CBN (Cannabinol) for sleep. Yes please!
CBN (Cannabinol) is a mildly psychoactive Cannabinoid found only in trace amounts and mostly in “aged” Cannabis. In combination with either CBD or THC, it can bring that feeling of tranquility and relaxation and provide you with a good night’s sleep.source: WikipediA
CBN (Cannabinol) for sleep
As we will discuss later in this article, CBN (Cannabinol) products seem to be one of the solutions for a good sleep. But what does CBN (Cannabinol) actually do to aid your sleep? And why not simply consume your favorite CBD product before bedtime?
First things first, a little background check on CBN (Cannabinol)
CBN was actually the first cannabinoid to be identified by scientists. Therefore it was believed to cause the feeling of “euphoria” before THC was discovered. On a scale from zero to ten in terms of psychoactive effects, where THC scores a ten, CBN doesn’t even make it to the middle.
A 1975 study on the interaction between CBN and THC pointed out that
- “[…] it appears that CBN increases the effect of delta9-THC on some aspects of physiological and psychological processes.”
Another study went on to characterize CBN as
- “[…] inactive when tested alone in human volunteers, but produced greater sedation combined with THC.”
CBN: To sedate or not to sedate, that is the question
CBN-infused products are marketed as highly sedative. Zoe Sigman, one of the principal researchers at Project CBD has a different opinion: “ We found that CBN slightly prolongs the sleep time in barbiturate-induced sleep in mice. There is no current information that I am aware of that proves CBN is a sedative, even though it is already being marketed as such”. Truth is that CBN on its own might not be that sedative. However, in combination with either CBD or THC, it can bring that feeling of tranquility and relaxation that is highly sought after. Thus providing you with a good night’s sleep.
What other potential benefits does CBN have?
CBN shares its benefits with other Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC:
Those are some of the potential benefits of CBN consumption. One study on rabbits found that CBN and THC reduce intraocular pressure. Intraocular pressure is the fluid pressure inside the eye and the biggest risk factor for glaucoma. Not to mention the appetite stimulation properties that give you the munchies without the high of THC.
Does the consumption of CBN have any side effects?
Being a mildly to not-at-all psychoactive and non-intoxicating substance, CBN is considered fairly safe to consume. The biggest risk is interactions with prescription drugs. However, it can easily be mitigated by using CBN-infused topicals such as creams and balms. Those products bypass the digestive system and liver, eliminating the risk of interactions.