Insomniacs everywhere can rejoice! Although already widely known in the medical marijuana community, cannabis has been used as a sleep-aid for many people who suffer from insomnia. What most people don't know, is the science behind why it helps.
Cannabis contains over 80 different cannabinoids. Most of you will be familiar with the abbreviation "THC" otherwise known as tetrahydrocannabinol. With the introduction of medical marijuana testing labs, in-depth studies have begun to learn the individual properties behind each cannabinoid.
Cannabinol, or CBN, is the cannabinoid responsible for causing the sedative effects that aid the onset of sleep. You might be surprised to learn that cannabinol is actually a product of degradation. When THC is exposed to oxygen over time, it begins to degrade and lose it's psychoactive properties, it transforms into CBN and gains incredible almost tranquilising effects.