CBD has become very popular in recent years and is generating more online interest than many conventional health products or other alternative therapies. Hailed for its potent anecdotal pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is being integrated into any product you can think of—from food, skincare to pet products. However, CBD is just one of the 100+ compounds inherent in the cannabis plant. There are also many other cannabis compounds that can alleviate health symptoms. CBN, for instance, is also becoming popular because it has been found to be helpful for insomnia, pain relief, seizures, and appetite suppression.
What is CBN?
Cannabinol (or CBN) is produced when THC is exposed to oxygen or heated. As a cannabis flower (that’s high in THC) ages, the THC compounds in it are oxidized or degraded into CBN. CBN can also be extracted from THC in the lab. Like CBD and THC extracts, we can benefit from the properties of CBD as an individual cannabinoid.
Effects of CBN
CBN is mildly psychoactive. In fact, it is considered so mild that for a very long time it was believed to be non-psychotropic (doesn’t affect mental state). Users say that it produces the ‘couchlock’ or the back end of the normal high without you having to smell movement or taste colors. So, unless you are consuming specialized CBN products with considerably high amounts of cannabinoid, you may not feel anything from CBN.
Although it is mildly psychoactive, recent studies have shown that CBN can generate powerful sedative effects. 5mg of CBN is believed to be as effective as 10mg of diazepam or other equivalent pharmaceutical sedatives. It is also thought that CBN contributes to the sleep-inducing and drowsy effects of Indica strains as they have been shown to pack higher concentrations of CBN. CBN’s sedative effects also explain why you may feel tired after smoking old cannabis. Since CBN is produced by the degradation of THC, aged marijuana contains high levels of the compound. As the cannabis plant is exposed to light and oxidation, the THC in it breaks down to CBN. So, if you allow your marijuana to sit for long, it becomes less potent and is highly likely to send you into dreamland.
Benefits of CBN
Considering that its potential was recently discovered, there isn’t a lot of research on CBN like THC or CBD. So, it is a bit tricky to make conclusive substantiations with regard to its medical efficacy. However, initial studies suggest several cases where CBN may be beneficial, including:
- Pain Relief: CBN has been proved to be one of the many cannabinoids with pain-relieving properties. The compound enhances capsaicin-sensitive neurons, which play an important role in pain perception and signaling.
- Bone Health: CBN may help reverse symptoms of osteoporosis. Past studies have indicated that CBN coupled with other cannabinoids may aid stem cell activations, which result in the creation of new bone cells.
- Appetite Stimulation: CBN may boost appetite in people who struggle to maintain one due to illness or other factors. In a past study on rats, CBN was found to increase consummatory and appetitive behaviors for the duration of the test.
- Glaucoma: People with glaucoma have been using marijuana for relief for some time, and studies are starting to reveal why. Research shows that cannabinoids like CBN have the potential to lower intraocular pressure, one of the most common symptoms of glaucoma.
- Effective against Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): CBN packs excellent antibacterial properties, making it effective for MRSA, a methicillin-resistant microbial strain that has proved to be abnormally resistant to pharmaceutical antibiotics.
- Caner: CBN and other cannabinoids have been studied for their potential uses in alleviating cancer for several years. Past studies on mice have shown that CBN along with THC and other cannabinoids can inhibit tumor growth in a certain type of lung cancer. While more research is still ongoing, these findings match many other interesting results that have been found regarding the cancer-fighting abilities of cannabinoids.
Undoubtedly, CBN is another cannabinoid with amazing benefits to offer to cannabis enthusiasts and many medical patients. As scientists study this cannabinoid in detail and as attitudes towards cannabis changes, users will continue to find more and more CBN products that they can enjoy and benefit from—CBN oils, edibles, topical, etc. Finally, like any other cannabinoid, CBN may interact with some medications, so before you start any CBN supplementation routine, it is vital to talk to your doctor first.