The Best Strains for Sleep, Relaxation and to Help Insomnia

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The Best Strains for Sleep, Relaxation and to Help Insomnia

What is better, taking a sleeping pill or rolling up a joint with the great nighttime strain? No surprise, more and more people are choosing the second option. Good strains for nighttime use have fewer side effects (none, actually, if you choose the right strain and know your dosage,) are not addictive, and produce more great effects. So, what can we consume to feel that deep mental and body relaxation? Let us find out.

What Effects Should The Best Strains For Nighttime Use Produce?

Cannabis strains, even if we are talking about nighttime strains only, are very different. For example, there are super calming strains, big doses of which will just knock you out, in a good sense, of course. There are also strains that will make you feel super relaxed yet clear-headed enough to watch a movie before bed. Generally speaking, the most common effects of such strains are:

  1. Deep mental and body relaxation;
  2. Sleepiness;
  3. Stress & pain relief.

The trick is to find the strain that will do exactly what you expect from it. Yes, in most cases, it is found empirically, but some theoretical knowledge can help you narrow the search. So, let us take a look at the top strains for nighttime use.

The Best Strains For Nighttime Use

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Bubba Kush

Basic characteristics of Bubba Kush:

  • THC – From 19 to 23% (average)
  • CBD – Less than 0.4%
  • Other cannabinoids – 0.35 - 2.43% CBG
  • Indica
  • Terpenes – myrcene, linalool, camphene, ocimene, phellandrene
  • Euphoric

Bubba Kush is one of the best strains to smoke after a hard, stressful day. Muscle ease, relaxation, and euphoria are the first associations that come to mind when someone mentions it, and no wonder. People who have already tried it usually use the word ‘tranquilizing’ to describe it. You do not know how comfortable your couch really is until you smoke Bubba Kush. You are likely to fall asleep right after you realize it, but it is not so bad, especially if you suffer from insomnia, anxiety, and/or panic attacks.

The last but not the least thing we can say about this famous strain is that it is a wonderful chocolate taste with hints of coffee is another reason to choose it, of course, if you appreciate not only the effects but also the taste of the weed.

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Cookies And Cream

Basic characteristics of Cookies And Cream:

  • THC – From 23 to 26% (above average)
  • CBD – 0.6%
  • Other cannabinoids – 0.21 - 1.95% THCV
  • 50/50% Indica/Sativa
  • Terpenes – pinene, ocimene, bisabolol, carene, phellandrene
  • Relaxed

This is a pretty calming strain that has won the love of consumers worldwide due to its great qualities and pleasant, sweet, and peppery taste. Besides, it was recognized as the top hybrid and won the 2014 Denver Cannabis Cup. Firstly, it helps to treat symptoms of certain diseases and disorders, in particular, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and relieves pain. Secondly, it is frequently used for relaxation and treating insomnia and that is why it is considered one of the best evening stains.

Generally speaking, consumers note that Cookies And Cream made them feel like “tension melts while your body melts in the bed”, and that is the phrase that describes it perfectly. As for side effects, well, it is likely to make you hungry. This is also a bad strain for work because it makes a consumer terribly unfocused. Some people who have already tried Cookies And Cream often mention that this strain can make you think deeply about important things, so if this is what you like to do before you fall asleep, why not give it a try?

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Purple Urkle

Basic characteristics of Purple Urkle:

  • THC – From 18 to 20% (average)
  • CBD – 0.2%
  • Other cannabinoids – 0.26 - 1.39% CBG
  • Indica
  • Terpenes – limonene, pinene, bisabolol, terpineol, phellandrene, geraniol
  • Euphoric

We would like to warn you – you should never, never consume it except for bedtime. Purple Urkle is one of the most relaxing and yes, definitely the most sleep-inducing strains ever. Still, this is not the only thing that makes it special: it has a great berry smell with hints of fresh grapes.

In other words, this is one of the best strains for people suffering from insomnia and also chronic pain. It allows you to sleep through the night, even if it happens very rarely. Please note that though this strain contains less THC than most of the above-mentioned strains, it is still very potent, so be careful with the dosage.

The Best Strains For Nighttime Use

Death Star

Basic characteristics of Death Star:

  • THC – From 18 to 20% (average)
  • CBD – 0.45%
  • Other cannabinoids – 0.48 - 1.62% THCV
  • Indica
  • Terpenes – caryophyllene, myrcene, pinene, humulene, carene
  • Euphoric

If you are looking for the strain that will make you feel the most relaxing high, Death Star (or Deathstar) may be exactly what you need. Please note that this is a very potent strain, so if you are a newbie, be careful. It can help you treat insomnia, but it is really strong, so there is a fine line between relaxed euphoria that it is supposed to bring and common side effects of TCH.

