What is CBN?

Describe what CBN is, how it works, and what symptoms it is best used for.

There are over a hundred different cannabinoids, and it can seem like a lot to learn, so we’ve been covering some of the top cannabinoids you’re most likely to hear about. Today we’re  breaking down the basics about CBN. CBN stands for cannabinol. A minor cannabinoid compared to the more popular THC and CBD, CBN 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, but what does that mean exactly?

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 in the field of cannabinoid science believe there is a connection between higher amounts of CBN causing increased drowsiness when combined with THC, rather than CBN causing drowsiness by itself.

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, so even the differences in terpene profiles can potentially be a factor older cannabis causing drowsiness. Since researchers can’t pinpoint it as being the sole contributing factor for causing you to feel sleepy when consuming older aged cannabis, what is CBN good for?

Studies have found it to be effective as an antibacterial agent, a neuroprotectant, an appetite stimulant, an anti-inflammatory, and as a mechanism to reduce intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma. However, with the current restrictions on cannabis research, most of these studies have been conducted on animals, which doesn’t always translate exactly to humans. More research on actual people is still needed to determine exactly how CBN interacts with our ECS (endocannbinoid system), but the results from the studies that do exist show promising results. 

If you’re looking for CBN products, or want to know how CBN will affect you, there are limited  options to get it. Remember how CBN 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. So one way to get your hands on it is to create it yourself by leaving your bud out, and essentially letting it cure in a bowl. But the process takes time and there are very few ways to measure the CBN you might 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 CBN you’re getting, and it will make it easier for you to learn how cannabinol affects you. 

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