Strains to Get Your Sleep Back on Track
Ever find yourself wide awake in the middle of the night and zombified during the day? You’re not alone. More and more, people are turning to cannabis to get their sleep patterns and daytime productivity back on track.
Choosing a cannabis strain can feel confusing, especially for newbies at a pot shop that carries dozens of strains with quirky names and no clear messaging on what they do.
The simple fact of the matter is, not all strains are created equal. Most indica strains, for example, treat insomnia effectively because of the strong physical body highs they produce, along with a small side of psychoactive effects like euphoria. Sativa strains, on the other hand, often have the opposite effect. Sativa users report feeling exceedingly productive after a few puffs, which makes it an attractive choice for those who need to focus or stay alert.
3 Cannabis Strains Light Sleepers Will Love
An increasing number of people are choosing cannabis over sleeping pills and pharmaceuticals for a good night’s sleep, and rightly so.
Growing bodies of research have found that cannabis consumption increases the length of Stage 3 sleep time. Stage 3 sleep time is when the body engages in its most powerful restorative work, repairing cells and strengthening immune function.
Traditionally associated with a relaxing body high, bud tenders often recommend indica strains to consumers who struggle with sleepless nights. Besides indica, most strains with Kush in their name are also likely to combat insomnia. Additionally, consumers should look for strains that feature both THC and CBD cannabinoids. Below are three excellent cannabis strains that insomniacs will want to include in their bedtime routine.
A cross of OG Kush and Granddaddy Purple, God’s Gift is an indica-dominant strain with a THC content of 27 percent. Cannabis consumers should puff this potent strain with caution, and only close to bedtime. It doesn’t take long for God’s Gift to deliver its deliciously tranquilizing and long-lasting effects.
Relax your muscles, ease your mind, and prepare to sleep deep under the calming influence of Northern Lights. With a THC content ranging between 16 and 22 percent, Northern Lights is a popular indica-dominant medicinal strain that offers quick and comforting relief to most individuals who need a little (or a lot of) shut-eye.
A classic nighttime strain with a THC content ranging between 12 to 35 percent, Pink Kush is the queen of couch lock. This lemon-scented indica-dominant bud offers a calming and euphoric body-high that makes it ideal for an evening toke. Expect relief from all stress, tension, and insomnia.
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3 Cannabis Strains for Improved Concentration and Focus
Because of the cerebral effects and heightened focus often associated with sativa strains, they’ve become a go-to for cannabis consumers who are having a difficult time concentrating. Sativa strains typically stimulate the mind and help diminish feelings of lethargy, apathy, and anxiety, which can impede productivity. Let’s have a look at the three cannabis strains most favored by daytime consumers.
Rumor has it that after rapper and cannabis connoisseur, Snoop Dogg felt this strain’s potent effects, he nicknamed it Green Crack and that’s what consumers have called it ever since. Green Crack is famous for its intense cerebral high and for relieving symptoms of ADHD in adults. Many cannabis consumers compare this sativa strain to drinking a very strong coffee.
Trainwreck is an impressive sativa-dominant strain named for its cerebral effects and mellow body high that hit users hard and fast — like a train. If you suffer from an overactive mind or just need to sit still for a few hours, a few tokes of Trainwreck will definitely help you chill. In addition to treating insomnia, Trainwreck is an incredibly powerful pain reliever.
The invigorating effects of Sour Diesel on pain, stress, and depression make it one of the best cannabis strains for improving concentration. A little ‘Sour Deez’ goes a long way to keep users feeling energized and focused on important, or tedious, tasks at hand. Try it first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee. With THC potency levels reaching up to 24 percent, Sour D is popular with both medicinal and recreational cannabis users.
Before shopping for and sticking with a specific strain that may or may not work, it’s important to know that everyone will experience strains differently. Factors like terpenes, various cannabinoids, and even a consumer’s history with cannabis and their biological make-up can influence their experience. That said, knowing the differences between indica and sativa strains will help you get a little closer to discovering what works and what doesn’t for you, personally.
Written by Karen Lloyd | Freelance Writer, Digital Marketing Expert
Karen Lloyd is a freelance writer, digital marketing expert and hippy at heart in the city with a small studio, spacious deck and enormous passion for all things cannabis, urban gardening and food equity in Toronto.