Exploring CBN The Lesser-Known Cannabinoid with Potential Benefits

Exploring CBN: The Lesser-Known Cannabinoid with Potential Benefits

January 28, 2021

You may have heard about THC and CBD, two well-known compounds found in cannabis plants, but did you know there are more than 100 other cannabinoids in cannabis? One of these lesser-known cannabinoids is cannabinol, or CBN, and it's gaining attention for its potential benefits.

What is CBN?

CBN, or cannabinol, is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant. It can also be produced synthetically. Unlike THC, CBN doesn't cause intoxicating effects, even though it forms when THC degrades due to exposure to heat, air, or light. This is why aged, dry cannabis tends to have higher levels of CBN.

Exposing cannabis to UV light, like sunlight, may speed up the conversion of THC to CBN. However, it's essential to keep the weed in an airtight container and monitor moisture levels to prevent mold growth during the aging process.

CBD vs. CBN: How are They Different?

CBD and CBN are both cannabinoids found in cannabis, but they have some differences. CBD exists independently within the plants and has been extensively studied for its therapeutic benefits. On the other hand, CBN is less studied and utilized than CBD, so its potential benefits are not as well-established.

Potential Benefits of CBN

Research on CBN is limited, but some preclinical studies have shown promising results in certain areas:

  1. Treating Epidermolysis Bullosa: CBN cream is being tested as a treatment for epidermolysis bullosa, a rare disease that causes the skin to blister easily. So far, the clinical trial has shown promising results, with no delay in wound healing.

  2. Reducing Glaucoma Effects: CBN may be useful in treating glaucoma, a condition that causes vision loss due to damage to the optic nerve. CBN has shown potential in lowering eye pressure, which can help slow down the condition.

  3. Relieving Chronic Muscle Pain: Studies on rats suggest that CBN, along with CBD, may provide pain relief for chronic muscle pain disorders, but more research is needed to confirm this.

CBN Products: Exploring the Different Options

You may have heard about CBN's potential benefits, especially for sleep, but it's important to know that it's just one of many cannabinoids that can interact with our endocannabinoid system. Nowadays, there are several CBN products available in the market, each offering a unique way to experience its effects. Let's take a look at some of them:

  1. CBN Tinctures: CBN tinctures can be pure CBN or a combination of CBD and CBN. They are mixed with alcohol and can be added to foods or drinks like cannabis tea. Alternatively, you can take them sublingually, which means placing a few drops under your tongue.

  2. CBN Oils: CBN oils come in two forms. There are CBN isolates, where the cannabinoid is infused with oil, and CBN full spectrum oils, which contain multiple cannabinoids, including CBD and THC, infused into the oil.

  3. CBN Gummies: For those who prefer a more enjoyable way to try CBN, gummies are a popular choice. These sweet candies often combine CBN with CBD, but some gummies also include a full spectrum of cannabinoids.

  4. CBN Capsules: CBN capsules are usually full-spectrum products, embracing the "entourage effect," which suggests that all cannabinoids and terpenes work together to influence how we feel when consuming marijuana. If you buy CBN capsules in a dispensary, they may contain varying levels of THC. Outside of a dispensary, they can only contain up to 0.3% THC.

It's important to note that each individual's response to CBN can vary, and it's essential to choose products wisely and consider your specific needs and preferences. As with any cannabis-related product, if you're considering trying CBN, it's always best to consult with a healthcare professional for guidance and safety.


CBN is an emerging cannabinoid with potential benefits, but more research is needed to fully understand its effects on the body. While CBD has been extensively studied and has a wide range of uses, CBN is still in the early stages of research. As with any cannabis product, it's essential to use CBN responsibly and be aware of its potential risks. If you're considering using CBN or any cannabis product for medical purposes, it's best to consult with a healthcare professional.

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