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September 01, 2021

CBN Cannabinoid. What Is It and What Is It Good For?

Find the answers to all your questions about the CBN cannabinoid.

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in the marijuana plant. When consumed, they affect the body’s Endocannabinoid system by interacting with the cannabinoids receptors, and influence various functions of the body. Cannabinoids that occur naturally in plants are called phytocannabinoids while the ones that occur in the body are referred to as endocannabinoids. As of today, over 100 cannabinoids have been isolated from the cannabis plant.   

What is CBN cannabinoid? What is the difference between CBD and CBN?

Do not confuse CBD and CBN - these are totally different cannabinoids with different effects. For instance, CBD tends to suppress appetite and CBN consumption often leads to munchies.

CBN or Cannabinol is a less “famous” cannabinoid compared to THC and CBD that has often been overlooked, even though it was the first cannabis compound to be isolated from extract in the late 1800s.

CBN occurs as a result of oxidation of THC after the plant had been harvested. Older cannabis flower will have higher CBN content as THC or rather THCa turns into CBN.

Is CBN psychoactive?

CBN is considered mildly psychoactive and it also acts as a booster for THC absorption.

What effects does CBN have? What is CBN good for?

CBN has various potential benefits but more studies are needed and being in the shadow of THC and CBD has not helped.

CBN has often been praised for its sedative effects but it appears that this is usually true when Cannabinol is consumed in combination with THC, as is the case with older flower. Also, the terpene profile of the strain will change with time, leaving more of the sleep inducing terpenes in the flower. 

CBN’s potential benefits may include help with the following symptoms or ailments - arthritis, seizures, Crohn’s disease, chronic pain, glaucoma, insomnia. CBN may also have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, analgesic and appetite stimulating properties.

Make sure to consult a qualified physician before consuming CBN to alleviate your symptoms, especially if you are taking any prescription drugs.

Is CBN legal in the United States? Is CBN oil legal?

CBN is illegal on the federal level as are all cannabinoids / extracts of the cannabis plant, meaning that it can only be purchased in states where cannabis had been legalized, and can not be shipped.

CBN is not a controlled substance in the countries that signed the UN’s drug control treaties.

Can CBN fail a drug test?

According to studies, CBN has a higher likeliness to cause a positive result on a drug test compared to CBD, CBG, and other cannabinoids, even though the test look for THC consumption. 

What is CBN found in? How can I get CBN?

As we mentioned above, older cannabis flower would be rich in CBN, and the more THCa they initially had, the more CBN they will have with time. But that is not the best way to obtain CBN - there is a wide range of CBN products that offer Cannabinol alone or in combination with CBD and THC, including tinctures, edibles, transdermal patches and more, which is a far better option than smoking old and dry flower.

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