When you’re worried about a project at work or the busy week ahead for you and the kids, it’s hard to quiet the mind enough to get a good night’s rest. But, a healthy sleep routine is one of the most important self-care practices we can engage to improve our health. According to Harvard University, poor sleep habits are linked to a host of health issues, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, mood disorders and immune system dysfunction.
If you have problems sleeping, you’re not alone. Nearly 60 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders each year, and even more report that stress regularly disrupts their ability to sleep well.
Now for some good news: Cannabis can be a great help to those suffering from poor sleep and high stress. Numerous studies have looked at the effects of cannabis on sleep, with some concluding that THC (the most well-known cannabinoid found in the plant) can help people fall asleep faster. Additional studies suggest that cannabis use can increase slow-wave sleep, the deepest, most restful stage of sleep.
If you’re having issues with falling asleep or achieving restful sleep consider these cannabis products that may help you relax and get better shut-eye. As always, start slow with any new products until you feel comfortable increasing your dose.
[Beginner] BLOOM FARMS Nighttime Complete Set
Our newly enhanced HIGHLIGHTER Nighttime set includes everything you need to get a relaxing evening started: The sleek, discreet vapor pen is paired with our Nighttime indica-dominant blend that’s often used as a sleep aid and encourages pain and stress relief. Designed outside and in with safety in mind, the premium-quality oil is stored in an FDA-grade BPA-free cartridge and includes a fully integrated ceramic heating element, charged battery, inhale cutoff function and easy-to-use USB charger.
[Beginner] Kin Slips Nice Dream
Kin Slips are an innovative new option for those who prefer orally ingesting cannabis instead of smoking or vaping. These 10mg sublingual strips dissolve right under the tongue, so their effects take hold in just 10-15 minutes—much faster than the average edible. For bedtime, try their Nice Dream variety, which is made from the most relaxing cannabinoids and terpenes (the compounds that give a plant its aroma and flavor) commonly found in indica strains. Flavored with watermelon and basil, Nice Dream will provide a tasty path to the relaxation you need for a great night’s sleep.
[Intermediate] Honey Pot Bear Indica
Are you a fan of drinking sleepytime tea before bed? Take your chamomile or valerian to the next level with Honey Pot Indica. Made from California wildflower honey and cannabis-infused cold-pressed coconut oil, a generous squeeze in your nightly tea an hour before bedtime means you’ll slip into sweet sleep with ease.
[Beginner] Kiva Blueberry Terra Bites
Kiva’s Terra Bites will satisfy your sweet tooth while getting you relaxed for bed. Each milk chocolate-covered blueberry is infused with 5mg of THC, generally an adequate dose to achieve a body high and silence the mind. The hard part is resisting the urge to eat more than you need!
[Advanced] Cheeba Chews Extra Strength Chocolate Taffy
Cheeba Chews are a classic in the cannabis community, because the brand has pioneered the field of potent edibles by innovating new products and standardizing lab-testing for cannabis-infused foods. Extra Strength Chocolate Taffy is super-potent (each 35-calorie chew contains 175mg of THC) for those needing serious relaxation and relief. You can easily split one piece into multiple doses, but if you plan to eat a whole one, be sure to give yourself plenty of extra time to sleep it off.
[Beginner] Halsa Unwind Tranquil Blend (Topical Oil)
For people who prefer topical application of cannabis versus ingestion Halsa makes high-terpene essential oil roll-ons to deliver cannabinoids along with soothing blended scents. Unwind is their “tranquil blend” formulated especially for relaxation. Each bottle contains 100mg of CBD, 100mg of THC, lavender, lemon, orange and ylang ylang to promote clarity and relieve anxiousness. Roll onto the back of the neck and ears during your pre-bedtime routine to encourage relaxation and peace of mind.
Sources for Further Reading:
Harvard University: Consequences of Insufficient Sleep
NPR: Can’t Sleep? Neither Can 60 Million Other Americans.
Journal of Psychopharmacologia: THC as an Hypnotic
Sleep Medicine Review: Effect of illicit recreational drugs upon sleep