Updated: Dec 30, 2019
It only takes about five minutes driving down the road to find a store with a "CBD Sold Here!" window cling. CBD has become increasingly more common to see, but there is another product to hit the markets that is worth a quick read - CBN.
WHAT IS CBN?
CBN is a relatively unknown, naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the hemp and cannabis plant. I like to say the “N” is for nighttime. As hemp/cannabis ages, THC will degrade into CBN.1 Unlike THC, CBN is not psychoactive.2 Over the years, CBN has been described as a sedative-like cannabinoid, but this is a bit deceptive.
WHY CBN FOR SLEEP?
CBN stimulates the Pineal gland in our brains. This gland creates our natural production of melatonin.3 Melatonin's main job in the body is to regulate night and day cycles or sleep-wake cycles. Darkness causes the body to produce more melatonin, which signals the body to prepare for sleep. Light decreases melatonin production and signals the body to prepare for being awake. Some people who have trouble sleeping have low levels of melatonin.4
If you experience trouble falling asleep, racing brain, insomnia, waking up throughout the night, or suffer from brain fog in the morning, CBN may be a product to try. Again, CBN is not a sedative. Yes, it helps you go to sleep, but in a completely different way. You have to “decide” to sleep. What does that mean? You need to shut off your phone or light, and get all tucked in for sleep. Close your eyes and say to yourself, “I want to go to sleep now.” In my experience, I am asleep within five minutes.
EFFECTS/BENEFITS OF CBN
Almost all of our knowledge is anecdotal, meaning there are not many clinical studies about CBN. Our results are from real-world experiences. My wife and I have been taking CBN for over two months now, and will always use it in the future. We both seem to fall asleep within five minutes of deciding to sleep. I also started dreaming again for the first time in two years! Upon waking, we both feel much more refreshed with almost no brain fog.
The benefits of getting regular deep sleep are numerous. Many health issues can be a result of lack of sleep.5 Once you achieve a better sleep regimen, certain issues may dissipate.
HOW TO CONSUME CBN
Our CBN oil is created by LuZa CBD in Madison, WI. We carry a 50mg/5mL bottle for $45. CBN is incredibly potent, so 50mg or a 100mg bottle should last you a while. We counsel patients to start with one drop, under the tongue night one. Then two drops night two, and so on, until you find the dose that helps you sleep. I personally take three drops (0.75mg) and my wife takes one drop (0.25mg).
LuZa educates their customers not use any Melatonin supplements or any other sedatives with CBN. Otherwise, we do not know of any other harmful combination or side effect, so far. CBN has a lack of scientific studies to date.
WHERE TO GET CBN
Our knowledgeable staff at Hoey Apothecary can counsel you about CBN. We also take appointments to go over medication lists, especially if you are also interested in CBD for other ailments. You can call or email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up appointments.