Are you looking for the perfect strain to help you wind down at the end of the day? You’re not alone. Having the right kind of cannabis at nighttime can be a great addition to slowing your mind down a little, letting go of the day’s stress, and even getting a better night’s sleep. Some strains work marvelously in this regard thanks to the right combination of compounds that hit every note in the ideal PM feeling. Of course, everyone will choose favorites, and not everyone will be most suited to the same ones, but there are definitely those strains that stand out from the rest. If you’re looking for the perfect cannabis strains to synergize with your nighttime activities, here is a good place to start.
The balance of different cannabinoids and terpenes in any given strain is what ultimately determines how it will affect you. While there is a huge variety in both groups of compounds, almost all of the most significant ones will affect your sleep in some way. For example, CBD is not known to have sedative effects, though it is known to stimulate the endocannabinoid system in a way that may help you relax and get to sleep easier. Cannabinoids like THC and CBN, however, are known to have sedative effects, in addition to other qualities that may enhance or detract from the experience depending on their relative dose.
Terpenes are also a major contributor to the overall effect a strain might have. Some, such as Myrcene and Terpineol, are known to have sedative effects of their own. There are also many other qualities that can make the right terpenes ideal for getting to sleep. Linalool, for example, is known to increase adenosine, which is a hormone that helps us get to sleep. Like cannabinoids, terpenes are also known for their role in interacting with pain-relieving, stress-relieving, and anti-depressant effects, which may lend a hand if you’re looking to wind down.
It’s also worth noting that of the three major categories of cannabis strains, Indica is most reliable for inducing a more relaxed state, whereas Sativa strains and Sativa-heavy hybrids are known to induce a more active and energetic experience. That’s not to say that pure Indica is necessarily the best choice, but the type of strain definitely has an impact on how it will affect your sleep, relaxation, and other nighttime activities.
Below are five strains best used at nighttime for rest and relaxation. Remember that what works for some and what others enjoy may not be the same for you. That said, the following strains are all known for nighttime use, and each has its own unique properties. Whether you’re looking for a strain of cannabis to use before you go to sleep or just to enhance your evening, the following is definitely a good place to start.
This is a decent one for when you’re ready to relax the night away but not quite ready to go to sleep. It’s known to have a relaxed and euphoric feeling without making your body heavy like other Indica strains. Rather, you’ll enjoy a nice and mild sense of ease and relaxation combined with a generally uplifting feeling. The THC content varies between 15-20%, which is hovering just below the high end of potency. It also contains a small but significant amount of the terpene Beta-Caryophyllene, another cannabinoid known to trigger the endocannabinoid system similar to CBD.
Another popular choice for an evening in, White Rhino is an Indica strain known to come on quickly and strong, hence the name. The experience is described as sudden, extreme relaxedness combined with the sudden release of bodily stress. This is followed by a gradually increasing sedentary mindset perfect for falling asleep to. At 18-22% THC, it’s definitely on the more potent side. Still not the strongest, but definitely strong enough to make an impression.
This Sativa-dominant hybrid is an ideal choice for social situations in the PM. Though it’s definitely more of an upper than any of the others listed here, it has a softer side not found in just any Sativa strain. Though initially very uplifting and euphoric feeling, it induces a calming, somewhat sedentary effect as it starts to come down. This is probably due to its significant concentrations of Beta-Caryophyllene, Limonene, and Alpha Humulene. It averages at about 22-25% THC; however, some variants known by the name of White Fire 43 are also known to have CBD as high as 5%. In either case, it should be noted that this strain is definitely more potent than most.
Now we’ve reached the strains that are less about enjoying a nice evening and more about putting you to bed. Bubba Kush excels in this with a firm relaxing high with hints of euphoria. It’s also known for a strong body high that’s reported to be quite soothing. This is likely because of its high concentration of Caryophyllene, in addition to a small amount of Limonene and Humulene. Its THC content is known to range anywhere from a modest 14% to as much as 25%, so be sure to keep that in mind when giving it a try.
To put it simply, this strain on the deep end of potency. It offers a deep and relaxing body high coupled with a gentle state of euphoria, making it easy to let your mind and body drift away as soon as you touch your bed. THC varies between 17-23%, meaning it’s likely to be pretty potent. With a decent amount of Myrcene and Pinene as well, you may notice it suppresses appetite rather than increases it, as well as less tension in your muscles. With that said, you’re pretty well situated for a comfortable and relaxed night.
In the business of cannabis, there are a lot of options to choose from and a lot of qualities people may be looking for. Finding an ideal cannabis strain for sleep and other nighttime activities will depend a lot on personal preference and experience, but it helps to know what qualities lead to more relaxing results.
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