For most people suffering with sleeplessness, stress is the culprit. And we know cannabis can reduce and relieve stress, and unwind anxiety, particularly at lower doses. So how can you optimize the insomnia-fighting powers of cannabis and turn your sleepless stress into a nice stoned slumber?
First, try smoking (or vaping) one of Leafly’s best strains for sleep. You’ll notice a lot of heavy indicas like Grandaddy Purple, God’s Gift, Afghan Kush, and Northern Lights, since indica strains are usually more sedative to the mind, and relaxing to the body, than sativas.
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Also, consider trying one of a host of new products that have recently hit the market, aimed at those seeking a better night’s sleep. Some of them blend cannabis with additional sedative herbs like lavender, while others offer isolated cannabinoids such as cannabinol (CBN), which is formed as THC begins to degrade and is the reason smoking an old stale bag of weed will make you sleepy.
CBN is also formed when THC is heated for too long or at too high of a temperature.
According to pioneering cannabis lab Steep Hill:
Of all the cannabinoids, CBN appears to be the most sedative. Not only is it sedative, it takes very little to do the job. The consumption of 2.5mg to 5mg of CBN has the same level of sedation as a mild pharmaceutical sedative, with a relaxed body sensation similar to 5mg to 10mg of diazepam. CBN is synergistic with both CBD and D9THC for inducement of sleeping, and when mixed in the correct ratios, CBN becomes an effective sleep aid of 5-6 hours duration.
Whether you’re using products rich in THC, CBD or CBN, the key is to keep experimenting until you find the dose and delivery system (smoking, vaping, tinctures, edibles, topical) that works for you.