What is CBN?

*This article is purely informational and does not constitute medical advice. Consult your healthcare provider about CBD and CBN.

What is CBN?

What is CBN?

What is CBN? Before we get to that, let’s quickly brush over what type of compound it is. 

Cannabinoids are chemical substances that bond with the human endocannabinoid receptors, mimicking the effects produced when ingesting cannabis. Among the standout cannabinoids found in cannabis plants are Cannabidiol (CBD) and Cannabinol (CBN).

It’s fairly common for more people to be more familiar with CBD than CBN because of the limited exposure and studies created for the latter. But what is CBN? What is the difference between CBD and CBN?

To answer these questions, allow us to walk you through the basics of CBN and the different wonders it holds.

Getting to know CBN better

CBN or Cannabinol is a mildly psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Mostly abundant in aged cannabis plants, CBN is mainly derived from THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psychoactive compound of cannabis. 

Is CBN safe for human consumption?

Substantially, CBN has no known side effects, but we can’t completely rule it out to be side effects or risk-free. 

The lack of sizable studies conducted about this substance is one of the many reasons why Cannabinol’s side effects and potential risks have not yet been fully uncovered. 

Until that time, pregnant and breastfeeding women are highly discouraged from taking any CBN-related products. 

For non-pregnant, healthy individuals, the general rule of thumb when taking any new medication still applies. That is to always consult a medical professional before trying any new medicine or supplement. 

What is the difference between CBD & CBN?

To know the difference between CBN and CBD, let us first look at their similarities.

Both CBD and CBN are active components of the cannabis plant and have the potential to be used in alternative medicine. As cannabinoids, both also interact with the endocannabinoid system of our body. 

While there are some similarities between the two cannabinoids, they are distinct substances with different effects.

1. CBD, unlike CBN, has a good amount of existing literature to back up its claims. It has been well-studied and well-researched for the past couple of years, giving people more knowledge about its usage. 

CBN, on the other hand, is still in the preliminary stage of research. Thus, there is still a long way to go in terms of maximizing the possible potentials that CBN holds.

There are about 828 Studies found for CBD and only 15 Studies found for CBN. 

2. When it comes to treating anxiety and pain, studies favor CBD over CBN. However, CBN earns more point for being known to induce sleep because of its sedative effects. 

RELATED: How Can CBD Deepen Your Sleep?

3. In terms of availability, it is easier to get your hands on CBD compared to CBN. 

Unlike CBD, which is abundant in hemp, CBN has to be specifically extracted from stored, aged cannabis with the risk of getting high volumes of THC in the process. 

CBN’s sedating-effects discrepancy

According to Austin Flores, a budtender from a popular dispensary in San Diego, CBN’s popularity came from its sedating effects. 

Many of his customers (mostly elderly people) come to the store (he’s working in) to look for sleeping aids and eventually leave with a CBN in hand and come back for more.

But is CBN really good for sleep?

Although CBN has always been branded as a sleep-inducing product, a study made in the 70s beg to differ, while the study was made up of a relatively small group of people, none of the participants claimed that CBN helped in their sleep.

So, what is the possible reason behind this hype?

The study suggests that older cannabis was able to make people sleepy which made it easier to assume that it’s probably CBN since the older the plant gets, the higher the CBN volume. 

The truth behind it, however, is CBN alone cannot incite sleep. When combined with THC or any other sleep-inducing chemicals, CBN can only strengthen its effect but not directly cause it.

What are the effects of CBN in humans?

At this point, you’re probably thinking what are the benefits of CBN in our body?

The study Cannabis Pharmacology: The Usual Suspects and a Few Promising Leads showed evidence that CBN can be used as an anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic. 

Effects of CBN as an isolated compound

Allow us to elaborate on the effects of CBN when used on its own.

1. Induces Sleep

Although the 1970’s study has debunked the effect of CBN to induce sleep, many still swear by it as their go-to sleeping product. 

Again, this effect might be due to the presence of other cannabinoids, but more studies are needed to fully refute or support this claim.

2. Reduces inflammation

While all cannabinoids appear to have potent anti-inflammatory properties, cannabinol may be the finest of the group. Experiments suggest that CBN decreases T-cell immune responses, which can minimize chronic inflammation. 

RELATED: What the Research Says on CBD and Inflammation

3. Might help reduce anxiety

If you’re wondering if CBN helps with anxiety, we’d say that the answer is still blurry as of now. 

CBN doesn’t show an intense effect when it comes to relieving anxiety as compared with CBD. 

Again, it’s important to understand that the little research done on this chemical substance makes it hard to confirm nor deny any possible health claims that it may have.

4. Contains powerful antioxidants

If there is one thing that we are certain about CBN is the abundant presence of powerful antioxidants

Although the presence of antioxidants is not necessarily unique to CBN alone, the quantity of these antioxidants is unusually high in this compound.

What happens when CBN is combined with:

  • THC?

According to existing studies, when ingested with THC, CBN can produce a stronger sedative effect  than when taken individually. 

The presence of THC in most CBN products can also be one of the many reasons why CBN has been branded as a sleeping aid.

  • CBD?

Just like THC, CBD, when combined with CBN, can be a good sleeping drug. There are a lot of commercial products that use the mixture of these two to elicit a stronger sedative effect. 

  • Terpenes?

Terpenes, when added with any other cannabinoids, are known to have an “entourage effect.” 

This means that terpenes will only strengthen whatever desired effect it is that you are expecting from CBN. 

Assuming that you are using CBN as an anticonvulsant, the presence of terpenes will only reinforce this.

What CBN products are available in the market, and how can they be availed?

It is worth noting that THC is transformed into CBN when exposed to oxygen for some time. For this reason, a good amount of CBN can usually be found in older cannabis, more specifically, those that have gone through oxidation. 

As of writing, CBN’s availability is more comparable to Marijuana than CBD products. CBN, just like Marijuana, can only be purchased in places where recreational drugs are allowed (unless you can find a medical professional to give you a legal prescription for the product). 

Unlike CBD, which is easily accessible and available at your local stores, CBN oils are only sold at licensed dispensaries at a very regulated amount. Also, keep in mind that CBN is usually sold as either tinctures or edibles at a very premium price.

A quick touch on CBN’s legality

CBN’s legality is still a debatable topic. Although this chemical compound is not categorized as a controlled substance in any of the UN’s Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs member countries, it is also not listed in the UN’s Convention on Psychotropic Substances. 

None of these countries are compelled to restrict CBN, and none have chosen to do so. However, prescribing or using cannabis extracts as an ingredient is still unlawful in the United States.

CBN is obtained directly from THC and, as of yet, cannot be procured through any legal hemp plants. That implies, unless you make your own CBN oil, you’ll have to look for medical or recreational CBN products in your state.

The Wrap

Hopefully, this article was able to answer your questions about what CBN really is and was able to provide you with a better perspective as to whether this product is what you need.

Remember to always consult with a medical professional to give you a better footing when navigating new products!

“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

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