CBN for Sleep Review: The Studies, Effectiveness, and Before you buys



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There’s a new sheriff in town, and he goes by “CBN”. 

Unpopular opinion here but: sleep kinda sucks. I mean I love curling up in my bed and getting a good night’s sleep, but I find myself stuck on these erratic sleep cycles that prevent me from getting consistent, quality sleep. For something as primal to humans as sleep, it kinda blows my mind how difficult it can be sometimes. And I know I’m not alone here, because I literally looked it up and the CDC says that one in three Americans regularly doesn’t get enough sleep on a regular basis. (Seems a bit low to me, but that’s probably because I’m in the unfortunate one third.)

Okay, so say you’re one of the unlucky ones like me; what solutions are there for getting better sleep? Lifestyle changes (no phone in bed and maintaining a circydithm rhythm), diet changes (no eating or consuming caffeine too late at night), vitamins (magnesium and melatonin), medication (from weed to ZzzQuil to trazadone), etc. The list goes on, and I can assure you that I’ve tried a lot of things on the list. But over the past couple of months, CBN has secured its spot at the top of my list, for several reasons. We’re here today to talk about why. But first:

WTF is CBN?

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What is CBN?

For now, I’ll assume that everyone reading this has at least heard of THC and CBD. These are two types of “cannabinoids,” which are compounds found in the cannabis plant. Well another, lesser-known cannabinoid is called CBN (short for Cannabinol), which is really only found in very small quantities. In practice, CBN is actually what results from your body metabolizing THC. It has this wonderful ability to put the body in a relaxed, drowsy state. 

But wait: if cannabis doesn’t contain that much CBN in it, and to even get that CBN, your body needs to metabolize THC first, then how is this stuff even commercially available? 

Well recently, CBN manufacturers have become far more skilled at actually producing it by exposing THC to extreme amounts of heat and light, which breaks it down and leaves them with… CBN! 🎉 This means we’re actually now able to benefit from CBN’s sleep benefits, without ever having to consume THC. More on that in a bit.

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CBN vs CBD vs THC

Alright quick science lesson, so take notes and then we’ll move onto the interesting stuff. 

There are actually over 150 different cannabinoids out there, each affecting the body in different ways. Undoubtedly the most recognizable cannabinoid out there is THC, primarily because of its controversial legal history and strong psychoactive effects on the brain. But as legal restrictions have loosened in recent years, other cannabinoids like CBD and CBN have found mainstream acceptance and use. 

CBD (aka Cannabidiol) doesn’t cause a “high” or euphoric effect (which many people, myself included, don’t care for). But it does still have many medical benefits, which makes it an excellent option for treating ailments like epilepsy, chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression.

CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid, while CBN is generally considered a minor one. It shares some similarities with CBD, but one primary difference is that it’s formed through oxidation. 

Another very important thing to note here is that CBN does not produce the same psychotropic effects as THC (like getting the munchies or feeling a deeply emotional connection with space). Remember that since scientists have figured out how to skip the whole “metabolizing THC” step from the equation, we’re basically skipping straight to the CBN, without feeling the psychoactive effects that traditionally accompany cannabis consumption.

What does CBN do?

CBN is proven to help you fall asleep. Unlike OTC medication and prescriptions, CBN offers a natural alternative that – for around 80% of people – actually works. In fact, there’ve been records of folks who’d been using Ambien for decades before finding that CBN was effective enough to replace it. Sure, they’re just anecdotal, but for a sleep aid that’s non-addictive and affordable, this is super promising. 

The Vail Integrative Medical Group recently came out with an interesting trial that highlights some of the positive effects of CBN. Over the course of seven days, participants consumed CBN and examined its effect on their sleep performance. After the trial was complete, over 80% of them reported that it improved their sleep significantly enough to want to continue using it. These results, combined with the overwhelmingly positive customer reviews for CBN, are very promising signs that CBN is an effective, reliable, and natural alternative to traditional sleep aids.

Let’s start off by looking at some of the best CBN products on the market, and then we can move on to the science + studies before you decide on which to try first.

Best CBN Products: Gummies, Oil Tinctures, and more

Since CBN is still relatively new to the broader market, it’s not likely that you’ll find it at a physical store any time soon. Our team, friends, and family have tried CBN sleep aids from two of the more popular brands, though, and have seen stellar results from both: SlumberCBN and Sunday Scaries

Best CBN Sleep Gummies / Edibles

Price: $48 (or $41 with code zenmaster)
Quantity: 30x 15mg gummies
CBN content:  450mg
How many days’ worth? 30-60 days supply

CBN gummies are hemp extracts that are high in CBN combined with chewy candy. This makes gummies the best option for people who don’t like the taste of cannabis, but want help sleeping – provided that you find a brand that does things right.

Traditionally, raw hemp extracts can be pretty difficult to use because they naturally taste pretty bitter and are sticky. They’re also inherently very concentrated, which can make them difficult to dose. 

Slumber Sleep Aid (SlumberCBN.com) has done an amazing job not only of making their gummies tasty, but their quality assurance standards and transparency also result in accurately dosed products.

Need even more of a kick to help you sleep? Using a CBN product that also contains melatonin gives you the best of both worlds! Benefit from CBN’s effects of relaxing your mind/body and lulling you into sleep, while also taking advantage of melatonin’s abilities to help you stay asleep.

Similar to other gummies, it’s best to take a gummy about 30 mins before bed. Whereas the CBN gummies we mentioned before have 15mg of CBN in each bite, these ones by Slumber Sleep Aid have 13mg CBN and 2mg of melatonin. Other than that, it’s pretty much the identical product (and price).

Best CBD + CBN blend