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CBN: The New Sleep-Inducing Powerhouse?

written by / June 14, 2021
CBN: The New Sleep-Inducing Powerhouse?

CBN, a somewhat overlooked cannabinoid, is all the rage at the moment with its newfound superpower — making you sleep better.

Namely, in their recent report Steep Hill Labs — a cannabis testing facility — claims that CBN is the most potent sleep-inducing cannabinoid of all!

What’s more, they state that CBN’s efficacy is superior even to that of some prescription sleeping pills. For instance, they claim CBN is twice as potent as diazepam (Valium). 

As for combating insomnia, the combination of CBN and CBD — and even THC — has a more potent sedative effect.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What exactly is CBN?

CBN or cannabinol is the first extracted cannabinoid and is created naturally as a product of THC oxidation. Meaning, a cannabis plant becomes richer in CBN with prolonged storage.

Yet, what is essential here is that CBN is more potent than CBD, especially as a sleep-inducing agent. Actually, about one-quarter of THC’s potency is passed onto CBN, making it slightly psychoactive.

However, as was the case with CBD, the effects of CBN on humans were not the subject of many studies. So far, CBN has been shown to have the following effects:

  • sedative effect
  • weak psychotropic effect
  • anticonvulsant effect
  • pain relief
  • anti-inflammatory effect
  • antibiotic effect
  • anti-MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) effect 
  • heart rate reduction
  • prevents the formation of blood clots

So, where can you find CBN

CBN is found in most top-quality CBD oils. More precisely, in full- or broad-spectrum CBD oil, usually in the form of a tincture.

As a result, it’s highly likely that CBN sleeping products will rank among the best over-the-counter sleep aids in the years to come.

Nevertheless, the question you’ve all been waiting for — is CBN legal?

That is a tricky one. But, in essence, if it’s extracted from hemp, it’s completely legal.

Marija Kovachevska is a content writer at, Biochemist and Activist. After obtaining her BSc in Biochemistry and Physiology she changed her microscope for content research tools and continued researching in the fields of Medicine, Biology, and Communication. Her insatiable curiosity flare drove her to become a “content scientist writer” as she likes to say. Reality fascinates her and facts and statistics are a must-have feature in her articles. Fluent in English and French, she is a volunteer and communication associate for several non-profit organizations. French culture and handcrafting are her passion, but in her free time, she indulges in long walks and traveling, or as she likes to say “experiencing the inexperienced.”

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