CBD For Sleep: CBN Competes with Ambien and Melatonin

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CBN is a cannabinoid found in, and derived from, the hemp plant. Although close in chemical structure to CBD, the compounds produce very different results. CBN is specifically for getting to sleep, staying asleep and for anti-anxiety.

Melatonin is one of the most widely used supplements worldwide. It’s an over-the-counter supplement that adults rely on to help treat insomnia.

Melatonin is natural, because it’s a hormone that the body already produces when we are exposed to darkness. It assists in regulating the circadian rhythm to ensure that we are getting proper sleep, and it is effective even at small doses to help you get some shut-eye.

There are also many benefits to taking melatonin. Aside from it being accessible and affordable, this popular sleep aid also has antioxidant properties, can help reduce the production of cortisol — the stress hormone, regulate blood pressure, and improve the immune system.

However, many people have found relief from using cannabis. There are numerous cannabinoids within the cannabis plant that offer the same benefits as melatonin, some even more. Enter CBN.

Meet CBN – Cannabinol

CBN is one of the newer cannabinoid compounds from cannabis, though lesser known compared to its other cousins, CBD, CBG, and of course, THC. However, it’s been getting some attention recently because of its ability to induce sleep and relax. This is possible because it’s created when Delta 9 THC is degraded, which can be done in the lab.

CBN also forms naturally when THC is exposed to light and heat, that’s because it naturally oxidizes in these situations. That’s why if you have left your weed out for a long time, or exposed to air, it might not get you as high as you wanted though it can make you sleepy – because the THC has already turned into CBN.

Once we consume CBN, it binds to the CB1 receptor though not as tightly as THC would. For this reason, CBN is often referred to as the THC but without the high.

While CBD does relax, it’s not as powerful as taking CBN. There are CBN supplements already in the market which have been designed to help consumers fall asleep or relax quicker, with an onset time of an hour or less. There are numerous anecdotal reports of CBN helping people fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer, though there are very few studies that document its ability to do that. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying and buying CBN supplements.

Due to the increase in popularity and demand of CBN, many users are wondering if this little cannabinoid could be a natural alternative to Ambien and Xanax. That is a possibility, and it has the ability to also become more of an alternative to other natural sleep aids.

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