We cannabis lovers learn more about the plant every day, don’t we? With more than 100 known cannabinoids, we’re only starting to scratch the surface as to discovering all the medicinal benefits we can get. While some of these have been well known for years, such as THC helping to alleviate nausea, other benefits – not so much. Take CBN, for example. Have you heard of it yet? Well, we have, we tried CBN for sleep, and here’s what happened.
Wait, what’s CBN?
CBN, also known as cannabinol, is a the cannabinoid created when THC ages. However, unlike THC, it’s non-intoxicating.
What does it do for you?
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. Ah, cannabis.
How else can it affect your body?
CBN can also be an appetite stimulant, so know that before you partake, unlike CBD.
So what’s the difference between CBN and CBD?
We’re not science nerds, so we’re not going to get into the weeds with all the data here. But again, CBD does not stimulate your appetite the way CBN does, and it’s well known for being non intoxicating. In other words, you won’t get the high, euphoric, altered feelings that you get with THC by taking CBD alone.
CBD users also report feelings of relaxation, as well as the sense that CBD takes the edge off of THC. So if you overdo it on the THC, resulting in paranoia or anxiety, CBD can help with that – that’s why you’ll often see high THC strains combined with a good dose of CBD.
CBN works differently with or without THC. CBN makes you sleepy, and when you take the two together,, you typically get an enhanced sedative effect.
Is CBN legal?
Same deal as cannabis overall. Illegal federally, but legal on a state level…. depending on your state. So make sure you always check on your state laws, to make sure you’re in compliance. You don’t need that headache otherwise.
Ok, so what did you try?
We had Try The CBD, which is a hemp supplement that works to promote better sleep. It’s in a tincture form, containing 150 mg of CBN and 450 mg of CBD per serving, available for purchase in 1 oz bottles, with about 30 servings per container. It’s lab tested, and contains less than .3% THC. We were intrigued to try this, because we’ve heard great things about this product and the Denver based company.
How was it?
You take a dropper full and hold it under your tongue for 20 seconds before swallowing. They recommend that you do this about 30-45 minutes before you go to sleep, for best effects.
So how was it? To start with, those of us who took it more or less experienced the same things: We all gradually felt more groggy, with a relaxed, slightly buzzed feeling. The relaxed, sedated feeling was pleasantly strong. From there, it took another 15 minutes or so to fall asleep. So following the dosing recommendations of ingesting about a half hour in advance worked well.
And all of us reported staying asleep, and sleeping well through the night, waking up feeling well-rested. Nice!
Any drawbacks or side effects?
Like any sleep aid, this is not something you want to take every single night. For one, the effectiveness will wear off if you do. A few of us did just that for several days, just to see what would happen. And as you can guess, if we took too much, we built up a resistance and it was less effective. A few of us even felt a bit of a hangover with grogginess the next day if we took it too many days in a row.
One of us tried taking it around twice a week, and reported positive feedback. This seemed to be the sweet spot in which the CBN really helped with sleep, without the diminishing returns and side effects you get with too-frequent use.
The 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, not to be used every day. Highly recommended for occasional, or at least non-frequent usage. Of course, if you’re looking for a sleep aid to take every night, you’re looking at other issues altogether.
And in case you’re wondering, yep, we get a commission if you buy it, which is even more of a reason why we’re giving you a balanced review. Check out Try The CBD here.