Today, the most popular cannabinoids are THC and CBD. There are many studies that show their properties and potential uses in alternative medicine. Cannabis and hemp have over 100 components, CBN is one of the minor cannabinoids that is starting to be researched and getting more attention from science. In this article, we’ll take a look at what CBN is and it’s benefits and uses.
What is CBN?
CBN or Cannabinol is one of the minor cannabinoids from cannabis or hemp. It is produced as the plant grows and as THC ages, it becomes CBN. Aged THC will start a natural process of oxidation (exposure to heat, oxygen, and light) converting it into CBN. CBN has shown to have sedative properties and the potential to calm the mind and body without the ‘high’ effect of THC.
CBN Delivery Methods
Just like CBD and other hemp-derived products, there are a lot of ways we can take advantage of CBN’s benefits and uses. Cannabinol can be made in different forms such as capsules, tinctures, vaporizers, among others. These products work in different ways depending on how you need them.
Inhalation – This is one of the most popular methods. Vaping or smoking CBN by-passes the “first-pass effect”. Once the CBN goes inside the lungs, it will pass through the capillaries to be distributed throughout the body through the bloodstream and making it the fastest way to get the properties of CBN.
Oral-Sublingual – This is a popular method because of its convenience. The vast capillaries located underneath the tongue will transfer the Cannabinol throughout the bloodstream. This method is also fast and is known to be the most bioavailable, meaning it provides the highest rate of absorption into the body.
Oral – This is the most common way of CBN intake. It is known to have the longest rate of efficacy since it has to travel through our digestive tract and has to pass the liver. The liver enzymes will metabolize the Cannabinol before entering the bloodstream (first-pass effect). As a result, CBN will be broken down and only a certain amount will be available to the bloodstream. Even though there is a downside in taking CBN orally, it has been known to provide the longest effect, up to about 8 hours.
What are the Benefits of CBN?
Researchers now are studying CBN for its benefits and uses. But it has already shown to have sedative properties with potential health benefits as a natural supplement. Some of the potential benefits may be:
Sleep. A good night’s sleep is very important to keep your body functioning the way it’s supposed to. It regulates mood, appetite, and hormones. Although CBN is in the initial phase of research, there is already some evidence that shows that cannabinol may be helpful as a sleep aid. CBN may alleviate insomnia and help you get a better sleep pattern.
Anti-inflammatory effects. Cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, and CBN have shown the potential to provide anti-inflammatory effects to users like allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma. It has also been seen to be comparable with CBG in reducing inflammation.
Antibacterial properties. CBN has been found to have antibacterial properties like the other cannabinoids. It has been seen to be very effective against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.
Appetite. While CBD has the potential of regulating appetite, it’s been found in recent research with mice that CBN may increase appetite and feeding duration. CBN oil may be a great option to help balance appetite.
Neuroprotective Properties. CBN has been found to have neuroprotective properties. A recent study shows that CBN oil has the potential to be used for ALS treatment as CBN was able to delay the onset of the ALS symptoms. The results are promising in treating ALS patients.
Pain management. Aside from potential sedation effects, CBN oil has also been found to have painkilling properties. CBN connects to both CB1 and CB2 receptors releasing peptides to the sensory nerves providing similar results to CBD.
Even though this is the early stages of CBN, it already shows promise in overall health and also specific medical conditions.
All information contained in this article is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a physician or a qualified healthcare provider for any questions regarding your health and well-being.