What is CBN? If you use cannabis, you have probably heard all about the two most popular cannabinoids in the plant- THC and CBD. However, these are not the only cannabinoids produced by the plant that have great benefits. You will also find many minor cannabinoids, like CBN.
In this blog we will discuss what CBN does and the potential benefits of its use. With this knowledge, you can then decide if it is something you are interested in trying.
What is CBN?
CBN is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant.
Like the vast majority of cannabinoids, CBN is a fat-soluble compound, it is not water-soluble.
CBN has a different relationship with THC than all other cannabinoids. This is because CBN does not come directly from the cannabis plant. Instead, it forms from the exterior oxidation of THC. In other words, THC converts into CBN during its degradation period. When you cut and store cannabis, THC ultimately becomes CBN.
THC starts in an acid form. It then gets converted to CBN-A when it is exposed to air for a significant amount of time. The presence of air causes the THC-A to lose hydrogen molecules. It then undergoes oxidation. The results are in an acid form of CBN.
The cannabinoid is then treated with a UV light and heat. This converts it to CBN.
Benefits of CBN.
Below, are a few of the potential benefits of using CBN that are currently being explored in research. Please keep in mind, the current research on CBN is limited. Most of the information provided is from many consumers’ personal experiences.
CBN contains many properties to help you relax. It is noted as the most sedative out of all the compounds found in the cannabis plant. Research in mice has shown that CBN can help prolong sleep time. Some research indicates CBN’s sedative effects are amplified when combined with THC.
CBN is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent. It has the potential to influence specific immune responses to produce anti-inflammatory effects. It has even been known to impact levels of other compounds found in the body known to cause inflammation. So in all, it does not interact strongly with the CB2 receptor in the body, but instead, it modulates the levels of endocannabinoids and other compounds. It stimulates the release of peptides from sensory nerves, which helps decrease inflammatory sensations.
It has been reported by several CBN consumers that taking this type of product daily has helped increase their appetite. While this is good for some consumers, it may not be as beneficial for others. This is because CBN binds to the CB1 receptors in the brain causing a bodily response feeling of hunger while boosting metabolism.
Since some people avoid THC, due to its intoxicating effects, this could potentially offer an alternative for those seeking aid with appetite without the high feeling.
CBN may also be a powerful neuroprotectant.
Although further research is needed, it may be a powerful neuroprotectant. In one study, researchers tested the effects of cannabinol on a rodent model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The researchers found that the treatment significantly delayed disease onset by more than two weeks. This could potentially mean that it may help fight common neurodegenerative conditions where other treatments are limited.
CBN has the potential as being used to fight off bacterial infections that our usual antibiotics can not heal. Research has shown the tested effects of five significant cannabinoids, including cannabinol, on different strains of the superbug, MRSA. These antibiotic-resistant bacteria can cause fatal staph infections. Therefore, it could become an important MRSA treatment in the future.
Vasorelaxation is the process of relaxing blood vessel walls. This results in a fall in blood pressure. Research has shown CBN acts as a vasorelaxant, which means it might be useful if you have a specific vaso-related illness. It may help increase the blood flow to the eyes via vasorelaxation and aid in reducing pressure in the eye. The process is also helpful for people with conditions such as heart disease or hypertension.
Will it get you high?
Another misconception about CBN is that high-quality products will always be non-intoxicating. While CBN alone is non-intoxicating, it can actually increase the euphoric effects of THC. If you are looking to take advantage of the benefits without a high, make sure you are using products that don’t contain much or any THC.
Is CBN Legal?
The Farm Bill of 2018 made a clear distinction between industrial hemp and marijuana. Industrial hemp, which contains less than 0.3% THC, is now legally recognized as a separate agricultural commodity. Therefore, any CBD products made from industrial hemp that contains less than 0.3% THC are federally legal, including CBN.
In most cases, it is highly unlikely that CBN will show up on any drug test. Usually, drug tests look for the presence of THC or THC metabolites. Premium quality products contain less than .3% THC, which is not enough to show up on a drug test. Some consumers are concerned and may wonder if a cannabinoid-specific test does actually exist. Technically, since CBN is a chemical that your body has to metabolize, a specific test could be developed to detect it. However, the average drug test is not equipped to identify the use of it or any other cannabinoid specifically, besides levels of THC higher than .3%.
Don’t just reach for any CBN products. Check that a product has been verified by an independent lab before buying it.
You should also be aware that it can be derived from hemp or marijuana, and that marijuana-derived products usually contain more than the legal amount of THC. However, the two cannabinoids may work best when used together, producing what experts call an “entourage effect.”
Final Thoughts on Cannabinol (CBN)
Although most of the attention in the cannabis world appears to be on THC and CBD, we should not overlook CBN. Many experts consider this compound one of the best sedatives on the planet. Also, since it only has around 10% of THC’s intoxicating effects, it won’t get you high.
It is important to note that CBN can make you feel groggy and disoriented at times. Therefore, it is best to look for high-quality CBN products online.