Its name may bear a stunning resemblance to CBD, but Cannabinol, or CBN, presents a unique profile of effects and benefits that have researchers asking for more scientific investigation. So far, CBN’s examined benefits include:
- Pain relief
- Appetite stimulant
- Anti Inflammatory agent
- Potent Sedative and Sleep aid
CBN is commonly supposed to be sedating in effect, but there’s still no quality research to support this hypothesis. It may interact with other cannabinoids and cannabis compounds to improve a product’s overall therapeutic effect profile (a phenomenon called the entourage effect), but more research is needed to know the effects CBN grants when isolated.
Unlike THC, CBN induces slight to no intoxicating effects. This is excellent news for patients needing to medicate with no worries about its adverse effects, but you should note that most flowers include only minute amounts of CBN. Where THC contents can strike a high watermark of 30%, CBN rarely surpasses 1% in dried flower. If you’re looking to try a CBN-rich product, keep an eye out for concentrates, patches, and tinctures formulated to include high levels of this cannabinoid.
What is CBN?
Like CBD, CBN is what’s known as a cannabinoid which is a chemical compound present in the cannabis plant. By a recent count, cannabis has over 114 different cannabinoids (that’s how many have been recognized so far).
CBN happens naturally in the cannabis plant as the plant ages. That’s because over time – and when heated or exposed to oxygen – the cannabinoid THC converts to CBN. CBN can also be produced from THC that’s drawn from cannabis. A psychoactive substance is one that impacts brain function and mental state, temporarily changing one’s mood, consciousness, perception, and behavior
Is CBN Psychoactive?
Some research shows CBN is non-psychoactive. CBN appears to have potentially powerful sedative effects which might explain at least in part the questions about its psychoactive properties.
How Does CBN Work In The Body?
Cannabinoids cast a wide range of effects on the human body and mind. One way is through interaction with our own endocannabinoid system. The system is involved in controlling a range of our body’s physiological functioning and responses, including pain perception, mood, appetite, and cognitive functions. Cannabinoids also affect the activity of our hormones and neurotransmitters, and influence cell activity throughout the body in different ways.
CBN interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, and it can impact the function of many hormones and neurotransmitters, which in turn influence mood, cognition and focus, energy, appetite, immune function, and pain.
Chemically similar to CBD, CBN has several of the same effects in the body, including relieving pain, lowering inflammation, and promoting sleep.
Potential Sleep And Health Benefits Of CBN
One of the biggest advantages of CBN is being a powerful sedative and effective sleep aid. CBN has been found to increase sleep time and its efficiency gets enhanced when consumed alongside CBD which improves REM sleep and manages sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia.
CBN As A Pain Reliever
Research suggests that CBN has analgesic or pain-relieving capabilities inside the body system. CBN seems to influence the action of the neuron that is sensitive to capsaicin. (Capsaicin, you might know, is found in chili peppers, and an ingredient added to many topical pain relievers.) These capsaicin-sensitive nerves are important to the body’s pain signaling and perception.
CBN As An Antibiotic
Research shows CBN has the ability to fight harmful bacteria. A 2008 study discovered CBN one of several cannabinoids (including CBD) effective in treating MRSA, a bacterial infection that is resistant to antibiotics.
CBN As An Anti-Inflammatory Compound
Like CBD, CBN appears to have anti-inflammatory capabilities. Scientists are working to better understand how the human endocannabinoid system impacts the immune system and aids in controlling inflammation. Cannabinoids like CBN can modulate the working and secretion of cytokines from immune cells. Cytokines are pro-inflammatory proteins that result in inflammation. By lowering cytokine production and triggering caspase generation, CBN can be considered effective for treating inflammatory diseases.
CBN has emerged as the next big thing in cannabinoid therapy for treating inflammatory disease, improving sleep, appetite stimulant, relieving pain and an anti-anxiety medication. Stacked with antibacterial properties, even against antibiotic-resistant MRSA, CBN has become a unique cannabinoid that can address a myriad of health conditions.