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Is Cannabis the Best Over-the-Counter Sleep Aid?

October 6, 2020

We all want that ideal 8 hours of sleep every night, but (as the Rolling Stones famously sang), you can’t always get what you want. Whether your troubles originated from having high levels of work stress or worries at home, it’s clear that regular sleep deprivation isn’t ideal for anybody. If this sounds familiar, you may need a cannabis sleep aid. You read that right—if you’re chronically tired, the unassuming cannabis plant might be able to help.

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Cannabis for Sleep

With promising results for everyone from sleep apnea patients to people with epilepsy, cannabis may be a welcome fix for sleep issues. THC and CBD both have positive effects on quality and duration of rest, but there’s another component of the cannabis plant to consider—Cannabinol.

Researchers found that THC and Cannabinol work synergistically together in mice to produce an “Entourage Effect,” inducing a sleep state faster and longer than usual. While both compounds are present in cannabis plants, the effects of these two cannabinoids have not been fully tested on humans. However, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests that cannabinol may help those with insomnia and other sleep disorders.

What Is Cannabinol?

Cannabinol (CBN) is a naturally-occurring compound in the cannabis plant. It is classified as a cannabinoid, just like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or CBD (cannabidiol). It is created when THC ages and degrades, so it is more present in older cannabis flower.

What Is CBN?

CBN stands for Cannabinol—it’s just an easier way to spell it. If you’ve ever seen this abbreviation on a package of your favorite edibles, there’s nothing to be afraid of. CBN is a natural cannabinoid just like CBD, THC, CBG, or any of the other acronyms you’ve seen.

Is CBN Psychoactive?

Though further research is advised, CBN does not seem to have psychoactive effects or the “high” generally produced by THC.

What Are the Benefits of CBN?

Current research indicates that CBN, when activated by THC, may improve sleep. Because of federal prohibition in the United States, there is currently little research on the effects of CBN, but the results are promising.

Is CBN the Best Sleep Aid?

If you’ve tried everything and you’re all out of ideas, why not add CBN products to your sleep routine? In addition to general recommendations like playing relaxing music to sleep, consider trying CBNRelief sleep gummies from Plus. If you’ve tried a variety of sleep positions and pills, and can’t figure out how to get to sleep faster than your snoring spouse, try CBN marijuana edibles like the Midnight Blueberry gummies from Kiva Camino.

The Best Place to Buy CBN

So, now you’re asking this: Where can I buy CBN oil, capsules, and tinctures in Orange County?

With a wide selection of CBN products from premium brands like Breez, Mary’s Medicinals, and Kiva Confections, People’s has you covered. If you’re seeking out CBN oil, capsules, or tinctures, stop by People’s for the best sleep aids to fit your needs and routines. Visit us today at our Santa Ana cannabis store or order online for Express Pickup or Delivery.

You don’t need to figure out how to fix your sleep schedule on your own—you’ve got the power of the People. Our friendly cannabis Guides are here to help you discover the benefits of CBN, and learn to fall asleep easier every day of the week.

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