Updated: Jun 30
Sleep can sneakily turn into a playful game akin to hide and seek as nightfall approaches, enveloping everything in calmness and serenity. Can you not relate to this experience we all share? Tossing and turning, trying everything from counting an imaginary flock of sheep to sipping on chamomile tea. But what if I told you the secret to a good night's sleep might be hiding, not in a teacup, but in the leaf of a plant?
Meet CBN, or cannabinol, a gem in hemp that excited researchers and sleep lovers. To avoid any confusion. In sleep science, let's differentiate between CBN and its more widely known counterpart, CBD. CBN is generating considerable interest.
A study by Hisatoshi Yoshida and his team found that specific versions of CBN significantly extended sleep time in mice1. While it is too soon to tell definitively, the indications are optimistic, almost like discovering a well-concealed portal that could transport us to an enchanted domain of blissful aspirations.
But what's so special about CBN? According to Ethan B. Russo's research, it's all about teamwork2. CBN and other compounds found in cannabis team up to deliver what's referred to as the 'entourage effect.' The approach is not dependent on any single compound independently; it entails many elements functioning collaboratively towards a common goal. This might explain why CBN could still significantly impact sleep even though it's not the leading player in hemp.
And the magic of CBN doesn't stop at sleep. As Seyed Alireza Salami and his colleagues highlight, cannabinoids like CBN could have many potential benefits, from easing pain to boosting appetite.
Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Please note: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.