APR 08, 2022 7:00 AM PDT

Does CBN really cure insomnia?

WRITTEN BY: Helaine Krysik

Cannabinoids are known for providing all kinds of potential health benefits. For example, THC, the most widely known cannabinoid, is known for alleviating nausea and anxiety. But have you heard of CBN? It’s reputed to help with sleep, along other ailments. So does it?

CBN, which is also known as cannabinol, is the cannabinoid created when THC ages. However, unlike THC, it’s non-intoxicating.

While CBN is best known for being an effective sleep aid or sedative, some studies have also shown it to regulate the immune system, as well as providing pain relief and inflammation caused by various medical conditions, like arthritis. It even stimulates your appetite, unlike CBD, the more well-known, non-intoxicating cannabinoid.

CBN works differently than CBD, with or without THC. CBN makes you sleepy, and when you take CBN along with THC, you typically get an enhanced sedative effect.

Typical dosage is taking a dropper full of CBN, holding it under the tongue for 20 seconds before swallowing. Users report 30-45 minutes before the dosage takes effect, with relaxed, sedated feelings, falling asleep and staying asleep.

While this can be good news, like any sleep aid, this is not something you’ll want to take every single night, as the CBN’s effectiveness will wear off, and you’ll develop side effects over time.

Bottom line, CBN is very useful for a good night’s sleep when you’re overtired, stressed, and you need that relaxed, sedative effect more than anything else, but not to be used every day.

So, if you’re looking for an occasional, or at least non-frequent usage, you may like CBN. But if you’re looking for a sleep aid to take every night, it’s best to look elsewhere, especially if you prefer to combine CBN with THC. If insomnia is that much of an issue for you, you’re most likely looking at other issues altogether.

 

 

Sources: MJBizDaily, Psychology Today, WebMD, LAWeekly

About the Author
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Helaine is a cannabis industry writer and marketing consultant. She has been active in the Illinois cannabis industry since 2020, and writes for a variety of national publications.
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