What Is CBN (Cannabinol) And What Does It Do?

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You may not have heard of cannabinol (CBN), since it’s hardly present in cannabis flowers and does not have as potent of an effect as THC. This weaker potency, however, could be desirable to those who want the benefits of THC without the psychoactive effects. Cannabinol has been touted as one of the most sedative cannabinoids that can be found in cannabis, inducing body relaxation and making users sleepier. Researchers also found that CBD stimulated appetite in rats, allowing them to eat sooner, larger amounts, and for longer durations of time. Another study from 2006 found CBN, as well as several other cannabinoids, could control the growth of cancer cells, and was especially effective at targeting Lewis carcinoma. The cannabinoid also has minor anticonvulsant properties, and can activate the same pain pathways as THC. Cannabinol may slow the onset of ALS, and its antibacterial properties allow it to target MRSA. As a topical, cannabinol may also be effective in treating various skin conditions.

Although CBN is not a powerful psychoactive compound, some studies have found the cannabinoid, when combined with THC, will exacerbate its effects. One study found CBN increases the psychological and physiological effects of THC. This information is controversial, however, and other studies have claimed CBN provided no significant difference in psychoactive effects than THC alone. Still, those who are not looking for any psychoactive effects may want to avoid strains containing high concentrations of these cannabinoids.

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