Can Cannabis Really Help You Sleep?
Having trouble sleeping? New cannabis products featuring previously underutilized and promising cannabinoids such as CBN (cannabinol) and CBG (cannabigerol) might be just what you need. And there will soon be more of them on Delta 9 store shelves.
You probably already know someone who uses cannabis products containing CBD (cannabidiol) as a sleep aid. While everyone’s endocannabinoid system is unique and reacts in its own way to different cannabinoids, CBD is well known for its ability to help with numerous conditions related to pain management and anxiety, which naturally leads to better sleep.
Hundreds of CBD products have been developed and the same is now happening with lesser-known cannabinoids such as CBN and CBG. Research into the benefits of CBN and CBG is still in its early stages, but is already being driven by both anecdotal evidence and consumer demand.
CBN and CBG are found in much smaller amounts in cannabis plants when compared to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD. THC, the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis, degrades into CBN over time. As a result, CBN is found in smaller amounts in cannabis plants and it has little if any psychoactive effect.
CBG is formed when enzymes in the cannabis plant break down CBGA (cannabigerolic acid). In the majority of cannabis strains, most of the CBGA is converted to THCA->THC and CBDA->CBD, leaving only a small amount to be converted into CBG.
Modern technology now allows researchers to isolate all components of the cannabis plant for study individually and in various combinations, any of which could be beneficial to you depending on your unique body chemistry. Additionally, new strains have been developed to contain higher levels of CBN and CBG.
Research has shown CBG to be potentially effective in addressing causative factors related to glaucoma, inflammatory bowel disease and Huntington’s disease, and it has shown promise with regards to inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. There is also evidence that CBG is an effective antibacterial agent, an appetite stimulant and a potential tool for use in fighting bladder disorders. Additionally, CBG has potential as an antidepressant and is believed to reduce anxiety.
Research also indicates that CBN may be a powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, a neuroprotectant, and an appetite stimulant, in addition to anecdotal evidence that suggests CBN has sedative properties and the potential to reduce anxiety.
CBD, CBG and CBN have shown promise individually in the areas of pain relief, anxiety and sleep, but appear to be even more powerful when combined with THC and the natural terpenes present in the cannabis plant. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that when combined with minute doses of the known sleep aid melatonin, the cannabinoids and terpenes counteract the hangover effect some people feel the morning after taking melatonin.
Numerous new products utilizing combinations of THC, CBD, CBG and CBN as a sleep aid have already been developed and more are appearing on a weekly basis, including the products below.
What’s Your CBN Pleasure?
How about a single shot before bed? Field Trip Botanical’s GO: Slumbershot is a one-of-a-kind night-time elixir that makes coming down at the end of your day easy. Infused with 5 mg CBN, 1 mg THC, lavender and chamomile, Go: Slumbershot makes a perfect nightcap. It is currently available in most Delta 9 stores, and online (same-day delivery and/or Click & Collect only).
Solei Renew CBN Softgels might make a good starting point for your first experience with a CBN product. Each softgel contains a very mild dose of 1 mg CBN and 2.5 mg THC along with cannabis extract from our hybrid greenhouse which is paired with MCT oil. The terpenes have been removed to provide an odor- and taste-free cannabis oil. Available online and in several Delta 9 stores.
MediPharm Labs’ CBN 1:2 Nighttime Formula is a pharma-quality CBN oil made using refined CBN material produced at MediPharm Labs using strict manufacturing standards that result in the highest quality and purity. The coconut/palm-based MCT carrier oil has a subtle cannabis flavour and each drop contains approximately 0.28 mg of CBN, 0.55 mg of THC, and 0.03 mg of CBD. CBN 1:2 Night Time Formula is currently available in select Delta 9 stores. Please check the inventory for a store near you at Delta9.ca.
Two night-time gummies that will be appearing in Delta 9 stores in the next few weeks are Wana Quick Midnight Berry Indica Gummies and CBN Blackberry Lemon Dream Gummies from Ace Valley.
Wana Quick Gummies – coming mid-February to Delta 9 Cannabis Stores!
The CBN Blackberry Lemon Dream Gummies feature a calming blackberry flavour with a clean lemon finish and each is formulated with a precise dose of 5 mg THC and 2.5 mg CBN per gummy, with your nighttime routine in mind. Now available in selected Delta 9 stores. Please check the inventory for a store near you at Delta9.ca.
Wana Quick Midnight Berry Indica Gummies deliver a sweet mixed berry flavor, along with a custom blend of CBD, THC, and CBN. Wana Quick Gummies are enhanced with fast-acting nanotechnology that may result in a quicker onset of effects. Coming soon to a Delta 9 store near you!