But what is CBN? And how is it different from other cannabis products, like CBD? We asked the experts, and here’s what we learned.
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Understanding the differences between CBD vs CBN
“CBN, or cannabinol, was actually the first phytocannabinoid isolated from cannabis back in the 1930s. It is created by the breakdown of THC over time via light, heat, or oxygen,” explains Dr. Felecia Dawson, a physician and cannabis advocate. “It’s much weaker than THC at the cannabinoid 1 receptor (CB1) and does not appear to be intoxicating when taken orally.”
It’s no secret that cannabis-based products are surging in popularity. Many states have legalized cannabis, and CBD products can be found almost everywhere — you might’ve even spotted it on the shelves at your local grocery store. But with this increased popularity comes a rise in other cannabis-based products, including Delta-8 THC, and now cannabinol, also known as CBN.
Does CBN have any benefits?
When you look at cannabis, there are more than 100 cannabinoids — AKA a group of substances found in the cannabis plant. You’re probably familiar with two of these: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the cannabinoid most of us are familiar with because it’s the substance in cannabis responsible for the psychoactive or “high” effects commonly associated with cannabis use.
Both CBN and CBD are known anecdotally to relieve symptoms of pain and inflammation, by potentially altering pain signals that the brain receives. One way to take advantage of these compounds’ pain-relieving properties is to apply a product topically to the affected area directly. By topically applying rather than consuming these compounds, and bypassing the digestive system and liver, consumers lower the potential risk of interactions with prescription drugs. CBD may have contra-indications with a vast array of pharmaceuticals, including Warfarin or other blood thinners.
According to Mary magazine’s blog, while CBN purportedly has a sedating effect on most users, CBD purportedly tends to cause a feeling of alertness rather than sluggishness, the morning after bedtime consumption.
What is CBD?
CBN and CBD, either individually or combined, potentially help alleviate insomnia by causing an overall sense of mind and body tranquility and relaxation.
Naptime and the munchies.
Innumerable outlets report that CBD is non-psychoactive. Whoever is parroting this term is incorrect. CBD is psychoactive to a much lesser degree than THC; however, it is non-intoxicating, for the most part. People in 12-step or other substance abuse recovery programs report feeling “something” on high doses of CBD, because not all CBD products are equal. Therefore consumers who do not wish to get high must be careful to choose a reputable brand with a proven below 0.3% THC content.
One such vendor was called out by Consumer Reports when “Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University found that the products, all from Diamond CBD, a publicly-traded company, contained a compound called 5F-ADB. That compound, often found in illegal synthetic marijuana products such as “K2” and “Spice,” can trigger paranoia and panic attacks, increase heart rate and blood pressure, and cause convulsions, organ damage, and even death, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. ”
“The pharmacokinetics of CBN seems to be in between 1/6 and 1/10 of the potency of the CB1 receptor (cannabinoid receptor type-1) that THC is,” Sigman elaborates.
Cannabinol (CBN) is currently only attainable by deriving it from CBD through a chemical conversion. While more structurally similar to THC than CBD once it reaches its final form, CBN lacks the psychoactive effects of THC which could allow more patients to utilize it without fear of intoxication or impairment. Some of the potential benefits of CBN include:
A mature cannabis plant contains hundreds of different compounds which can be further divided into categories of either flavonoids, terpenes, or cannabinoids, with each of these having different properties and effects on the human body. Two of the most prevalent compounds in medical marijuana are THC and CBD, with THC causing the intoxicating “high” that many people attribute to marijuana use.
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid similar to CBD, though this compound interacts with your body through very different mechanisms than CBD. Initial research has indicated that CBG acts as an agonist of the CB1 and CB2 receptors without causing any intoxicating effects. CBG may also act as a GABA reuptake inhibitor. This means that CBG may have a relationship with both neuropathic pain and inflammatory pain. The main benefits attained through use of CBG include:
Cannabichromene (CBC) is “newer” to the cannabinoid scene as far as research is concerned, but has shown great potential as a medical supplement thus far. While its effects feel very similar to CBD when ingested, the chemical structure of the CBC is unique and offers it the capability to affect the body in a different way than CBD. So far, research has linked CBC with the following medical benefits:
Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. It does not cause an intoxicating “high” like THC does, and according to the World Health Organization, it “exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” Several benefits of CBD use include:
While CBD has grown to be the most popular non-intoxicating cannabinoid in recent years, there are also several similar compounds which exist that have shown to benefit the human body as well.
At Remedy Pain Solutions, we strive to provide our patients as many natural treatment options as possible, including these compounds we have been discussing in this article. We have a full line of organic, medical-grade CBD products that are available for our patients at our Marina Del Rey office location. If you are suffering from pain and inflammation, schedule an appointment with one of our specialists at Remedy Pain Solutions to discuss what natural options might be available to treat your symptoms so you can return to pain-free life.