What is CBN or Cannabinol?
Oct 24, 2021
Cannabinol is a cannabinoid that occurs from the oxygenation and decomposition of THC. That is why it is most commonly found in aged cannabis plants and almost never on hemp that has not flowered.⠀
CBN comes from stale cannabis and the breakdown of THC molecules, a fact that explains why researchers have only discovered its benefits recently. After all, most people believed CBN to be a waste by-product, unworthy of further examination. That all changed after a study by Steep Hill labs, which revealed CBN as the most sedative of all cannabinoids. The discovery led to a renewed interest in the therapeutic effects of CBN and its role in regulating the endocannabinoid system.⠀
How is CBN formed?⠀
The chemical formula of CBN is the first and most noticeable difference between CBN and CBD. The basis of all known cannabinoids is cannabigerolic acid (or CBGa for short). CBGa, in turn, produces with other compounds to create THCa, CBDa, and CBCa, the acid forms of THC, CBD, and CBC, respectively. All cannabinoids that produce desirable effects (recreational or medicinal) stem from the decarboxylation (heating) of these acid forms. Which is why many dab, smoke, or bake cannabis instead of eating it raw.⠀
CBNa, the compound that breaks down into CBN, is produced from the aging of THCa and its exposure to UV lighting. A live, growing plant will not have any CBN in it. The process of creating it comes with time and the natural breakdown of raw cannabis acids. If left for several weeks, THCa-rich cannabis will begin to produce CBN naturally. ⠀
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