What is the “Sleep Cannabinoid” CBN? 

CBN (Cannabinol) is emerging as a popular “minor” cannabinoid. Here’s everything we think you should know about it. 

There’s a good chance you’re familiar with the two most famous cannabinoids—CBD and THC. But as research into this intriguing plant expands, we’ve discovered that these prominent cannabinoids are accompanied by a host of other so-called “minor cannabinoids,” each creating distinctive benefits and effects.

One of the most popular of these is CBN (Cannabinol), a minor cannabinoid receiving a lot of attention. 

But what is CBN? And what does CBN do? 

Let’s take a closer look at this intriguing “minor” cannabinoid.

What is CBN?

So, what’s CBN? 

CBN is a cannabinoid with a unique chemical structure that interacts with the brain’s endocannabinoid system differently from CBD or THC. 

It’s considered the “sleep cannabinoid,” and that’s for a good reason. Experts believe CBN interacts with our bodies to promote restful sleep. 

At Forge Hemp Company, we formulate our THC-free CBN tinctures with CBN and beneficial ingredients like Melatonin to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer naturally. After all, sleep is essential for healthy living, and most people don’t get enough of it

What does CBN Stand for?

CBN is short for cannabinol, the full name of the compound that’s derived from the cannabis plant to create it. 

One of more than one hundred minor cannabinoids, CBN is earning a positive reputation for its unique properties. 

What is CBN used for?

Now we know what CBN is, but what does CBN do (hint: we touched on it briefly above)? Researchers are just starting to discover CBNs full benefits, but here’s what we know so far:

CBN Benefits:

  • Antibacterial

A 2008 study suggests CBN oil might assist with antibiotic-resistant infections, making it a potential treatment for drug-resistant bacteria.

  • Improved Sleep

Today, CBN is commonly known as a helpful tool for improved sleep. 

  • Neuroprotectant

Experts think CBN distillate may help protect your brain’s neurons from damage, which can support higher brain function and health.

  • Anti Inflammatory

Like many other cannabinoids, researchers think CBN may reduce inflammation within the body. 

  • Appetite Stimulant

If you’re having trouble eating, CBN may help stimulate your appetite in the same way THC does. 

These are just a few of the CBN benefits that have been discovered by researchers so far, although anecdotally plenty of people are consuming the cannabinoid for alternative reasons.

Is CBN intoxicating?

Research suggests that CBN alone doesn’t create the sensation of intoxication associated with THC.

However, both THC and CBN bind to the CB1 receptors within your endocannabinoid system, the mechanism that creates the sensation of a traditional THC high. While CBN binds to receptors at one-tenth the strength of THC, this may explain anecdotal reports of experiencing a high from pure CBN.

CBN can also increase the effects of THC, amplifying the euphoria it creates. So if you want to take a THC experience to the next level, CBN can help.

Is CBN suitable for anxiety?

While the benefits of CBN are still being studied, it does appear to be helpful in alleviating anxiety. 

People who struggle with anxiety find that CBN evens out their moods, decreasing the frequency and intensity of anxious episodes. 

CBN might help counter the paranoia and anxiety high THC doses can produce in some people. People who struggle with the harmful effects of too much THC may find that CBN helps them mellow out, experiencing a more enjoyable experience.

How does CBN affect the body?

CBN creates a relaxed, easy feeling throughout the body, a deeply soothing and sedating sensation. It also has potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. 

As we mentioned above, CBN’s relaxation boosting properties make it particularly effective for improved sleep. It creates a calming, grounded sensation that many find profoundly comforting and reassuring, helping relieve anxiety and strain.

Can you smoke CBN?

Yes! Like CBD and THC, CBN can be smoked in flower form.

However, it’s less common to find CBN flower (although the THC in aged cannabis eventually becomes CBN) than it is to find CBD distillates of various kinds. 

CBN distillates, tinctures, and oils are relatively easy to find and can be added to cannabis or your favorite herbal cigarette if you prefer a smoking experience.

How long does it take for CBN to kick in?

After taking your CBN tincture, oil, or supplement, you can expect to feel the effects fairly quickly.

CBN products start kicking in about half an hour after consumption, but if you’re not feeling anything by that time, don’t rush to take a second dose. It can take up to three hours to feel the effects, so if you’re not sure if your dose is working, give yourself at least an hour before you increase it.

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