What is cannabinol?
CBN is the Cannabinoid responsible for better sleep
Today, development and research capabilities in the cannabis sector recognize that the factor responsible for sleep is the cannabinoid commonly known as CBN. Do you still have some canna flowers in an old box? Certainly, it could be that it is much less strong in THC. But it is very likely that your content is loaded with CBN
What is CBN?
CBN is formed from THC "rancid" or "not fresh". It has health benefits and is also effective for the treatment of psoriasis and burns. Many consumers prefer to take advantage of the effects of the plant mainly in the evening and before going to bed (44% after work, and 22% before bedtime - according to a survey).
If you do a survey of regular users of cannabis, you will find that many of them consume before going to sleep. Besides, it's like a ritual or a necessity. Studies over the years explain exactly how marijuana helps us find deep, continuous sleep. Excluding the Sativa strain that keeps you awake, all consumers have already noticed, cannabis has a huge potential to fall asleep peacefully even after a single use. Among the main ways in which CBN helps a good sleep, it will be reported that slumber is easier, sleep longer, breathing more calm and more restorative.
CBN: To sleep better
CBN also has a psychoactive effect, but its effects are much less intense than those produced by THC. The common feeling that results from the consumption of CBN is usually mild drunkenness and feelings of drunkenness. In addition to relieving with its psychoactive effects, CBN holds a unique profile of medicinal properties and health benefits.
One of the benefits for which it is used on sleep disorders (insomnia), is due to its powerful soothing. Consumption of 2,5-5 mg CBN would provide a relaxation effect similar to the effect we obtain for the consumption of 5-10 mg Diazepam (Valium, Clonex).
Other medical effects
In addition to its soothing and anesthetic effect, CBN is considered anti-bacterial. A study conducted in Italy in 2008 showed that cannabinoids have a great influence on the bacteria MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). In local treatment, it is also promising for burns and psoriasis. Among the many medical benefits it can also help balance and regulate the immune system, the relief of pain, the reduction of intraocular pressure (which is very useful for those who suffer from glaucoma), and soothe spasms. This helps enormously with epileptic seizures or severe epilepsy like the Tourette.
A lack of studies on CBN is noted. But preliminary studies claim that it is also attributed to the improvement and stimulation of fracture healing and bone growth.
How is CBN created?
Cannabinol (CBN) is the result of chemical degradation of THC. It is then when the THC is oxidized (exposed to air contact), it ages and converts to CBN. Thus, the more the THC disappears and dissipates, the more the CBN effects increase. On fresh cannabis flowers, a high percentage of a cannabinoid acid, THCA, is obtained. This one becomes the THC during a process called decarboxylation . The exposure of flowers to UV rays or to the open air will result in the loss of hydrogen molecules. Thus, the oxidation will make THCA in CBNA and then in CBN.
As a result, cannabis "aged" for a long time under non-optimal conditions. So the psychoactive effects are lost little by little. They become rich in CBN instead of THC. And for this reason, many consumers are careful to keep cannabis in dark, sealed jars. This is to block UV rays and oxygen.
Because CBN is derived from the degradation of THC, it is often absent from our flowers. This does not mean that you have to store your cannabis flowers in the open and degrade them. Today, several companies are working on the development of products based on CBN. And in the future we can find oils, capsules, patches and food products to enjoy all the benefits of CBN.