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A Terp in the Right Direction: Sleep

best terpenes for sleep

This is the latest installment in Abstrax’ A Terp in the Right Direction series, where we highlight a desirable effect of terpenes and hone in on where to find it, both as an isolate product and in popular strains. As we’ve noted before, each terpene in a strain has effects as unique as its aromas and flavors. These impacts are only amplified by the entourage effect -- and thanks to the hard-working scientists and lab techs in the MMJ industry, we can do exactly that.


Part of the appeal of terpene isolates is that they allow us to choose the exact benefits of each one, and know exactly what we’re consuming in order to enjoy those benefits. Get ready to feel nice and mellow. These three terpenes are perfect for when it’s time to hit the couch and relax after a long day or to calm a racing mind in the middle of a restless night.


What to look for in a sedative terpene

  • It should be easier to relax. The terpenes here help to rest the mind, whether that be during a cozy night in or during bouts of insomnia.
  • Anxiety drifts away. It’s tough to fall asleep when you can’t quite seem to turn your mind off. Sedative terpenes typically help the mind slow down and alleviate feelings of anxiety.
  • Ease in falling asleep. If a sedative is working correctly, a person should feel the hypnotic effects conducive to sleep faster than it does without the terpene.

  • Caryophyllene

    Caryophyllene is a terpene that leaves its mark on those who take it, particularly as in isolate. It’s signature spicy aroma might sting the nostrils upon first impact but this terpene is actually a go-to for soothing physiological stresses and helping you put your mind to rest at the end of a long day. It’s also what those adorable drug-sniffing dogs are smelling for at the airport, a testament to Caryophyllen’s ubiquity and strong odor.

    Strains with the highest caryophyllene content:

    • Deathstar
    • Candyland
    • Sour Bubble
    • GSC
    • Cookies & Creme

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    Terpineol

    Despite having a name that might suggest prominence among the terpene family, terpineol is actually tougher to find than one might think. Of the dominant terpenes, terpineol is among the least common. This often comes as a surprise because terpineol is actually found in many strains -- as well as common fruits like apples -- though only in small amounts. But seeking it out is worth the effort for the next time insomnia creeps in, as users often notice a calming, sedated feel from high-terpineol strains. In essence, terpineol is the ideal partner for when ‘Netflix and crash’ needs to substitute for ‘Netflix and chill’. If you don’t have a terpineol-heavy strain on hand, lining your bedroom with lilacs might help -- or keep a few extra apples in your fruit basket.

    Strains with the highest Terpineol content:

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    Jack Herer

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    Myrcene

    Myrcene is a terpene that gets around. It can be found, at least in small quantities, in most terpene-heavy strains. For fans of India Pale Ale beers, Myrcene is the perfect terpene to complement a cold one after a long day, as the terpene and hops work well together to relax the body and prepare for a full night’s rest.

    Strains with the highest Myrcene content:

    • Grandaddy purple
    • Purple Kush
    • Special Kush 1
    • White Widow
    • Skunk XL

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    Linalool

    Linalool has strong sedative and anxiolytic effects, helping the mind enter its hypnotic sleep-ready state while simultaneously working to curb anxiety and antsy feelings. This terpene was shown in a 2012 study to reduce locomotor activity, which helps the body calm down and enter a state of rest. Because of this relaxed state, you won’t want to do anything that requires significant motor function after consuming Linalool.


    Strains high in Linalool:

    • LA Confidential
    • Purple Kush
    • Amnesia Haza
    • Lavender

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