What is CBN?

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What is CBN?
By: Snake River Solace

CBN (cannabinol) was actually the first cannabinoid to be identified by scientists. CBN (cannabinol) comes from stale cannabis and the breakdown of THC molecules, which explains why researchers have only discovered its benefits recently. Like CBD, CBN is what’s known as a cannabinoid. That’s a chemical compound found in the cannabis and hemp plant. After all, most people believed CBN to be a waste by-product, unworthy of further examination. That all changed after a study by Steep Hill labs, which showed that CBN could be the most sedative of all cannabinoids. The discovery led to a renewed interest in the therapeutic effects of CBN and its role in regulating the endocannabinoid system. The lab company claim that the consumption of 2.5-5mg of CBN has the same results as using 5-10mg of diazepam (Valium). The study also asserts that CBD and CBN work together to provide an even better sedative synergy.
CBN acts as a partial agonist at the CB1 receptors, but has a higher affinity to CB2 receptors.

Is CBN psychoactive?

There isn’t currently a definitive answer to this question. Some research indicates CBN is non-psychoactive. Other research says CBN has very mild psychoactive effects. CBN appears to have potentially powerful sedative effects (more on that in a moment) which might explain at least in part the questions about its psychoactive properties.  

How does CBN work in the body?

CBN interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, and it can affect the function of many hormones and neurotransmitters, which in turn influence mood, energy, cognition and focus, appetite, immune function, and pain. Chemically similar to CBD, CBN has several of the same effects in the body, including relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep.

What are the Health Benefits of CBN?

To date, the research into therapeutic benefits of CBN is VERY preliminary. But it’s starting to heat up, as interest in the health benefits of cannabinoids surges, and the popularity of CBD continues to grow. Let’s take a look at the areas of health and disease treatment and prevention where initial scientific research suggests CBN may make a difference

CBN as a Sedative-There are indications that CBN is a powerful sedative. Research in mice has shown that CBN can prolong sleep time. But there is, at this point, a lack of scientific research into the sleep-inducing properties of CBN. We here at Snake River Solace are hopeful we’ll eventually see some additional scientific studies that explore the sleep-promoting capabilities of CBN.

CBN as a Pain Reliever- Research indicates that CBN has analgesic, or pain-relieving capabilities in the body. CBN appears to influence the activity of neurons that are sensitive to capsaicin. (Capsaicin, you might know, is found in chili peppers, and an ingredient added to many topical pain relievers.) These capsaicin-sensitive nerves are important to the body’s pain signaling and perception

CBN as an antibiotic- Research shows CBN has the ability to fight harmful bacteria. A 2008 study found CBN one of several cannabinoids (including CBD) effective in treating MRSA, a bacterial infection that is resistant to antibiotics.

CBN as an anti-inflammatory- Like CBD, CBN appears to have anti-inflammatory capabilities. Scientists working to better understand how the human endocannabinoid system affects the immune system. Cannabinoids, including CBN, are being examined for their possible therapeutic role in treating inflammatory disease.

CBN as an Appetite Stimulant- This is one area in which CBN behaves very differently from CBD. While CBD has appetite suppressing effects, CBN appears to stimulate the appetite. This may make CBN a therapeutic option to help increase appetite in people who struggle to maintain an appetite because of another illness, such as cancer, or it’s treatment.

CBN as a Cancer Fighter- There’s also some promising preliminary evidence that CBN may have direct cancer-fighting capabilities. Cannabinoids including CBN are being studied for their ability to slow or stop the growth and spread of cancer cells. CBN was one of several cannabinoids found to reduce tumor size in one form of lung cancer.

CBN as an Anti-convulsant- One of the most promising therapeutic uses for CBD is in epilepsy treatment, because of this cannabinoid’s strong anti-convulsant capabilities. Though it appears to be less strong than in CBD and THC, CBN has also been shown to function as an anti-convulsant.

CBN for Bone Healing and Growth- Research indicates cannabinoids including CBN can help to stimulate production of new bone, by activating stem cells to help make new bone cells. There are also indications that CBN and other cannabinoids may be helpful in healing fractured bone and helping reverse bone loss, making it of interest to scientists as a potential therapy for osteoporosis

CBN for glaucoma- CBN is one of several cannabinoids that appear be effective as a treatment for glaucoma, as several studies have shown.



With the release of our new Product Sleepy Springs, we wrote a blog on the cannabinoid CBN. We here at Snake River Solace are striving to bring you the most up-to-date information and education on the products we carry. Our Sleepy Springs is a 1:1 ratio of CBD to CBN! 995mgs of both cannabinoids in a 30ml 1 month supply bottle! All for 90.00! 

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us at our Idaho Falls or Pocatello Location! We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have