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Does CBN Oil Help With Insomnia?

CBD and THC are some of the most common cannabinoids, and they have been found to provide relief for people suffering from sleep problems. CBN oil has been found to provide similar effects as some of the best CBD oils in the market with mild psychoactive effects.

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CBN oil produces very potent sedative side effects, and this makes it one of the best natural treatments if you are suffering from insomnia among other sleep-related problems.

Effects of Sleep Problems and Insomnia

There are between 50 and 70 million Americans that have a sleep-related problem. 10% of these suffer from chronic insomnia. Sleep problems have far-reaching problems and can lead to mental and physical health.

Deep restful sleep allows the cells time to heal from the injuries suffered during the day. It is also the time that the body flushes out the toxins that have accumulated in the brain while you were awake.

Sleep deprivation increases your risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart ailments, diabetes, and stroke, among others. For this reason, it is recommended that you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night.

Sleeping pills have been widely used in aiding people to fall asleep, but they have adverse side effects that include addiction, dependence, and increased risk of overdosing. Research has shown that the sedative properties of CBN oil make it one of the best natural alternatives to treat insomnia. 

What is CBN?

This is the third most common compound derived from a cannabis plant and it has similar benefits to that of its cousins; THC and CBD. It has a variety of therapeutic benefits include inflammation control and pain reduction.

CBN oil also has antibacterial and anticonvulsive effects. Other benefits include stimulating bone cell growth, appetite, and powerful sedative effects.

Where Can You Get CBN Oil?

CBN is produced when THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) is exposed to sunlight and heat to create CBNA. With more exposure to light and UV rays, the CBNA converts into CBN. 

Although CBN is derived from THC, it has mild psychoactive effects and, and this makes it a good alternative for people who cannot tolerate the psychoactive effects of THC. When it comes to choosing CBN oils, older plants and poorly stored flowers and buds have a higher quality level of CBN compared to fresh plants. 

CBN Oil and Sleep

The human body produces natural cannabinoids known as endocannabinoids. They bind to the cannabinoid receptor in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS has two major cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. 

When the CB1 receptors are activated, they result to sleep. While CBN might not be as strong as THC and CBD, it produces the most potent sedative effect when combined with the CB1 receptor.

One study showed that 2.5mg of CBN is equivalent to taking 5mg of diazepam. CBN oil will help you sleep without the psychoactive effects of THC. In addition to the sedative effects, CBN oil promotes sleep in the following ways:

1. Reduce Pain

Chronic pain has been associated with insomnia and other sleep-related problems. CBN produces analgesia when it activates ECS, which then helps in managing pain resulting in better sleep. One study found that CBN reduces pain caused by high temperatures, which makes it perfect for burn victims. 

2. Decreasing Inflammation

Much like THC and CBD, CBN also has anti-inflammatory effects. CBN has a greater affinity to the CB2 receptor, which has a lot of immune cells. Once activated, the cells help reduce inflammation and pain in general. 

When CBN binds with the CB2 receptors of the abnormal immune cells, it reduces cell death, also known as apoptosis. In the long run, it leads to the effective control of inflammation and it stops the immune cells from releasing inflammatory chemicals. With reduced inflammation, you can then enjoy better sleep

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Getting CBN Oils

With increased production led by the on-going legalization of cannabis, you do not have to smoke aged cannabis or spend hours sorting through CBN strains. There is an increase in the number of CBN-rich products with CBN oil coming in capsules, tinctures, and topical balms. 

However, you need to be wary of the dosage to ensure you get relief in the shortest amount of time possible. However, if it is your first time using CBN oil, you need to start with a low dose and consult a doctor before starting on it.

To get the best CBN oil, consider the following qualities:

  • The extraction method
  • When the plants were grown
  • Contents of the CBN oil
  • Reliability and trustworthiness of the manufacturer

How to Take CBN Oil for Sleep and Insomnia

There are several modes of consumption that you can use to take CBN oil including:

  • Placing a few drops under the tongue
  • Via capsules
  • Vaping 
  • Adding it to beverages such as tea or coffee

Placing it under the tongue provides faster effects since it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. However, placing it in a dry herb vaporizer produces a lot of vapor which looks cool.


CBN oil is slowly gaining recognition alongside CBD and THC. It is the better compound of the three for treating insomnia due to its potent sedative effects. Experimenting is the best way to know the right dosage, but you could always consult a doctor to guide you on how to take it.  You can read more sources for CBD and its benefits, and Synthetic Cannabinoids at Flightams.