There are over a hundred different cannabinoids. It can seem like a lot to learn, so we’ve been covering some of the top cannabinoids. Today we’re breaking down the basics about CBN. CBN stands for cannabinol. It is a minor cannabinoid compared to THC and CBD. It is non-psychoactive so it doesn’t cause intoxicating effects. It forms as THC ages, so it’s percentage increases as cannabis flower continues to mature, even off the plant. This means the CBN content of your cannabis at home continues to increase the longer you have it.
CBN and Sleep
One of the most common misconceptions about CBN is that it works like a sedative.
Some people say if you consume older cannabis, the CBN content will be higher, and it will make you sleepy. However, the research on this is inconclusive. Experts believe there is a connection between higher amounts of the cannabinoids causing increased drowsiness when combined with THC.
Terpenes that continue to develop over time as the flower ages also play a role in the effects of cannabis. They affect our physiology, including the production of sleep hormones. The differences in terpene profiles can be a factor for older cannabis causing drowsiness.
What is CBN good for?
Studies have found it to be effective for the following;
– Antibacterial agent
– Appetite stimulant
– Reduces intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma
However, with the current restrictions on cannabis research, most of these studies have been conducted on animals. More research on people is still needed to determine exactly how it interacts with our ECS (endocannbinoid system). At the same time, the results from studies that do exist show promising results.
There are limited options to get it since it forms as THC ages. This happens in an oxygenation process. As THC is exposed to oxygen, like leaving your cannabis out in the open air, it creates CBN. One way to get your hands on it is to create it yourself by leaving your bud exposed to air. However, this process takes time and there are very few ways to measure how much you produce. Your best bet is to look for a CBN extract, or a product that has been infused with a CBN extract. This way you know exactly how much you’re getting.
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