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Cannabis Strains to Avoid if You Need Sleep

By Kasey Craig
Published: February 5, 2019 | Last updated: May 11, 2021
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Cannabis users who suffer from insomnia and have trouble sleeping should make sure their strain of choice is not having a detrimental effect. Kasey Craig looks at three types of weed that might have people tossing and turning in bed instead of sleeping soundly.

Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night, but those with insomnia can find it hard to get that much rest. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, or cause someone to wake up early and not be able to get back to sleep. Insomnia can deplete energy levels, affect mood, health, work performance, and quality of life.

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Cannabis has been used for thousands of years for its psychoactive and medicinal qualities. Endocannabinoids activate cannabinoid receptors, which are involved in regulating things like appetite, pain, memory, and mood, along with other physiological processes. Past studies indicate that those with mood or anxiety disorders have lower levels of endocannabinoids. THC can activate the cannabinoid receptors, and the drug may be able to relieve symptoms of these disorders.

Insomnia sufferers know the struggle of attempting to fall asleep after smoking a high-energy strain, the kind of hyperactive mental buzz that has you climbing the walls at 2 a.m. It is important to know which strains to avoid when you are using cannabis and you suffer from insomnia, or generally have a hard time getting to or staying asleep.

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Avoid These High-energy Cannabis Strains

Those that suffer from insomnia should avoid high-energy strains late in the day (you should also avoid caffeine and sugary snacks). Too much focus and energy can make falling asleep become more complicated than necessary, so avoid the following strains:

Green Crack

The name Green Crack perpetuates a negative image of cannabis; some have been calling it Green Cush (with a “C”) or Cush instead. The plant was bred by inbreeding Skunk #1 and got its name from Snoop Dogg. The taste is illustrated as tropical mango-like sweetness. This strain is excellent for daytime use in patients suffering from fatigue, loss of appetite, stress, and depression. This sativa is heaven-sent for those who need motivation. However, Green Crack could be too much for paranoia-prone people and those with insomnia should avoid smoking this strain, especially before bed.

Durban Poison

Thankfully, this strain is not poisonous, just powerfully uplifting. This is the natural five-hour energy many people look for come midday. Durban Poison is sweet and spicy — sure to motivate even the laziest cannabis connoisseur. The primary medicinal qualities of Durban Poison are energy, creativity, migraine relief, and anti-nausea properties. This is ideal for people suffering from stress and fatigue; the strain is associated with general energy boost, mental productivity and increased sociability. Durban Poison has proved effective in treatment for depression, anxiety, ADD and ADHD, bipolar disorder, and even those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This cannabis strain has medicinal benefits for many people, however, those with insomnia may find falling asleep after consuming this strain difficult.

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Ghost Train Haze

Ghost Train Haze is a sativa-dominant hybrid that could easily be classified as some very potent cannabis, with very pleasurable effects for artistic people. This strain has energy-boosting euphoric sensations — great for a morning smoke. Ghost Train Haze will have users feeling lively and creative. This plant has high THC content and is best suitable for frequent cannabis users, while those with low tolerance should approach this strain with caution. The hybrid may make users feel anxious, especially if they are not accustomed to some strong sativa or are prone to anxiety. If consumed in large quantities, possible overthinking and paranoia may be experienced. Overthinking can be stressful and those with insomnia don’t need more reasons to toss and turn at night.

(For other strains to avoid for sleep, check out: 10 Cannabis Strains For Happiness and Euphoria)

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Cannabis and Insomnia

Insomnia can be detrimental to one’s health in the long run, with many other side effects for those who don’t get a good night’s sleep. There are pharmaceutical treatments for sleep issues, but they come with plenty of side effects and some can be addictive. Those with insomnia looking for a natural solution should look for strains that give an awesome night’s sleep.

There are hundreds of cannabis strains and each unique strain falls into one of three categories; sativa, indica, and hybrid. Sativas are typically energizing, while indica strains usually create a relaxing euphoria for users.

Insomnia sufferers should avoid smoking sativa strains, especially in the evenings. The energy associated with its effects can make it difficult for users to find peaceful sleep quickly. If your insomnia is causing daytime tiredness or sleepiness, smoking some sativa in the morning could help you be more productive.

The best sleep-inducing cannabis strains are indica and indica-dominant hybrids. These strains will see you through those sleepless nights. Some strains are highly potent, and you should always use caution. Remember, a little can go a long way.

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Written by Kasey Craig | Senior Content Writer at MedicareFAQ

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Kasey Craig is a Senior Content Writer at MedicareFAQ. She has a wealth of knowledge on the topics of alternative medicine, insurance, travel, money, saving and more. She is working towards getting her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Florida. Kasey is passionate about her writing and it reflects through her content.

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