription and over-the-counter pills. But here’s the problem, sleeping pills can be addictive and wreak havoc on bodily organs when used for prolonged periods of time. Because of these setbacks, many sleep-deprived sufferers turn to cannabis as an alternative solution. Makes sense, right? Marijuana is natural, non-addictive, and fast-acting — it’s the perfect solution for one’s sleepless nights.

From the best strain type to the most efficient delivery system, here’s everything you need to know about marijuana and sleep.

Indica Vs. Sativa

If you’re looking to knock out, then look to indica strains like Purple OG Kush, Grape Ape, and Purple Urkle. These strains provide a sense of deep body relaxation — perfect for putting your body and mind at ease and allowing for sleep. Sativa strains on the other hand provide a more energetic experience, making it better suited for a social night with friends.


The long and short of it — both can help with insomnia, but one is much, much more effective. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, does not contain psychoactive effects (the feeling of getting high). Insomnia users can use CBD to help reduce inflammation of sore joints and reduce pressure in the head, ultimately helping to relieve any pain that may be keeping you up at night. But if you’re looking for the effects of a true sleep aid, then Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, is a better option. Unlike CBD, THC contains psychoactives which provide a sedative-like feel to help you relax and fall asleep fast.

Edibles Vs. Smoking

Depending on your particular sleep issue, there’s an ideal marijuana product out there for you.

For those who find it difficult to fall asleep, an edible about an hour or two before bedtime is key. Try noshing on a Cookies & Cream Brownie as a nighttime treat that feels as good as it tastes. Or try adding a dollop of Raw Honey to your sleepytime tea to slowly lull yourself into slumbermode.

For those who find themselves waking up in the middle of the night and unable to easily fall back asleep, then lighting up is for you. By smoking dry bud you get high in an instant. There’s no waiting time like with edibles so there’s no planning required. All you have to do is roll it up, fill it up, and/or light it up — you’ll knock out in an instant.

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