Many people are already very familiar with CBD and THC, but there are many other cannabinoids with their own distinct benefits. Cannabinol (CBN), one of the minor cannabinoids present in the hemp plant, is a relatively new frontier in the hemp industry. CBN is non-intoxicating, and produces some amazing synergistic effects when mixed with some of the other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.
Where is CBN Found?
CBN is found in very low amounts in freshly farmed hemp. CBN is created through the oxidation (breaking down) of THC, which means that the more oxygen the hemp has been exposed to the higher concentration of CBN. This being the case, CBN is found in the highest concentrations in aged hemp plants.
However, as a consumer there are tons of companies extracting and isolating CBN to create all sorts of CBN dominant products. We will list a bunch of our favorites below that are a great starting point for anyone wanting to delve deeper into what CBN has to offer.
Potential Benefits of CBN
While not much research has been done on the effects of CBN on the human body, here is a list of some of the studies currently going on and some of the potential benefits being found.
- Studies have shown potential antibacterial properties for CBN, as well as the other 5 major cannabinoids. This was best shown to have potent antibacterial activity against antibiotic-resistant bacteria (MRSA). With more research, we may see CBN being used to fight off certain antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
- Preliminary studies on rodents have shown CBN's potential to delay onset symptoms from ALS. This could be the beginning to a new chapter of medicine for fighting against ALS and other degenerative diseases.
- CBN was shown to increase the amount of food the subjects ate in another rodent study, suggesting it could have uses as an appetite stimulant. This is particularly interesting for consumers look for an alternative to THC. Since CBN is non-intoxicating, it could be an alternative to THC for users who was to increase their appetite without any sort of psychotropic effects or "head high".
- Another rodent study suggests that CBN may be able to decrease inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. While more research needs to be done, this could be another interest to consumers who are looking for bodily relief without needing to consume anything intoxicating.
Is CBN a Sedative/Sleep Aid?
One common misconception about CBN is that it is heavily sedating or will help you sleep. CBN by itself is not terribly sedating by itself, and will not help you sleep in pure form. When CBN is mixed with THC, the synergistic effect between the two compounds amplify the effects of each individual compound. The amplification of the CBN creates a strong strong sedated and drowsy feeling.One thing to consider, is this synergy also boosts the effects of the THC as well, and will amplify the psychotropic effects of the compound.
For users looking to amplify their THC high, using a small amount of CBN in your normal regiment can go a long way in getting more from your THC.
For users looking to unlock the sedating and drowsy feelings of CBN, using a small amount of THC with your CBN products can amplify the effects of the CBN without creating a strong intoxicating head high from too much THC.
Want to try CBN? Check out these products:
This disposable vape pen by Lift CBD has 250mg of total cannabinoids with a 4 to 1 blend of CBD to CBN (200mg:50mg). This is the only CBN vape that we could find under $50 that we felt lived up to the quality we expect for our store.
3chi is one of the market leaders in isolating the individual cannabinoids and creating blended products widely unavailable elsewhere. This tincture is a pure CBN tincture that is perfect for anyone looking to add CBN into an existing hemp/cannabis regiment with as little variables as possible. They also offer it in 1:1 blends of CBN:CBD or CBN:D8 THC for those looking for a pre-made blends of everything you need!
NTRL just released this full spectrum CBN salve a week ago, and we couldn't have been more excited to get it in stock! High in CBN, as well as all the other cannbinoids in the hemp plant, this salve is the ultimate option for consumers looking for a topical to promote skin health and limit inflammation.