What are the Main Effects of CBN?

Medically reviewed by Alexander Tabibi, MD
March 10, 2021
CBN Main Effects
CBN Main Effects

The effects of CBN: At this point, most of you have a good sense of the general effects of CBD as it’s become a hugely popular compound to take days due to its properties relating to mood, pain, and other common complaints.  Being the dominant compound in hemp, there is more cannabidiol than any other compound found in the flowering buds of the plant.  And, being a cannabinoid, it has the unique and fascinating ability to support the endocannabinoid system’s role in maintaining homeostasis throughout the body.

However, we are now discovering that there are plenty of other cannabinoids that occur in hemp that are also deserving of our attention due to the ways in which they might be useful to the human body.

One cannabinoid that’s been getting particularly high levels of attention lately is CBN or cannabinol.  A minorly occurring cannabinoid, CBN is harder to extract from the hemp plant, but researchers are finding that its properties make it absolutely worth exploring.

This post is intended as information and for general knowledge only. It is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is recommended that you consult a healthcare professional before introducing cannabinoids into your daily routine, especially if you have been diagnosed with any medical conditions or are under any medication. It is not recommended to drive or operate any machinery when using cannabis- or hemp-derived products. Use responsibly!

What are the Effects of CBN?

CBN is a cannabinoid, just like CBD, and so generally, it’s used and processed by the body in the same manner.  What this means is that like cannabidiol, cannabinol is used by the body’s endocannabinoid system that is tasked with regulating our body’s many complex functions that aid in overall health.  What is interesting about cannabinol is that it doesn’t seem to have such a strong relationship with cannabinoid receptors, but rather promotes the production of cannabinoids by the body to promote equilibrium in a uniquely widespread manner.

Major CBN Properties

Now, allow us to get into the more specific properties of CBN so that you can understand what it may do for you.

Effects of CBN on Sleep Improvement

Although there have been no specific studies on cannabinol and sleep, we do know that the compound has a high likelihood of promoting better sleep due to the fact that this is its most common use.  The majority of people who take CBN regularly do so because they find that it helps them fall asleep faster, stay asleep during the night, and wake up at an appropriate time.  This may come from the hormone-balancing potential of the cannabinoid which affects melatonin and serotonin levels, which are associated with the sleep cycle.

Effects of CBN on Stress Relief

The other extremely popular use for CBN is stress relief, which we’re also still waiting for official studies on, but know that it has this potential based on the many, many people who have used it for this purpose.  CBN seems to play a role in balancing the production of the stress hormone cortisol so that the brain is less sensitive to stress triggers.

Effects of CBN on Seizures

CBN is being researched for its potential effects on epilepsy, as cannabinol, along with other cannabinoids, seem to regulate the neurological system’s various processes in a way that can reduce the frequency and severity of seizures.  It may strengthen the neural pathways and aid in neuroplasticity while acting as a neuroprotectant.

Effects of CBN on Glaucoma

Glaucoma can be a serious condition if left untreated, as it causes pressure to build up in the eye that can ultimately lead to blindness.  Now, researchers are discovering that CBN may regulate eye pressure to reduce the risk of complications caused by glaucoma.

Effects of CBN on Appetite

Low appetite can result from all kinds of circumstances including:

  • Pregnancy
  • Use of certain medications
  • Digestive ailments
  • Stress
  • Cold or Flu symptoms

But, as we know, a lack of calories and nutrients can lead to serious physical issues as time goes on.  A study found that cannabinol may improve appetite, as researchers discovered that rats to whom CBN was administered ate more than those who were not given any of the cannabinoids.

Antibacterial Properties

CBN seems to offer antibacterial properties, according to researchers.  More studies need to be done to determine whether this effect can help those who have internal bacterial infections.

How to Use CBN to Experience These Potential Effects

CBN is taken in basically the same manner as CBD, which means that if you already use cannabidiol daily, you’ll have no trouble coming up with a daily routine.  It can be found in various delivery methods and strengths, and the same rule applies when looking for third-party lab reports that indicate that the cannabinol extract has been thoroughly tested.

Like CBD, CBN may work best when it’s taken on a daily basis, due to the manner in which the endocannabinoid system operates more efficiently when it maintains a steady supply of cannabinoids. Also, similar to cannabidiol, cannabinol is non-toxic to the human body, and not associated with any major side effects.

What We Know Overall So Far

CBN, like its counterpart, seems to offer an array of potential properties to the human system, especially in terms of stress and sleep.  As the compound becomes more popular, we expect that more and more studies will be done over the years to determine its specific effects on the body.  But, for the time being, you can find plenty of high-quality, lab-tested cannabinol products on the market that are easy to add to your daily regimen.