A Good Night’s Sleep with CBN
Having issues falling asleep, or staying asleep? In the US, roughly 70 million of us are in the same boat! Research shows that full-spectrum hemp extract that is high in the cannabinoid, CBN, has a balancing effect on the mind and body that may help facilitate a good night’s sleep. So, what is CBN and how does it differ from CBD? Let’s find out!
All About CBN
CBN, short for Cannabinol, is a naturally-occurring chemical compound found in cannabis. It happens to be the very first cannabinoid ever identified by scientists. It is typically found in small amounts in most cannabis strains, however, CBN can be isolated and added to hemp products to promote different effects. CBN is created when a molecule, known as delta-9 THC, is oxidized. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that causes a molecule to lose an electron. In this case, delta-9 THC loses an electron and turns into another molecule; CBN.
CBN can even be dated back to a 2700 year old grave excavated in China revealing preserved cannabis that contained higher amounts of CBN than any other cannabinoid! The oxidation of delta-9 THC that occurs naturally over time converts it to CBN, which could explain why aged cannabis has a more sedative effect.
CBN for Sleep
Above we said CBN is a byproduct of delta-9 THC. Because of this, CBN and delta-9 THC share a very similar chemical composition. Despite these similarities, CBN does not share the ability to result in a consumer becoming high.
It can, however, be a particularly effective option for reducing anxious feelings and combating insomnia, especially in higher doses. Knowing all this, it is also important to realize that your sleep depends on a lot of lifestyle factors, not only an imbalance in the endocannabinoid system.
Here are a few tips you can consider if sleep is a problem:
Holistic Sleeping Tips
- Magnesium: Many Americans are deficient in this vital mineral! Not only can it help you get deeper sleep, it can help with muscle cramps, soreness and more.
- Exercise: Moving your body during the day not only tires you out, it oxygenates you, and helps regulate all body systems, including those associated with sleep. Endorphins can keep some people awake that exercise too close to bedtime, so aim to do it earlier in the day if you can.
- Limit screen time before bed: Wear blue-blocking glasses or set your screens to night-mode if you have to work late. Blue light from electronics alters your body’s ability to produce enough melatonin, which signals your body to sleep.
- Meditation: Practicing meditation or progressive relaxation can help bring your mind and body to a calm place. You may find yourself drifting off to sleep before even completing the technique! There are many resources available online.
- Limit caffeine: Consider cutting off your caffeine intake 4-6 hours before bedtime.
- Give your mind a break: Discussing emotional issues before bedtime, as well as working on tasks that require a lot of brain power, may keep you stirring in bed once you turn off the light. We find that setting a timer at least an hour before bedtime and committing to taking this time to wind down can be really beneficial.
Please remember these are simply suggestions. Feel free to try any of them that sound good to you!
Finally, a Good Night’s Sleep!
Our customers and employees have had great success with the addition of High CBN to their nightly routines. Everyone is different in what their body needs and it may take some time to find what works for you, but we feel that trial and error with natural options are a great starting point!
Have you tried a formula high in CBN? We would love your feedback! Please feel free to leave us a review on our Facebook page, or reach out to us with any questions you may have regarding cannabinoid therapy.