Cannabinol, also known as CBN, is simply a metabolite of THC. It is the product of THC breakdown due to the effects of aging or oxidation. The oxidation takes place when THC is exposed to the air. Unlike THC which is known for its high psychoactive effects, CBN is hailed for the fact that it has less high effects and it also comes with a plethora of medical benefits. It is mostly known for its effectiveness in inducing sleep and as such, it is highly preferred for treating cases of insomnia.
How CBN affects the body
Unlike THC, CBN does not bind itself to the cannabinoid receptors of the brain. Instead, it generates sedative effects, and these become even more powerful when combined with THC. The sedative nature of CBN is one of its most pronounced effects in the body and it is believed that it contributes to the drowsy and sleep inducing feelings associated with indica strains of marijuana because such strains tend to have higher concentration of the CBN.
Though it can be used as a sedative, it should be noted that CBN is not psychoactive in anyway. As such, it can make good medicine without necessary making the patients get high. Other than being a sedative, the other benefits of CBN include but are not limited to:
- Pain relief
- Can be use for anti-bacterial purposes
- Can be used to stimulate appetite
Just like with other components of marijuana, there are quite a number of studies involving CBN and it potential use in the development of various medicines. For instance, recent studies have suggested that that CBN can be effective in stimulating bone tissue growth.
This is possible due to ability to stimulate the indirect recruitment of mesenchymal stem cells obtained from the bone marrow of the neighboring bones. These stem cells are not only known to transform into blood cells, but also they have the versatility to turn into tissues and bones. Due to this, CBN can potentially be of help towards the healing of fractures.
Healing of psoriasis
Other than the ability to generate bone tissues, another magnificent effect of CBN which is still under studies is its ability to reduce the overgrowth of skin cells. Though this may not sound important to many people, it could be of great help to patients suffering from psoriasis, where the skin degenerates four times faster than the normal.
With such a property, CBN can helpful in regulating how the body produces the skin cells. Again when applied as topical, the compound has shown tremendous results in the treatment of psoriasis. This is according to a study conducted in 2008.
CBN as an anti-inflammatory
Just like CBD, CBN also comes with very powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It has pain relieving properties which makes it ideal for the treatment of burns since it will act on TRPV2 receptors – the receptors responsible for causing intense pain during burns. Although trials are yet to be completed, the combination of CBN and CBD can be a powerful remedy for treating burns.