CBN, a cannabinoid to discover!
Like any cannabis lover, you are familiar with CBD and THC. But have you ever heard of CBN? The properties of this cannabinoid are just beginning to be discovered. Here's everything you need to know about cannabidol.
What is CBN?
A fresh or processed hemp plant is full of molecules that are of interest to humans: cannabinoids. One of them, CBN, also called cannabidol, even though it has been known for more than a century now, has only recently been studied and is just beginning to reveal its properties.
It must be said that it is present in small quantities in cannabis, less than 1%. It also has the particular feature of being derived from the transformation of THC under the influence of oxygen and heat. So you'll have more CBN in CBD flowers, that you let age or heat.
Despite its relationship with THC, CBN has no psychotropic or deleterious effects on health. Cannabidol is not one of the substances classified as narcotics, whose production, sale and consumption is prohibited. Ongoing research would even tend to show that CBN can have beneficial effects on the body and could be used for therapeutic purposes.
The benefits of CBN
There have been no large-scale studies on CBN yet. The few studies that exist nevertheless show that it could be just as interesting, or sometimes superior to, other cannabinoids when it comes to treating certain pathologies. A 2019 study, for example, shows that local administration of CBN has an analgesic effect on artificially induced pain on the masticatory muscles of female rats.
CBN could thus be useful in the fight against fibromyalgia. Some researchers believe that cannabidol could have similar effects to THC on pain pathways, without having the negative effects of the psychotropic drug. Another thing that the two molecules have in common is that they could reduce intraocular pressure, and therefore be useful for the treatment of glaucoma. Research on rodents has also highlighted that CBN, like CBD, has a proven anti-inflammatory action on disorders such as arthritis.
Finally, according to a 2012 study on rodents, CBN supposedly increases appetite significantly. The therapeutic potential of CBN therefore seems to be very real, even though it has not yet been confirmed.
How should you consume CBN?
CBN is naturally not present without hemp and is difficult to extract. For this reason there are still only a few CBN products on the market. It is nevertheless possible to find CBD oils that are rich in CBN and CBD, where the two molecules work in a synergistic manner to bring you greater well-being and relaxation.
If you have a preference for CBD flowers, you should be aware that it is also possible to optimize their CBN content by letting them age. Finally, lovers of e-liquid for vaping can also enjoy all the benefits of CBN by choosing a heating temperature of around 185°C.
But whichever CBD and CBN product you prefer, don't forget to choose full spectrum quality, to boost the action of cannabinoids through the entourage effect.