What is CBN?

CBN or Cannabigerol is a derivative of THC, the psychoactive member of the cannabinoid family. CBN is derived from THCA (tetrahydrocannabinol acid), which is a precursor molecule for THC and delta-9 THC. While THC is produced from the decarboxylation of THCA, CBN is produced from the oxidation of the molecule, thus making it have some mild psychoactive effects.


Unlike CBD and THC, most cannabis or hemp plants have minor concentrations of CBN, hence the limited information on its potential therapeutic benefits. In most cases, Cannabigerol is later converted to other cannabinoids like THC and CBD leaving just a little above 1% in the plant.

There is an increasing body of interest in how CBN can serve as a sedative or active sleep aid. Information gathered from research shows how CBN can regulate the immune system and also serves to relieve pain and inflammation in Crohn’s disease and arthritis. There is also an indication of how CBN can reduce the intraocular eye pressure caused by glaucoma. CBN can also act as an active anticonvulsant that is beneficial to people suffering from chronic levels of epilepsy and seizures.


Is CBN Safe?

As stated earlier, the bulk of CBN is either converted to CBD or THC, leaving only about 1% of the compound in the final extract. This has been the major reason behind the limited research in exploring the benefits of CBN as a single compound. Information obtained from the World Anti-Doping Agency website has shown that all forms of cannabinoids and cannabimimetic except CBD are banned. CBN is mildly psychoactive, thus may tamper with brain activity and make the user high even though the mode of interaction is still unknown. For increased benefits, it is recommended that you combine CBN and THC together. As a sign of regulation, the THC concentration should not exceed 0.3%.
Please note that CBN may also elicit some potential side effects which may have been neglected by researchers. If you intend to use any CBD product for sleep, it is important that you consult with your CBD expert or medical practitioner for professional counsel.

Don’t forget to contact us if you have questions on the use of CBN as a sedative or the laws guiding the use of Cannabis for sleep. Our team of experts will love to hear from you soon.

Anthony Tribunella

Having experienced the benefits of CBD first hand when it was starting to gain popularity, Anthony decided to spend his working life championing it to the public and his peers in the wider CBD community. As a CBD innovator himself, Anthony likes to remain at the leading edge of scientific and product development to ensure that the potential of CBD has every chance of being fully realized.

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