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What is Cannabinol (CBN)? What are its Benefits?

January 31, 2018 10:52 pm ET
What is Cannabinol (CBN)? What are its Benefits?

The marijuana plant has more than four hundred compounds, and you have probably heard of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). But have you heard of cannabinol? We all know that THC is responsible for the euphoric effect of the plant, and CBD is what is extracted from the plant mostly for medical use. So what about cannabinol? Cannabinol, CBN, is a less potent substance that derives from THC, however you barely find this substance on the flower and its effects are not as strong as the effects of THC. Some people with little knowledge of CBN says it is degraded and old, which makes it way less desirable. However, the industry has realized that this substance has great therapeutic effects for those who are highly sensitive to THC. Thus increasing the production of capsules, edibles and more with CBN.

What are the effects of CBN?

The substance is very attractive for its powerful sedative effects, only 5mg of CBN is said to be relatively equal to 10mg of valium, one of the most known sedatives. Clearly, if you don’t want to get sleepy, you probably should run away from products with a high amount of CBN, especially indica, which some theories point out is the strain with the highest quantity of CBN.

Some studies show incredible benefits of CBN. The substance is an appetite stimulant, can control the growth of cancer cells (specifically the tumor Lewis lung carcinoma). Additionally CBN has shown to slow the symptoms of ALS and has the property of anticonvulsant, it is just not as potent as THC and CBD in this case. Other studies have shown that the topical use of CBN appears to be effective as antibacterial and in the treatment of psoriasis or burns.

How do you find CBN?

CBN exists in all cannabis flowers, but in a very small concentration. Nearly 1 percent of the present compounds in the flower is CBN, so it is not common to find the substance in large quantities like we find THC and CBD. The use of capsules for a person with insomnia makes it easier since you will know the exact quantity you are ingesting. If you would like to get a good night of sleep but hates pills, there is also a drink that contains CBN and is helping veterans overcome their addictions to fentanyl and other opiates. Some veterans said that CBN combined with the healing properties of CBD helped many of them through their many sleepless nights due to PTSD.

From the studies already performed, CBN has a huge potential to the market, acting as an amazing medicine without the side effects of other prescription medications like opiates and sedatives. As the research shows, with the increasing interest of people in industry more info on CBN will only grow, so this if not the first, will not probably be the last time you are reading about Cannabinol.

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