Updated: Jan 22, 2021
It seems as though everybody and their cat know what CBD is. However, is more to the cannabis plant than just CBD and THC. It is estimated there are over 100 unique cannabinoids, including CBN.
CBN is short for cannabinol and currently one of the up and coming cannabinoids on the market. But what exactly can you use CBN for?
According to an article published by Healthline, CBN may have multiple benefits including potential pain relief, appetite stimulation, and inflammation reduction. Studies conducted with lab rats have shown promising results, giving researchers hope for this cannabinoid.
One of the main ways hemp producers push CBN is as a sleep aid. However, Psychology Today warns that the research for CBN as a sedative is very preliminary. While there is evidence that drowsiness is a side effect of CBN, effectively marketing CBN as a sleep aid can be difficult. Producers of CBN products should always be aware of FDA regulations when marketing and promoting products for specific purposes.
Analytical Cannabis published an article in early 2019, discussing the potential benefits of CBN and it's legality in the United States. According to the article, "The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill de-scheduled CBD and hemp from the Controlled Substances list. However, CBN is a by-product of THC, which makes matters a little bit more complicated. CBN is not listed as a controlled substance, and it can be extracted from hemp, making it legal for all intents and purposes."
It is worth noting that CBN extracted from hemp is legal according to federal regulations, however, state laws and regulations may be different. It is always worth checking with your individual state's laws before purchasing any hemp extract products.
Cannabinoids like CBN have potential benefits that are still being explored. With more research, a clearer picture can be drawn of this particular cannabinoid's full potential.