The CBN It is a little known component in the world of cannabinoids. Many growers think that it is a minor cannabinoid, since is developed from THC when plants begin to age. However, science has been researching this cannabinoid for years and seems to be finding supposed medicinal properties that can be used for human benefit, so we should take it into account in the coming years. Do you want to know more about the effects of CBN and how they differ from CBD? We show you!
What is CBN?
The CBN, also called cannabinol is one of the different non-psychoactive cannabinoids present in cannabis. It is a much less popular compound and with a more complex extraction than those already known. THC Y CBD.
Scientific studies that are studying its behavior on the human body are discovering that it can be a great natural sedative due to the effects it produces.
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The CBD It is found in the cannabis plant in very small amounts when it is in the growth period. However, as the plant grows older and older, the amount of cannabinol increases.
CBN is not a component that the plant develops from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), unlike other cannabinoids, but is part of THC and it develops when it is heated and exposed to oxygen.
What are the effects of CBN on the human body?
The cannabinoids present in cannabis plants act on our body by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors of the central nervous system.
Although this THC converts to CBN when heated and exposed to oxygen, the cannabinol does not produce the psychoactive effects known from THC.
When a person consumes a significant amount of THC, it affects the brain and their mental state, thus changing their behavior, mood, perception and consciousness for a certain time.
The CBN, as shown Steep Hill Global, one of the companies that, dedicated exclusively to the research of cannabinoids, seems to show sedative effects in studies carried out in mice. Plus, with just 2.5-5 mg of CBN have been shown to provide the same sedative effect as some mild sedatives sold in pharmacies.
These studies showed that the cannabinol it produced in tests carried out on rodents a longer sleep time compared to other cannabinoids.
Other studies that are being carried out published in the NCBI, the National Library of Medicine, show that this cannabinoid it can be important in the treatment of burns or psoriasis and the development of bone tissue.
How is CBN different from CBD?
The main difference between these two cannabinoids is its origin. Although CBD comes from CBDA and it is possible to grow cannabis plants with a higher or lower content of CBD, CBN is derived from THCA, so it can only be extracted in small amounts from the aging of the plants.
Although the genetic makeup of both is very similar, the CBD influences our body through a greater number of receptors, the CBN it does it in a much more direct way.
The cannabinol It is a substance that has a special affinity with both the CB1 receptors, present in the brain, and the CB2, present in the cells of the immune system, while CBD is related only to the CB2 receptors.
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Is CBN legal?
The legal status of cannabinol is unclear around the world. Although the legality of the two best known cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, is fully known to everyone, in the case of CBN it is different.
As we have commented previously, CBN comes from THC, a highly controlled substance in most areas of the world, so we might think that it is an illegal substance. However, cannabinnol can also be extracted from hemp, legal in many countries around the world, so it would be considered a supposedly legal substance.
The United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs did not classify it as an illegal substance at the time. Neither is the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of the early 1970s, which makes it a legal substance at the international level.
The truth, as you will have already verified when reading this last paragraph, is that CBN is in no man’s land and it is not usually very clear if it is a legal substance or not.