The hemp plant contains over 100 different cannabinoids. CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are two that many people are most familiar. But there are other cannabinoids worth learning more about. In this article we’ll have a closer look at CBN (cannabinol).
Cannabinoids are plant compounds that are found primarily in the hemp plant. They dock onto the cannabinoid receptors found in the our Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which influence the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. The two best known cannabinoid receptors are called the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These are found in different areas of the human nervous system and perform different functions to help promote balance throughout all systems of the body.
How is CBN extracted?
CBN (cannabinol) is obtained by heating and oxygenating THC. Even though it is similar to THC, it is not psychoactive. Its extraction is rather difficult, since it is formed in the later growth stage of the cannabis plant. And even then there is only little CBN available for extraction.
Research on CBN
The research into the therapeutic benefits of CBN is very preliminary. But it’s starting to heat up, as interest in the health benefits of cannabinoids and the popularity of CBD continues to grow. Initial scientific research suggests CBN may make a significant difference in a few areas: it may be analgesic, sleep-inducing, and may suppress muscle spasms. In addition, it may support gastrointestinal problems and alleviate eye pressure. CBN is said to have the strongest sedative function of all the cannabinoids. It is also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and has a strong synergistic effect with other cannabinoids, such as CBD and CBG.
No matter what combination of cannabinoids helps your body and mind feel a bit more balanced, it’s inspiring to know that as each cannabinoid is researched further, we continue to gain more insight as to how plants have ability to help our bodies thrive. Health is in our Nature.