By Luke Sumpter

Waking up after a full night’s sleep makes you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead. We usually take it for granted, but, for some people, even getting a few hours of solid sleep is a major achievement.

Insomnia, a relatively common sleeping disorder, negatively impacts sleep onset, duration, and quality for millions of people. There are various treatments out there, each working to varying degrees. Alongside a long list of lifestyle changes, though, cannabis might help one cope with the condition.

Cannabis contains a vast cocktail of phytochemicals. Among these are over 100 cannabinoids, molecules largely unique to the herb. The cannabinoids THC and CBN—found in most strains— are known for their ability to chill out the mind and help smokers wind down in the evening.

But, as modern research has shown, it’s terpenes that underpin each cultivar’s unique effects.

They synergise with cannabinoids to tweak their effects, and even pack some impressive properties of their own. Some terpenes will make you feel alert, whereas others, as we’ll show you, are soothing and relaxing. Along with that, these aromatic molecules are responsible for the varying flavors and tastes of each strain.

Below, we'll review the top cannabis seeds for sleep. We’ll walk you through what to expect when growing them, and give you a breakdown of why they’re so good to blaze up just before your head hits the pillow.


Since its release, Watermelon has ushered many cannabis smokers to the land of nod. This direct descendant of Watermelon OG S1 possesses an indica-dominant genetic profile and develops a dense and wide canopy. Germinate seeds using the paper towel method and transfer them into their final pots or growing location once their taproots reach a length of 2cm. At the end of week 2 of veg, you’ll have yourself a sturdy seedling with a thick stem and several sets of small true leaves. Apply training, such as LST or ScrOG, during week 3 to prevent your plant from exceeding 80–150cm throughout the growing cycle.

Watermelon week by week

You’ll notice preflowers quickly emerge after you make the switch to bloom indoors, or when daylight hours start to wane outdoors. Expect a flowering time of 7–8 weeks before harvesting up to 500g/m² from indoor plants and 450–500g/plant from those grown outdoors.

Equipped with a THC content of 22% and high levels of the stoning terpene myrcene, Watermelon’s phytochemical profile makes her one of the best strains for sleep. You’ll feel a heavy physical high start to wash over your body almost immediately after taking a hit.

23_genetic background_1 Watermelon OG S1
33_Yield indoors_1 16 to 19 oz/m²
31_plant height outdoor_1 3 to 4 feet
25_flowering time_1 7 - 8 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 22%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 20% Indica 80%
34_yield outdoor_1 16 to 18 oz/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 5 to 7 feet
27_harvest period_1 October
22_Effect_1 Calming, Physically Relaxing, Sleepy

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2.Sherbet Queen

Drop your Sherbet Queen seeds into a glass of water and let them soak for 24 hours. Transfer the soaked seeds into their final pots, or grow them out in smaller pots before transplanting them into their final outdoor growing positions. You’ll have healthy and vibrant seedlings standing at a height of around 8cm at the end of the second week of veg. Aim to top and perform LST during week 6 of veg to keep your plants compact and productive. Transition indoor plants to bloom around week 8 and apply some defoliation to increase light penetration into the canopy.

Sherbet Queen week by week

Expect your plants to stretch during bloom and reach a height of 80–120cm, depending on pot size and training techniques. You can prepare to start pulling in buds 8–10 weeks after flowering commences. Indoor plants will churn out up to 525g/m², whereas outdoor specimens will treat you to 450–500g/plant.

Overall, Sherbet Queen ranks as one of the best indica strains for sleep. These buds help to prime the mind for slumber thanks to their enormous THC content of 24% and physically relaxing terpenes. You’ll feel your eyelids start to become heavy, and before you know it, it will be the morning.

Sherbet Queen
23_genetic background_1 Pink Panties x Sunset Sherbet
33_Yield indoors_1 16 to 18 oz/m²
31_plant height outdoor_1 3 to 4 feet
25_flowering time_1 8 - 10 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 24%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 15% Indica 85%
34_yield outdoor_1 16 to 18 oz/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 5 to 6 feet
27_harvest period_1 October
22_Effect_1 Calming, Clear, Heavy, Sleepy

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3.Medusa F1

As a true cannabis F1 hybrid, Medusa F1 boasts hybrid vigour—a trait that makes her easy to grow, fast to flower, and super potent. Germinate seeds by sowing them directly into their final pots; their superb germination rate makes this option perfectly feasible. This specimen grows fierce and fast. You’ll have a seedling standing at 7cm by the end of the first week of veg. Two weeks later, she’ll hit 20cm. Apply LST at this time to keep her tamed and compact.

