Can Cannabis Help Me Sleep?



Dear Nurse Susan,

Help, I need some sleep! Can cannabis help me sleep?

Bone Tired

Dear Bone Tired, 

I am glad you reached out for help with sleep. You aren’t the only one with this problem. This is one of the most common uses for cannabis. In fact, 70% of Americans suffer from sleep problems: 40% of men and 30% of women suffer from insomnia. Sleep deprivation results in: 

  • 20% increase in driving accidents; approximately 1 million crashes occur due to drowsy driving each year in the US
  • 30% higher risk of obesity
  • 15% increase in cardiovascular risks
  • 45% increase in depression symptoms

Sleep deprivation is closely related to diabetes and hypertension. Sleep apnea effects 18,000,000 adults and narcolepsy effects 200,000 people.

How can cannabis help? There are a few cannabinoids in cannabis that are helpful for sleeping. The best ones are CBN and CBD. Today I’m going to talk about CBN.

CBN is a cannabinoid that has sedative effects. CBN is produced by the breakdown of THC through aging or exposure to sunlight. This short video provides a good introduction to CBN.

What are the effects of CBN in addition to promoting sleep?

  • Anti-convulsant
  • Anti-bacterial, including MRSA
  • Promotes bone growth (good for osteoporosis)
  • Anti-inflammatory; good for arthritis, fibromyalgia
  • Inhibits skin cell formation (good for psoriasis)
  • Anti-nausea/vomiting
  • Anti-cancer: breast cancer, certain lung cancers
  • Promotes healing of burns
  • Relieves pain
  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Muscle relaxant
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Anti-asthma

Ambien doesn’t give you all those benefits! Plus you can avoid all the side effects! So, Bone Tired, the next time you are in a dispensary, ask for products with CBN.

Here’s to a good night’s sleep!  ZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Nurse Susan

For more information on CBN check out these additional resources:

https://,ww.massroots.com/learn/cannabinol-cbn-cannabinoid/- Basic CBN information

https://www.steephill.com/blogs/34/Cannabinol-(CBD):-A-Sleeping-Synergy– A little bit of CBN science

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tREh1eYdwuA– A lot of CBN science with Dr. Bonni Goldstein and a researcher from SC Testing Lab


(Susan Marks RN, BSN, PHN writes for CityWatch and is a medical cannabis educator and consultant based in Los Angeles. You can contact her at [email protected]