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CBN

WHAT IS CBN?

Cannabinol (CBN) is a cannabinoid compound that is derived when THC-A oxidizes. CBN is most commonly found in aged weed. CBN is only mildly intoxicating - research has indicated that is may be only 1/4th as psychoactive as THC. CBN is most commonly known for its sleep aid and sedative qualities. It is also only found in quantities of 1% in the cannabis plant. When using CBN, it is important to note that isolated CBN still contains other cannabis compounds, including THC and various terpenes. 

WHAT ABOUT RESEARCH?

CBN hasn’t been researched as much as other cannabinoids, such as THC, CBD, and CBG. 

CBN was discovered as a cannabinoid in 1940, researchers believed that it was the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. It wasn’t until 1964 when researchers isolated THC and found that THC was the main psychoactive, and that CBN was the secondary form.

In 1999, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) tested the potency of cannabis over a four year period. At the end of this period, most of the cannabis lost its THC potency - in which more CBN was created. UNODC found that the older the cannabis, the stronger the CBN became.

HOW DOES CBN WORK?

Interestingly, CBN works best when taken with food. Research hasn’t shown why this is, but many people have found that taking CBN alongside a meal increases the effectiveness of this cannabinoid.

HIGH CBN STRAINS

  • Amsterdam Flame - mango, berry, strawberry
  • A-Dub - range of flavors
  • Death Star - earthy, sweet, diesel, skunky
  • Blue Blood - peppery, sweet, berry, earthy
  • Kosher Kush - lemon, herbal, pungent, pine
  • Cataract Kush - range of flavors
  • Pineapple Chunk - range of flavors
  • Shark Shock - hashy, fruity undertones 
  • Red Dragon - sweet, pine, pungent 

 

Cannabinol (CBN) 

Formula: C21H26O2

Molar mass: 310.4319 g/mol

ChemSpider ID: 2447

PubChem CID: 2543