If you're reading this, you're likely having trouble getting to sleep or are having trouble getting deep, good quality sleep. If this is you, then CBN and Delta 8 THC could be the natural solution that you've been looking for!
First Things First - Delta 8 THC
Now, before we discuss use and applications, it's important to note four things about Delta 8 THC:
1.) Delta 8 THC is 100% legal in almost all U.S. states at the time of this article's writing (March 2021).
If you are unsure about your state's laws on Delta 8 THC, please do a quick Google search and verify. If your state has restrictions on Delta 8 THC, then it may not be advisable to order these products. However, at the time of writing this blog, the federal government does not impose any restrictions on the sale or shipment of this cannabinoid across state lines.
2.) Delta 8 THC can cause intoxication
Dosage does determine effects, so it is good practice to start low and work your way up when trying to find the perfect dose for yourself.
The sleep effects of delta-8 were assessed by measuring EEG readings, locomotor activity, and respiratory parameters. The researchers found that delta 8 did not have any significant changes on vigilance states or the ability to induce sleep. It was somewhat effective in increasing slow wave sleep (SWS), but this effect was not observed at all times during the night.
There are some caveats to consider when discussing these results. First, 0.3mg/kg is closer in dose to delta 9 than it is to endogenous cannabinoids like anandamide (R). Second, no studies which involve sublingual administration of cannabinoids exist for comparison - there may be differences in absorption depending on where you put your medicine (R). Finally, the genetic background of mice.
While delta-9 THC actually increased wakefulness during the light period, delta 8 THC decreased wakefulness at low doses - this apparent discrepancy may be due to the differing methodologies of administration between studies. These results also show that delta 8 and other cannabinoids might work very differently on different species: while delta 9 THC causes sedation for rodents and other related mammals, it causes alertness in dogs and primates. This demonstrates an extreme need for further research into dosing practices as well as species differences when trying to extrapolate data from one animal to another. Nevertheless, these results do lend some support to the idea that since delta 8 does not appear to increase waking activity, it might be less likely to induce anxiety.
At doses of 3mg/kg or more, delta 8 THC caused a mild disruption of sleep - the mice woke up more often during SWS and REM periods. This study has many problems which may have masked real effects: for one thing, the researchers only studied male mice. The samples were also very small (only 7-8 subjects per group), and all doses were given orally - this is probably not how cannabinoids are used recreationally, as smoking would provide faster action at lower doses. In fact, I suspect that if delta 8 worked as well as delta 9 on sleep induction via sublingual administration in rodents with normal CB1 function, we'd know about it by now.
Weirdly, delta 8 had more hypnotic effects than delta 9 when used at very high doses (3mg/kg or higher). After these 3mg/kg doses were given to rodents with normal receptor function, the mice experienced more fragmented sleep. These results are inconsistent with previous findings about CB1 activity and sleep . Although they do demonstrate that there is still a lot of research needed before we can really understand what cannabinoids like delta 8 THC do in regards to sleep.
3.) Delta 8 THC can absolutely show up on a drug test
Because Delta 8 THC (in hemp) is similar to Delta 9 THC (in marijuana), it may trigger a positive result for THC. So if you are drug tested at work or for sports competitions, you need to be aware that Delta 8 THC can cause you to fail that test.
NOTE: If you cannot take Delta 8 THC due to drug testing, please see this article on CBN which is another effective, natural, and THC-free solution for sleep.
As usual, the dosage is important - after all, it says right on the package insert of Marinol (dronabinol) that "THC's most common side effect is somnolence". Somnolence means drowsiness or feeling sleepy. That's just how it works. So, knowing that dronabinol is around 50% delta 9 THC, if you took a whole 10mg Marinol pill at once, you might feel drowsy... even though the patient information insert doesn't tell you so.
4.) Delta 8 THC is NOT CBD
Delta 8 THC and CBD are two completely different cannabinoids. A cannabinoid is a term used to refer to any of over 100 different compounds found in the hemp plant.
If you'd like to use CBD alone to help you sleep, check out CBD for better and Deeper Sleep
The National Institute of Health (NIH-NCI), defines Delta 8 THC as "an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties."
Essentially, this means that Delta 8 THC can potentially:
-help ease nausea / prevent vomitting (antiemetic)
-help reduce symptoms of stress (anxiolytic)
-help stimulate appetite
-help relieve pain (analgesic)
-help protect nerve cells against damage, decline, and impairment (neuroprotective)
For those of us suffering from sleep problems, the issues that Delta 8 THC can address are exactly the things keeping us awake. This means that for some people, Delta 8 THC can be an absolute life saver when it comes to sleep!
Things to Know About CBN
To sweeten the deal and make sleep not only better and easier, but DEEPER, many people are adding another cannabinoid called "CannaBiNol" or CBN, to their natural sleep aid regimen.
CBN is a newer cannabinoid to be discovered and its potential is still being investigated and researched. The research surrounding CBN ranges from its uses as an antibiotic, to a disease fighting agent, or even an inflammation combatting compound. The uses for CBN seem to be very promising, with its use as a sedative being the most discussed benefit.
One thing of note with CBN is that it is the naturally occurring result of the breakdown of THC within the plant. This means that there is a slight possibility that CBN could show up as a false positive on a drug test.
If you are concerned about drug test results, your best bet for a natural sleep aid would be to use CBD only. Click here to read our article CBD for Better and Deeper Sleep.
Common Applications of Delta 8 and CBN for Sleep
As with any sleep aid - natural or otherwise - it is important to consult your doctor first, especially if you are taking other medications.
And please remember, this article is meant to help give you a starting point. We are not medical professionals, and we don't know your individual situation, so please realize that you will have to find what works best for you and your situation.
With that being said, a common starting point for those using CBN and Delta 8 for improved sleep is to take 5mg of CBN and 10mg of Delta 8.
With our Active CBD Oil Tincture - Water Soluble CBN - 150 mg, that could be one dropper full of our Active CBN tincture and 3/4th a dropper full using the Strain Snobs - Delta 8 Tincture - 420 mg.
It could also be 1 dropper full of our Active CBN Tincture and 1/2 of a Strain Snobs Delta 8 Gummy.
We also have Delta 8 pre-filled vape cartridges and Delta 8 hemp flower (in stores only) that can be vaped or smoked in addition to taking a CBN tincture for a potentially quicker onset of sleep.
Many of our customers find that even if they have access to Delta 9 THC from marijuana, that using Delta 8 from hemp (especially when combined with CBN) has a better effect on their ability to get asleep and stay asleep.
Delta 8 used with CBN has become a very popular option for those who suffer from sleep issues or are unable to sleep deeply and stay asleep through the night.
Like any sleep aid, you should consult your physician, especially if you are taking other medications. Also, it is important to figure out what dosage and delivery method (edible, tincture, vape, etc.) works best for you.
In the the case of Delta 8 and CBN, because they are so closely related to Delta 9 THC from marijuana, those who are drug tested for work or sports may want to consider using CBD alone to improve their sleep to avoid possible false positive tests.