CBN is a cannabinoid resulting from the decarboxylation of THC under the effect of heat and oxygen exposure. This molecule is said to induce a synergy that promotes sleep in individuals suffering from insomnia.
What is cannabinol?
Its name leaves no doubt, cannabinol comes from Cannabis, also known as Indian hemp.
It too is added to the long list of cannabinoids already known to date: THC, CBG and CBD. Unlike its neighbours, CBN does not come naturally from the plant, it is the result of a process.
First present in the form of an acid (CBNa) within the plant, it is intimately linked to THC and cannot be produced without it. Indeed, it is by heating and oxygenating the THC that CBN is obtained.
In other words, it is the decarboxylation caused by heat and exposure to oxygen that gives it its final form of cannabinol. CBN is therefore a molecule that originates from cannabis plants and more precisely from THC.
The latter, like the others, is subject to much research and testing, as it too, not surprisingly, shows promise. Researchers continue to highlight its medical and therapeutic potential.
What are the effects of CBN on our body?
Unlike other molecules from cannabinoid plants, CBN does not bind as well to the endocannabinoid receptors that run throughout our bodies.
Nevertheless, this does not mean that it is not rich in virtues for the body.
In terms of effects, CBN, although not psychoactive, provides the same sensations as THC. A detail that, in fact, allows it to provide a large number of therapeutic benefits on the body and mind.
Here is the list of therapeutic properties of cannabinol:
- It stimulates the appetite and helps reduce vomiting and nausea. It is used in the treatment of anorexia;
- CBN is able to replace antibiotics and act against bacteria that are resistant to them;
- The anti-inflammatory virtue of cannabinol allows it to relieve pain, thanks to its powerful analgesic effects;
- Studies increasingly demonstrate the effectiveness of CBN against asthma. It could therefore be used as an anti-asthmatic;
- It also appears to be a solution to eye pressure and could relieve patients with glaucoma.
- CBN would be the cannabinoid of sleep. The synergy with THC would greatly help some consumers suffering from insomnia.
The difference between CBN and other cannabinoids
The first results of the various studies conducted on cannabinol tend to suggest that this molecule is even more promising than CBD.
Nevertheless, it is better to remain cautious, because for the moment, research is still ongoing. It is therefore still too early to highlight the differences between CBN and CBD.
It appears that CBN is already used in the form of oil, capsules or topicals, but it is still not widely available.
Differentiating between THC and CBN
If CBN is a harmless component of tetrahydrocannabinol, this is not the case with THC, which continues to be banned in France. Indeed, THC is a powerful psychoactive capable of causing psychotropic effects that have an impact on the body and mind in the long term.
This is why it is important to distinguish between these two cannabis molecules.
Consumers of THC-rich cannabis are against the law and face up to several years in prison.
The legalization of therapeutic and medical cannabis has in no way authorized the recreational use of cannabis. THC is a drug classified as a narcotic.