Cannabis Explained: What is CBN? (Cannabinol)

CBN is a minor cannabinoid, but yet another chemical compound found in cannabis that is gaining popularity.

The cannabis plant contains over 100 cannabinoids and the two most popular are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). CBN is a minor cannabinoid, but yet another chemical compound found in cannabis that is gaining popularity for its purported use as a sleep aid. You may have seen it listed as a primary or secondary ingredient in some products at March and Ash, so what is CBN exactly?

CBN is a non-intoxicating compound that occurs naturally and becomes more prominent as cannabis ages. THC over time, or when exposed to heat and oxygen, converts to CBN. While consuming older cannabis might not be the most attractive option, some people seek it out to receive the benefits of CBN. CBN may also be directly extracted from cannabis.

Potential Benefits of CBN

CBN is commonly touted as a sleep-aid, but it alone may not be the primary reason you feel sleepy after taking it. It is likely the synergistic combination of THC and CBN - also known as the entourage effect - that helps give us that sleepy and sedative effect. More research is needed in order to truly understand the benefits of this cannabinoid.

CBN, like CBD, is being researched as a potential antibacterial agent. In lab settings, researchers found that CBN was potent against certain resistant bacterial strains.

While CBD may act as a mild appetite suppressant, CBN has been shown to help with appetite stimulation. This may be helpful for patients whose appetites are affected by some serious illnesses.

Cannabinoids including CBN are being actively researched for their potential to reduce chronic inflammation in those who have arthritis.

Potential Benefits of CBN

How to Choose a CBN Product

While the use of CBN in products is not as common as those containing CBD or THC, several cannabis brands offer great options with pure CBN or CBN mixed with THC or CBD. Opt for one that has pure CBN to find out exactly how the cannabinoid works for you.