CBN & Delta 8: The Secret to a Great Night's Sleep?

CBN & Delta 8: The Secret to a Great Night's Sleep?

Delta-8 is powerful enough on its own, but when you pair it with CBN, the two cannabinoids work together to create a unique and relaxing experience. 

Keep reading to learn more about delta-8 and CBN, and the benefits of combining the two. 

What is Delta-8?

Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol or delta-8 THC has exploded in popularity over the last few years due to the fact that it is federally legal in the United States. Because this psychoactive substance is widely available, it’s an attractive alternative to delta-9 THC products, which evoke the traditional “high” in cannabis users. Delta-8 has all of the same pain-relieving euphoria-inducing effects as delta-9 but without the anxiety and heart palpitations that are often associated with delta-9. 



What is CBN?

Although you may not have heard of CBN, if you have ever consumed a cannabis product, you have most likely also consumed CBN. As a naturally occurring cannabinoid in hemp and cannabis, CBN is ubiquitous in cannabinoid extracts. This is especially true if you have ever consumed a delta-9 product that has been sitting around for a bit too long since THC converts to CBN over time. Often, old cannabis products will lose their psychoactive potency as a result of this process, since CBN is not a psychoactive cannabinoid. Although CBN is present in many hemp products, its potency is low even in very old products.

Cannabinoid producers have been continually developing better ways to produce high CBN extracts through generating new strains of flower and looking at post-extraction methods to convert other cannabinoids to CBN. With more availability of high potency CBN extracts, research and users have reported a number of beneficial effects. 


Here are research articles that illustrate the benefits of CBN: 

  • Most commonly, CBN is reported to be helpful with improving sleep. Both anecdotally, and in studies.
  • One recent study showed potential for CBN as beneficial for the prevention of glaucoma, where CBN was shown to act as a modulator of neuroprotection.
  • Another recent study showed that CBN can help protect mitochondria in neurons and that CBN acts independently of cannabinoid receptors to protect the function of neurons.  


Other benefits of CBN include pain relief and appetite stimulation. Overall, while this cannabinoid is not psychoactive like delta-8 or delta-9, there seem to be many neurological benefits to consuming CBN. 



How Delta-8 and CBN Work Together

Delta-8 and CBN make a good pair due to something called the entourage effect, where different cannabinoids work together to create a synergistic effect in the body that is more impactful than a single cannabinoid would be alone. Studies have shown that delta-8 and CBN can be more effective at helping you fall asleep when combined than they are apart, due to this entourage effect.  

Why Delta-8 and CBN?

The biggest reason to choose a tincture that contains both delta-8 and CBN, is how much this combination can help improve your quality of sleep. Because delta-8 has such a calming and relaxing effect on its users and CBN acts as a sedative, the combination of the two helps you get to sleep quickly and stay asleep longer. 

The effects of delta-8 and CBN work best when taken consistently, so try to work them into your daily routine. While trying to find the right dosage for you, start slow and increase the amount as necessary. Ultimately, taking the right amount of CBN and delta-8 should help you drift off to a deeply restful sleep. 


Are Delta-8 and CBN Right For Me?

Due to the calming nature of delta-8 and they fact that CBN is non-psychoactive, the combination of the two could be a great product for just about anybody. Delta-8 and CBN have not been reported to induce anxiety, and there is a very low possibility of getting too high. If you are looking for a product that will give you an energetic or focused high, this won’t be a great fit. But if you’re looking for something to help you unwind, get to sleep, and stay asleep, look no further. 



  1. 5 Things to Know about Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol – Delta-8 THC.” US FDA. Published: 04 May 2022. Accessed: 10 Oct 2022.
  2. Pharmacological interaction between cannabinol and D9-tetrahydrocannabinol.” Takahashi, R. N., & Karniol, I. G. (1975). Accessed: 10 Oct 2022.
  3. Cannabinol modulates neuroprotection and intraocular pressure: A potential multi-target therapeutic intervention for glaucoma” Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular Basis of Disease. Published: 1 March 2022. Accessed: 10 Oct 2022.
  4. Cannabinol inhibits oxytosis/ferroptosis by directly targeting mitochondria independently of cannabinoid receptors” Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Published: 20 Feb 2022. Accessed: 10 Oct 2022.
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