What is Cannabinol (CBN)?

Cannabinol (CBN) is one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis. It is a compound unique to the plant, which means the cannabis is the only source of CBN.

While more people are focused on the more famous cannabinoids THC and CBD, the other cannabinoids also have valuable medical properties that are worth knowing. CBN is no different; it has a specific set of health benefits for everyone who consumes cannabis. CBN occurs as a result of degrading THC or when the THC has been exposed to oxygen or heat, which is what happens when you leave your buds out. Poor storage of cannabis can result to more CBN; this is why you tend to feel its effects more when you smoke old weed or weed that’s been left out. Oxidation causes the THC content in cannabis to be converted into CBN; although this also happens to plants that haven’t been cured properly. Since CBN is a product of degradation, fresh cannabis plants don’t usually contain high concentrations of them.

However, prohibition has made it difficult to fully study and understand CBN and other cannabinoids, but this is what we know today.

CBN also has anti-inflammatory properties, one of the most important health benefits of the cannabis plant. Several chronic and serious medical disorders are rooted in inflammation; so preventing any kind of inflammation from happening is critical to maintaining good health. CBN’s anti-inflammatory properties makes it beneficial for preventing Crohn’s disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and others.

Sleep Aid

CBN is one of the cannabinoids responsible for making users sleepy, especially in indica strains. CBN has a tranquilizing, sedative effect and is the strongest cannabinoid in terms of its potential for sleep disorders. CBN as well as other derivatives have also been shown to be useful in prolonging sleep time in animal subjects. CBN shows promise as a natural alternative for those suffering from sleep apnea, insomnia, or other sleep disorders. According to Steep Hill Labs, just 5mg of CBN is just as effective as taking 10mg of diazepam, which are pharmaceutical medications designed to induce sleep.

Pain Relief

CBN has also shown to be beneficial in addressing pain sensitivity by activating the release of peptides from sensory nerves. This response to pain can occur without affecting the CB1 and CB2 receptors which means that CBN can work well together with CBD which also reduces pain by activating the receptors. What you get is a much stronger pain relief when the cannabinoids work together.

Anti convulsive

Studies show that CBN as well as its derivatives are effective in prolonging seizure latency in animal subjects. The findings reveal that CBN may be beneficial in acting as epilepsy treatment as well as medicating other seizure-related illnesses.


CBN can also be used as a natural topical antibacterial. Studies show that this cannabinoid is beneficial in fighting against the effects of MRSA.


When administered topically, CBN can help reduce ocular tension significantly, which is the primary cause of glaucoma. Studies show that CBN is effective in reducing the risk for glaucoma as well as halting its progression.

Stimulates Bone Growth

CBN is an agonist of both CB1 and CB2 receptors although it’s much weaker than other cannabinoids. However, CBN is valuable for supporting bone health and preventing bone disorders, while reducing the risk for osteoporosis.

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