CBN: The Ultimate Sleep Hack
Did you know that nearly 70 million Americans have some kind of sleep disorder? Sleep is integral to good health and wellness, but many of us aren’t getting enough of it– or even if we are getting enough sleep, it isn’t good sleep. And that’s a problem. Sleep is important for so many aspects of our wellness, including:
- Cognitive function
- Memory consolidation
- Problem-solving skills
- Immune system function
- Growth and healing
- Mood regulation
- Stress management
- Emotional resilience
- Muscle recovery and repair
- Appetite regulation
- Metabolic health
- Heart health
- Hormone regulation
The bottom line is that sleep impacts nearly every aspect of our lives, and getting sufficient good sleep is absolutely essential. But if you’re one of the 1 in 4 adults who develops insomnia each year, how can you improve your ability to get good quality sleep?
This is where hemp for sleep may be able to help. Drowsiness is a well-known effect of several cannabinoids, which means that many have the potential to help you get to sleep. However, one cannabinoid in particular, CBN, has demonstrated some critical positive effects on sleep in lab tests.
What Is CBN?
Cannabinol, commonly known as CBN, is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Typically it exists in trace amounts and is most frequently found in older plants. Unlike its more well-known counterpart, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBN is not known for its psychoactive properties. Instead, it is often associated with potential sedative effects. CBN is believed to be a byproduct of the degradation of THC through exposure to heat and oxygen, and it has gained attention for its potential role in promoting relaxation and aiding sleep.
While research on CBN is still in its early stages, studies suggest it interacts with the endocannabinoid system, influencing various physiological functions. As interest in cannabinoids continues to grow, CBN is becoming a subject of exploration for its potential therapeutic applications, although more research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms and benefits.
Currently, there are a handful of studies looking at the relationship between CBN and sleep. Let’s dive deeper into the most recent one that shows how CBN can impact your ability to get the sleep you need.
Recently, a major international study about the impact of CBN for sleep was completed. This study aimed to explore the impact of CBN alone and in combination with cannabidiol (CBD) on sleep quality. This was the first study of its kind for CBN and sleep, expanding on previous research that was mostly focused on basic behavioral findings and preclinical toxicology.
The research was conducted as a double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled study from May to November 2022. Participants, aged 18–55, reporting “very poor” or “poor” sleep quality were randomly assigned to receive a placebo, 20 mg CBN, or various combinations of CBN and CBD for seven consecutive nights. The primary focus was on sleep quality, while secondary measures included factors like sleep onset latency, awakenings, wake after sleep onset (WASO), overall sleep disturbance, and daytime fatigue.
Four previous studies have also examined the impacts of CBN on sleep. However, three of them tested proprietary formulations, and only one was placebo-controlled. This means that while these studies showed interesting results, they weren’t as thorough and didn’t have the same type of rigor that the new placebo-controlled study does. Placebo controls enhance the rigor and validity of clinical trials, providing a robust foundation for drawing accurate conclusions about the real impact of a given intervention.
The study did have some limitations. The authors noted that these include the need for future research on different CBN doses, achieving a larger size, exploring both subjective and objective sleep measures, and studying the potential effects of stopping regular CBN use. Despite these limitations, the study contributes valuable insights for both the use of cannabinoids for wellness, as well as pharmaceutical development to address common and challenging sleep problems.
The findings revealed that of the treatment troops, the group that received 20 mg CBN alone demonstrated potential improvement in sleep quality. They experienced significantly reduced awakenings and overall sleep disturbance compared to the placebo. Importantly, adding CBD did not enhance the positive effects of CBN. (We’ll talk more about that soon.) The study suggests that taking 20 mg of CBN nightly might be beneficial in improving overall sleep disturbance without causing daytime fatigue. This research sheds light on the potential use of CBN for sleep, presenting an alternative to existing treatments that often come with side effects and adherence challenges.
Is CBD or CBN Better For Sleep?
Numerous people take CBD for sleep. However the study suggests that CBN might be the better option. In the study, a 20 mg dose of CBN was found to decrease the number of awakenings and the overall disturbance during sleep. However, formulations containing CBD did not show any improvements in sleep outcomes. Surprisingly, despite the common combination of CBD and CBN in various products, including a pharmaceutical named ZTL-101, it was unexpected to find that CBD not only failed to enhance the effectiveness of CBN on sleep but might even diminish its positive effects. This finding aligns with a previous study showing CBD causing sleep issues when combined with THC. Ultimately, it suggests that CBD could counteract the sleep benefits of other cannabinoids when used together.
Taking CBN For Sleep
Overall, the study (and prior research) demonstrate that CBN has the potential for positive effects on your overall wellness due to improved sleep. If this is something you’d like to try for your own well-being, there are several ways to take CBN. The most effective for many people is taking it as a tincture oil, which allows you to have control over your dose. This means that if the 20 mg dose from the study doesn’t work for you, you can easily scale up or down by adjusting how much of the oil you take. Our CBN tincture oil is made in-house and contains natural ingredients that are lab-tested for quality assurance.
At Myriam’s Hope, we love helping people take charge of their well-being. Our premium hemp products are formulated to help you with relaxation, stress, and other wellness challenges. We know that you have lots of options and that wellness claims can be very confusing– that’s why we do our best to share the most recent scientific developments and make that information accessible to you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have about CBN, CBD, or any of our other cannabinoid products!
FDA Disclaimer: The claims in this blog post are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any CBD product.