What is CBN and What are the Benefits?


What is CBN? Most cannabis users are well-aware of delta-9 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). However, cannabis contains hundreds of different cannabinoids, each with their own unique traits and benefits. The concentration of these cannabinoids depends on a variety of factors. In this article, we’ll explore one of the lesser-known cannabinoids, CBN or Cannabinol. 

The Basics of Cannabinol

Cannabinol, like THC and CBD, is a compound totally unique to cannabis. Usually found in lower quantities, this cannabinoid is mostly commonly found in older cannabis. The longer cannabis is exposed to oxygen, the more cannabinol is produced. The oxidation of THC actually produces cannabinol. 

While the idea of smoking old cannabis isn’t as appealing, some users enjoy isolating the effects of cannabinol. Unlike THC, cannabidiol is non-intoxicating. The user won’t experience a “high” from CBN, as it only has one-tenth the strength of THC. Although cannabinol is a minor cannabinoid, it still has a multitude of benefits. 

What are the Benefits of Cannabinol?

Scientific research of cannabinol is still in its early stages. While more is being discovered about the compound, here are some of the potential benefits.

The Munchies

Ah yes, the beloved munchies. The persistent hungry feeling we typically associate with THC. In scientific studies, rodents given CBN had an increased appetite. While more research is needed to say for sure, this could be ideal for some users. Those who avoid THC can still reap the appetite stimulation benefits of cannabis without the intoxicating high. 


While more research is needed, CBN has shown to be particularly powerful as an antibacterial agent. A particular scientific study tested cannabinol and other cannabinoids against strains of MRSA. MRSA is typically resistant to many antibiotics, making it hard to treat. This is a potentially powerful discovery as we learn more about cannabis and its medical benefits. 

Neurological Benefits

Cannabis is already seen as an effective treatment for some neurological conditions. But, what about CBN specifically? Scientific studies have shown that cannabidiol may be particularly effective for treating ALS. Rodent studies show that CBN helps delay the onset of ALS. While not tested on humans yet, this is promising data for those suffering with ALS. 

CBN for Sleep

One well-known benefit of CBN is its sedative properties. In fact, many edible cannabis sleep-aids are high in cannabinol. Some studies have shown cannabinol to be helpful in treating insomnia and other sleep disorders. 

How can I take CBN?

Just like any other cannabinoid, the easiest way to take it is by smoking cannabis flower. Cannabinol is found in all strains of cannabis, however, its concentration depends on age. The older the cannabis, the more CBN is present. Leaving your cannabis exposed to the open-air isn’t ideal and isn’t the best way to ingest cannabinol.

As cannabis technology advances, many processors have isolated CBN. Cannabinol isolates can now be found in tinctures and edibles. For those testing its effectiveness, taking a cannabinol tincture is probably better than smoking older flower. To see what’s right for you, visit your local cannabis supplier. 

Luckily, we have just the hemp products you’re looking for. Browse our shop for CBN tinctures, edibles and vape products. 

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