Definition - What does Cannabinol (CBN) mean?
Cannabinol, or CBN, is a type of cannabinoid that is a part of the tetrahydrocannabinols, or THCs, found in cannabis plants. It is obtained from THC when the process of oxidation or simple aging breaks down the THCs.
Unlike other types of cannabinoids, CBN does not stem from cannabigerol, or CBG, and there is no clinical evidence that THC breaks down naturally into CBN once the THC has become decarboxylated and forms delta-9 THC.
CBN can usually be found in the flowers of fresh marijuana plants, but it is scarce. However, since CBN levels increase with age, aged cannabis that is not properly stored is more likely to have higher levels of CBN than the fresh flowers being stored in an air-tight container.
CBN should not be confused with CBD (cannabidiol), a naturally occurring cannabis compound (cannabinoid) present in cannabis plants that is not derived from THC.
Hydrolife explains Cannabinol (CBN)
Once looked down upon as a condition of old, stale bud, CBN is actually now being recognized as a beneficial compound. CBN, with its unique properties, produces a lot of beneficial effects, so it has got researchers highly interested in conducting more scientific investigation.
CBN is said to have various benefits on the user, such as delivering pain relief, helping with insomnia, promoting the growth of bone cells, being an appetite stimulant, and also working as an anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsive, and anti-bacterial.
Along with increased interest in the scientific research community, CBN is said to be popular for its sleep-inducing properties and has been used as a form of treatment for insomniac cases. Some researchers have theorized that it is the strains of marijuana with higher CBN content that affects insomnia. Leafly and Steep Hill Labs have reported that 5mg of CBN is as effective as a 10mg dose of diazepam, a mild pharmaceutical sedative.
An interesting property of cannabinols is that they produce lower-intensity high effects than it would be expected to produce, considering it is derived from THC, which is infamous for its high psychoactive effects.
Since CBN induces very little to almost no psychoactive effect like that of THC, it is a popular remedy of choice for patients who need to medicate with a clear head.
While growers often strive for THC contents of 30 per cent, CBN rarely exceeds one per cent in dried flower. These cannabinoids provide various kinds of medicinal and therapeutic remedies, as they are active components of the marijuana plants when put into proper use.
If you're wanting to experiment with more CBN products but are having trouble finding them, you can smoke your re-claim if you are a dabber, as it is said to be very high in CBN.