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What is CBN?

CBD isn't the only cannabinoid that's thought to have health benefits. Remember that over 100 cannabinoids have been discovered in cannabis to date. Although only a few have been thoroughly researched, preliminary evidence suggests that other cannabinoids may have their own set of health benefits.

One of these cannabinoids is CBN.

You may have noticed that CBN (also known as cannabinol) has begun to appear in the products of several well-known CBD companies. What exactly is the situation? Why is CBN suddenly becoming so popular in the CBD industry?

Let's look at the most recent cannabinoid to hit the market.

What Is CBN?

CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) produces most cannabinoids, including CBD, THC, CBG, and others, but CBN is made from THC.

That is correct. CBN is produced when THC in the cannabis flower begins to degrade, either due to age or exposure to heat or oxygen.

This isn't to say that the two cannabinoids are identical. In this article, we'll delve deeper into CBN to learn more about this increasingly popular cannabinoid.

How Does It Work?

CBN, like other cannabinoids, acts by influencing the endocannabinoid system ("ECS"), which is made up of naturally occurring endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, and various enzymes which work together to promote homeostasis throughout the body and allow us to achieve a balanced state.

CBD, THC, CBN, and other cannabinoids are similar to the endocannabinoids produced naturally by the body. They are thought to work by influencing cannabinoid receptors and other receptors in the body to aid in the restoration of the body's natural endocannabinoids.

CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body and play essential roles in the effects of various cannabinoids. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and central nervous system, whereas CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system.

While there is little research on how CBN works, there is evidence that it has a low affinity for CB1 receptors and has little effect on the central nervous system, but it preferentially binds to CB2 receptors.

What is the significance of this?

Since CBN is a byproduct of THC, it's natural to assume that it has psychoactive properties. CBN is currently thought to be non-psychoactive, but the evidence to back this up is mixed.

Although most reports state that CBN is non-psychoactive, some studies show that it has THC-like effects. CBN is not intoxicating on its own or when combined with CBD. When combined with THC, however, CBN has been shown to enhance THC's psychoactive effects.

If you want to benefit from the potential benefits of CBN, make sure you get a product that doesn't contain a lot of THC. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, full-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD products with CBN can only contain trace amounts of THC (0.3 percent or less).

Why is CBN suddenly showing up in some CBD brands' products?

It turns out that the cannabinoid may have its own set of advantages. CBN research is still in its infancy, but preliminary findings suggest that it has a lot of promise.

CBN Could Help You Get a Good Night's Sleep

CBN rose to prominence after being promoted as a cannabinoid that promotes restful sleep. There hasn't been much research into this cannabinoid, like many other lesser-known cannabinoids.

On the other hand, anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that CBN may have sleep-promoting properties. Many people who have tried CBN say it gives them the "best night's sleep" they've ever had.

The entourage effect, in which other cannabis compounds such as other cannabinoids and terpenes contribute to feelings of restfulness and calm, is thought to be the cause of CBN's sleep-supporting effects.

CBN may help you eat more healthily.

Given that CBN is a byproduct of THC, it's no surprise that it could help maintain a healthy appetite. As previously stated, CBN differs from THC because it does not produce strong psychoactive effects, so some people may prefer it for appetite control.

CBN may aid in the maintenance of healthy joints and muscles.

CBD is one of several cannabinoids that is said to help with muscle and joint health. Cannabinol is another, and it may be used in topical products like creams and salves in the future.

CBN's potential is exciting, and as research into its potential benefits expands, we're likely to see more of this up-and-coming cannabinoid. While more research is needed, preliminary and anecdotal reports indicate that there is a lot of promise.

If you want to give CBN a shot, check out our CBD Softgels that include CBN and Melatonin. Remember that, like CBD, CBN is unregulated, so make sure you buy CBN from reputable brands that have been third-party tested.

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