This Chemical in Weed Helps You Sleep
Hi Nice People!
Sleep is like going to the dentist. No matter how hard you try you just aren’t doing enough. Between your phone, elections (remember, go vote) and infinite scroll it’s no surprise that over 35% of Americans aren’t getting enough rest, which is recommended at 7 hours or more. The repercussions for too little sleep include increased risks for a “number of health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and frequent mental distress.”
When you look at the pharmacological options for getting a good night’s sleep, some of them are scary and many don’t work. Drugs like ambien have diminishing returns and weren’t made to be taken as a long term sleep aid. Ambien can also make you loopy AF (never text on Ambien, please) and has an encyclopedic list of side effects.
If you feel like you need more shuteye (you probably do), there’s a chemical in weed that helps you fall and stay asleep. It’s called Cannabinol or, CBN. CBN is what happens to THC once it oxidizes (aka gets old). Remember that weed they found in the 2,700 year old ancient Chinese tomb?The largest cannabinoid peak was CBN.
CBN (according to Steep Hills and a study that extrapolated its findings from a 1995 study with mice) has been found to be stronger than diazepam, a mild pharmaceutical sleep aid and is only mildly psychoactive when taken in the proper dose. It helps you fall and stay asleep with the cannabinoid lasting in your system for approximately 5-6 hours. While CBN is directly associated with sleep, CBD has also been found to be helpful as a sleep aid due to its efficacy in dampening anxiety and dampening adrenal responses.
To help you get some shut eye, here are some products we think make for nice dreams.