CBN: The Sleeper Cannabinoid?

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What is CBN?

A molecule of CBN

If you use cannabis, you’ve probably heard of the two most well-known cannabinoids, THC and CBD. However, over 100 different cannabinoids are found in cannabis, including minor ones like CBN. Knowing these different compounds can help you differentiate them in terms of medical benefits, and a better understanding can help you curate your ideal experience with cannabis. 

So, let’s talk about CBN. 

CBN, or cannabinol, is gaining attention as knowledge of its therapeutic benefits becomes more readily available. It is sometimes called the “sleeper” cannabinoid, given its presumed sedative effects. Patients that use CBN products to improve sleep hygiene report that it is mildly psychoactive and euphoric, as compared to ∆9-THC. More research will need to be done to understand if CBN on its own is responsible for this outcome or if it is the result of an “entourage effect” of CBN in combination with THC and specific terpenes.

We produce CBN transdermal patches and gel pens for our patients at CeresMED through our licensing partnership with Mary’s Medicinals. These products are formulated with terpenes known for their relaxing and sedative qualities. Mary’s award-winning transdermal products are born out of a commitment to accurate dosing through an advanced delivery method. As a result, they are discreet, convenient, and fast-acting. This makes them excellent tools for building your own preferred cannabinoid ratios.

We also stock Xula’s zzz! at Ceres Natural Remedies. Zzz! is a sublingual oil crafted with a combination of CBN, CBD, and companion botanicals to help ease you into a serene sleep. 

Read on to learn more about CBN, the therapeutic benefits, and how you can incorporate this cannabinoid into your wellness routine. 

What is CBN?

CBN is a cannabinoid that is most often created in trace amounts in cannabis flower during the drying and curing stages after harvest. As ∆9-THC oxidizes through exposure to heat and light,  it breaks down into CBN. This means that the level of CBN is not determined through genetic factors and breeding but rather through environmental factors. 

Historically, CBN has been associated with “older” flower that was not properly cured. However, for those finding success with symptom relief using CBN, encouraging the oxidation process to create CBN has become a practice. As noted previously, the terpenes that remain in the flower at this stage may also be a determining factor in the potency of the tranquilizing effect.

What are the therapeutic effects of CBN?

In addition to its potential sedative effects, CBN is known to be mildly intoxicating. Similar to THC, it binds to the body’s CB1 receptors. However, studies show that the resultant euphoric effect occurs at about one-fourth the potency of THC. This is good news for those patients looking for symptom relief without intoxication.

A 2019 animal study analyzed the analgesic effects of CBN and concluded that it might reduce pain in chronic muscle disorders such as fibromyalgia in humans. According to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience, CBN could also provide effective pain relief for various conditions, including arthritis, migraines, nerve damage, inflammation, and even burns. This appears to be due to CBN’s interaction with specific sensory nerves in the body through the “release of sensory neuropeptides and vasorelaxation.” This analgesic effect may be enhanced when used in combination with ∆9-THC.

Due to CBN’s ability to effectively lower ocular pressure, products containing this cannabinoid may be effective options for patients utilizing medical cannabis to manage symptoms related to glaucoma.

How do you consume CBN?

CBN can be consumed via inhalation by smoking or vaping aged flower that has been cured and processed for this purpose. Often this curing process is done at home by the consumer.  

Consumers can also find various infused products containing CBN extracts, either full spectrum or isolate. The most common products are tinctures, sublingual oils, edibles, or transdermal patches and gels. For general guidelines on the onsets and durations of effect for these different products, please reference our Methods of Consumption chart. Because CBN extracts can now legally be created from industrial hemp, products formulated with CBN can be purchased without a medical cannabis card in stores like our Ceres Flagship.

We encourage you to take advantage of the following discounts to discover if CBN products can become an effective part of your wellness routine:

Our Mary’s Medicinals CBN Transdermal Patches and Gel Pens are back in stock at our dispensaries, and for the entire month of July, we are offering them at a 20% discount. The CBN content in the patches has doubled from 10mg to 20mg. The gel pens accurately dose 2mg of CBN with each application. They can boost the dose of the patch or create personalized cannabinoid ratios with other cannabis products. Transdermal products are most effective when applied to the venous part of the body, like the top of the foot or inner wrist. Effects can last up to 12 hours.

As a registered patient, you can also stop into our flagship store and receive 10% off all products, including the newly stocked Xula brand. On Wellness Wednesdays, this discount increases to 20%.

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