This cannabinoid may help you get a good night’s sleep

When we started Natural Ways, we focused almost exclusively on CBD, the cannabinoid found in the greatest abundance in hemp. After all, CBD is the Swiss army knife of cannabinoids: It’s the go-to for customers wanting natural solutions for a variety of wellness needs, and it’s also versatile enough to add to edibles and beverages as well as beauty products and pet treats.

But time – and science – march on, and that’s a good thing! Researchers continue to discover that hemp, the cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, is chock full of powerful constituents that benefit humans and animals.

Here at Natural Ways, we follow the research, and that’s why we began offering a lesser known, but very effective, cannabinoid called CBN.


CBN, or cannabinol, is shown to support restful sleep.

Origin of CBN

When THC is exposed to prolonged heat or other natural elements, it eventually breaks down into CBN.  Known as a “degradation” of THC, the presence of CBN can be accelerated when dried cannabis is exposed to oxygen and heat. It’s considered to be mildly psychoactive, but research suggests that it’s only one-fourth as potent as THC.

CBN is typically found in small amounts in most cannabis strains; however, many cannabis-based options such as topicals, edibles, capsules, tinctures, vape cartridges, and sublingual sprays may contain higher levels.

CBN will be present in some amount in any full or broad-spectrum CBD product.

As the first cannabinoid to be isolated by scientists, CBN was also thought to be responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis before the discovery of THC.

How does CBN work? What does it do?

CBN and THC have similar chemical compositions. It is thought to bind primarily with the CB2 receptor, but it may also interact with the CB1 receptor. CBN acts as an agonist to a naturally produced protein in our bodies that regulates several biological systems.

Higher levels of CBN in any cannabis product may provide a particularly effective option for supporting sleep and/or a sense of relaxation.

Research in mice has shown that CBN can prolong sleep time. And in combination with cannabinoids like CBD and the therapeutic percentage of THC found in full and broad-spectrum CBD products, CBN may demonstrate its greatest effect.

Consuming 5 mg of CBN is the equivalent of taking 10 mg of Valium – but with only 10% of Valium’s psychoactive effects!

Over the years, researchers have studied cannabinol and other cannabinoids as potentially effective anti-inflammatory drugs.

CBN in particular works on the the pain-sensing TRPV2 receptor, but some studies indicate it may also work on the CB2 receptor which also transmits pain signals to the brain.

There’s more!

A 2008 study found CBN one of several cannabinoids (including CBD) effective in treating MRSA, a bacterial infection that is resistant to antibiotics.

As you can see, CBN is revealing itself to be a potential all-purpose solution to many different issues.

For now, though, it is available through Natural Ways as both a tincture and a gummy (with Delta-8 THC in a 1:1 ratio of 12.5mg each).

Our customers like both, and we invite you to explore our online store to try CBN for yourself.

Here’s to a good night’s sleep!