Before heading to the cannabis dispensary, I did some research.
- I wanted to be prepared for the many choices and knowledgeable in the right products for my needs.
I suffer from insomnia and arthritis. I often lie in bed for hours, feeling exhausted but unable to sleep. The arthritis swells my fingers, causes stiffness in my knuckles and can be quite painful. I came across information about cannabinol or CBN. It is not produced naturally in the cannabis plant, so it’s not very well-known or abundant. It is the result of THC degrading because of age or exposure to light. I was interested in CBN because of the sedative and pain-relieving effects. According to lab research, 5 mg of CBN is more effective for relaxation than 10 mg of Valium. Plus, it’s a natural product and avoids the drawbacks of pharmaceuticals. A lot of people aren’t supporters of CBN because they consider it old and stale. I like a combination of CBN, CBD and THC to treat my arthritis. I have had good luck with cannabis-infused topicals applied directly to my fingers. The ointments absorb quickly and provide localized relief. For insomnia, I choose tinctures containing CBN due to the fast-onset of effects. My biggest challenge is finding products with more than trace amounts of CBN. I’ve checked all of the medical cannabis dispensaries in my local area. I’ve spoken with the budtenders and asked them to source these products for me. Fortunately, the dispensaries have been really wonderful about trying to fulfill my needs. I’m hoping that as more people discover the potential of CBN, it will become easier to find it.