Cannabis contains over a hundred cannabinoids. CBN, also called Cannabinol, is not as well known the other cannabinoids, but it is a promising cannabinoid. Is CBN good or dangerous for your health? We explain everything about the impressive benefits of Cannabinol.
THC, CBD, CBG, and now CBN? All these are the acronyms of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabinol (CBN). These are all molecules present in the hemp plant
What Is CBN?
The CBN, acronym of cannabinol, comes straight from the hemp plant. You already know CBD, CBG and THC. CBN is also part of the very long list of cannabinoids present in cannabis. CBN, unlike the other molecules, is not native to the plant. Indeed, cannabinol cannot be conceived without THC and it is initially in acid form: CBNa. Then, the CBN appears thanks to the air and the rays of the sun and its heat: one speaks then about oxygenation of the THC. The mixture heat and oxygen makes it possible to create the CBN, resulting thus from the THC. The scientific name of this process is the decarboxylation.
This new molecule (CBN) is subject to numerous scientific researches in progress because, as much as for the CBD and the CBG, the CBN distinguishes itself for its very encouraging virtues for the health.
Is Cannabinol Psychoactive?
CBN is a molecule that comes from the decarboxylation of THC. It is thus quite normal to ask the following question: does CBN provide psychotropic effects? Be reassured, cannabinol or CBN is not psychoactive! It will not produce the so-called “high” of THC.
The Difference between CBD and CBN
CBD is a molecule that acts on the endocannabinoid system. Activating the CB1 and CB2 receptors that all human beings have in their body, CBD (cannabidiol) will act directly on this same system and will trigger several biological effects.
At first sight, CBN and CBD have a relatively similar gene structure. The CBN would act much more on the CB2 receptors. It also acts on CB1 receptors, which seems rather logical because CB1 receptors are also activated in the presence of THC. CBN, as you know now, comes from THC.
The Effects of CBN
Studies on CBN and its effects are currently quite limited because cannabinol is complicated to synthesize. Most of the existing research is still in the study cycle, but several benefits of CBN have already been put forward. Unlike CBD, CBN is a little more difficult to bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors of our endocannabinoid system, but this does not mean that it is not interesting therapeutically, quite the contrary!
The Benefits of CBN
Below is a list of potential benefits of CBN:
- CBN helps to reduce anxiety
- CBN can fight against certain bacteria that can replace some antibiotics
- CBN increases appetite, has an impact on the reduction of nausea or vomiting and can help solve problems of anorexia
- The anti-inflammatory benefits of CBN can soothe pain as it has analgesic properties
- Promoting the sleep phase and providing restful sleep, CBN can also help people with insomnia.
- CBN could even treat eye diseases such as glaucoma
Takeaway On Cannabinol
CBN research is limited but promising! It is less well known than CBD, but many report that it is a gentler remedy for better sleep and it does not leave them groggy.