CBN Dosage For Sleep

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CBN, or cannabinol, is a minor cannabinoid that has gradually become one of the more widely sought after compounds that can be found within cannabis plants. It falls in the same category as other cannabinoids like THC and CBD, though CBN has piqued the interest of many cannabis consumers due to its distinct effects. Similarly, research around CBN has amped up and many consumers and cannabis manufacturers alike are taking note of its unique potential benefits.

It’s crucial to note that CBN is not the same thing as marijuana. Rather, CBN is a specific compound that is found within some marijuana and hemp plants. CBN won’t provide you with the traditional high that you’d be apt to encounter when consuming other cannabis products, though it is considered to be mildly psychoactive.

CBN continues to stir up hype in the cannabis community over its potential for serving as a highly effective sleep aid. Although, it’s very important that you consult your doctor before you consider taking CBN as a potential sleep aid. 

In today’s evolving world of hemp and cannabis products, you’re increasingly more likely to run into products with CBN included, and many consumers have already introduced the compound to their regular routines to help usher in a more restful night’s sleep. So, could CBN be right for you?

And if you do take the plunge, what’s the proper dose for sleep? Keep reading — you’re in the right spot!

Key Takeaways:

  • CBN, similar to CBD, is a cannabinoid that can be found in hemp and cannabis plants alike, and has seen a recent uptick in popularity due to its unique properties, especially those related to sleep.
  • CBN will not get you high, , though it is considered to be mildly psychoactive.
  • CBN dosage for sleep varies from person to person, but typical doses are between 5-15 mg.
  • It may take an hour for CBN to kick in for sleep, but this time can differ depending on your unique biology and the specific products you’re using.

What exactly is CBN? And What Is CBN in Gummies?

CBN is a cannabinoid that can be found in hemp and cannabis plants alike. Much like other well-liked cannabinoids like CBD and THC, CBN is suggested to provide an array of therapeutic benefits. Some of these benefits are as simple yet profound as providing the CBN consumer with a welcomed feeling of calm when unwinding after a long day. 

You’ll also find that CBN is available in a number of different products. CBN, like CBD or THC and any other cannabinoid, can be infused in edible products like gummies. In fact, producers are increasingly using CBN in gummies and edibles specifically formulated for sleep. You can typically find these products in state-licensed retail dispensaries, though many hemp-derived cannabinoid companies also offer CBN edibles for sale.

CBN itself is a byproduct of THC degradation. CBN is created when THC undergoes exposure to heat, light, and oxygen. It is this very exposure which causes the THC to break down into different compounds. CBN is more commonly found in higher levels in mature cannabis plants due to the fact that THC molecules begin a process of degradation from the oxidation. 

It’s important to note that CBN is also distinct when compared to CBD and THC. CBD is a therapeutic cannabinoid that is non-psychoactive, meaning that it will not illicit feelings of being “high.” Conversely, THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid and famous for its effects that bring on those more euphoric feelings. CBN is unique in that it is mildly psychoactive. Upon taking CBN or a CBN product, you will likely notice a slight shift in your general perception, but it’s far milder than anything THC elicits.

Will CBN get you high?

Because CBN is a metabolite of THC it possesses the ability to bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors within the central nervous system. If this chemical interaction occurs it’s suggested that this can translate to effects of mild intoxication, but only when in extremely high doses. It’s because you need to consume such high doses of CBN for this interaction to occur that most people don’t invest in CBN products for its psychoactive effects.

With that said, you’ll likely notice some minor shifts after ingesting a CBN product — more so than CBD product but far less than anything containing THC. These mildly psychoactive effects likely lend themselves to those relaxing and sleep-related benefits CBN is known for. However, if you’re worried about getting “high” from CBN, this shouldn’t cross your mind unless you plan to consume extremely high doses. 

CBN For Sleep Dosage  

CBN can be purchased in a few different forms at this point in time (gummies, oils, tinctures, capsules) and even some flower strains contain some CBN, though you’ll likely find more consistent and higher doses among infused products).

So when determining exactly how many mg of CBN for sleep - it can boil down to a matter of thoughtful experimentation on your part to determine which form is the best fit for you. CBN gummies in particular are a great pick for anyone who enjoys being able to choose from a range of equally enticing flavors and also CBN dosage levels. However, you should absolutely talk to your doctor about what they might recommend as the optimal amount of CBN for sleep dosage for the CBN gummies that you choose. In most cases, the typical CBN gummy contains between 5-15 mg of CBN. 

How fast does CBN kick in for sleep? 

On average, the typical amount of time that it will take someone to feel the effects of their CBN dosage for sleep is around an hour. However, this amount of time can fluctuate due to each of us having our unique genetics, metabolism, body weight, height, etc. You should also note that CBN gummies often take a bit more time to feel the effects when compared to CBN tinctures because CBN tinctures are absorbed directly in a person’s bloodstream. Again, make sure that you follow your doctor’s recommendations for your optimal CBN dosage for sleep. 

Another benefits of CBN gummies, or really any cannabinoid-infused edibles, is that they should typically offer a consistent experience, meaning that you can expect the same results every time you use them. This can get a little trickier with CBN inhalable products, like vapes and flower.

It’s also important to note that this may fluctuate depending on the specific product. Most edibles recommend waiting anywhere between one and two hours for effects, though some manufacturers have been able to shorten that turnaround time to as soon as 20 to 30 minutes. Often, a manufacturer will note what you should expect on a product package.

Inhalable products like vapes and flower will generally hit you a bit faster, usually within a few minutes, though the duration of the effects are less lengthy, usually only a couple of hours — which may not be ideal for sleep. On the other hand, the effects of edibles tend to last several hours or longer depending on the dose.

Can you take too much CBN?

There are no known cases of severe side effects from taking too much CBN, however, it is best to start low, and work your dosage up slowly to determine the right amount for you, keeping in mind that a typical CBN dosage ranges between 5-15 mg of CBN. As with any edible product, it’s always recommended to start low and go slow — especially as you are adding anything into your regular routine. You can always take more, but you can’t take less after all!

Is there melatonin in CBN?

No, there isn’t melatonin in CBN. Melatonin is a hormone that is produced naturally in your body. However, there are CBN gummy and capsule options out there that include a mixture of melatonin and CBN, as certain consumers have reported these melatonin and CBN as playing effectively off one another. Thus, it’s completely safe to consume CBN and melatonin together, but just make sure that you consult your medical professional before you do so. 

On a related note, you’ll also find plenty of products with CBN along with other cannabinoids, like THC, CBN, and more. Keep in mind that a CBN product with THC is likely to usher in a psychoactive high depending on the dose, while CBN combined with CBD should not. Either way, users may notice more profound effects with a blend of cannabinoids working synergistically with one another, a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.

Final Thoughts:

With a reported two-thirds of adults across the United States enduring occasional sleeping troubles, it comes as no surprise that the interest and ultimate demand for sleep aids continues to grow. If you’re someone who has been actively on the lookout for trying out a new sleep aid, then CBN for sleep could be your new perfect remedy. Even better, you can enjoy the benefits of CBN whether or not you live in a state with legal cannabis, as there are plenty of hemp-derived CBN products on the market as well.

At the very least, it’s worth exploring and discussing with your doctor whether CBN is a good fit for you. It goes without saying, but there are plenty of incredible as well that the CBN gummy flavors are near impossible to not love.

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