What is CBN and Does it Really Help You Sleep?

CBN is being used in sleep-aid products, to calm the mind and body and most importantly — to help you drift off to sleep faster. Like CBD, CBN is derived from the cannabis plant and does not cause a psychoactive high.

CBN is created through an oxidation process where the manufacturers expose THC to heat and light, which causes it to break down, leaving behind CBN. It affects our central nervous system in ways that help the body remain in a state of balance emotionally and physically.

Scientifically, CBN is known to bind to receptors in our endocannabinoid system (ECS) that help to normalize our mood and appetite, combat pain and inflammation, and treat skin conditions.

CBD vs. CBN

CBD and CBN are both cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, but they are distinct in their effects on the body and should not be used in place of the other. CBD has been more extensively researched for anxiety, seizures, and pain, while CBN has been thought to be most helpful for sleep, stimulating appetite, and treating pain.

Both CBD and CBN are cannabinoids or compounds derived from cannabis plants. CBN is the most sedative out of all the compounds in cannabis. CBN was discovered recently from decomposed THC (the psychoactive compound in cannabis).

CBD is a very broad cannabinoid that does a good job in addressing general inflammation and potentially supporting mood stability. However, CBN is very specific and contributes to sleep and the decrease of anxiety.

What’s the Endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system is a series of molecules and receptors throughout the body. It is connected to our nervous system, and it plays an important role in multiple different processes, from our mood to digestion.

Cannabinoid type receptor 1 (CB1) is the most studied receptor in this system, even though there are others. The way different cannabinoids bind with this receptor has a big impact on their effect. When THC binds, for example, it leads to a euphoric or intoxicated feeling. When CBD binds to the same receptor, it may lead to feelings of relaxation without the intoxicating high of THC.

CBN also binds to the CB1 receptor. Just like CBD, it doesn’t bind nearly as tightly as THC. This explains why many people refer to CBN as the “THC without the high.” It also explains why there are overlapping effects, like in sleep.

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