What is CBN?

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What is CBN?

Curious about some of the lesser known cannabinoids like CBN? Then let’s check out what CBN is and what some of its medicinal benefits are.

Like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN) is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. CBN isn’t going to get you ‘high’ like THC and is more like CBD in the fact that it has no psychoactive properties. So, if you’re after the next cannabinoid to get you high, you may want to pass on CBN. What CBN does have to offer users is some seriously interesting and potentially life-changing medicinal benefits.

CBN is often found in higher amounts in older, aged cannabis. As THC ages, or is exposed to oxygen over time, it switches to CBN. If you have left dry herb lying around for months or years, it is more likely to contain higher amounts of CBN. If you’re trying to find high CBN strains of cannabis, you would be better off looking for specific CBN concentrates.

The legalization of cannabis for both recreational and medicinal use in many countries around the world has been fueling massive growth in research and studies into cannabis and its benefits. Cannabis was used for centuries for its medicinal properties, and only in the early part of the 1900s was it reclassified as a narcotic. Lately, many governments have been rethinking their stance on cannabis as a narcotic and looking to the future of cannabis as a legitimate medicinal product.

Our bodies are made up of an endocannabinoid system. This is system is linked throughout our bodies, brains, and central nervous system. The endocannabinoid system is covered with receptors. Cannabinoids attach themselves to these receptors and cause a reaction. Like a key unlocking a lock. When the cannabinoids attach themselves to the receptors, there is a chemical reaction. It’s these chemical reactions which have scientists and researchers so excited about cannabinoids and cannabis.

CBN may sound a lot like CBD, but it is another unique cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. There are approximately 113 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and all of them can play an important role in our endocannabinoid systems and health and well-being. Some of the benefits which scientists and researchers have been studying CBN include:

• Pain relief
• Promoting the growth of bone cells
• Anti-insomnia
• Anti-inflammatory
• Anti-bacterial
• As an appetite stimulant
• Anti-convulsive

One of the most promising aspects of CBN, and the one researchers are most excited about, is its sedative effect. Some research has gone as far as to suggest that 5mg of CBN could be the equivalent to a 10mg dose of diazepam. The great thing about using cannabis-based pain relief and sleeping aids is the minimized chances of addiction. Many opioid-based pain relief products also come with severe side-effects and a high chance of addiction, especially among younger people.

If you like to get a good night’s sleep by using cannabis, a little bit of CBN could be one of the most effective sleeping aids available! Unlike THC, CBN doesn’t get you high and will leave you with a clear head ready to accomplish any tasks you would usually complete. The biggest downside to CBN is that it isn’t present in the same amounts as THC or CBD. While cannabis flower or bud can contain up to 30% THC or CBD, it usually contains less than 1% CBN.

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