Is CBN the New Xanax?

by Michelle Thibault on September 14, 2022

Our present lifestyle counts stress and anxiety as normal, which makes sleeping disorders a common issue. Patients visit the doctor’s office day-in and day-out, asking for prescription drugs to help them cope. Conventionally, medications like Valium were the go-to treatment.

Diazepam, the generic name for Valium, is long-acting, thus leaving the body more slowly, which gives you that ‘hangover’ effect and increases the risk of harmful drug interactions. That’s why a decade later, pharmaceutical companies came up with shorter acting drugs like Alprazolam, popularly known as Xanax, and Lorazepam, trade-marked as Ativan. Your body can process them faster, but they are more prone to withdrawal symptoms.

All the drugs I mentioned belong to the same class called Benzodiazepines, and for half a century, they are mainly prescribed for their sedative and anxiolytic properties. However, their side-effects and addictive properties had made people wary of benzos.   

Safer and Healthier Options

In this age of breakthroughs and bio-hacking techniques, newer and better alternatives are available for us to combat anxiety and sleep problems. With the recent discoveries of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and plant cannabinoids other than THC, we now have safer and all-natural options to utilize.
Of the newer cannabinoids, CBD is most famous and has gained traction since its mainstream debut. And for good reason-  CBD has countless studies to support its many beneficial effects. Yet, according to personal anecdotes, CBN seems to be the compound that really excels at helping users improve their sleep quality and duration.

In this article, we’ll also explore the recent buzz among hemp consumers and the trending online forums. This is about CBN’s ability to rival your good ol’ Xanax and Valium in terms of sedative and anxiolytic properties.

Fact or Fiction? Let’s read on…


How CBN can give you Better Sleep

CBN is known for its powerful sedative properties without being intoxicating. There is even research suggesting that 5 mg of CBN is as effective for sleep as 10 mg of Valium. And as we have mentioned about the addictive tendencies of benzos, the massive interest and excitement in a safer alternative like CBN for insomnia and anxiety is very understandable.


Our CBN Intel #1

This may sound strange, but the longer your cannabis bud ages and dries, the more CBN is found in the flower. This is because the original THC content undergoes degradation which results to the new, oxidized compound, Cannabinol (CBN). CBN is non-psychoactive but still retains the relaxing effects of THC.
So, if you’re wondering how to get a decent dose of CBN from your cannabis flower, the secret is to leave some bud in an unsealed container for a few days. Let it undergo natural degradation, and then smoke it.
If you’re wondering if you can add CBN to some of your cannabinoid tinctures and isolates, you’re on the right track. In 2002, Swedish researchers at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at Lund University Hospital found out cannabinol and THC activate the same pain pathways. These two compounds therefore can amplify each other’s effects to abolish pain and inflammation.  

Our CBN Intel #2

Combining CBN with other Cannabinoids such as CBD or THC produce more significant results than when taken alone. This is due to the entourage effect of cannabinoids, where two or more compounds work synergistically to bring the beneficial effects of the plant without causing critical adverse reactions. To start, combine 10 mg of CBN with 1 ml of Bliss Formula Remedy to have the most restful, undisturbed sleep you’ll ever experience.

Our CBN Intel #3

Looking for the best combo to optimize your day and night routine? Take Bliss Formula Focus to increase motivation and enhance concentration during work hours. One Reddit contributor vapes Delta 8 for the best creativity and productivity throughout the day. Then add CBN in the evenings for relaxation allowing for a smooth transition to slumber land.


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