*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? 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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