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Which Cannabis Terpenes Soothe Insomnia & Where Can You Find Them?

Published on September 28, 2018 · Last updated July 28, 2020
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Insomnia may be fueled by anxiety, depression, or any number of physical and mental ailments that wreak havoc on regular sleep cycles. Today, about 1 in 3 people suffer from this frustrating condition, and every year, more people report sleepless nights and tiring days.

Feeling worn out? Find insomnia-busting strains nearby.

But as the knowledge of cannabis and the science of terpenes grows, a mix of THC, CBD, and fragrant oils found in this wonder herb are coming to light (then right to bed). Soothe those wary nights and stressful sleeping habits with calming terpenes found in your favorite strains.

What are cannabis terpenes and what do they do?

Which Terpenes Fight Insomnia?

Address your tossing and turning with three sedative terpenes. These aren’t the only ones that manage insomnia, but they’re a great start to your bedtime cannabis search.


Dubbed “the least-common common terpene,” terpinolene may be hard to find, but it packs extra-sedating effects while boasting anticancer and antioxidant potential. Fill your home with bouquets of lilacs, bushels of apples, or buy a few terpinolene-forward strains to get the most out of this fragrant terpene.

What is terpinolene and what does this cannabis terpene do?


Rich with tranquilizing effects and positively abundant in a myriad of strains, myrcene offers sweet relief when winding down for the night. Pair this famously anti-inflammatory terpene with herbal concoctions containing lemongrass or hops for a powerful calm that may put those numbered sheep to rest.

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Spiced and peppery, caryophyllene reduces pain and quells stress, which makes it perfect for silencing those worries keeping you up at night. Bonus? You can get a pain-relieving boost when consuming cannabis products filled with this terpene.

Terpene-Rich Strains for Tackling Sleepless Nights

No more pacing the room or trying to meditate yourself to dreamland. Check out these strains offering sleep-promoting qualities and nightly relief.

Blueberry: Myrcene

Terpenes for insomnia: Myrcene in Blueberry strain

Fresh blueberries make up the generous aromas in the sleepy and happy Blueberry strain. Filled with sedative myrcene, this relaxing favorite offers long-lasting euphoria at the end of every exhale.

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Granddaddy Purple:  Myrcene

Terpenes for insomnia: Myrcene in Granddaddy Purple strain

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A classic in its own right, Grandaddy Purple just won’t quit when it comes to soothing effects with a dreamy headspace. We can see why this particular strain is a go-to for those seeking sweet relief at the end of a long day.

Sensi Star: Terpinolene

Terpenes for insomnia: Terpinolene in Sensi Star strain

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Terpinolene’s rare qualities can be found in the powerful strain, Sensi Star. End your hunt for this uncommon terpene’s calming effects when you take a pull off this incredible alleviator.

Cherry Pie: Caryophyllene

Terpenes for insomnia: Beta-caryophyllene in Cherry Pie strain

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Delicious cherry pie isn’t just a dessert staple, it’s also a peaceful addition to any sleep-inducing stash box in the strain Cherry Pie. A cross between two robust parents—Granddaddy Purple and Durban Poison—it’ll quickly become your preferred bud when heading in for the night.

Purple Kush: Myrcene

Terpenes for insomnia: a-Pinene in Purple Kush strain

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Extreme relaxation is in store when you load up a bowl of myrcene-abundant Purple Kush. Our users report feelings of euphoria, bliss, and relaxation after a hit of this Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani offspring.Searching for a new strain?

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Hannah Meadows
Hannah Meadows
Hannah Meadows is an associate editor at Leafly, where she contributes to lifestyle content.
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