Understanding CBN: A Deep Dive into Cannabinol

Of the more than 100 cannabinoids researchers know of so far, you’re likely to come across Cannabinol (CBN) when you visit a dispensary. Although this compound is nowhere near as famous as its cousins Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), it still deserves the spotlight — and for good reason. This compound is loved for its relaxing properties that put you in the right state of mind to doze off. Read on for a complete guide into the world of Cannabinol.

What is CBN?

Cannabinol (CBN) is a minor phytocannabinoid found in cannabis. CBN is unique from other cannabinoids in how it develops: it’s a byproduct of degrading THC. You’ll feel high when you consume CBN like you would when you try THC, though roughly 25 percent as potent.

What types of CBN products are available in New Jersey?

  • Ozone CBN Grape soft chews: This 10-pack of 2:1 THC: CBN soft chews contain 10mg THC and 5mg CBN per soft chew. Designed to deliver a relaxing and sleepy vibe, take these tasty treats right before bedtime. These soft chews are vegan and gluten-free.
  • incredibles Snoozzzeberry CBN soft chews: This 10-pack of 5:1 THC: CBN soft chews offers a 10mg dose of THC and 2mg of CBN per soft chew. Great for taking a nap or just relaxing, these gummies are perfect for a laid-back sesh.
  • Gron Blackberry Lemonade Pearls: Available exclusively at Queen City, Gron Pearls offer a 1:1:1: ratio of CBD:CBN: THC. Each pearl contains 10mg of each cannabinoid. These edibles are gluten-free, soy-free, and are made with real fruit.

We’re constantly bringing in new products so check our full menu regularly to see if we’ve added more to our Plainfield dispensary lineup.

Which strains are high in CBN?

Some cannabis strains are naturally higher in CBN content than others. Generally, CBN tops out around 1% volume by weight, at most, so it doesn’t take a lot for a strain to be considered high in CBN. If you’re looking for flower that has high levels of CBN naturally and not just because it’s old flower, consider the following cultivars (strains).

  • Green Crack: This moderately potent sativa cultivar also contains high levels of Cannabigerol (CBG), another minor cannabinoid. Green Crack is known for its energizing high that’s likely to leave you feeling focused and talkative, ideal for hanging out with friends.
  • Lemon Kush: Lemon Kush is a hybrid cultivar that’s a cross between Master Kush and Lemon Joy. It contains a moderate amount of THC and elevated levels of CBG and CBN. Expect to feel uplifted and happy with this cultivar, and enjoy sweet citrus flavors and aroma.
  • Durban Poison: Durban Poison is a pure sativa cultivar originating in Durban, South Africa. It’s known for its creative and energetic experience and its impact on relaxation.
  • Bubble Gum: Bubble Gum is an Indica-dominant hybrid cultivar bred from an unknown cross. Expect to feel euphoric when consuming this cultivar, which has a modest 17% THC content on average. Bubble Gum is especially effective at reducing pain.

What are CBN’s effects?

Research into CBN and its effects is far more limited than major cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Still, there are some things we know about CBN’s effects and its therapeutic potential. Studies suggest CBN may have potential in the below areas. It’s worth noting, though, that many of these studies are animal studies and not human studies.

Read on: For more information about the major cannabinoids, check out our guide to THC and our guide to CBD.

  • Anticonvulsant: Animal studies have shown CBN to provide anticonvulsant effects in mice, though it tended to be less effective than THC and CBD.
  • Inflammation: Especially when used in topicals, CBN shows potential in reducing inflammation by controlling the production of keratinocytes, AKA a major type of skin cell. It has also shown promise in the treatment of arthritis in animals, though human trials have yet to be conducted.
  • Antibiotic and antiviral: Researchers have observed CBN demonstrating antibiotic and anti-MRSA effects.
  • Pain: A 2019 animal study showed CBN was able to reduce pain, especially in combination with CBD. Researchers noted particular potential regarding fibromyalgia.
  • Neuroprotection: A 2005 animal study found this cannabinoid helped delay the onset of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in rats. The delay suggested to researchers that CBN could offer some neurological benefits, though human trials would be needed to confirm further.

While CBN shows some promise, results can differ greatly from animal studies to human clinical trials. More research is needed to confirm how significant CBN could be when it comes to each of the areas mentioned above.

Is CBN good for sleep?

You’ll see a lot of cannabis products for sleep featuring CBN, but it’s important to understand precisely how these products work before trying them before bed.

CBN has long been associated with sleep and it has been promoted as a way to help fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. The science is relatively limited when it comes to CBN’s relationship with sleep, though, at least in isolation. Most existing studies are on the older side and cover very small sample sizes, so more data is required to confirm whether CBN promotes restful sleep. However, CBN can very well make you feel sleepy or drowsy, so keep that in mind before trying any CBN products.

How does CBN work?

We know that we feel the effects of cannabinoids due to the endogenous cannabinoid system, also called the endocannabinoid system or the ECS. The ECS is a wide-ranging system of receptors and chemicals throughout your brain and body. It controls or influences a lot of important functions, including pain perception, mood, appetite, learning, memory, and metabolism.

CBN appears to interact most closely with the CB2 receptor of the ECS, which is most closely associated with the immune system. To learn more about this receptor and the rest of the ECS, check out our guide on how the endocannabinoid system works.

Does CBN have any side effects?

Like other cannabinoids, CBN is safe and well-tolerated. However, just like THC, taking too much could result in an unpleasant experience. Dry mouth, fatigue, or drowsiness are among some undesired side effects you may experience. To avoid these side effects, start with a small amount and wait to see how you feel before trying more.

In addition, cannabinoids can interact with prescription medications and either nullify their effects or result in a dangerous combination. Always consult with your healthcare professional before adding cannabis to your routine if you’re already on prescription medications.

Find a new way to unwind with CBN products from Queen City

Although we know less about CBN than we do cannabinoids like THC and CBD, researchers are uncovering new information all the time. This cannabinoid shows some promise of its own, and if it sounds intriguing then the best way to find out if it’s right for you is to try it.

At Queen City, we’re happy to answer any of your questions about CBN and all of our cannabis products. Stop by for a royal welcome from the whole Queen City team.

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