We are not all informed about the varying cannabinoids hemp contains. There are more than 100 major and minor cannabinoids in hemp, plus the different terpenes mixed into it. Most of us only know about THC and CBD, the 2 most popular cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana. But other cannabinoids carry other potential benefits and CBN is one of the emerging cannabinoids that deserves some time in the spotlight. We’ll learn in this article how much we need CBN oil into our wellness routine.
What is CBN?
CBN or ‘Cannabinol’ comes from properly aged THC. THC, when exposed to a process called oxidation – the process of exposing a substance to heat, light and oxygen – converts to CBN.
CBN is known by cannabis enthusiasts as a “sleeper” cannabinoid and loved for its mild sedative effects. One of the first studies was in 1975 and it measured the sedative effects of CBN in combination with THC.
Potential Benefits of CBN
Aside from sleep aid, which is the most popular benefit of CBN, there are more potential benefits CBN can provide:
Antibacterial Properties. A study conducted in 2008 showed that CBN was able to kill the MRSA bacteria, which is resistant to most antibodies.
Potential Pain Reliever. A recent study in 2019 showed that CBN provided pain relief in rats. There is still no human study to prove it but anecdotal evidence shows a lot of promise.
Anti-inflammatory properties. CBN is known like other cannabinoids to contain anti-inflammatory properties. A 2016 study shows its potential.
Neuroprotective properties. A study has found that CBN has neuroprotective properties and can delay the onset of ALS.
Appetite Stimulant. Another study showed that CBN has a stimulant effect on appetite.
How can you include CBN to your wellness routine?
Wellness is defined as “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal”. Being in good health means the state of our body and mind is good and well; which makes CBN oil and other CBN products a perfect part of your wellness routine.
Skincare. Since CBN is great in treating inflammation, it can be great in treating your zits. Combining it with CBD can help improve your skin.
Exercise. After a workout, pain and inflammation are things that prohibit a lot of people from continuing the habit of exercise. CBN can potentially help in treating the muscle pain and inflammation helping you to recover better and faster.
Diet. If you’re someone who lost your appetite because of mental or physical conditions, or if you need to gain weight, CBN can help you increase your appetite and help you reach your optimal weight.
Sleep. Sleep is one of the most important processes of our body. Sleeping helps regain lost energy and rejuvenate the body. People need to have at least 7-9 hours of sleep everyday and not having enough sleep will decrease your energy, make you sleepy throughout the day and a prolonged sleep disorder can lead to a variety of health conditions.
CBN’s sedative effects can help you increase your sleep duration and help alleviate the effects of sleeping disorders like insomnia. It can also, with the help of other sleep inducing activities, reset your body clock and help you manage your sleep a lot better.
Further studies are needed to complete CBN’s efficacy profile. But initial studies and anecdotal evidence are promising.