Word CBN with its chemical nameWe’ve all been there, right? You’ve turned the TV off. Turned all your lights off. Didn’t take a nap today. Did all the things doctors say we should do to get a good night’s rest - except you’re still awake. What gives?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three Americans doesn’t get enough regular sleep, typically around eight hours a night. Between COVID and an ever-changing work environment, people’s stress (and lack of sleep!) are at an all-time high.

So, even if you’re doing all the right things, like turning out the lights before bed, you still may need a little something extra to help get you back on a normal sleep schedule (and not something habit-forming). Enter CBN. It’s the latest supplement and derivative of Cannabis to hit the market and shows incredible promise.

How Does CBN Help You Sleep?

CBN, short for Cannabinol, is one of over 100 compounds found in Cannabis sativa. While its two relatives, CBD and THC, are more famous, CBN has quickly exploded onto the scene, turning insomniacs into restful, sleep-happy patrons. Here’s how it works.

man sleeping in bedLike CBD, CBN interacts with your ECS (endocannabinoid system) to produce positive physiological outcomes - in CBN’s case, better sleep. Researchers discovered that two primary receptors, CB1 and CB2, found in the ECS are responsible for the therapeutic benefits associated with CBN. 

When ingested, your body’s ECS signals their two main receptors to help you relax, unwind, provide a sense of calmness and initiate sleep signals. CBN works with your body in much the same way CBD and THC do but doesn’t leave you feeling “high,” the way traditional marijuana does.

What The Studies Say About CBN

In a study using combination therapy of THC and CBN, subjects showed increased levels of drowsiness. Animal studies also demonstrated CBN’s ability to help relax and calm test subjects before sleep. Poor sleep usually occurs with other conditions apart from insomnia, such as acute pain symptoms.

In a 2019 study, researchers demonstrated that CBN, when combined with CBD, may provide pain relief for fibromyalgia. The study also showed that there were no side effects.

Tossing and turning at night not only affects sleep but your bones - especially if you sleep on your side. Good news, arthritis sufferers, CBN may offer an added benefit to your nighttime pain. In a recent study, researchers showed CBN, when combined with CBD, to help relieve painful symptoms associated with arthritis.

Eden's CBN Isolate PowderCBN is still relatively new on the scene and hasn’t been studied as extensively as CBD or THC, but other studies have found its effectiveness in treating the following conditions, as well:

  • MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) According to one study, CBN contains powerful antibacterial properties, potentially helping to treat drug-resistant staph infections.
  • Glaucoma According to a recent study, CBN helps reduce eye pressure associated with glaucoma. 
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Patients who have ALS may see the relief of their symptoms through a combination of CBN and CBD.

Is CBN Similar to Melatonin?

Your body produces melatonin naturally. Doctors often advise people suffering from insomnia to avoid blue light and electronic devices at night because melatonin production is hindered by light. Melatonin supplements are designed to do the same thing your body does at night - help you sleep. They do carry some risks, however, including: 

woman sleeping in bedLike melatonin, your body also produces cannabinoids, the ‘mother’ plant of CBN, CBD, THC, and 100 other powerful compounds. According to The National Institute of Health, our body’s endogenous cannabinoid system “is one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health.” Endocannabinoids play a vital role in regulating our nervous system, immune system, and all of our organs, including the brain. 

Unlike melatonin, CBN is less invasive after ingestion. For example, CBN doesn’t carry some of the side effects of melatonin, such as drowsiness or depression. Some people also notice a feeling of dependence after taking melatonin for a while.

CBN also contains potent anti-inflammatory properties, giving you additional relief for other symptoms associated with poor sleep.

How Much CBN Should I Take At Bedtime?

The best thing about CBN is it’s an all-natural part of your physiological system. You have cannabinoid receptors present in your body. Once ingested, CBN works to naturally stimulate sleep and work in conjunction with your body’s immune and nervous systems. That being said, every person reacts differently to CBN dosage amounts. Before taking your CBN supplement, consider the following factors:

  • Your Weight
  • Your Metabolism
  • How Your Body Reacts
  • How Much You Sleep (or Don’t)

Eden's CBD Sleep AidOnce you purchase your CBN Sleep Aid, start with the lowest dose possible and see how your body reacts. Eden’s Herbals, for example, offers a specially designed blend of CBD, CBG, and CBN in one ml serving size. Start with ½ ml serving for one week and notice how restful your sleep is. Once you’re comfortable, you can move up to the suggested serving size of one ml a night. 

What Are The Side Effects Of CBN?

More research is needed to see what the possible side effects of CBN are. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), CBD is safe and well-tolerated. If you are taking medications, however, you may consider checking with your doctor before starting a CBN regimen.

How To Find The Best CBN

When looking for CBN, consider checking out your companies website. Check to see if they have a lab certificate, which ensures quality and legality (under 0.3% THC). If you’re interested in THC-Free CBD Oil, you’ll want to check the lab report to ensure you’re getting exactly what you paid for.

CBN Oil

When it comes to bioavailability, CBN oil is definitely the best source. Our Sleep aid Tincture contains 600 mg CBD, 600 mg CBG, 300 mg CBN, and MCT Oil to give you a powerful nighttime sleep formula.

CBN Isolate

No THC, no problem. We offer a 1,000 mg CBN isolate powder formula in a 5ml concealable container. Lab-tested and free of pesticides, our CBN isolate makes a great addition to your nighttime tea without any worries about ingesting THC.

If you want to learn more about CBN for sleep, contact Eden’s Herbals at [email protected] today!

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*These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Medical advice should be taken from a medical professional.

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