Here at Plantshop, we’re inundated with customers looking for ways to improve their sleep. Whether the cause of insomnia is stress, too much stimulation from screen time or health or age-related reasons chipping away at rest time, cannabis can provide relief without the need for pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter pills. And unlike many of the alternatives, properly dosed cannabis won’t leave you with a post-slumber hangover or other negative side effects.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called sleep deprivation a “public health epidemic.” It can have negative effects on job performance, memory, concentrations and mood, as well as being linked to a host of medical issues including depression, obesity, cancer and diabetes.
Thankfully, conscious cannabis dosing can alleviate insomnia and help you achieve a better night’s rest.
Indica strains of THC (the psychoactive component of the plant) produce a heavy, sleepy, relaxed feeling and body high that helps with falling into sleep. One study found that a higher THC to CBD (more about this cannabinoid in a sec) ratio reduced rapid eye movement, or REM, during the dream cycle of sleep. And less REM sleep means more deep sleep.
Related, other studies have shown that THC can help reduce nightmares in PTSD-related insomnia.
Sleep-focused indica-heavy products include Garden Society Blissful Rest Chocolate and Chewee’s Caramel Apple Indica caramels.
Meanwhile, the cannabinoid CBD has sedating and calming effects and helps reduce anxiety. Everyone is familiar with monkey mind and racing thoughts — CBD can help diminish these issues that frequently stand between you and a good rest. Several CBD-intensive products we recommend are Wyld Strawberry 20:1 CBD gummies, Himalaya 21:1 CBD THC Live Resin cartridge and Proof CBD 1000 mg tincture.
Additionally, CBN has been shown to help with pain relief and can act as a sedative. Find CBN in Emerald Sky Peanut CBN Butter Cups and PBR High Seltzer Midnight Berries CBN Seltzer.
If smoking is your preferred method of consumption, we recommend Twang by The Bohemian Chemist, Cadillac Rainbows by Redwood Remedies and Drew Martin Indica lavender-infused pre rolls to improve sleep.
Plantshop carries a wide range of edibles, tinctures, beverages, vape cartridges, flower and even suppositories specifically formulated to improve sleep hygiene with the aim of giving you a well-rested mind, body and soul.