WHAT IS CBN (Cannabinol)?

You may have heard of CBN before, but like many others you are using google to search “What is CBN?” and then you found us. Well you’re in luck, we have a quick breakdown of this little known but powerful cannabinoid. We’ll take you through a little science and describe what CBN is, where it comes from, and its health benefits


CBN molecule

CBN comes from the flower part of the cannabis or hemp plant, but you will not find it while the plant is alive. This is because it is a breakdown product of THCa, much in the same way CBD comes from CBGa. CBN was first isolated in the 1930’s by Robert Sydney Cahn, a British chemist. In case you were wondering, this is what the chemical structure looks like. 

Where does CBN come from?

All cannabinoids start out as CBGa and through the growth process change into others, like CBD and THC. THCa changes into CBN when UV light, time, heat, and oxygen is applied to it. 

Even though CBN has about 1/6th of the psychoactive properties of THC it does not produce a high. So for those who are looking for the health benefits without the side effects of normal THC use will find comfort with this cannabinoid.

Like most of cannabinoid studies because of its long prohibition research and studies are just now starting to pick up pace. So although we know a fair amount about CBN there is still so much more to be discovered.

What are CBNs benefits?

Research is just catching up to this cannabinoid and its discovered a lot of great potential in many ailments. Some of the most interesting research shows that this cannabinoid works best when used in conjunction with others like CBD. But on its own still has great benefits and here are a few;

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Appetite Stimulant
  • Potential treatment of ALS
  • When combined with CBD or THC products is a powerful sedative
  • Promising research in treating specific lung cancer types

Just to spotlight a few of these studies, we found that those being treated for cancer commonly lose all their appetite and need to be forced to take on nutrients. Adding all natural CBN products to a treatment plan looks promising in aiding those already suffering more than they need.

In a world where antibiotics are losing their potency against many bacteria, it’s vital that science adds another weapon to combat things like MRSA which kills more people each year than the AIDS virus.

At the end of this article we’ll cite all of our sources if you want to take a deeper dive into these studies on the reported health benefits. For those of us looking into alternative natural health options its very intriguing to see so much research being done on all these areas of potential medicines for illnesses and diseases that plague so many.

What Products is CBN used in?

Like many other products in this field you’ll find CBN in common products like, vapes, topicals vapes, concentrates, and edibles. What is slightly different here is that CBN is almost always combined with another cannabinoid like CBD or THC. This is because so far they’ve seen the best success in treatments for ailments in a 2:1 or as much as a 20:1 ratio in products like tinctures. Also at this stage currently the manufacturing process of CBN is much more labor and time intensive than some of the more common cannabinoids, and that includes those like CBG.

CBN Works Cited

Appendino, Giovanni, et al. “Antibacterial Cannabinoids from Cannabis Sativa: a Structure-Activity Study.” Journal of Natural Products, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2008, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18681481.

“Cannabinoids, Inflammation, and Fibrosis.” The FASEB Journal, www.fasebj.org/doi/full/10.1096/fj.201600646r.

“Cannabinol (CBN): What Is CBN?” Marijuana Doctors, www.marijuanadoctors.com/resources/cannabinoids/cannabinol-cbn/.

Farrimond, Jonathan A, et al. “Cannabinol and Cannabidiol Exert Opposing Effects on Rat Feeding Patterns.” Psychopharmacology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Sept. 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22543671.

Weydt, Patrick, et al. “Cannabinol Delays Symptom Onset in SOD1 (G93A) Transgenic Mice without Affecting Survival.” Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Other Motor Neuron Disorders : Official Publication of the World Federation of Neurology, Research Group on Motor Neuron Diseases, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Sept. 2005, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16183560.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This product is not for use by or sale to persons under the age of 21. All products listed on this site are Non-THC or THC is less than 0.03%. This product should be used only as directed on the label. It should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing. This website is not offering medical advice. Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications. A Doctor’s advice should be sought before using this and any supplemental dietary product.

One Comment

  1. den

    Great read and lots of knowledge about CBN/CBD.

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