It’s official: Life is crazy. Nobody said it would be all rainbows and gummy bears, but as an adult you’ve likely had one of those days where it just hits you like linebacker with a vendetta. On top of that, in the modern, developed world, we tend to live very stimulated lives that give us instant access to virtually anything we could ever want. Push a few buttons, and food, transportation, and entertainment are at our fingertips.
Somehow, even that is never enough. Unfortunately, all that overstimulation and instant gratification can inflict some serious wear and tear on your mind and body in ways you might not notice until it’s time to wind down and get ready for bed. When that cozy pillow should be singing a siren song to lure you away to dreamland, your mind is babbling a million miles an hour with no sign of slowing down.
To pass the time, you may try to distract yourself further to tire the mind out. Before you know it, five o’clock in the morning is staring you in the eyeballs, you’ve eaten a holiday meal’s worth of snacks, and you’ve watched WAY more reruns than you’re proud to admit on a weeknight. Wash, rinse, repeat.
There are millions of people who find it really difficult to get a good night’s rest. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, “Around 1 in 3 people have at least mild insomnia.” This can come about from stress, anxiety, depression, using caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol, as well as complications from medical conditions or environmental changes. More people than not can probably relate to some of these ingredients of insomnia.
Skip the pills
A plethora of OTC sleep aids are available, or your doctor can prescribe pills to help you get to sleep at a decent hour. But is that really the way to go? Some folks find themselves unable to sleep without the drugs. Then they face dependency, not to mention future health risks due to side effects. If only there were a healthier option…
Who would have thought that there is and always has been an answer all along that literally grows on trees? It’s called cannabis, and it’s becoming more and more accessible to people who need it to conquer the big bad insomnia monster in the night. One of the best things about cannabis is that it also fights a lot of the conditions that promote insomnia as well. So it’s somewhat like uprooting the problem, as opposed to just “weed-whacking” it.
Check out these five amazing cannabis strains that are sure to help you get the kind of restful sleep you’ve been longing for. This handful barely scratches the surface, but it may serve as an example for kinds of medication to look for should you ever need it!
If the name alone doesn’t make you want to spend some quality time with this heavenly nugget, then maybe the facts will. The parents of God’s Gift aren’t as ethereal as one might imagine: Granddaddy Purple and OG Kush hung out together to make this darling little love child available for your consumption. It has a shockingly high amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), ranging from 18-22 percent. It’s great for managing pain, which is one of the leading causes for lack of sleep worldwide.
This nice indica-dominant gentleman may be just what the doctor ordered to get you in touch with the Sandman. If you like something that has some funky pungent aroma going on with a little earthy sweetness in the flavor profile, then Mr. Nice is who you need to call. This strain should keep you relaxed, euphoric, drowsy, and happy leading up to bedtime, with no stress within miles of your favorite side of the mattress.
As if the name alone didn’t say enough about the strain, Kryptonite is out of this world. Whereas in the land of comics Kryptonite is the bane of Superman’s existence, so is this strain for pain and insomnia. Ironically, this indica clone-only hybrid’s exact origin remains shrouded in mystery. Maybe it came from outer space, like the Man of Steel. Whatever the case, it delivers a super punch to anything that may be holding you back from a good night’s sleep—be it stress, anxiety, pain, or depression. Kryptonite can contain up to 25 percent THC.
Ace of Spades
This cool cannabis companion is a cross between a sativa parent, Jack the Ripper, and hybrid parent Black Cherry Soda. Imagine earthy, lemony, and berry aromas creeping through your nose and then resting comfortably on your tongue, imparting a pleasant and distinct flavor. Ace of Spades is perfect at the end of a long day. The buds are pretty to look at ranging from earthy greens and popping purples to beautiful blues, all tangled in wiry orange hairs. The uplifting effects of this particular strain will pick you up and drop you off in a soft meadow just before it’s time to count the hopping sheep inside your eyelids. In the words of Leafly user enigmafire: “Knocks me out every time.”
Do you remember how cozy Master Yoda looked snuggled up in that backpack thing that Luke Skywalker was carrying around during training in Star Wars? That’s how this strain will make you feel. Yoda OG is as epic and powerful as it sounds. Its sedating and highly euphoric effects make it the perfect treatment for anxiety and insomnia. Before partaking, you should probably set aside any and all planned activities short of taking it easy. But no matter your preference, May the force be with you!
To multiply the sedative effects of these nighttime strains, consider ingesting them via edibles instead of smoking. When processed in the liver, THC is converted to 11-hydroxy-THC and becomes up to five times more potent. Used this way, almost any strain can relieve insomnia.
Or, if a stress KO is the goal, try decarboxylating the herb for the sleepytime molecule, cannabinol (CBN), instead of THC. Do this by baking your sample at 320° for 90 minutes to two hours. Then, process it as usual in your MagicalButter botanical extractor. Keep the end product separate from your other edibles, because the only euphoria from it will be in your dreams. Two to three hours after eating, heavy relaxation will melt into the best sleep you’ve had in ages. The machine extracts the essential compounds into a variety of forms to suit your preference. Try an herbal butter, oil, or tincture, at the push of a button and with no mess or labor. Your lungs will thank you!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Garyn Angel is an inventor, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com. His company makes the botanical extractor he invented for infusing cannabis into foods and lotions. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of visionary global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—mainly veterans and children—who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed.