Today is a gloomy day here in Colorado, so it is a great time to write a review. Thankfully we are getting rain, because my plants really needed it! There are so few bad days here, so I am just now writing this!
Cannabinol (CBN) is one of those compounds that is usually only found in small amounts within the flowers. and is the product of breaking down THC as it oxidizes. According to Medical Jane, “Cannabis is widely used as a sleep-aid for those who suffer from insomnia and cannabinol is the reason why. By all accounts, CBN is the cannabinoid responsible for the sedative effects of cannabis. Because of this, I tend to reserve high-CBN strains for night use.” PERFECT. Insomnia is one of my biggest issues!
Over the last 2 weeks, I have been using the Mary’s Medicinals CBN Pen 5 days out of the week. ( I wanted to have those extra 2 days as controls and to compare.) The first thing that surprised me was the smell. I actually think it smells really good! No cannabis smell at all! While I know some would love walking around smelling like their favorite dispensary, I am not one of those! (Though my dispensary is my second favorite smell after coffee.) The size of the tube is actually ideal for geriatric hands as well. I can’t grip and am missing half my knuckles, so ease of use is important. You can twist the base to lock and unlock it (hardest thing to do), and all you have to do is push up.
This is a transdermal gel medicine, meaning it goes directly on the skin. Their website has these directions: Placed directly on the skin and gently rubbed in, the transdermal gel delivery method has the same bioavailability as our patch, but is faster acting and shorter lasting. Our gel pens are accurately dosed with 50 (2mg) pumps of active cannabinoids. Each gel pen uses our unique child safe dosing mechanism. Simply rotate the top portion of the pen clockwise to unlock the child safety mechanism, and back the other direction to lock it after dispensing.
After rubbing it on the tops of both feet and wrists/tops of hands, it took about 40 minutes before I noticed any effect. I wasn’t high or buzzed, however my eyelids would start to feel heavy. Of the 10 nights I used it, this happened all but 2. When I went to bed, I actually slept longer by about 2 hours. Normally, I am up several times a night and am an extremely light sleeper. The nights I used the CBN, my first sleep was about 5 hours straight, compared with 3 hours on a normal night. I also got back to sleep easier after waking. Over all, I am highly pleased with this product!
The bad part was cost. Unfortunately, this pen averages about $40 for a 50mg tube. Using 8mg (my “just right” dose) a night adds up quickly. Unfortunately, I am not sure how many patients are blessed with the finances to keep that up! Maybe ending prohibition would drive the pricing down, so be sure to come out in support of green soon! Health should not be cost prohibitive!