Humans have used cannabis plants for a long time for recreational and medical purposes; however, many people still don't know much about cannabis products. Another less known compound of Cannabis called CBN has been in the spotlight recently for its various medical purposes. However, can CBN be used to improve your quality of sleep? This article explains all you need to know about CBN and how it might just help those with insomnia.
The cannabis plant has over one hundred compounds known as cannabinoids. One of the cannabinoids is CBN, a minor cannabinoid compared to CBD and THC. CBD is known to have sleep-aiding properties; however, CBN has been gaining popularity in the health industry and has been viewed normally as another option to CBD. However, as more research is conducted to determine the full effects of using CBN, there is still much to discover when Cannabis is concerned. This article will discuss all you need to know about CBN; let's dive in deeper!
What Is CBN?
As mentioned, Cannabinol, or CBN, is one of the compounds found in the cannabis plant, and although it is a cannabinoid like CBD, they have their differences too. Although CBN can be found in the hemp plant, it is found in very small amounts, which is why many companies prefer making CBN from THC. This is because THC converts to CBN when exposed for a long time or when it's heated in the open.
Although CBD might seem to have a huge similarity with CBN, there is a big difference in what their effects are. CBD is usually known for the different health benefits that can come from using it for a while. Dawidowicz et al. (2021) explained that CBD doesn't give you a 'high' effect like using THC. On the other hand, CBN can give you a slightly 'high' sensation, although it is not as intense as that of THC, which is why many people usually opt for CBN compounds.
What Are the Benefits of Taking CBN?
As discussed, the properties of CBD and CBN are similar. Su et al. (2021) suggested that, like CBD, the latter also has a helping hand in improving sleep quality, pain, and inflammation. CBN is a sedative for treating many conditions such as insomnia and other sleeping problems. Kaufmann (2021) suggested that although CBN is considered the better option for relaxation when sleeping, there is the need to remain careful because more research is still ongoing on how many benefits can be utilized.
CBN does more than help you get enough sleep; sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life as humans. Additionally, sleep is a way for the body to relax and gather the energy it needs to push harder the following day. Having a hard time sleeping can be stressful and can make your social and family time hard. That is why more researchers are exploring the various possibilities of CBN helping those with insomnia and various sleep conditions.
The ability of CBN to interact with various receptors in the brain can give off the relaxing effects you normally experience when you consume Cannabis. The endocannabinoid system is a set of receptors that run throughout the body and is thought to be responsible for various functions in the body, such as mood, pain control, immune response, sleep, and emotional response. Furthermore, it can keep a person's overall health in check. CBN has shown promising evidence with the reaction of CB1 receptors in the brain to give off a mild sedative effect that you can use to put you to sleep. However, much research must be conducted to determine how CBN helps you get better sleep fully.
Other Products in Hemp That Can Promote Sleep
The hemp plant contains several compounds; however, many are normally found in CBD products unless you use isolated CBD products. Some of these compounds found in the plant are fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6, vitamins, and terpenes that are usually responsible for the specific scent of Cannabis. According to Russo (2019), the compounds found in hemp combine to work synergically in an amazing way called the entourage effect, enhancing CBN's therapeutic effects.
Terpenes found in the hemp plant might include Myrcene which is usually thought to give off sedative and relaxing effects. Another terpene called Linalool is usually found in the lavender flower. It is also responsible for calming and mood-changing effects, besides having properties responsible for relieving pain. Pinene is a terpene that positively impacts the nervous system and has a unique skill of potentially blocking short-term memory loss after using THC. These unique compounds combine to give you an amazing effect while using full spectrum hemp, which usually contains all the compounds of the cannabis plant.
CBN Dosage; How Much CBN Do You Require for Sleep?
Just like CBD, the research on CBN properties is still low, and much more research is still required to determine just how much you might require feeling off the effects of CBN. There is still no solid dosage of CBN products; therefore, you might start using a lower amount of CBN products before moving on to a higher dosage to find the right amount you need to feel CBN's therapeutic effects. The dosage needed might depend on the weight, compound intake, and the user's metabolism. Furthermore, the frequency of taking CBN might also affect how the body reacts to CBN and how long it will take to feel its effects.
When choosing the right CBN product and the amount of CBN to take, there are a few points to keep in mind. You must remember that as the market grows, there is room for other rookie companies that might just come in looking for a quick chance to make profits. Therefore, always check the product's contents before purchasing it to get a clear picture of what is in it. Also, always check whether heavy metals and other harmful compounds are present in the products.
CBD and THC are the most popular compounds in the cannabis plant; however, the plant has over one hundred extractable cannabinoids. One of the other compounds found in the cannabis plant is CBN which is normally thought to have sedative properties. Although CBN is usually not easily available in the cannabis plant naturally, it can be easily extracted from CBD and THC and has many similar properties to CBD. CBN is usually thought to have pain-relieving and sleep-imposing properties, which can be great for those who find it hard to get quality sleep. However, much research is still required to know just how you can use it to help those with insomnia. While purchasing CBN products, read the product label and ensure that the product does not contain any harmful substances. Additionally, purchase CBN products from reputable brands.
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