We should consider cannabinol (CBN) as the overlooked senior in the cannabinoid family. Eerily similar to our own society’s view of seniors these days, for far too long CBN was considered of little or no value, since the compound is actually transformed from Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) after that compound passes its maturity. Yep, just as we humans all too readily discard older items as useless or anachronistic, aged cannabis buds were considered equally valueless.

At Fern Valley Farms, we have just made our initial foray into offering CBN products and by all accounts, we started with a certain winner: our CBN Gummies are already creating interest and excitement beyond our expectations. These vegan treats deliver 10mg of CBN per cube, with its distinct pineapple flavoring delighting your taste buds while the CBN begins its important work.

While CBN Gummies are our first CBN product to hit our shelves, rest assured we are already considering which other products should offer a CBN option. So do keep your eyes open and subscribe to our newsletter, where our readers always get inside looks and first notices on new products and other important announcements about the latest at Fern Valley Farms. (You can subscribe to our newsletter using the box at the bottom of this page.)

A Brief History of CBN

While it may originate from overly mature THC plants and we are still in the early stages of learning about this compound, CBN was the first cannabinoid to be isolated from the cannabis plant; this occurred way back in 1899 thanks to the concerted efforts of three researchers (Thomas Easterfield, W.T. Spivey, and Thomas Wood). It was accomplished by pulling a molecule from a cannabis resin called charas. 

They described this new discovery as “amber-coloured when seen in thin layers but ruby red when seen in mass” and were able to determine that it possessed psychoactive properties. As we fast forward to today, where we now know CBN is transformed from degraded Delta 9 THC (typically due to aging and losing its freshness), it is highly likely that the team was examining old THC extracts that had lost most of their psychotropic power.

Nevertheless, CBN does hold an unusual place in the cannabinoid history books because it technically was the first cannabinoid identified by scientists. But it appears that soon after this discovery, CBN found itself on the back shelf when it came to ongoing vigorous research of cannabinoids.

How CBN Works

It turns out that CBN is no different than other cannabinoids when it comes to offering a variety of possible health benefits. What is usually different between cannabinoids is how they work with our endocannabinoid system. Researchers believe the different methods various cannabinoids use to communicate with and aid our endocannabinoid system may ultimately help them distinguish new ways of approaching old treatments and therapies.

Recent research has revealed the special and important connection between the cannabinoids found in the cannabis (and its cultivated relative, hemp) plant and one important component of our functioning body: the endocannabinoid system. This is the system that helps us govern essential physical functions with special emphasis given to our appetite, memory, mood, and sleep. 

There are three major interconnected parts of our endocannabinoid system, as follows: 

  • Endocannabinoids – are the transmitters that bind to receptors; through this action, they aid in managing internal functions
  • Enzymes – are broken into two types, each of which can break down endocannabinoid 
  • Receptors – both the central and peripheral nervous systems are populated with receptors that bind to endocannabinoids 

There are two types of receptors; each type are located in specific areas and perform special actions:

  • CB1 – oversees important functions located in the central nervous system, such as:
    • Appetite
    • Coordination
    • Memory
    • Mood
    • Movement
    • Pain
  • CB2 – usually positioned in the peripheral nervous system, these receptors can modulate our sensitivity to inflammation and pain

No one can claim much surprise to learn that CBN acts quite similarly to THC on the endocannabinoid system. What research has revealed to date is the CBN interacts mainly with CB1 receptors but some evidence exists to suggest that they may also be modest interactions with the CB2 receptor as well.

What should be avoided are erroneous assumptions of the past, of which the most glaring is that CBN must act exactly like Delta 9 THC since the THC converts to CBN after the original compound passes its peak of maturity. Perhaps CBN is an older and wiser counterpart to THC; it no longer puts a person into “party mode” in the form of psychotropic effects; although there are very mild psychotropic properties still lingering in CBN, the amount is insufficient to make a noticeable difference for the consumer.

One thing we know for sure is that CBN has captured the attention and interest of most avid CBD consumers, so the demand for this up-and-coming cannabinoid will likely keep rising. You can give yourself a headstart on experiencing CBN with our awesomely delicious CBN Gummies; a burst of pineapple flavor is your signal that CBN is on the job. Our 10mg gummy sizes are a perfect and gentle way to be introduced to CBN so you can directly learn how it may benefit you.

POTENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF CBN

Despite the fact that this “oldtimer” cannabinoid holds the title as “First Discovered Cannabinoid,” so far CBN remains one of the least researched cannabinoids over these past few decades when most cannabinoids found themselves regularly under microscopes. 

Fortunately, that trend is shifting: in recent years, research on CBN has been ramping up, with promising results already showing up in various health fields. The following properties have already been identified as attributable to CBN:

  • Antibacterial – in lab tests concerning bacteria, CBN has proved its mettle by defeating several different antibiotic-resistant bacteria
  • Anti-Convulsant – particularly when used in concert with CBD, studies indicate that CBN can ease both seizures and epileptic symptoms
  • Anti-Inflammatory – this is a valuable property that most cannabinoids contain; CBN has also demonstrated an ability to ease inflammations
  • Bone Cell Growth – by using CBN when gathering and modulating stem cells, new bone tissue growth has been demonstrated
  • Pain Relief – CBN releases peptides from sensory nerves, which offers a new and different way to reduce pain 
  • Sleep Aid – a mere 5mg of CBN was proven to be as effective as twice as much of the pharmaceutical sedative Valium (diazepam)
  • Stimulate Appetite – a 2012 study used lab rats to test the ability of CBN to increase appetites; as a result, the rats ate more food for longer periods

One gets the sense that we have just begun identifying the true powers of CBN; certainly, more research will likely unveil other therapeutic treatments where CBN could play a key role. 

Meanwhile, many enthusiasts of CBD and other healing cannabinoids have not hesitated to seek out and consume CBN products. As these people learned when CBG emerged onto the scene, combining cannabinoids appear to enhance the quality and properties of each individual cannabinoid included in the consumed mix. Unlike so many prescription medicines that negatively react to too many other medicaments (including natural treatments), cannabinoids seem to thrive and synergistically work together for even more heightened results than when consumed separately.

As we should never forget, each person is unique, as are their medical needs and preferences. While certain compounds and ingredients generally work the same for all humans, every person is encouraged to fine-tune their own rhythms and balances. The beauty of CBN, CBD, CBG, and other cannabinoids is they already make incredibly healing music together. Your personal wellness adventure allows you to experiment with the right ensemble to make those cannabinoids produce the best healing conditions possible.