The demand for CBD has been on the rise for the past decade, while other cannabinoids are continuing to be researched and gaining popularity. Currently there are over 113 cannabinoids that have been discovered. Today we will discuss one cannabinoid specifically, Cannabinol (CBN). CBN is a cannabinoid found in mature hemp plants. It is found in very low concentrations in hemp plants and considered to be very rare. This is cannabinoid contains more similarities to THC than to CBD. This is because it is derived from the compound THCA, which becomes CBN when THCA has been oxidized. Science and research have found that CBN has its own set of properties that can significantly benefit your health with its use, making it a unique cannabinoid with incredible potential.
CBN was the first cannabinoid discovered by researchers. It is an extremely mild psychoactive with similar sensations to THC, but the difference in the sensations is profound due to THC being a stronger intoxicating compound than CBN. Interestingly enough, CBN comes from THC naturally as the compound ages. That is why you will find higher levels of CBN in older hemp plants.
What are the Benefits?
Like CBD and THC, CBN has an array of benefits that it shares with the other two compounds, while having its own set of beneficial attributes. This compound helps individuals who use it become have more relaxed feelings and promotes a better night’s rest.
CBN, like CBD and THC, is excellent for assisting you achieve a restful night. It is an effective aid that can be considered a relaxer when combined with THC. CBN enables you to relax faster and with more ease, but also prolongs the duration of your restful night.
CBN for Discomfort Relief
CBN is also excellent to help combat discomfort and soreness. This is due to the unique properties that it possesses. It has also been shown to interact with neurons that are sensitive to Capsaicin, helping influence them to increased stimulation. Capsaicin is a compound found in chili peppers and is used as an ingredient in many discomfort-relieving topicals. These receptors are critical because they aid in signaling aches and discomforts and improve the body’s perception and response to it.
What is the Entourage Effect?
Like other cannabinoids, CBN has its benefits when taken by itself and when combined with other cannabinoids creating an entourage effect. In addition to THC and CBD, other cannabinoids like CBN, Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabichromene (CBC) and more come together to create the “cannabinoid spectrum.” When the CBD is extracted, other compounds are also extracted from the plant, including terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids. The entourage effect is when the properties and benefits of the CBD are boosted by these other cannabinoids and terpenes present in the composition.
Each cannabinoid has different abilities, just like terpenes, and together they work to create amazing benefits and aid in many areas of one’s well-being. The more cannabinoids and terpenes present, the more they can collaborate to do their job. Benefits can be focused and differ depending on the composition of the plant, meaning some hemp plants have a higher concentration of certain cannabinoids and terpenes that may make it more effective.
Unique Benefits of the Entourage Effect
Interestingly enough, when cannabinoids mix, they have an altered behavior in the presence of one another. This entourage effect creates unique benefits that would never be capable if the cannabinoid were to be taken by itself.
The entourage effect works with more than just a combination of THC and CBD. It works with other cannabinoids as well, such as CBN, CBG, CBC, and more, and even through the combination of terpenes and flavonoids. Extracting the natural cannabinoids from the plant enhances the overall benefits available from CBD.
CBN is beginning to gain popularity as more research is conducted while further studies are showing the advantages of CBN. To determine which products suit your needs the best, it is important to do your research and find out the exclusive benefits provided from each type of product.
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