What is CBN?

Written by BlackbirdGo November 1, 2018
The Plant

This week, we’re learning about a cannabinoid that is often misunderstood. Cannabinol, or CBN is a cannabinoid most often found in dry and poorly-stored weed. This is because CBN is produced when THC is exposed to oxygen. In a process called oxidation, THC degrades into CBN. Like CBD and CBC CBN does not bind well to CB1 receptors in the brain, meaning there is not a strong intoxicating effect associated with CBN. However, because CBN is a degradation of THC, it is believed to be more psychoactive than CBD.

CBN was the first cannabinoid researchers were able to isolate. Due to a lack of information, early researchers believed that CBN was responsible for the intoxicating effect brought on by THC. This is because many of the samples they tested were not stored properly and therefore resulted in higher concentrations of CBN. Researchers found about 789 grams of CBN-rich cannabis in a 2700 year old grave in China which could suggest the medicinal use of cannabis high in CBN in ancient China.


Medical Benefits of CBN

There is not enough research to conclusively list all of the potential benefits of CBN. However, CBN is unique from other cannabinoids in that it seems to be the most powerful sedative found in cannabis. According to Steephill Labs the consumption of 2.5-5mg of CBN is similar to a 10mg dose of diazepam -- a mild pharmaceutical sedative.

Other research indicates that CBN could be used as an appetite stimulant, analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsive, and has shown positive effects on the treatment of some cancers and in bone regeneration.


Where to Find CBN

Interested in trying some of our favorite CBN products? Here are a few of them:

  • Find Wyld Edibles THC/CBN edibles near you, here.
  • Find Incredibles CBN Snoozzzeberry 5:1 CBD/THC Gummies here.
  • Find the Good Night CBN Tincture by EPC - Experience Premium Cannabis here. 

Interested in flower with CBN? There are some strains that are higher in CBN like Durban Poison or Lemon Kush, the best way to get higher levels of CBN in your flower is to allow your bud to sit a little longer before smoking it. You can promote the degradation of THC in your bud by placing your flower in a jar in the sun with holes in the lid. This will allow the THC in the trichomes of your bud to oxidate and transform into CBN. 


The Entourage Effect and Total Plant Medicine

Research suggests that the use of pure extracts of any cannabinoid or terpene is not as effective as when they are paired with other cannabinoids and terpenes. These compounds have a synergistic effect -- working in tandem to interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system. Studies have shown that consistent use as well as the use of a variety of cannabinoids at different potencies show better results in the treatment of various symptoms.

Think of it like taking a multivitamin, the increased and consistent levels of vitamins in your immune system promote the overall efficiency of your immune system and will show improvement over time. Similarly, research suggests that consistency of use of cannabinoids promotes the overall effectiveness of the endocannabinoid system.

Possible Risks of CBN

There is not enough research at this time to accurately assess the potential risks associated with CBN. As always, if you are concerned, you should seek advice from a trusted medical professional.

Disclaimer: Keep out of reach of children. For use only by adults 21 years of age and older.