The 8 Best Edibles for Sleep: Our Top Picks
Contrary to most cannabis stereotypes, the image of the sleepy stoner and the pot brownie is true. After an edible’s high has peaked, I’m often drawn to dreamland by an exceptionally strong magnet behind my eyes, forcing them to close. It’s a joke with my partner who has seen me fall asleep after about ten minutes into a movie on numerous occasions on a Friday at 8pm over the years.
The powerfully relaxing, often sedating, effects of traditional edibles make them popular for cannabis products and brands aimed at inducing or enhancing the quality of sleep. The edible consumption method is also suitable for new users who want to reap the potentially medicinal, sleep-inducing benefits of cannabis without necessarily having to smoke anything or even experience the resulting high before sleep sets in.
But do edibles actually help you sleep? And if so, why? The answer to that depends heavily on the edible in question, as the genre has grown into a massive industry of its own with a million sub-facets.
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Why do edibles make you sleepy?
Traditional edibles that use THC bound to an oil or fat are processed by the liver, which converts THC into 11-hydroxy-THC, resulting in a stronger, less predictable high than smoking flower or vaping. Edibles using nanoemulsified THC are reported to avoid this disadvantage. Nano-emulsified THC is a water-soluble form of THC that is reported to take effect in 15 minutes and is absorbed directly through the lining of the stomach and esophagus into the bloodstream.
And while “strain specific” or “indica/sativa” edibles are largely an inaccurate marketing tactic employed by brands, adding relaxing terpenes like myrcene or linalool can help an edible induce sleepiness. Other sleepy plants and relaxing substances like valerian and melatonin are also effective additions to sleep edibles.
The cannabinoid CBN is perhaps the most popular trend in the sleep edibles market. This extremely expensive cannabinoid, masquerading as some kind of wondrous sleep molecule, is actually just old, degraded THC. Do you know when you leave your weed out in the sun or when it’s getting old and turning brown? This is THC turned into CBN.
Research has shown that CBN has effects similar to THC, although between four and ten times weaker, and that THC with CBN is no more potent than THC alone. Conclusion: THC is the most active cannabinoid in the sleep cycle. Since CBN is broken down THC, it can still make you feel relaxed and tired, but it’s not scientifically as effective as THC — and it’s typically a lot more expensive.
It should also be noted that cannabinoids only help with deep sleep and have been shown to adversely affect your REM sleep in the long term. To promote sound sleep at all times, look for products that contain other sleep-promoting medicinal plants and non-cannabis compounds to counteract this. And, as a general tip, try not to rely too heavily on edibles to help you fall asleep.
The best edibles for sleep
I have written extensively on the subject and in my many years as a reviewer I have tried most sleep products on the market. This list is a good place to start if you’re curious about incorporating cannabis into your sleep cycle.
Gummy bears from Dreamed
Dreamed is my favorite brand of sleep aids out there. Formulated and founded by scientist Carolina Vazquez Mitchell, Dreamt gummies (they also make a vape pen and tincture) contain a blend of THC, CBD, melatonin, GABA, and valerian root that has worked for every single person I’ve given them ever recommended to.
Deep Sleep by Rose Delights
Rose Delights is an artful and extremely high-quality edibles brand that creates Turkish Delights infused with variety-specific rosin from organic fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants from local farms.
Deep Sleep is his first effects-based product, featuring passionflower, vanilla and mulberries from Frog Hollow Farm, and rosin from the Holy Tonic flower grown in-house at Rose. They have the power to melt my fear into a dreamscape and make as good a gift for someone else as they are for yourself.
Camino Midnight Blueberry Sleep Gummies by Kiva
Kiva’s Camino Midnight Blueberry Sleep Gummies are some of the most popular out there, with tons of positive reviews on every platform you check. Again, I always try to shy away from CBN, but this blend of 5 mg THC and 1 mg CBN works for me in part because it contains chamomile and lavender extracts (which contain potentially relaxing, sleep-inducing terpenes like linalool).
Another selling point for this is that Kiva’s excellent distribution network means they’re available almost everywhere, so no matter where you are, you’ll be able to sleep fast.
Papa & Barkley THC Release Chocolate
While this candy bar isn’t specifically geared towards sleep, it’s one of my favorite products for unwinding after a long day before slipping into sleep. They only contain THC — 5 milligrams per stick, 100 milligrams per packet — but there’s something about them that’s so luxuriously relaxing that they top my list every time.
Definitely worth figuring out if you want to chill or spend TF.
Sleep Gummies by New Phase Blends
The New Phase Blends Sleep Gummies are an absolute favorite of mine. I have relied on these for years and have successfully recommended them to countless friends and family.
Something about the patented melatonin/CBD blend in these gummies and their tincture counterpart makes me pass out within fifteen minutes, regardless of my state of mind, and induces a long, deep, and restful sleep.
Ebb Tide Gummy Bears by Seaweed Naturals
Seaweed Naturals Low Tide Gummies are a fantastic new product and the brand is worth supporting. A new cannabis company from the Costeau family – yes, the ocean explorer – Seaweed Naturals is as focused on creating healing cannabis products as it is on restoring the environment on land and sea.
SN works with regenerative cannabis farms and uses its own seaweed farms to make omegas for the gummies that pull carbon from the atmosphere. The blend of THC and melatonin works wonders, and by backing brands that support the health of the planet, you’ll be sleeping like a baby in no time.
Tranquili tea (chamomile valerian) from Kikoko
Kikoko’s Tranquili tea is great, especially for new users who don’t want to get high. I love tea products in general, but I think it suits the sleep genre even better.
This magical blend is packed with potentially sleep-inducing medicinal plants like valerian root, chamomile, and lavender, as well as 6 milligrams of CBN and 2.6 milligrams of THC per sachet. All of these ingredients work together to leave me exhilarated and relaxed as I walk on the edge of dreams.
Tranquility Gummies by Kahna
Nobody loves an effects-based gummy bear more than Kahna, and his Tranquility gummy bears don’t disappoint. While the brand relies heavily on CBN in terms of marketing, these gummies contain loads of melatonin, CBN, THC, and CBD, as well as added terpenes. You work for me, period.
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