Working at a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver has allowed me to see a wide variety of people, who all use cannabis for different reasons. One of the most common things patients tend to look for is a strain or two that will help them to sleep at night, either because of chronic pain or insomnia.
For those searching for a strain of cannabis for sleep aid and pain relief, an indica is most likely the best bet for you.
Indica strains are higher in the cannabanoid CBD, which has little to no psychoactive effect and has been proven to help patients with pain relief; many people who complain that indica makes them sleepy are experiencing that feeling because of the higher CBD and CBD content of a good indica strain. These strains still do contain THC and when smoked or consumed as an edible will still have some “head high”, but it won’t be a strong as a sativa strain.
A vast majority of Kush strains are great options for indica. The word “indica” is actually said to come from the Hindu Kush mountain range that stretches from Afghanistan to Pakistan, where these kinds of strains are said to have originated. There are many, many, many different variations and crosses of Kush, from the classic OG Kush to all kinds of crazy strains like Diamond Kush, Purple Kush, Kush Dawg, and lots more.