Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis plants that have been studied for their potential health benefits. The most famous of these cannabinoids is CBD and THC, but have you heard about other hemp compounds like CBN (cannabinol)? The popularity of CBD and THC commonly overshadows it, but it doesn’t mean CBN is without its own potential health benefits. CBD has been studied more extensively than CBN, however, these two compounds may still work together synergistically to promote overall well-being.
Let’s dive into what CBN is, how it works, and what potential benefits it may offer.
What Is CBN?
CBN (also known as cannabinol) is one of the many cannabinoids in cannabis plants (in both hemp and marijuana plants). Some people confuse it with its more famous cousins, cannabidiol (CBD) or cannabigerol (CBG), but CBN is a different compound with a potentially different set of health benefits. Like CBD and CBG, CBN is one of the non-psychoactive minor cannabinoids found in trace amounts from cannabis plants and hemp plants. It's important to note that this cannabinoid isn't as common as CBD or THC due to its low concentrations naturally present in cannabis and hemp plants.
Here’s a fun fact – CBN actually is derivative of THC (thanks to light and heat exposure). But unlike THC, CBN doesn’t produce the psychoactive effect.
CBN has been said to potentially have therapeutic effects similar to those of CBD, such as reducing inflammation, relieving pain, and stress relief. Though there is still much more research needed before these claims can be proven conclusively. Recent studies suggest that CBN could have sedative properties due to its interaction with receptors in the brain that affect sleep (that's why we blend it with CBD and melatonin in our Broad Spectrum Nano CBD Softgels with Melatonin + CBN); this makes it interesting as a potential natural sleep aid.
Let’s explore the potential benefits of CBN.
How does CBN Work?
CBN, like other cannabinoids, is thought to operate by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS helps preserve homeostasis in our bodies and it's thought that cannabinoids may help the body to regulate its own endocannabinoids through their impact on cannabinoid receptors and other physiological mechanisms.
Cannabinoids such as CBD, THC, CBN (and others) are like the endocannabinoids made naturally by our bodies. Their efficacy is thought to be due to their ability to revive the body’s natural-occurring cannabinoids through acting on cannabinoid receptors and other receptor sites in the body.
Although research on the mechanisms of CBN is still limited, there are studies suggesting that it attaches to CB1 receptors and has little impact to the central nervous system. However, this cannabinoid has a strong affinity for binding with its receptor's counterpart - CB2.
Potential Health Benefits of CBN
One of the primary reasons why many researchers study minor cannabinoids such as CBN is because they may have certain properties that can benefit your health that other cannabinoids may not have. Or, they may provide even more power to the coveted Entourage Effect.
Here are some potential benefits associated with the use of CBN:
CBN Could Support a Restful Night’s Sleep
While research is still limited, anecdotal reports suggest that CBN is powerful cannabinoid in the fight against insomnia. Some believe the sedative effects come from the previously mentioned Entourage Effect – the powerful effect of blending multiple cannabinoids and terpenes for maximum healing potential.
CBN May Provide Pain Relief
Another possible use for this cannabinoid could be pain relief due to its anti-inflammatory properties which may help reduce swelling in certain parts of our bodies when taken regularly (this could be useful for those battling arthritis or other chronic pain ailments). Additionally, some studies suggest that this compound may also help reduce pain levels by interacting with receptors in our endocannabinoid system responsible for pain signaling and perception.
CBN Could Help with Anti-Aging
Some research suggests that this minor cannabinoid may also possess anti-aging properties due to its ability to act as an antioxidant which helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals in our bodies. This means that taking regular doses of CBN could potentially help prevent premature aging signs like wrinkles or sagging skin over time.
CBN Shows Promising Results in Fighting Degenerative Brain Diseases
A recently published study has uncovered the potential of CBN to treat age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The experiment evaluated how CBN influences an intracellular process known to contribute to these prolific diseases. It was found that CBN disrupts cancer cells and safeguards the healthy cells' mitochondria - which are responsible for energy production. This exciting discovery presents hope for those suffering from degenerative disorders caused by aging.
Our final thoughts on CBN
Although not as popular or well-studied as other cannabinoids like CBD or THC, CBN has a lot more potential than most people think. CBN has promising sleep aid properties, pain relief capabilities, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects, and potential to fight degenerative disease. Although more research needs to be done before we can definitively say whether all these promises hold true or not, there’s no doubt that CBN certainly deserves more attention than it currently gets. If you are looking for natural alternatives for your healthcare needs then consider giving this all-natural healing compound a chance today.
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