CBN – EFFECTS & PROPERTIES OF CANNABINOL
CBN or Cannabinol is one of the hemp plant’s many cannabinoids. It is nowhere near as well-known as CBD or THC, but it also has astonishing effects on the endocannabinoid system of the human body and mind. Probably the most interesting properties that CBN is said to have are the positive effects on sleep and strengthening and healing of bones.
CBN can be used effectively as a sleep aid or sedative. This cannabinoid has also been shown to help regulate the immune system and works to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by several conditions.
What Are the Potential Benefits of Cannabinol (CBN)?
Cannabinol is a cannabinoid that is formed by the aging process of its pre-cursor, THC. Since it represents the last stage in the conversion of the original cannabigerolic acid, it is present in large concentrations in old cannabis plants. Particularly high doses of CBN can be found in old, poorly stored and exposed cannabis.
The scientific knowledge is also relatively poorly documented with cannabinol as far as the effects of the active ingredient on the body are concerned. Nevertheless, there are some scientific studies claiming that CBN have various potential health benefits. In addition, there are testimonials from CBN consumers who are not critical of old cannabis plants and who appreciate the active ingredients they contain.
Potential effects of cannabinol on the body
An older study (1970) has already found that CBN is an effective remedy for seizures. Similar to THC and CBD, it has properties that can relieve cramps and are effective against the symptoms of epilepsy. The range of the effect of CBN is significantly increased in combination with other cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, due to the entourage effect.
CBN works somewhat differently compared to CBD and THC. It is described as a weak CB1 agonist, which means that it does not bind directly to the CB1 receptor and therefore has weaker effects on the endocannabinoid system. CBN has only around a tenth of the intoxicating effects of THC.
Improved healing of Broken Bones
CBN has the interesting property of contributing to stimulate bone marrow stem cells to multiply via the endocannabinoid system mesenchymal (“precursor” cells that can develop into different cell types). These stem cells can convert into blood cells or other tissue, among other things. CBN helps with the transformation into bone tissue and can be a potential support for bone growth, especially in the case of fractures. CBN may accelerate broken bone healing as well.
CBN is anti-inflammatory. A 2009 study classified CBN as an anti-inflammatory agent and identified it as a possible option for inflammatory diseases such as allergic asthma. Its effectiveness against glaucoma is also due to the anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation increases the intraocular pressure, which can trigger glaucoma.
CBN has markedly increased rodent appetite in laboratory tests with rats. THC offers the same effect, but that is accompanied by a sensory influence. CBN is not psychoactive and therefore harmless if you shy away from the intoxicating effects of THC. The evidence encourages further research when it comes to appetite stimulation, especially with regard to the effect on humans.
Protection from glaucoma
Laboratory tests on rabbits have shown that CBN helps lowering the intraocular pressure, just like THC and CBD. High intraocular pressure represents a high risk of developing glaucoma. According to the current state of knowledge, CBN would be beneficial for prevention and possibly soon an alternative support to classic medicine.
CBN is often described as a sleep promoting agent. However, further studies are required to verify this. One way why people have reported sleep-inducing effects of CBN (it is said to have been even stronger than Valium!) is the interaction with other cannabinoids, which are also suspected of triggering sleep-inducing effects due to the entourage effect. Moreover, both CBN and CBD lead to relaxation of the body and mind. Therefore, it could also have a very positive effect in the fight against insomnia.
Side effects of Cannabinol
CBN is usually described as harmless. And the side effects only relate to the consumption of large amounts, which also applies to other cannabinoids. CBN users who suddenly consume larger amounts of the active ingredient could experience the following side effects:
- Increased fatigue
- Loss of appetite
Where can you find cannabinol?
Cannabinol will be of particular interest to people who shy away from taking THC because of its intoxicating effects. Cannabinol is actually created through the natural aging process of cannabis. However, there are gradually more and more companies that bring CBN-containing products to the market. The reason for this is, of course, the ever-increasing research in the field of cannabinoids and the increasing awareness of the great and natural effect that CBN has. If you are looking for CBN based products, we recommend only buying from a reputable brand like My Insomnia Fix. We have the formulations that combines CBN with other safe cannabinoids for the entourage effect based on high-end research.
How do I consume cannabinol (CBN)?
CBN is mainly taken orally, either via oils (special CBN oils or full spectrum oil) or CBN capsules.
There are already a few suppliers of oils that have particularly high CBN contents to bring about the effects mentioned above. These are particularly advertised with the promise of quick and deep sleep.
Alternatively, you can make your own cannabinol capsule. All you have to do is to put your My Insomnia Fix CBN oil in capsules after measuring the right dosage. You can take these with meals. Many of our happy consumers report that our CBN based oils have a better effect on sleep compared to other pure CBD products they get from the market. Moreover, they also report a much higher effect when cannabinol is taken with food.
Is cannabinol Legal?
Cannabis, marijuana and THC are terms that keep popping up in the media and are the subject of heated debate. When it comes to the legality of a certain ingredient, the case law is quite universal in the US. But what about the ingredients like CBD, CBG and CBN?
Interestingly, for example, CBD is legal almost everywhere. Sometimes there are subtleties to be noted regarding concentration, but on the whole, it is a legal ingredient. The same applies to CBN, which is a non-psychoactive ingredient.
What is CBN?
Cannabinol, or CBN, is a mildly psychoactive component found in cannabis which, like strongly psychoactive THC, is derived from tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THC-A). CBN is created when THC-A oxidizes.
CBN can be used effectively as a sleep aid or sedative. This cannabinoid has also been shown to help regulate the immune system and works to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by several conditions, including arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Studies show that it can be used to reduce the intraocular eye pressure caused by glaucoma. CBN acts as an anticonvulsant, so it is also beneficial to patients suffering from seizure disorders including epilepsy.
Effects and Benefits
Research has shown that CBN is effective in the treatment of a variety of symptoms and conditions. Examples of conditions for which CBN is particularly effective in providing symptom relief are listed below:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Seizures (including epilepsy)
- Crohn’s disease
- Chronic post-operative pain