Most of us aren’t getting enough sleep at night. And while we all know we could use a little more shut-eye, you might not know that getting enough sleep can help you feel happier, be healthier, and even make you smarter and better looking. So how do we get more?
The fact is there’s a reason cannabis is so well known as an antidote for insomnia – it works. You’ve heard about the power of cannabinoids like THC and CBD to help bring a better night’s sleep. But you might not know that terpenes are an important part of how this plant sends you to dreamland. That’s right, the same compounds that give cannabis it’s dank aroma can help you get the sleep you need to feel your best. Here’s how.
Cannabis Terpenes and Sleep
Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in plants that protect them from pests and predators. They are also one of the compounds that give cannabis its healing ability. We know that terpenes can affect things like mood, energy, alertness, and sleepiness. And they’re one of the main reasons people have been using cannabis as a sleep aid for hundreds of years. But it’s not just ancient people that recognize the benefits. There’s current scientific research that backs up what we’ve known about cannabis for ages: that it can provide relaxing and sedative effects that make it easier to fall asleep.
While credit is given to cannabinoids for the many relaxing effects they provide, we know that it’s terpenes that give certain strains their particular sleep-inducing effects. While we’re still learning about the way terpenes affect our mind and body, scientists think they work to enhance cannabinoids as well as having their own direct effects.
Best Terpenes for Sleep
Cannabis contains over 200 different varieties of terpenes, so it’s important to know what to look for if you want help at bedtime. Here are a few of our favorite terpenes that promote sleep.
Caryophyllene is known for its ability to relieve stress, anxiety, pain, and insomnia because of its relaxing analgesic properties. It also has a unique ability to bind directly with cannabinoid receptors, acting as both a terpene and a cannabinoid. It’s got a spicy, peppery aroma that gives black pepper and cloves their flavorful kick. You’ll find this sleep-inducing terpene in strains like Cherry Pie, Death Star, Chemdog, Sour Diesel, and Candyland.
Known for its sedative effects, myrcene is one of the most commonly occurring terpenes found in cannabis. This fruity, earthy terpene can also be found in many plants like basil, thyme, lemongrass, and mangos. Certain sleep-inducing botanicals like hops and ylang-ylang contain high amounts of myrcene, and it’s thought to contribute to the “couch-lock” effect of indica strains. It’s easy to find cannabis with high amounts of myrcene, including strains like Granddaddy Purple, OG Kush, and Purple Kush
While this terpene is harder to find, it holds extra special sedative effects that are worth the search. You’ll find this terpene in plants like apples and lilacs, and in small amounts in many strains of cannabis. It’s thought to act directly on the central nervous system to promote drowsiness. Look for strains like Sensi Star, Dutch Treat, and Ace of Spades if you want the sleep-inducing effects of terpinolene.
Do you love lavender as much as we do? Linalool is what gives lavender it’s unique fragrance and is known for its ability to promote restful sleep. Studies show it can reduce anxiety, slow down the body, and help guard it against the damage from stress. Linalool can also increase the sedating hormone adenosine, which can aid the falling asleep faster. Linalool-rich cannabis has a beautiful floral aroma and includes strains in the Kush family, LA Confidential, and Lavender.
With so many different strains to choose from, we know it can be a little intimidating trying to figure out what will help you get to sleep. Utilizing terpenes is a great idea, but how do you choose? Working with a knowledgeable staff is your first step, and we’ve got that for you!
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