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What is CBN?

What is CBN?

We talk a lot about CBD over here, so we figure that at this point you should have the basics down.

Let us help advance your cannabis knowledge with some education on another cannabinoid that’s emerging in the industry: CBN.

We’re breaking down what it is, how it’s produced, how it differs from CBD, and how it helps (as well as enhances the properties of other cannabinoids). Get your pen and paper!

(P.S.: If you’re still new to CBD and don’t feel like you have a handle on things, check out our CBD 101 content, it’ll get you up to speed, fast).

  • Q

    What does CBN stand for?

    A

    CBN is an abbreviation for cannabinol.

  • Q

    What is CBN?

    A

    Like CBD, CBN is a cannabinoid, meaning it’s a natural chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. (However, with its active content in the plant being less than 1%, it is surely not the most abundant; that title belongs to THC.)

  • Q

    How is CBN produced?

    A

    CBN is a byproduct of aged THC. When THC is heated or oxidized (exposed to oxygen over time), it converts to CBN. In fact, old and poorly stored marijuana buds are generally high in CBN which initially led people to believe it was useless. They were wrong. (As a reminder, CBD occurs naturally in the cannabis plant.)

  • Q

    What are the benefits of CBN?

    A

    Anecdotal feedback suggests that it’s effective as a natural sedative. While some studies have shown CBN to prolong sleep time in mice, others conclude that CBN makes you sleepy only when combined with THC or CBD. One researcher believes that CBN’s purported sedative effects actually come from sedating terpenes also found in the aged cannabis CBN comes from. It’s clear that more conclusive research is in order, but in the meantime we find that CBN does promote feelings of tranquility and relaxation, which always helps us get a good night’s sleep.

  • Q

    What other aid does CBN offer?

    A

    Small studies, mostly on animals, have shown that CBN could potentially boast anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, appetite-stimulating, and bone-regenerating properties.

    However, similar to what we noted above, current research is still very limited—especially in terms of human vs. animal studies—and more needs to be done to confirm these potential effects and benefits.

  • Q

    Will CBN get me high?

    A

    No. While it is slightly more intoxicating than CBD (which is not intoxicating at all), it is much less so than THC. One study shows that this may be because CBN is more likely to interact with the body’s CB2 receptors which don’t yield a psychotropic (or, intoxicating) response. That said, some research suggests that CBN enhances the psychotropic effects of THC, so be careful about mixing the two!

  • Q

    How can I get CBN?

    A

    As previously mentioned, if you use cannabis—and especially if it’s been left out in the open for a while—CBN is already present! But if you’re looking for CBN without the high, brands are beginning to offer isolated CBN products. 

    Still, CBN is currently still being studied, so we advise taking precaution or talking to your doctor before using it.

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