Cannabis for Sleep

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Weed is the great relaxer. It has been used for centuries as a natural sleep aid, and with its legalization in many states, more people are turning to it for help with insomnia and other sleep issues. In fact, a staggering 50–70 million individuals suffer from sleep quality and sleep-related disorders. (1) Therefore, it’s vital that people are able to find effective ways of winding down after a hard day’s work.

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, many people struggle with falling and staying asleep due to various reasons such as stress, anxiety, and chronic pain. This is where medical cannabis comes in. With so many different strains and products available, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is best for your sleep needs. At Medallion Wellness, our team of expert budtenders can guide you through the process of choosing the right cannabis product to help you get a good night’s rest.

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Catching Some Z’s

A staggering number of Americans are not getting enough sleep. In fact, a 2022 study revealed that 1 in 5 people aged 25 to 45 years are getting 90 minutes less sleep than is needed to maintain good health. (2) That means there’s an awful lot of people going about their day-to-day lives sleep-deprived!

Not getting the sleep you need can have a detrimental effect on short and long-term health, productivity, and mood. And unfortunately, chronic sleep issues are very common.

What happens when you don’t get enough sleep?

A lack of sleep can have serious effects on your health, and is tied to the following: (2)

  • Lower quality of life
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Diabetes & insulin resistance
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

The Endocannabinoid System & Sleep

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex network of receptors and neurotransmitters that play a crucial role in regulating various bodily functions. One of the key functions that it helps to regulate is sleep. It has been shown to play a significant role in promoting healthy sleep patterns by regulating the sleep-wake cycle.

The ECS interacts with cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, such as THC and CBD, which have been known to have sedative effects. This interaction can help to reduce anxiety and stress, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.

Additionally, the endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in regulating the production of hormones such as melatonin, which is responsible for inducing sleep. Evidence suggests that the endocannabinoid system can help to increase the production of melatonin, leading to improved sleep quality and duration.

What’s the Best Weed for Sleep?

The first thing to consider when choosing a cannabis product for sleep is your choice of flower.


Indicas are known for their relaxing and calming effects on both the mind and body. They can help reduce anxiety, relieve pain and muscle tension, and promote a sense of overall relaxation. This makes them an excellent choice for those who struggle with insomnia or other sleep disorders.


Sativas tend to be more energizing and uplifting, making them better suited for daytime use. However, some sativa-dominant hybrids, such as Strawberry Cough, are renowned for their sedative qualities.


Hybrids combine the effects of both indica and sativa, so they can be tailored to your specific needs. Indica-dominant strains may be better for some people in achieving a restful sleep.

Popular Cannabis Strains for Sleep

“Indicas are for sleep” and “sativas are for energy” are phrases we hear a lot in the weed world. But in spite of these generalities, many cannabis experts stress that the most important determiner when it comes to the best weed for sleep is the individual strain itself. Depending on your preference and tolerance, our team can recommend an appropriate strain type that will help you achieve a restful sleep.

  • Northern Lights
  • Skywalker OG
  • OG Kush
  • Granddaddy Purple
  • God’s Gift
  • Trainwreck
  • Tahoe OG Kush
  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • Hindu Kush
  • Do-Si-Do’

If You Don’t Want to Smoke Flower…

Cannabis can be consumed in various forms, each with its own unique onset time and duration. 

  • Edibles – Edibles, such as gummies or brownies, take longer to kick in but can last for several hours – enough time to get you into a restful state of mind. Additionally, mixed ratios of THC and other cannabinoids like CBN can enhance the sedative effects.
  • Tinctures – Tinctures are a way to use cannabis without having to smoke, but with a faster onset than edibles. Sleep-specific tinctures can often contain high or equal ratios of THC, CBD, and CBN.
  • Vaporizers – Vapes offer the fastest onset time and provide immediate relief, so you’ll be ready for a peaceful night’s rest quickly. Distillates in vape pens offer a cleaner smoke compared to blunts, so you may want to keep your sleep vape on your nightstand, where it’s most conveniently used before bedtime.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. It does not have the psychoactive effects of THC, which is responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis use. Instead, CBD works to promote relaxation and calmness by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Several studies have shown that CBD has a calming effect on the central nervous system. (3) This points to it being a possible way to relax and wind down at the end of the day.

Cannabinol (CBN)

CBN is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has been found to have a wide range of therapeutic benefits. It is known for its sedative effects and is often used as a sleep aid. While it is not as well-known as other cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, it is gaining popularity among those seeking natural remedies for sleep and relaxation.

CBN has many potential benefits, including:

  • Improved sleep: CBN is known for its sedative properties and may help individuals struggling with sleep disorders fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
  • Pain relief: CBN has been shown to have pain-relieving effects, making it a potential alternative to traditional pain medications.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: CBN has anti-inflammatory properties that may benefit those suffering from chronic inflammation-related conditions, such as arthritis.
  • Reduced anxiety: CBN may help reduce anxiety symptoms by promoting relaxation and calmness.
  • Potential anti-cancer properties: While more research is needed, early studies suggest that CBN may have anti-cancer properties.
  • At Medallion Wellness, our team of professionals can help you find the right CBN product and dosage for your specific needs. Contact us today to learn more about how CBN can benefit your overall health and wellness.

Weed Products for Sleep at Medallion Wellness

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Cost of Cannabis for Sleep in Central California

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Is cannabis effective for treating sleep disorders?

Yes, cannabis has been shown to be an effective treatment for sleep disorders such as insomnia. The compounds in cannabis, including CBN and CBD, have relaxing and sedative effects.

What are the best strains of cannabis for sleep?

Indica strains of cannabis are typically recommended for sleep due to their relaxing and calming effects. Some popular strains for sleep include Granddaddy Purple, Northern Lights, and OG Kush.

Are there any potential side effects of using cannabis for sleep?

Some potential side effects of using cannabis for sleep include drowsiness, dry mouth, impaired coordination, and impaired memory. It is important to start with a low dose and monitor for any adverse reactions.


  1. Kesner AJ, Lovinger DM. Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids and Sleep. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience. 2020;13. doi:
  2. Hanson JA, Huecker MR. Sleep Deprivation. PubMed. Published 2020. 
  3. Shannon S. Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series. The Permanente Journal. 2019;23. doi: 
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