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October 16, 2019

CBN – Cannabinol and its benefits

Are you using Cannabis for insomnia? Many South Africans are successfully using Cannabis oil to help with their chronic insomnia.

The reason behind this sedative action is the Cannabinoid CBN. The number of known cannabinoids is over a hundred. Each one has its own set of effects.

Early research suggests that those with insomnia, asthma, psoriasis, and pain may one day benefit from the cannabinoid CBN.

What Are CBN’s Effects and Benefits?

Its name may bear striking resemblance to CBD, but cannabinol, or CBN, offers a unique profile of effects and benefits that have researchers clamouring for more scientific investigation. So far, CBN’s studied benefits include:

  • Pain relief
  • Anti-insomnia
  • Promotes growth of bone cells
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-convulsive
  • Appetite stimulant

As mentioned above, cannabinol (CBN) is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are the active components in the cannabis plant that provide medicinal and therapeutic effects.

Unlike many other cannabinoids, CBN is not typically present on fresh cannabis flowers. In fact, even in dried and cured strains, the percentage of CBN often doesn’t reach more than one percent.

CBN is actually a breakdown product of the most famous cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the primary psychoactive in the plant, and its what causes the plant’s classic “high”. As THC ages, it transforms into CBN.

Typically, more CBN is found in buds that have gone stale. While that may sound unappealing, the cannabinoid has several surprising benefits. In fact, high-THC strains that contain higher levels of CBN are thought to provide a more sedative, couch-locking effect.

If you happen to find a strain high in THC, CBN and a flavour molecule called myrcene, you can expect some serious yawns. However, sedation isn’t the only benefit that CBN provides. In general, the compound is considered non-psychoactive. Research in human cells has shown that CBN has only a mild ability to activate the same cell receptors as THC.

In 2006 a study found that CBN and several other cannabinoids have the ability to control the growth of cancer cells. CBN was specifically able to control a type of lung tumor called Lewis carcinoma.

Back in 1974, researchers found that THC, CBD and CBN all had anticonvulsant properties but potency-wise, CBN is less active than the other two.

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