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What, Pray Tell, Is CBN?

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Kathryn Blume 9 Dec 2019

THC + Heat + Time = CBN

Of the hundred-plus chemical compounds, or cannabinoids, found in the cannabis plant, people tend to be most familiar with THC for its elevatory and gluttonizing properties, and CBD, for being calming, pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and generally salubrious.

However, another common compound – and the first in the cannabinoid community to be discovered – is Cannabinol (CBN). CBN is generally found in aged and/or heated cannabis. In fact, some 2700 year old cannabis was recently found in an excavated grave in China, and contained more CBN than any other compound. It also tends to present itself in traditionally made hashish.

“Anyone who has relit a stubbed out joint or cornered a bowl will tell you that cannabis that’s already been exposed to heat is going to bring on a high that’s more mellow.”

“Anyone who has relit a stubbed out joint or cornered a bowl will tell you that cannabis that’s already been exposed to heat is going to bring on a high that’s more mellow,” explains Revolutionary Clinics Training and Development Manager Andrew Elk. “The reason for that,” he adds, “is the small amounts of CBN that’s been created within the burnt flower that gets into your lungs as you consume the rest of the material.” 

CBN also tends to present itself in traditionally made hashish.

CBN is considered to be non- or mildly psychoactive, but extremely effective when treating both anxiety and insomnia. Studies have also shown CBN’s potential capacity to delay the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and effectively treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant form of staph infection. 

CBN is also thought to increase appetite, relieve pain, and inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells.

Some of the most potent and promising uses of CBN involve its ability to stimulate the production of new bone, which could aid in the treatment of osteoporosis. CBN also appears to be an effective treatment for glaucoma, and has powerful anti-convulsant properties, which make it a valuable treatment for epilepsy.

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