CBN – Cannabinol

Cannabinol (“CBN”) is a weak psychoactive cannabinoid found in trace amounts in Sativa and Indica cannabis strains. CBN is created by the degradation of THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol when it is exposed to light and oxygen.  Known to have some mild psychoactive effects, CBN is not scheduled at the federal level but does increase the effects of THC.

It may make users dizzy or groggy, and it is not usually sough-after for medicinal purposes. If you don’t want an intense body high, keep your cannabis in an airtight container away from light. CBN has also shown promise for those suffering from Glaucoma, inflammation and insomnia. CBN is often referred to as a natural aspirin or non-narcotic type pain reliever (analgesic) and is estimated to be three times stronger.

CBN Molecule

Cannabinol (CBN)
Cannabinol (CBN)

CBN has shown to be effective in:

  • Reducing Epileptic Outbursts
  • Alleviating Muscle Shakes and Spasms
  • Inducing Sleep
  • Reducing Depression
  • Lowers Intraocular Pressure
  • Replacing Pain Relievers (Advil)

CBN aides those suffering from:

  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinsons’s Disease
  • Gout
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Insomnia
  • Glaucoma

Sleep Aid

Cannabis is widely used as a sleep-aid for those who suffer from insomnia and cannabinol is the reason why. CBN is the cannabinoid responsible for the sedative effects of cannabis.


Another use for cannabinol is as an anti-bacterial and has shown potent activity against MRSA infections when applied as a topical. Topical uses also have shown promise in treating burns and psoriasis.


Some early studies have suggested it could stimulate bone growth. If that is the case, it would be helpful in treating osteoporosis and could help those with broken bones to recovery more quickly.


Recent studies suggest that CBN can be administered as an antidepressant and can be used to prevent convulsions and to sedate patients experiencing pain.

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