While CBD and THC have stolen the spotlight as the most popular cannabinoids, they actually only account for a few of the over a hundred cannabinoids that are naturally-occurring within cannabis plants. CBN, considered as a minor compound since it’s concentrations are relatively low, is beginning to gain popularity as more and more research on specific cannabinoids is being conducted. These phytocannabinoids are exclusive to cannabis plants and are hypothesized to have their own unique benefits in addition to having overlapping qualities with each other. Let’s dive in and learn more about CBN.
What Is CBN?
CBN, short for cannabinol, was actually the first cannabinoid that was successfully isolated back in 1896. CBN was originally believed to be responsible for psychoactivity until it was later discovered that THC produces the mind-altering effects. Research revealed that CBN is an oxidation product of THC– THC actually slowly turns into CBN whenever it is exposed to light and heat. As cannabis and cannabis products age with UV and heat exposure, it naturally has higher levels of CBN. That’s why there are no high CBN strains available, making the ideal way to achieve high concentrations of CBN through oxidating THC.
While it is generally believed that CBN doesn’t have psychoactive effects on its own, the research available on CBN and humans is quite limited. Some qualify it as a mildly psychoactive compound since it binds to CB1 receptors and activates them at around one-tenth of the strength of THC.
The Promising Benefits of CBN
While significant research is still required in order to make any definitive health claims regarding CBN, the existing preclinical and anecdotal are quite promising. Here is what we do know:
Potential Antibacterial Properties
Scientific studies on CBN have discovered its potential antibacterial properties. In these studies, CBN was tested with strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The results were encouraging, showcasing value for further research.
In an animal study, researchers utilized CBN as a treatment for ALS and discovered that it delayed the onset of this condition. While clinical human trials are required, this is a promising sign that CBN may act as a neuroprotectant.
Encouraging Appetite Stimulant
In animal studies, CBN was able to increase the amount of food the rats ate. Since some individuals avoid THC due to its psychoactivity, CBN may provide another alternative for individuals looking to stimulate their appetite.
Promising Therapeutic Value for Glaucoma
While research is still in the early stages, preclinical animal studies have found that CBN and THC may reduce intraocular pressure which is the leading risk for glaucoma.
Anti-inflammatory Benefit Potential
CBN may offer anti-inflammatory properties, offering overlap with other cannabinoids. In a rodent study, CBN reduced the inflammatory effects of arthritis.
Misconceptions About CBN
CBN is often marketed as a sedating cannabinoid. While the research on sleep and CBN is extremely limited, there is no evidence that shows that this cannabinoid has inherent sedating effects. Some researchers believe that the combination of CBN and THC in older cannabis may account for the sedating effects. Leading cannabis researcher and neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo has stated, “Pure CBN is not particularly sedating. But it is typically found in aged cannabis in which the monoterpenoids have evaporated leaving the more sedating oxygenated sesquiterpenoids. This accounts for the discrepancy.” This means that older cannabis is also rich in sedating terpenes which may account for the sedating effects.
Another misconception about CBN is that it is always nonpsychoactive. While CBN is nonpsychoactive on its own, it may increase the euphoria effects of THC. That means that utilizing a CBN product with minimal traces of THC may lead to mild mind-altering effects.
Our New CBN Product
Hemp Depot is proud to announce our new CBN isolate tincture available from Tru Organics. We’ve applied our proprietary extraction process and achieved pure isolated CBN that’s derived from our non-GMO, Colorado hemp crops. Our CBN isolate provides the benefit of creating your own custom cannabinoid therapy. Our CBN tinctures are also available as a part of our white label CBD and wholesale CBD programs. For more information regarding CBN, please contact us!