In recent years, many countries have liberalized the control of marijuana. Under the trend of legalization of marijuana, some products containing marijuana ingredients have also become daily consumer goods, which has a great impact on the market of sleeping pills.
Why does marijuana help sleep? The research shows that CBN (cannabinol) in marijuana has certain sleeping and sedative effects.
CBN is actually another by-product of the oxidation or degradation of cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Thc is the main hallucinogenic chemical component in cannabis, and it is the most important active substance in cannabis. It has neural activity. Laguinitas, a refined beer brand under Heineken beer, once launched soda water containing THC, a hemp component.
According to a study by step Hill labs, the first commercial marijuana laboratory in the United States, CBN may be the most effective and most effective sedative in cannabinoids. The hypnotic effect of 2.5mg-5mg CBN is equivalent to that of 5mg-10mg diazepam (commonly used to treat anxiety insomnia).
However, the hypnotic effect of CBN has not been fully confirmed. As early as the 1990s, researchers tested eight CBN compounds with mice, only two of which can prolong sleep cycle, and CBN may also bring side effects such as loss of appetite, fatigue, dizziness and so on. Dr. Shuhan he, a doctor at the Massachusetts hospital, said that CBN does have an impact on sleep cycle, but whether it can be used as a sleeping aid remains to be further studied.
Nevertheless, some marijuana producers have begun to introduce related products. In January, Kiva unions, a marijuana company based in California, launched soft candy containing 1mg CBN and 5mg THC, with "sleep friendly" as its selling point.
Kiva unions' researchers found that CBN's hypnotic effect exceeded their expectations, so they decided to adjust the CBN content of the product to a low dose of 1mg. Drew Ford, chief scientific officer of Kase manufacturing, a marijuana laboratory in California, expects CBN's market to grow rapidly in the next few years, and even subvert the health care industry.
Although there are not many marijuana drugs specially used for sleeping at present, a study published in December last year by the American academic journal medical complementary therapy shows that the number of people who buy over-the-counter sleeping drugs in areas where marijuana for entertainment is legalized has decreased significantly, and the market share of sleeping drugs has increased by 236%. In the paper, the author points out that:
There is a significant negative correlation between the marketing of recreational marijuana and the sales of over-the-counter sleeping pills, indicating that at least some recreational marijuana buyers use marijuana for treatment rather than entertainment purposes.
This is a huge market, insomnia is a worldwide problem. According to the data of the World Health Organization, the insomnia rate of Chinese adults is close to 40%. There are 300 million people with different degrees of sleep disorders. In addition to prescription sleeping pills, melatonin, an over-the-counter drug, is particularly popular with insomniacs. In the United States, the annual sales volume of melatonin exceeds 400 million US dollars. If CBN's hypnotic effect is further verified, it is likely to carve up the market share of melatonin and become a new hypnotic drug.
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