There’s a new cannabinoid in town, but what exactly is it?
This ‘hot’ new cannabinoid, CBN, is in many of your hemp and cannabis products right now, so it’s important to know more about it. We want you to stay informed and educated on what you’re putting in your body and why. So let’s get started!
Let’s Talk Letters
First of all, what does CBN stand for? CBN is short for cannabinol [ka-nuh-buh-naal], not to be confused with its relative chemical compounds CBD, or cannabidiol [ka-nuh-buh-dai-uhl], and CBG, or cannabigerol [ka-nuh-bi-jer-uhl]. CBG, CBD, and CBN are all types of cannabinoids, and cannabinoids are chemical ompounds produced by both hemp and marijuana plants. CBN is a little different though, so stay with me!
The endocannabinoid system, which is a system within every human body, is a series of receptors primed for receiving cannabinoids. Our body already makes endocannabinoids on its own, so introducing a plant-created cannabinoid, or phytocannabinoid, is just giving your body a chemical boost it probably needs. (Similar to taking a melatonin at night for example, your body produces melatonin, but sometimes we need a little help to get to sleep quickly and soundly.)
Let’s Talk Science
CBN is actually created from THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol [teh-truh-ha-druh-kuh-na-buh-nuhl]. THC can be found in both hemp and marijuana plants.
CBN is created from THC when THC is heated and then exposed to light and oxygen. This process breaks the THC down and it becomes cannabinol or CBN. So this means that CBN is found naturally in very low quantities within the plants, but may be isolated to higher concentrations with human interaction. . And why are researchers creating CBN? The answer is simple, CBN possesses the potential to deliver all of the health benefits of THC, with less mind-altering impacts.
Because THC is psychoactive, that means that CBN may also have the possess extremely mild psychoactive effects. Don’t go running for the hills yet, this impact is less than THC and probably indecipherable to the average person, until you notice your anxiety is reduced or you’re falling asleep faster of course! Any psychoactive effects of CBN will be less than THC but more than CBD, as CBD has zero psychoactive effects.
Remember, researchers are creating CBN because they want to take the health benefits of THC without the mind-altering impacts. So even though CBN affects the brain, it’s not going to give you the euphoric feeling of being ‘high’ that THC does.
Let’s Talk Health Benefits
Ok so now you know what CBN is and where it comes from, but what does it have to do with you and your health? I’m glad you asked!
The research into CBN is still quite new and more work is necessary in exploring the benefits and potential side effects of this new drug. The good news is that this research is already being done.
We know that since CBN is the offspring of THC, CBN affects your brain and has therefore been linked to reduced anxiety and sedation in varies studies. Just like THC and CBD may have those same effects, research into CBN thus far is showing that CBN may, as well. The difference is that it won’t alter your mental state like THC will. There is also a lot of potential in combining cannabinoids like CBD and CBN to create what’s known as an “entourage effect,” more on that another time. But research shows that CBN and CBD combined may help to reducing pain and inflammation.
And that’s not all this dynamic duo may do! CBD and CBN combined have shown potential in helping falling asleep faster and sleeping sounder. Furthermore, because you regenerate muscle in your sleep, getting a good night’s rest is imperative for muscle regrowth. CBD and CBN may help you get to sleep, stay asleep, and therefore may help your muscles repair for another active day!
You can get sleep-aids featuring CBN and CBD from a lot of different companies right now. It is always recommended for any product containing CBD and/or CBN, to read its Certificate of Analysis thoroughly as a lot of the products being sold are not transparent in their content. Take the time to know the quality of the product you’re investing in. And, as always, consult with your doctor before introducing cannabinoids into any part of your routine. CBD and CBN can interact with other medications you are on, so discussing with your doctor is very important.
What Can You Do Today?
The best advice we have for you today is to stay tuned in. Research is still being done and conclusions will be drawn. We will learn more and more about how to utilize the health benefits from CBN as we have with THC, CBD, and CBG already! We at High Peaks will certainly have our finger on the pulse of this research and look forward to informing you all about the strides forward that are being made.
The future is bright for exploring the health benefits of cannabinoids like CBN. For now, it’s important to stay informed and understand where these chemicals are coming from and why they’re being created or isolated and put in a tincture or seltzer water.
Please stay in touch with our blog as we continue to update you on research concerning CBN!