About Deep Sleep
Sometimes, it’s refreshing to see a product deliver exactly what it promises. Deep Sleep will do just that, granting users a pervasive feeling of relaxation that eventually tapers into drowsiness and sleep. Created by L.A.-based Progressive Options (possibly explaining the strain’s alternative name of P.O. 4), this hybrid is a cross between Larry OG and the pre-98 cut of Bubba Kush. Deep Sleep’s psychoactivity has been measured at between 13% and 20%.
Though small, flowers of Deep Sleep are impressively dense and solid. The buds, ranging in shape from spade-like to almost spherical, adhere in an indica-typical structure. The tightly-curling leaves are a mossy shade of green and are twisted through with fiery orange pistils. Occasionally, phenotypes of the strain also boast flashes of purple in their leaves -- these surprising hues are the result of compounds called anthocyanins in the plant’s genetics, which trigger bold colors when stimulated by cold weather during the growing process. Finally, these already-colorful flowers are coated with icy white trichomes, accounting for the strain’s psychoactivity.
When properly cured, flowers of Deep Sleep smell fruity, albeit with a slightly rank, fermented edge. On closer inspection, an astringent hint of diesel is also present. Meanwhile, breaking the buds open yields a more malted, nutty aroma. These flavors combined in a harsh, cough-inducing smoke when Deep Sleep is combusted. The smoke tastes fruity with some residual diesel fumes on the exhale. This can be a very pungent smoke -- those concerned with discretion should take the needed precautions. Notably, despite Deep Sleep’s often purple coloring, it has no discernible grape flavor; this is because a plant’s color and its aroma are determined by two separate compounds -- respectively, pigments and terpenes.
Deep Sleep offers what’s best described as a creeper of a high. Several minutes after smokers have savored its unique taste, the strain begins to reveal itself, starting with a tingle that spreads down through the neck and core. Deep breathing may happen more easily and the stresses of the day may melt into the background as smokers sink into this bud’s cozy body high. Any discernible mental effects take the shape of slight sensory distortion. Some users also report a subtle uptick in freely-associative thinking. By and large, though, smokers should not plan on accomplishing any kind of demanding work after enjoying this strain. Deep Sleep’s mellow haze and easy euphoria are great for atmospheric activities like watching trippy movies or listening to ethereal music. As the high wears on, the likelihood of couchlock increases. It should come as no surprise, then, that Deep Sleep is recommended for use before bedtime, as it will renders most smokers useless if consumed earlier in the day.
Medical cannabis patients may also find value in Deep Sleep’s strong, long-lasting sedation. It can work against even stubborn cases of insomnia, pulling smokers under into a deep, restful sleep. It may also soothe deep-seated aches and pains, whether temporary or chronic. Psychologically speaking, this strain’s ability to blunt tension and worries make it an effective temporary antidote to the symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. Because it’s very unlikely to bring about intense, recursive patterns of thinking, Deep Sleep is a good option for smokers who are prone to panic, or who have a low THC tolerance.
No commercial-grade breeders have yet made seeds of Deep Sleep available for sale online. As such, prospective growers should seek out a trusted source from whom to obtain clippings from mature plants of the strain; these clippings can then be grown as genetically identical “clones.” Because of their predominantly indica background, plants of deep sleep grow short and bushy, with strong lateral branching. Growers should be sure to “top” their crops for maximum yield by occasionally trimming away any broad, light-blocking fan leaves. Furthermore, those looking to bring out Deep Sleep’s impressive purple potential should expose their plants to nighttime temperatures that are between 10 and 15 degrees lower than average. Deep Sleep can be a very pungent grow -- those looking to keep their indoor operations under wraps should invest in odor control measures like exhaust fans.
Deep Sleep is an excellent end-of-the-day (or week) strain to be savored, either alone or with friends. This kind of thorough, tranquilizing high only comes around every so often.