Still, if you are careful and know your dosage, you can use all of its benefits. First of all, it is known for pain-relieving effects (it relieves headaches, migraines and even localized pain like a toothache.) Secondly, it relaxes the muscles. Thirdly, it makes you hungry. Finally, it makes you feel calm euphoria and pure happiness before you fall asleep. By the way, this is one of the rare strains that are good for daytime and nighttime use, so feel free to experiment with this legendary variety of cannabis.

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Grease Monkey

Basic characteristics of Grease Monkey:

  • THC – From 24 to 26% (more than average)
  • CBD – 0.5%
  • Other cannabinoids – 0.24 - 1.17% CBC and 0.14 - 1.21% CBG
  • Indica
  • Terpenes – limonene, pinene, myrcene, caryophyllene, carene
  • Euphoric

The first thing we need to say about this strain is “Beginners, beware. It might be too strong.” Well, it really hits quick, and as you can see, it contains a lot of tetrahydrocannabinol, so you should mind the dosages.

Aside from that, this is definitely one of the best relaxing strains that can help people suffering from pain, insomnia, nausea, and eating disorders. It does not produce the most hated negative effects like anxiety and paranoia. Dry mouth is the worst thing that can happen to a consumer, of course, if he or she is a daily smoker and not a newbie.

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Granddaddy Purple

Basic characteristics of Granddaddy Purple:

  • THC – From 16 to 20% (average)
  • CBD – 1%
  • Other cannabinoids – 0.13 - 1.54% CBG and 0.3 - 1.35% THCV
  • Indica
  • Terpenes – limonene, linalool, pinene, bisabolol, camphene, geraniol
  • Euphoric

Even if you are a Sativa person, and if you are looking for the strain that will not make you hungry but will relax your body and mind and bring that dreamy buzz, just give Granddaddy Purple a try. It has a complex and very specific berry and grape aroma. Some people like it, and some people don’t, but you never find out until you try.

As for the effects, they are felt both in body and mind: a consumer, who chooses this strain, is likely to feel euphoria, relaxation, pain and stress relief, sleepiness, hunger and muscle relief. It is perfect for the evening time, as it allows a consumer to calm down, forget about all the problems, feel at peace, maybe even focus on something pleasant and beautiful, and then go to bed gently.

The Best Strains For Nighttime Use

Purple Kush

Basic characteristics of Purple Kush:

  • THC – From 20 to 23% (average)
  • CBD – 0.57%
  • Other cannabinoids – 0.42 - 1.83% CBG
  • Indica
  • Terpenes – myrcene, limonene, bisabolol, camphene, terpineol, phellandrene
  • Euphoric

You smoke Purple Kush and your body goes straight into a relaxed state, and that is how Purple Kush works. The effects last for a really long time. The best thing is that it helps a consumer get rid of pain, stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Some consumers note that they were still able to do some activity, but it depends on how your body reacts and plenty of other factors.

It is likely to make you hungry. You will feel euphoric. You will not feel anxiety or paranoia. Chances are you will fall into the state of meditative comfort. More than enough reason to give it a try, right?


Basic characteristics of G-13:

  • THC – From 18 to 21% (average)
  • CBD – 0.75%
  • Other cannabinoids – 0.49 - 1.21% CBC, 0.29 - 2.19% CBG
  • Indica
  • Terpenes – pinene, humulene, carene, ocimene, phellandrene
  • Euphoric

This strain is legendary in every way possible. It is a super-strong Indica that has an interesting story. It is believed that the FBI and CIA gathered the top weed and ordered to breed the best hybrid ever in the late sixties. This allowed creating unique G-13, and it was finally breaded for people. This is probably a myth (but who knows.) Now, let us move to the facts.

Firstly, it is loved this much for its unique ability to make consumers feel peace and tranquility they have never felt before, and well, that is important for a nighttime strain. In general, this is a versatile strain. It can be used in the afternoon as in the evening. It depends on the effects you feel, but in most cases, these are euphoria, happiness, and relaxation. Over 1/3 of consumers noted that they felt sleepy, but it depends on the time when you consume it and your intentions, too. Just feel free to experiment with G-13 to find out if it works as the evening strain for you.

