Edmonton-based Dynaleo Inc. has released a line of cannabis-infused soft chew edibles with high amounts of cannabinol (CBN), which the company said early research indicates “may be effective as a sleep aid or sedative.”
On Thursday, Dec. 9, Canada’s highest-capacity producer of weed gummies said that the DynaDream CBN gummies under its DynaWellness brand launched this week in Alberta and will be in Ontario by January. The Lemon Ginger gummies come in a pack of seven and have 20 milligrams of cannabidiol (CBD) and 2 milligrams of CBN each.
But on Friday, Dec. 17, the company issued a notice to disregard the contents of the initial press release, after it received a non-compliance letter from Health Canada. Under the Cannabis Act, it’s prohibited to promote a cannabis product or service if the promotion could create the impression that use could lead to a health or cosmetic benefit — in this case, that the CBN-infused gummies could help people sleep.
The “nighttime” edible is also found under Dynaleo’s Sunshower brand with its CBN Blueberry Moon containing 2 milligrams of CBN and 1 milligram of THC per gummy.
“DynaDream CBN was designed to help people improve their bedtime routines in order to get the most out of the busy day that follows,” executive chairman Michael Krestell said in the original statement.
“As a brand, Sunshower is the starting point for our customers’ great experiences. Sunshower is a companion on their cannabis journey. At bedtime, Sunshower is Mr. Sandman.”
Dynaleo specializes in soft chew edibles and carries the brands Sunshower, Pocket Fives and DynaThrive CBD. With the new CBN products, the company now sells 13 products across seven provinces and territories.
A study published in October that reviewed clinical evidence on how CBN affects sleep showed that little research has been done in the area, and what is available shows mixed results mostly suggesting it doesn’t aid sleep. That study calls for more randomized controlled trials to be able to substantiate claims made by manufacturers of cannabis products containing CBN.
Another recent study on cannabis and sleep suggests a complicated relationship between the two. The research showed a correlation between frequent pot use and getting too little or too much sleep. The only robust evidence for cannabis working as a sleep aid was for obstructive sleep apnea, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain syndromes.
Update (2021-12-17 1:24 p.m. PT): This article has been updated after Dynaleo issued a notice to disregard a previous press release with claims that Health Canada deemed non-compliant with the Cannabis Act.