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What Is CBN Used For?

Lemetria Whitehurst

by Lemetria Whitehurst

May 14, 2024 08:00 am ET Estimated Read Time: 6 Minutes
Fact checked by Emily Mullins
What Is CBN Used For?

While many of us have heard about THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), there’s another, less famous cannabinoid that’s starting to get some attention: CBN, or cannabinol. CBN might not be as well-known, but it’s got its own set of potential benefits that could be a game-changer. 

In this article, we will take a closer look at what CBN is used for and why it might just be the next big thing in holistic medicine.

What is CBN?

So, what exactly is CBN? Imagine a cannabis plant getting older, just sitting around. As it ages, one of its well-known components, THC, which is what makes people feel “high,” starts to break down. The result of this breakdown is CBN. It’s a natural process that transforms THC into CBN over time. 

Now, compared to THC and CBD—the two biggest names in the cannabinoid world—CBN is somewhat of a mystery guest. 

THC is famous for its psychoactive effects, and CBD is celebrated for its health benefits minus the high. CBN, on the other hand, is kind of in the middle, classified as mildly psychoactive. 

What is CBN Used For?

The next step is to find out why people are starting to pay attention to CBN and how it can help in different ways. Here are some of the key areas where CBN is showing promise:

Sleep Enhancement 

Many folks struggle to catch enough Zs at night. According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 50 to 70 million people in the United States experience sleep disorders, and one out of every three adults fails to get the advised amount of continuous sleep required to stay healthy.

Research into CBN is still in the early stages, but some studies suggest it might help people fall asleep more quickly and enjoy better-quality rest. This could be great news for those tossing and turning at night.

Pain Relief

Dealing with pain, whether it’s from an injury or a chronic condition, can really take a toll on your life. CBN might offer a new way to alleviate pain, helping decrease the need for traditional painkillers. Scientists are exploring how CBN can be used to manage pain, and so far, it looks like it could be useful.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties 

Inflammation is the body’s response to injury or infection, but sometimes, it can get out of hand, leading to an array of costly medical conditions. As such, CBN has caught the eye of researchers because it might help reduce inflammation, offering a more natural approach to managing conditions like Crohn’s Disease and arthritis.

Neuroprotective Effects

CBN may be able to protect our cognition and motor function over the years. Accordingly, there’s exciting research planning underway. This could be a huge help for preventing or managing seizures and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), and Alzheimer’s, potentially keeping minds sharper for longer.

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Anxiety and Stress

In today’s fast-paced, digitally reshaped world, anxiety and stress are all too common. CBN is being studied for its potential to calm the mind, offering a chill pill without the actual pill.

Appetite Stimulation

For some people, appetite issues can be a real problem. Interestingly, CBN might help stimulate appetite, according to research published in the journal Plants, which could benefit those who need a little boost in that area.

Furthermore, CBN appears to offer more potential than THC and CBD in treating glaucoma. For example, a CBN-rich formula, created by InMed Pharmaceuticals, demonstrates that CBN can reduce pressure inside the eye. Studies showing promising results of CBN on diabetes and high blood pressure suggest it could be an effective option for managing glaucoma.

Are There Any Side Effects of CBN?

CBN is generally seen as safe, but like anything people consume, it’s wise to look at the possible downsides. So far, there is very little research on the likelihood of side effects associated with CBN. However, since everyone reacts differently to substances, some might experience mild discomforts, such as drowsiness or a dry mouth, especially if they’re not used to cannabis.

It’s also important to think about how CBN might interact with other medications you’re taking (including over-the-counter meds). As a good rule of thumb, always talk to a healthcare professional before adding something new to your routine to be on the safe side.

What Cannabis Strains are High In CBN?

Cannabis strains with high THC levels (usually more than 20% THC concentration) are known to have relatively high CBN content. In fresh cannabis, CBN is present in minimal quantities, but it increases in concentration as the plant ages. For those who use pipes, the resin accumulating on the screen may also be rich in CBN.

Among these, some of the most popular include:

It’s important to note, however, that even in strains known for their CBN content, the actual percentage of CBN is usually less than 1%. Nonetheless, even a tiny amount of CBN can have a significant impact, offering considerable benefits despite its lower concentration.

Final Thoughts

In wrapping up our exploration of CBN, it’s clear that this cannabinoid, while not as abundant or renowned as THC or CBD, holds its own unique promise in the realm of health and wellness. As research into CBN expands, we’re beginning to uncover its potential benefits, from improving sleep quality to offering pain relief and anti-inflammatory effects. 

Although the current market for CBN-specific products is in its infancy, the future looks bright. As the industry evolves, cultivation methods and product development innovations will likely lead to a wider range of CBN-rich options. The journey into understanding and using CBN for wellness is just beginning, and the potential for new and effective products in the near future is both encouraging and eagerly awaited.

Note: The content on this page is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be professional medical advice. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe treatment based on the information provided. Always consult a physician before making any decision on the treatment of a medical condition.

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