Best Strains for Sleep

Liz Filmer
25 Jan 2024

If you are struggling to get your head down and get a good night’s rest and think weed may be the answer, you may be on to something. there is some pretty solid evidence, that points towards THC as being a great sleep aid.

So, you may ask what is it that makes one weed strain more effective for sleep than another. Well, it has less to do with whether it's indica vs. sativa vs. hybrid and more to do with the terpenes. Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in the cannabis plant that give weed its distinctive smell, taste, and effect. Here are a few top picks if you are looking for a strain to help you sleep.

The All-Rounder- Granddaddy Purple

Strain: Indica

Dominant Terpenes:, beta-Caryophyllene, Myrcene, Pinene

THC Average: 17%

How Does it Help? Granddaddy Purple is often named as the ultimate sleep strain, which is no surprise in light of its terpene profile. With dominant terpenes including myrcene, pinene, and beta-caryophyllene, this strain will fully relax you into couch-lock mode, while the pinene and beta-caryophyllene will get to work on any stress, pain or anxiety.

Taste: Berry-forward and herbal 


The Powerful One- Gorilla Glue/GG4

Strain: Hybrid

Dominant Terpenes: beta-Caryophyllene, Pinene, Myrcene

THC Average: 20%

How Does it Help? Gorilla Glue is a well-known legendary strain that is often sold these days as GG4 or Original Glue, it’s a strong one at an average of 20% THC. With stress-relieving beta-caryophyllene and myrcene acting as a sedative this is a great weed strain to get you fast asleep in no time. 

Taste: Strongly herbal top notes, with berry undertones, an earthy kick, and a pungent sting in its tail.


First Timers- Northern Lights

Strain: Indica

Dominant Terpenes: Pinene, Myrcene, beta-Caryophyllene

THC Average: 16%

How Does it Help? Northern Lights has a great mix of the sleep-inducing terpenes myrcene, beta-caryophyllene, and pinene that will relax you both mentally and physically.

Taste: Pine with a twist of spice that is a bit harsh on the throat. 


Don’t want to get high- Harlequin

Strain: Sativa-dominant Hybrid

Dominant Terpenes: Pinene, Myrcene

THC: 5%-8%

CBD: 5%-8%

How Does it Help? Harlequin is a top choice for eliminating aches, pains, and anxiety, thanks to its almost level ratio of THC to CBD, making it perfect for anyone who wants the health benefits but not the “high”. 

This strain which once again has a terpene profile with myrcene and pinene at its centre is a great choice for those who have never smoked.

Taste: Sweet and herbal, with a hint of mint. 

More on this topic from Soft Secrets:

How cannabis affects your dreams

Cannabis may relieve insomnia


Liz Filmer