What is Cannabinol (CBN) - Another CBD Oil Cannabinoid
Cannabinol, or CBN, is one of the compounds unique to marijuana plants, and it has only recently gained some traction of understanding. Like cannabidiol, it is considered to have many medicinal benefits that do not include the psychoactive results of THC, making it yet another reason that medical marijuana should be legalised.
What does CBN do?
CBN, not to be confused with the other important cannabinoid, CBD, has its own set of benefits and effects on a user. Although many of these effects are already known and widely accepted, researchers are well aware that there may be plenty of other positive effects to come from the use or consumption of CBN. This means there is likely much more scientific evidence and other proven benefits to emerge in the coming years.
So far, it is widely accepted that CBN is at least partially responsible for relieving pain, helping with insomnia, convulsions, and inflammation, stimulating the appetite and the growth of bone cells and acting as an antibacterial.
If you are already familiar with a pharmaceutical drug called diazepam, then it should be significant to you that just five milligrams of CBN are just as effective as twice that amount of the sedative diazepam. In other words, it is far more efficient than its FDA Approved counterpart when it comes to helping people sleep better at night.
If you are worried about psychoactive effects, you need not fear CBN. It has very little or no psychoactive effects at all, making life easier and higher quality for those who need to medicate with cannabis but also need to keep their head clear during treatment.
Where does CBN come from?
CBN is likely found in cannabis indica strains of marijuana, as its sleepy effects are documented as very similar to those of indica marijuana products. CBN is found in slight amounts compared to compounds such as THC and sometimes CBD, rarely being found at levels of more than just one percent in a dried, smokable product.
CBN is a direct result of the degrading of THC. In other words, when THC oxidizes (through the presence of either heat or oxygen), it turns into CBN. This can either be done through heating up the product or by storing a marijuana product poorly.
If you leave out a marijuana product that was originally high in THC, for example, it will eventually convert that THC into CBN. The same goes for marijuana that has not been cured properly. For this reason, many recreational users of marijuana (or those who need THC for their treatment) associate the effects of CBN with the sign of a poor quality bud.
The future of CBN
This, of course, is a false impression if you are in need of the positive effects of CBN. For instance, patients suffering from insomnia can find immense relief from CBN, so a bad bud for one person may be the perfect bud for another.
Because of the emerging understanding of CBN and other cannabinoids, there are likely going to be a number of products appearing that contain especially high amounts of CBN and other more “obscure” cannabinoids. These products are likely to include oils, capsules, edibles, and even patches that boast high levels of CBN. Until then you will have to do a little more research into ways of acquiring CBN rich products.