Ready to sleep like a log? Tired of lying awake, making lists? Are you done hearing your alarm go off and feeling like crawling back under the covers?
Enter cannabinol (CBN), a cannabinoid so potent it’s been compared to Valium. Hi, fellow insomniacs! Yup, this cannabinoid might just be your ticket to that great night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming of all these years.
So, Why Is CBN Trending?
Initial studies have shown that CBN is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, immune-boosting, and appetite-stimulating cannabinoid. It's important to note that CBN is mildly psychoactive, in that it is quite sedating. The reason being CBN is oxidized THC. It's basically the next version of THC once it has been exposed to oxygen.
Think about that time you smoked dried, old flower. It probably gave you a heavy body high and put you straight to sleep. That's because some of the THC in that flower had oxidized and become CBN.
One lab, Steep Hill Labs, studied CBN's effects, and claim that 2.5 to 5mg of CBN has the same results as 5 to 10mg of Valium. The Steep Hill Labs study also found that CBD, THC, and CBN combined have an even stronger sedative effect.
How CBN Improves Your Mind And Body
While studies on CBN are limited, the benefits shown so far are quite promising. CBN is non-intoxicating and can help with:
- A potent antibacterial agent
- Prevent neurodegenerative conditions
- Appetite stimulant
- Reduce intraocular pressure (Glaucoma)
- Sedating when in the presence of THC
One thing to note, most studies have shown that CBN, in combination with THC, becomes very powerful. Research and neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo says, "Pure CBN is not particularly sedating, but it is typically found in aged cannabis in which monoterpenoids have evaporated, leaving the more sedating oxygenated sesquiterpenoids. This accounts for the discrepancy." In layman's terms: terpenes and other cannabinoids have a lot to do with why CBN makes you feel sleepy — hello, entourage effect.
CBN And The Entourage Effect
Certain cannabinoids can alleviate anxiety or help you relax, while others help boost your energy and increase mental clarity. The effect of a particular terpene or cannabinoid may also influence other compounds found in the cannabis plant. Known as the "entourage effect" — this synergistic effect occurs when several cannabis compounds, including terpenes and cannabinoids like CBN and THC, work together to improve the mind and body.
The entourage effect essentially helps to create a much more enhanced experience, as opposed to the experience from one compound alone. The right blend of terpenes and cannabinoids can be more potent than an isolated compound. So, when looking to get the most benefits out of CBN or any other cannabinoid, it only makes sense to use full-spectrum products.
Full-Spectrum = More Benefits.