For the last few decades, researchers have been working to reveal what the cannabis plant can really do. This work has shown us that cannabis medicine can treat a myriad of symptoms, greatly improving the quality of patient’s lives. Part of the versatility of the plant is surely due to the many compounds – cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc.- that make up each popular cultivar.
One cannabinoid is proving to be valuable for those with conditions like insomnia and other chronic sleep disorders. No, it’s not CBD; there’s a new cannabinoid being buzzed about right now. Research shows that Cannabinol (CBN) plays a key role in the sedative feelings of some cannabis strains.
CBN is a downstream product of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As THC is exposed to air, it turns into CBN. As such, this cannabinoid isn’t very prominent in fresh cannabis flowers. Even in dried and cured buds, the CBN levels rarely test higher than 1%. In fact, the highest CBN levels are found in flowers that have gone stale. The cannabis compound is most similar to CBD because it is non-psychoactive, but is showing the possibility of having a myriad of other benefits.
CBN is inspiring science-based research regarding benefits like:
- Pain relief
- Promotes growth of bone cells
- Appetite stimulant
Some recommend aging buds past the point of sweet and dank in order to oxidize the THC. Unfortunately, however, smoking dry, old flower isn’t a very pleasant experience. Because of this, it is best to make butter or oil out of CBN-rich aged flowers. For those of us who aren’t looking to live that DIY-life, there are extraction and pharmaceutical companies coming out with new cannabinoid-rich products all the time.