Can CBN help with sleep?

Getting a restful nights sleep isn’t as easy as it sounds.  Whether you are dealing with the stress of the pandemic or simply don’t get more than 4-6 hours of sleep this will undoubtedly effect your ability to function normally.  Cannabinol, or CBN, Like CBD, is what’s known as a cannabinoid and is a mildly psychoactive component found in hemp or cannabis.

By a recent count, cannabis has more than 100 different cannabinoids (that’s how many have been identified so far) have attracted a lot of interest for their potential benefits for sleep and other health conditions, including depression and anxiety, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, seizure disorders, different forms of cancer, and chronic pain. CBN has been found to be used effectively as a sleep aid or sedative.

Research in mice has shown that CBN can prolong sleep time. Some research indicates CBN’s sedative effects are amplified when combined with complimenting terpenes known as the Entourage Effect.

According to Steep Hill, a cannabis research and technology company, “2.5mg to 5mg of CBN has the same level of sedation as a mild pharmaceutical sedative, with a relaxed body sensation similar to 5mg to 10mg of diazepam.” You probably know diazepam by its most common brand name, Valium

Our infatuation with cannabinoid science began intentionally. In our hemp genetics, we’re constantly analyzing the cannabinoid curve, identifying and developing cannabinoids to compliment the anti-inflammatory powers of CBD, and the sleep inducing properties of cannabidiol (CBN).

The Endocannibinoid System (ECS)

As 2020 ushered in a pandemic level of stress, it has forced us to navigate through several unknowns. My wife and I have a senior about to graduate high school and two other kids at home. What’s happening with classes? How will we end the school year? Will we have a graduation? What about our jobs? Money? Relationships? My grandmother was patient #50 in the country on those who lost their battle with Covid-19, so as I write this article when will this virus be gone? Over the last 3-4 months it would be hard pressed to not be at 8 / 10 on the stress level, but we are trying daily to find a new balance with this new world we live in.

Eating right, exercise, connecting on zoom calls to those you haven’t heard from in a while are all ways to support your physical and emotional well being. This is all connected to our own endocannabinoid system (ECS). One important thing to keep in mind is that the ECS is primarily a system for your body to reach balance and homeostasis.

The Endocannabinoid System

When it comes to modulating stress, things go both ways: The ECS both alters and is altered by stress. Endocannabinoid receptors (CB1 & CB2) are found throughout the body’s adrenal axis, as well as in parts of the brain (particularly the limbic system) where the body regulates things like fear, stress, anxiety, emotions, and memory.
A healthy endocannabinoid system helps keep our stress response from becoming too extreme – so we when we experience a stressful event, even if it is very unpleasant, we will not over react to it. A healthy ECS also lets us put unpleasant memories behind us – an important part of emotional well-being.

Both acute and chronic stress can actually weaken the ECS, which makes us more vulnerable to stress – and perhaps more susceptible to developing emotional and physical issues related to an inability to keep our stress response under control. To really return to a state of balance – homeostasis – it is important to nourish the ECS.
One way to supplement your ECS is with cannabidiol (CBD) based products. A nutritional supplement that includes phytocannabinoids from a source like hemp can help nourish the endocannabinoid system so it’s better able to find that physical and mental balance.

Clinical Application of Cannabinoids and Terpenes | M. Gordon

“Clinical Application of Cannabinoids and Terpenes for Chronic Illnesses”. Authors: Mara Gordon, Stewart Smith Medical cannabis is used for a wide variety of conditions, but there is little consistent information on what strains and doses of cannabis are effective for different conditions. Aunt Zelda’s has been directly treating patients with cannabis extracts for over five years, while meticulously recording patient responses to different strains. Each strain name is ultimately a representation of a specific blend of cannabinoids and terpenes, which synergistically interact to benefit diseases. Scientific studies over the past several decades have indicated various attributes of cannabinoids and terpenes which can help guide treatment decisions. While optimal dosing has been far less explored in the scientific community, through years of data collection Aunt Zelda’s has determined precise dosing ranges for many diseases in different populations. 

The complexity of medical cannabis stems from the millions of combinations of doses and cannabinoid/terpene profiles. Despite this challenge, a systematic and intelligent approach can lead to informed recommendations that most benefit patients. Over time as more research is gathered, these recommendations will become progressively more robust, leading to higher levels of satisfaction with the first recommendation. 

The presentation will provide an overview of the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis interacts with it. There will be particular emphasis on cannabis for the treatment of cancer, as well as epilepsy, nerve pain, insomnia, hypertension, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, PTSD, ADHD, and Tourette’s syndrome. Don’t miss the next Cannafest conference, 1st- 3rd November 2019 in Prague. All lectures are held in Czech or English and are simultaneously translated. Information: http://www.cannafest.com

Terpenes and what do they do?

Typically, terpenes are volatile molecules that evaporate easily and readily announce themselves to the nose. Therein lies the basis of aromatherapy, a popular alternative-healing modality. Like their odorless cannabinoid cousins, terpenes are oily compounds secreted in the marijuana plant’s glandular trichomes.

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