God’s Gift

Basic characteristics of God’s Gift:

  • THC – From 19 to 22% (average)
  • CBD – 1%
  • Other cannabinoids – 0.38 - 1.68% CBG, 0.34 - 1.62% THCV
  • Indica
  • Terpenes – limonene, caryophyllene, carene, phellandrene, pulegone
  • Euphoric

As its name suggests, God’s Gift is something special. It is great for meditation, watching TV, and relaxing. It will rid you of anxiety, insomnia, and pain and turn a bad day into a good day really quickly and for a really long time.

This strain has a very distinct smell, so you will always know when you are holding God’s gift in your hands. There are no energetic, mind-racing effects produced by it, so if you are looking for a great strain for nighttime use to get couch long and enjoy deep, long sleep, look no further. Who knows, maybe this variety of cannabis will become your favorite one.

The Best Strains For Nighttime Use

9 Pound Hammer

Basic characteristics of 9 Pound Hammer:

  • THC – From 20 to 23% (average)
  • CBD – 0.7%
  • Other cannabinoids – 0.44 - 1.57% CBG, CBC > 1%
  • Indica
  • Terpenes – pinene, eucalyptol, humulene, terpinolene, phellandrene
  • Euphoric

Even the patients who were struggling with insomnia and anxiety for years (and some even for decades) note that 9 Pound Hammer can knock them out. If you are a newbie, just be careful – taking too many hits is a bad idea. This strain is very powerful and incredibly relaxing, and the trick is to find the right dosage and enjoy the calming effect of the strain.

We are not going to deny that the taste of 9 Pound Hammer is very specific – some consumers like that taste of grape, and some don’t. However, even some of those who don’t continue to use this strain just because it is the most effective Indica for people who want to get rid of insomnia, anxiety, and pain.

Northern Lights

Basic characteristics of Northern Lights:

  • THC – From 14 to 18% (a bit less than average)
  • CBD – 0.47%
  • Other cannabinoids – 0.39 - 1.67% CBG
  • Indica
  • Terpenes – caryophyllene, pinene, bisabolol, camphene, ocimene, phellandrene
  • Euphoric

Meet another heavy hitter – the legendary Northern Lights. We all feel anxious and stressed out from time to time, and we all need something that will make us feel happier and calmer, as well as something that can help us fall asleep. In such cases, Northern Lights is what people need. Maybe, it is not as calming as some of the above-mentioned strains, for example, 9 Pound Hammer or Purple Ukrle, but it is still able to turn your bed into the most comfortable place ever – some consumers note that it is like “staring directly into the stars.”

This is a pretty tasty strain, too. Its fans always distinguish it due to the sweet, spicy aroma. Besides, Northern Lights also relaxes muscles, relieves pain, and helps to cope with daily or chronic stress and depression.

Blue Cheese

Basic characteristics of Blue Cheese:

  • THC – From 15 to 18% (a bit less than average)
  • CBD – 0.65%
  • Other cannabinoids – 0.4 - 1.9% THCV
  • Indica
  • Terpenes – myrcene, limonene, caryophyllene, linalool, pinene, carene
  • Euphoric

Though Blue Cheese is just a “pretty calming” strain, we would not recommend it for daytime consumption. It does not make you too tired or too sleepy, but you will not be as productive as with some energetic strain. This one is for muscle spasms relief, pain and stress relief, and, of course, deep relaxation at the end of the day, and not for work.

Besides, it is often used by people with fibromyalgia, too. A lot of consumers love it not only for the great effects but also for fruity aroma, so if you appreciate the good taste, you should give this one a try.

P.S. It is very fun to grow, too.

Grape Ape

Basic characteristics of Grape Ape:

  • THC – From 17 to 20% (average)
  • CBD – 0.5%
  • Other cannabinoids – CBC > 1%, 0.25 - 1.87% THCV
  • Indica
  • Terpenes – myrcene, limonene, carene, ocimene, phellandrene
  • Euphoric

Beware, this strain can become your favorite Indica! Most consumers say that it makes you much heavier than you really are and brings relaxing mental and body high, so if you are going to smoke it and then do some activities, stop, until it is too late. Grape Ape makes you feel comfortable sedated, happy and calm. It is also the perfect strain for pain and stress management.

Certain doses are good for watching movies – just roll up a joint and enjoy the true rest. However, if you consume a bit more, chances are you will be knocked out shortly. Well, this is what makes it one of the best strains for nighttime use, so we have got nothing to complain about.

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Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are lots of different hybrids and Indica strains that work better than any sleeping pill. Some of them make you feel relaxed yet clear-headed, and some just make you fall asleep. Some are super sweet, and some are peppery. Some of them bring that euphoric feeling, and some can rid you of pain. Just consider all the options we mentioned and describe before, choose the most suitable ones and start your own empirical research to find strains that will become your favorites.

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