Medical marijuana is composed of various cannabinoids known for their therapeutic value, of which THC and CBD are the most well known. Other cannabinoids also provide therapeutic relief, like the cannabinoid cannabinol (CBN). Cannabinol, like THC, activates both CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBN is best known for its ability to act as a powerful sleep aid. Researchers found 2.5-5mg of CBN produced comparable effects to 5-10mg of diazepam, and when CBN was combined with CBD and D9THC, it could induce sleep for six hours without producing psychoactive effects. CBN is also thought to halt cancer growth, stimulate appetite, provide minor analgesia, fight epilepsy, reduce inflammation, act as an anti-bacterial agent, reduce nausea and vomiting, and stimulate bone growth. CBN can also buffer against the psychoactive effects of THC, thereby relieving some of the anxiety for those who are sensitive to THC.
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