Cannabis never ceases to amaze us, and the progressive research into different cannabinoids and extracts is proving that cannabis is even more useful than previously imagined. As scientists look for even more uses for cannabinoids and different methods of extraction, they stumbled across a new component called cannabinol, or CBN. Like CBD, CBN is one of the more than 100 known natural components of the cannabis plant. It interacts with the same receptors in your body but produces a very different affect.
CBN has shown to be a much milder version of the chemical components in the cannabis plant, and rarely produces the same psychoactive affects that CBD or THC may cause. CBN is classified as a milder class of cannabis, therefore making it less popular or well-known. CBN is derived from hemp, just like delta 8, making it legal to consume in most states, though local laws may vary.
Since cannabis research, in general, is still ongoing, the benefits of CBN are still being discovered and published. Over the past year, scientists have begun praising CBN for its’ sedative properties and noted affects as a sleep aid. CBN has been shown to help even those with diagnosed insomnia to sleep peacefully in ways that melatonin can’t touch.
In addition to a miracle sleep aid, CBN also shows as a treatment for muscle and joint pain in rats, but studies are still in progress and have not reached human trials, yet. In a study from 2005, CBN showed to delay the onset of ALS symptoms when given in small doses over a 12-week period. This study is still ongoing, as well, and more research is needed before conclusive findings can be published.
Since its’ discovery and concurrent advertising sales in California, Colorado, Nevada and Oregon with products containing CBN totaled more than $65 million over the course of four quarters for adult-use retailers. Once consumers and users discovered the beneficial qualities, they were quickly avid supporters and came to love the sleep quality that only came with CBN use.
While CBN is not widely known, it is a bit more difficult to find, but it can be found. Currently, you can purchase CBN in forms that include oils, capsules, tinctures, tea bags, disposable vapes, and CBN isolates. Not all retailers or dispensaries carry it yet, so you may have to shop around to find a good nights’ sleep.
At this time, CBN has no known side effects, since studies are still in their novice stages. This does not mean there are no side effects, only that we do not know enough about it to have determined any consistency in these effects. Since CBN is still new, it is always a good idea to work with your doctor when using this, but for now, happy napping and good night!