Cannapedia Encyclopedia of cannabis strains



Cannabis can be an invaluable ally when it comes to struggling with insomnia, and that is the reason why so many people use it in the evening. Strong, calming strain can be the shortest bridge to the realm of dreams.


Indica Is the Best Remedy for Insomnia

It is generally believed that indica-dominant strains promote deeper sleep and enhance dreaming while sativa-dominant strains are more stimulating and euphoric. That can be confirmed by many ranking tables of strains according to their ability to support sleep and mitigate pain – the first places are always occupied by pure indicas.

Nevertheless, scientists still owe us the explanation of these effects. A number of experts in the field claim that such effect is produced by terpenes – chemicals contained in cannabis as well as other plants. These are aromatic compounds, which cause specific smells and tastes. Thus, it is presumed, that “calming” indica strains contain more of the sedative terpenes than majority of sativa strains.


The Riper, the Better

THC gradually degrades into cannabinol (CBN) with sedative effects, up to five times stronger than those of THC. The problem is that it takes a long time before active THC transforms into CBN.

Dr. Kymron deCesare, an American expert on an analysis of cannabinoids, claims: “THC can be decomposed by isomerization or oxidation; in both processes, only small amount of it is turned into CBN. I made an experiment, in which I wrapped 20% THC strong cannabis buds into foil and stored it in a garage for three years. Afterwards, I managed to extract circa two to three percent of CBN. Thus, it seems that old cannabis is the best choice when one aims to prepare cannabis medications supporting sleep.”