Well if you are here, you are curious about CBN and ready to learn more!
ALSO, BEFORE YOU FINISH READING, TAKE NOTE! The CBN cannabinoid hasn’t been researched nearly as rigorously as CBD, THC, or even some terpenes. But as researchers begin to mine cannabis for every possible benefit, the demand for more information will likely reveal the full profile of CBN’s effects.
CBN is the cannabinoid into which tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) breaks down after prolonged periods of time. The degradation can be accelerated by exposing dried plant matter to oxygen and heat. Cannabinol (CBN) is only mildly intoxicating; with current research indicating it may only be one-fourth (¼) the potency of THC.
So basically what the above means… You buy some weed from a friend and hide it from your parents. Months and months go by and you forgot where you hid that weed. Now it is time to leave for college and you begin to pack up your bedroom. As you are flipping through old picture albums going down memory lane, you find your baggie of weed in between the pages. Hot dayyummm! Is that weed good still? Probably not in the sense of getting “high”, as those months turned into two years; but it is good as you just accidentally produced some wicked awesome CBN! Having sat hidden for a long period of time, the THC has broken down and you are left with CBN.
In more ways than one, CBN is something of a “sleeper” cannabinoid and is known as “the sleepy cannabinoid in old weed.” CBN’s distinct sedative quality is undoubtedly the thing that sets it apart from other cannabinoids.
Much of the research around cannabinol effects, notably sedation, has been done in rodents. Sedation is commonly associated with CBN, because aged flowers have much more CBN than fresh flowers. The sedation is not necessarily a product of CBN; rather, aged cannabis with CBN cannabinoids will be sedating because it has also lost lower molecular weight monoterpenoids in favor of more sedating sesquiterpenoids. The sedation factor is one of several primary differences when comparing CBN vs. CBD, as the latter cannabinoid does not cause sleepiness.
CBN Benefits and Medical Uses
CBN, though far less well known than CBD or THC, boasts an impressive list of potential medical uses.
- Anti-Insomnia: CBN remains primarily valued as a potent sleep aid. According to an analysis from Steep Hill Labs, 5 mg of CBN is as effective as 10-mg of diazepam, a prominent pharmaceutical sedative. As an anti-insomnia medicine, CBN is potent.
- Pain Relief: In addition to its effectiveness as a sleep aid, CBN has recently been identified as a potential painkiller.
- Anti-Bacterial: CBN is one of several cannabinoids with the potential to fight bacteria. When tested on multiple antibiotic-resistant bacteria, CBN was highly effective, and may prove a viable option for reducing methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus (MRSA) bacteria in the future.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Cannabinoids can also be effective anti-inflammatories. CBN, though not as widely used for anti-inflammatory purposes as CBD or THC, may have similar abilities to treat a variety of inflammatory ailments. A 2009 study on cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs, for example, identified CBN as a possible treatment for inflammatory disorders such as allergic asthma. Research has also revealed that CBN can treat glaucoma by reducing inflammation that causes intraocular pressure.
- Anti-Convulsive: Similar to CBD and THC, CBN has the potential to reduce seizures and epileptic symptoms. Patients should be warned, however, that CBN’s anti-convulsive properties may be more effective in conjunction with CBD and THC than as an isolated compound.
- Appetite Stimulant: In addition to the potential medical uses already covered, CBN may be an effective appetite stimulant. A 2012 study found that rats administered with CBN showed a sizable increase in both quantity and duration of feeding. These findings present the possibility of using CBN as a non-intoxicating alternative to THC appetite stimulants.
- Bone Cell Growth Stimulant:CBN ticks all the usual boxes of a medicinal cannabinoid — pain relief, anti-inflammation, appetite stimulation, etc. But it may also stimulate bone marrow cell growth. By gathering and modulating stem cells, CBN may be an effective cannabinoid in creating bone tissue and healing bone fractures.
While CBN products are still a rarity, more and more companies are isolating this precious cannabinoid and developing products to provide it to the masses. And if you find an old nug lying around and it’s somehow not covered with lint, go ahead and roll it up — it might contain more CBN.