Medusa F1 week by week

You’ll see preflowers start to emerge at the end of the fourth week of veg. Your plants will stretch and peak at around 50cm during bloom if trained appropriately. Defoliate frequently to ensure buds inside the canopy are exposed to adequate levels of light. Prepare to harvest during week 11 and enjoy strong aromas of fruit and mint as you begin processing the buds.

If you’ve ever wondered what strain of weed is good for sleep, know that you just found one of the best! This hard-hitting F1 hybrid harnesses massive quantities of THC to drive a muscle-melting high that will have you yawning, stretching, and dreaming after a smoke.

Medusa F1
23_genetic background_1 Sugar Magnolia x American Beauty
25_flowering time_1 40 - 45 days
29_THC_1 THC: Very high
22_Effect_1 Balanced, Creative, Physically Relaxing, Sleepy
110_harvest 70 - 75 days after germination

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4.Punch Pie

Punch Pie derives from a legendary collaboration between Royal Queen Seeds and Tyson 2.0—Mike Tyson’s very own cannabis company. Kid Dynamite made sure his genetics reflected his character, from resilience to speed to vigour. Punch Pie seeds do well when sown directly into their final pots. Generous application of worm tea and foliar compost teas keep plants thriving throughout the vegetative phase. Consider applying training during weeks 3–4 of veg, and start shaping the canopy with generous defoliation as the flowering stage approaches.

At this point, switch over to food higher in phosphorus and potassium to keep Punch Pie performing well. Flush plants 2–3 weeks before harvest to remove any harsh tastes and ensure her deliciously sweet and fruity terpene profile shines through. Prepare to harvest up to 550–650g/m² from indoor plants following a flowering phase of around 8–9 weeks. When grown in a sunny spot, outdoor plants are capable of churning out up to 750g/plant ready to harvest during late September.

Considering Tyson’s KO boxing record, it shouldn’t surprise you that Punch Pie ranks as one of the best weed strains for sleep. Take a couple of hits and prepare for this strain's THC content of 22% to land heavy blows to your body and mind.

Punch Pie
23_genetic background_1 Purple Punch x Purple Kush
33_Yield indoors_1 19 to 21 oz/m²
31_plant height outdoor_1 3 to 4 feet
25_flowering time_1 7 - 9 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 22%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 10% Indica 90%
34_yield outdoor_1 23 to 26 oz/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 4 to 5 feet
27_harvest period_1 Late September
22_Effect_1 Calming, Euphoric, Physically Relaxing, Sleepy

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5.Grape Ape

Grape Ape will attack your taste buds with flavors of blueberry and candy and blow your mind with a THC content of 20%. To get your hands on these fierce buds, start by sowing seeds directly into their final pots indoors. If you’re growing this strain outside, wait until the last frost has safely passed before germinating. Indoors, this strain will stay at around 40cm tall throughout veg if trained early, and will peak at 60cm later in the growing cycle. Foliar feeds of seaweed and fish emulsion help to propel leafy growth.

This progeny of Afghani, Mendocino Purps, and Skunk #1 starts to stink during the flowering phase. Defoliate frequently to keep the canopy aerated, and consider setting up a drip irrigation system to keep plants from drying out in arid regions. Prepare to harvest up to 500g/m² from indoor plants following a flowering time of 7–9 weeks. Outdoors, plants offer a return of 500–600g/plant ready to harvest in late September.

Grape Ape makes the perfect botanical companion before hitting the hay. Pour yourself a cup of herbal tea, light up a joint, and enjoy this peaceful and comforting nightcap.

Grape Ape
23_genetic background_1 Afghani x Mendocino Purps x Skunk 1
33_Yield indoors_1 16 to 19 oz/m²
31_plant height outdoor_1 2 to 3 feet
25_flowering time_1 7 - 9 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 20%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 10% Indica 90%
34_yield outdoor_1 18 to 21 oz/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 5 to 6 feet
27_harvest period_1 Late September
22_Effect_1 Calming, Physically Relaxing, Sleepy

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Let These Sleep-Promoting Strains Help Your Head Hit the Pillow

These strains have what it takes to put your mind at ease and get you ready for a long, peaceful, and restorative night’s sleep. Try each variety over time to discover which one really hits the spot for you. Their unique cannabinoid and terpene profiles all work in different ways to induce a craving for deep slumber.

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