How CBN Can Help With the Current Sleep Epidemic

By: Rich Barnes, Managing Partner at Slumber CBN

Sleep is beneficial and you have always known it, the more you sleep the less tired you are.  Not getting enough sleep is a disadvantage and the effects on your health are far more significant than we once thought. If you often find yourself having trouble falling asleep, waking up feeling exhausted, or feeling restless or nodding off during the day, you could be one of the 50 – 70 million Americans that suffer from sleep problems or sleep-related issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “sleep disorders are so pervasive in the United States that they now constitute a public health epidemic.”  And sleep disorders don’t just mean tossing and turning at night and less-than-optimal performance during the day. According to the CDC, sleep disorders place “those who suffer from these conditions and the public at large at greater risk of car crashes, medical mistakes, and industrial accidents. In addition, sleep disorders represent an increasing risk to public health, contributing to a host of medical conditions, including cancer, obesity, diabetes, depression, and hypertension.” An article by SleepHealth.Org states that “sleepiness affects vigilance, reaction times, learning abilities, alertness, mood, hand-eye coordination, and the accuracy of short-term memory. Sleepiness has been identified as the cause of a growing number of on-the-job accidents, automobile crashes, and multi-model transportation tragedies.” 

Historically, those with chronic sleep issues have turned to sleeping pills to help alleviate their nighttime woes. Sleeping pills account for one of the most prescribed medications by medical professionals, with 4% of adults claiming to use them at least once a month. However, if you use sleeping pills too often you can not only become dependent on them, you can become addicted. People have also reported experiencing extreme and adverse side effects when using sleeping pills such as sleepwalking, sleep talking, hallucinations, nightmares, and night terrors, to name a few. 

So what does that mean for the tens of millions of us who need help catching zzz’s? Thankfully, research and studies show that Cannabinol (CBN), a cannabinoid naturally found in the cannabis plant can help you go from counting sheep to sawing logs more effectively, and more safely, than their pharmaceutical counterparts. 

CBN, similar to CBD, is a non-psychoactive, non-intoxicating cannabinoid, similar to CBD, that experts believe interacts with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system to produce a reaction. It’s effective, too. When consumed, CBN is said to induce a state of catalepsy. Catalepsy is a trancelike state of consciousness, one step past REM. This means you can sleep less and you’ll still sleep more deeply, resulting in a more rested waking state. In some studies, CBN has proven the same level of sedation as a mild pharmaceutical sedative, with a relaxed body sensation similar to 5mg to 10mg of diazepam,” or as many are more familiar with, Valium. At Slumber CBN, we recommend dosing 5mg to 10mg of CBN to receive the level of sedation effects you are looking for. The best part? While it is recommended that you seek a health professional’s opinion before starting any new sleep regimen, CBN hasn’t been found to lead to any negative side-effects, unlike Ambien or Lunesta. CBN can also be used in many different forms, such as capsules, tinctures, and chews, with varying benefits to each. 

CBN Tinctures:

Tinctures have been around long before the use of CBN for sleep disorders. While the history of tinctures has been recorded as far back as the ancient Egyptians, Western Medicine has incorporated tinctures for almost 100 years for treating everything from the common cold to a fever. Tinctures also hold a benefit when it comes to their activation time – when placed under the tongue and then swallowed, tinctures are absorbed sublingually, making this the second-fastest absorption method next to smoking. By absorbing sublingually there’s nothing to digest or cause gastrointestinal issues, which could contribute to sleeping problems and keep you up in the long run. 


If you’re looking for something with a little slower onset, whether you don’t want to taste the CBN or you simply like pills better, CBN capsules can be a good option for you. Similar to tinctures, capsules are easy to consume and easy to digest, limiting the interaction with your digestive system, kidney, and liver – meaning consuming it is unlikely to trigger any other body functions that will keep you up at night. Capsules also allow for hyper accuracy when it comes to dosage – meaning you know exactly how much you’re taking each time, and you can ensure you’re not under-or-over doing it when it comes to your specific sleep needs. 


For those of us who want a little something sweet before bed, a chewable CBN would be the way to go. Many people don’t like the act of taking a pill, and the other ingredients in the chew help to mask the taste of CBN if you’re not a fan of the tincture. Chewables oftentimes also come in varying flavors, meaning you can switch it up until you find the one that’s right for you. Similar to capsules, chewables also allow for hyper-accuracy so you can find the perfect dosage for your sleep issues. 

As more and more Americans experience sleep issues and disorders, the need for a non-psychoactive solution that doesn’t result in negative side effects is imperative. Thankfully for naturally occurring cannabinoids, such as CBN and CBD, many are experiencing a restful night’s sleep for the first time in months. With varying ways of consumption and in turn bioavailability, CBN allows each consumer to pick the method that’s right for them. 

About Slumber:  

Slumber is a revolutionary new all-natural sleep-aid product, derived from CBN. Sleep has proven to be invaluable to being more alert, happy, and productive, which is why we created Slumber. Slumber uses broad-spectrum, terpene enhanced CBN isolate to deliver the quality of sleep you deserve. All products are made in Colorado using local, organic hemp and are vegan, GMO-free, certified third-party tested and produced under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). 

For more information on SlumberCBN, please visit:

About Rich:

Rich serves as the COO and Founder of Biokan and Certified CBN,

Serving as Managing Partner.  Rich’s primary role is to provide a structured and thoughtful environment and resources for Certified CBN personnel to advance the science of non-psychotropic cannabinoids. 

Rich also advances and fosters strategic relationships with industry-leading growers, processors, researchers, legal and other hemp-based businesses. Rich and his partners view CCBN as a transformative company which brings together advanced science to improve and explore the use of the minor cannabinoids and bioavailable plant-based wellness ingredients for the supply chains of consumer products companies focused on hemp derived supplements.

Rich has been involved in corporate management and financing for over 25 years in a wide variety of industries both in the private equity and development based companies. He has also served in leadership roles at high growth businesses, both on an interim and permanent basis.  Rich is a founding partner of Biokan, Slumber CBN and Certified CBN and has a Chemical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University.


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