Best medical marijuana strains for sleep?

”I’ve been having issues falling and staying asleep recently, any recommendations for a strain to keep me asleep?”

Benjamin L.


Finding the best strain of marijuana to help ease your sleeping issues is based a lot on what the cause of your sleeping problems are. The causes of insomnia can be rooted in a variety of different psychiatric or medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits or other biological factors. Sleeping problems can also be the result of engaging in late-night activities that cause spikes in adrenaline such as exercising, drinking coffee late in the late afternoon, watching TV, or eating in bed. It’s estimated that one in three people suffer from sleeping problems so you’re not alone.

If you’re suffering from sleeping issues due to pain, depression, stress or anxiety, marijuana can help. A 1973 study published in Human Pharmacology found that subjects had a significant decrease in the amount of time it took them to fall asleep when given THC. Some strains of marijuana are better for easing insomnia caused by chronic pain whereas others are better at targeting anxiety-induced sleeping problems.

Regular use of a high CBD cannabis product, or at least including some CBD to balance out the psychoactive effects of THC, will be more helpful in bringing an end to sleepless nights. Cannabinol, also known as CBN, is a lesser-known cannabinoid but is five times more sedating than THC.

Due to the fact that everyone has a unique biochemistry and endocannabinoid system, cannabis will work differently from person to person. This means, like any other cannabis product, you’ll need to experiment with a few strains to see what works best for you in terms of which strains will put you to sleep. It is important to consider the correct balance between the levels of THC and CBD, keeping in mind many strains have almost no CBD.

Cameron S.

When it comes to using cannabis for sleep, the method of administration and ingestion is an important factor to consider. Edibles will take effect on your body much slower since they first need to be digested and then processed through the liver. This makes them effective at helping people stay asleep. In contrast, if you choose to vaporize or smoke cannabis, it will produce faster effects that can help you fall asleep more quickly. Here are some great strains to try out to help you get better sleep.


Harlequin has a CBD to THC ratio that’s typically 5:2, it is enjoyed by both medical and recreational cannabis uses. It is a Sativa-dominant hybrid derived from cannabis landrace strains from Colombia, Thailand, Switzerland, and Nepal. The strain is best known for its ability to relieve pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. Harlequin is calming and helps people fall and stay asleep. It is particularly good for people who have anxiety-driven insomnia as it has little to no psychoactive.


Girl Scout Cookies is an Indica strain with 20% THC and 2% CBD. This strain is typically used to help with depression, it’s known for sedating, full-body relaxation effects, making it a good choice for those suffering from insomnia. Girl Scout Cookies is very potent so consumers are advised to take it slow as it can produce psychoactive effects if overconsumed.


Afghani CBD is a landrace cannabis strain, a classic Indica when you’re looking to wind down at the end of the day. It’s a high CBD strain that’s known to be relaxing and therapeutic. This strain is also great for relieving chronic pain and reducing muscle spasms. Because Afghani CBD has high levels of CBD, it produces a nice calming effect that can help consumers fall asleep.

Glenn T.

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