Clinically speaking, Insomnia is defined as the difficulty of falling asleep or staying asleep for at least three nights per week over two consecutive weeks. Insomnia can have many underlying causes, such as poor sleep habits, depression, anxiety, lack of exercise, chronic illness, or certain medications. There are a lot of pills out there that claim to help with insomnia.

Fortunately, cannabis is legal in many states and can offer a natural sleep aid for many with this sleep disorder. Provided you’re using the right strain, cannabis can calm racing thoughts, relieve pain, relax muscles and provide sedated bodily sensations, extremely suitable for a deep slumber. 

5 Strains That May Help With Insomnia

Northern Lights

With its high THC content, Northern Lights helps dissolve pain and sends you off into a deep sleep. However, inexperienced cannabis users should approach this potent strain in small doses to avoid the potential THC hangover.

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, Humulene, Caryophyllene

Average Potency Profile: 26% THC, 1% CBD, 1% CBN

Strain Genealogy: Thai X Afghani

Indica / Sativa Ratio: 95% : 5%


Cherished by insomniacs for its high levels of the sleep-inducing terpene myrcene, this indica analgesic produces a powerful cerebral high along with whole-body sedative effects that dissolve pain and anchor your body for sleep. 

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Pinene

Average Potency Profile: 20-27% THC, 1% CBD

Strain Genealogy: Purple Urkle X Big Bud

Indica / Sativa Ratio: 70% : 30%


Tahoe OG Kush has sedative effects that tend to be stronger and faster-acting than your average hybrid strain. It rapidly reduces muscle tension, leaving you with a heavy body sensation that convinces your body to fall asleep.

Primary Terpenes: Limonene, Caryophyllene, Myrcene

Average Potency Profile: 14-21% THC

Strain Genealogy: Tahoe Kush Clone x SFV OG

Indica / Sativa Ratio: 50% : 50%


This hybrid strain will leave you feeling euphoric and relaxed so that you can ease off into peaceful sleep. However, due to the high THC-content, God’s Gift is not recommended for beginners. Individuals prone to anxiety or panic attacks with high THC-strains should approach God’s Gift with caution.

Primary terpenes: Myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene

Average Potency Profile: 27% THC, 1% CBD

Strain Genealogy: OG Kush X Granddaddy Purp

Indica / Sativa Ratio: 90% : 10%


Afghan Kush is a pure indica strain with heavy body-focused effects that pacify pain, hush anxious thoughts, and move the body into bed. Due to an abundance of CBD, Afghan Kush is one of the best strains that may help with insomnia for people that tend to experience anxiety associated with high-THC products.

Primary Terpenes: Myrcene, Limonene, Caryophyllene

Average Potency Profile: THC: 21%, CBD: 6%, CBN: 1%

Strain Genealogy: Afghani X Hindu Kush

Indica / Sativa Ratio: 100% : 0%