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CBN - cannabinol is another cannabinoid in the hemp plant that can be produced synthetically, but it also occurs naturally in the hemp plant. When the THC compounds present in hemp plants age, they break down to form CBN. Recently, more and more CBD hemp users have become interested in it. In this article, we'll give you an overview of what effects CBN has (including side effects), talk about dosage, and what products you can find it in.

Effects of CBN

CBN is a non-intoxicating compound that is said to be found in the highest amounts in older hemp strains.

CBN is still under research and the effects shown may still be influenced by the results of studies (unlike CBD where we have defined and scientifically based almost exact effects) which are still pending. Most of the studies have only been carried out on animals.

  • Antibacterial effects

It has already been established that CBN can be a potent antibacterial agent. Under laboratory conditions, CBN has been tested on strains of MRSA bacteria that are resistant to traditional antibiotics. The researchers found it to be a potent antibacterial agent against these resistant strains. We may see CBN used in the future to fight bacterial infections that our usual antibiotics cannot cure.

  • Neuroprotective

CBN may also be a potent neuroprotective agent. In one study on rodents, researchers used CBN as a treatment for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and found that it was able to delay the onset of the disease. Although studies on humans have yet to be conducted, this suggests that CBN may represent an effective tool in the fight against ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Glaucoma

CBN may also be useful for glaucoma sufferers. One study in rabbits found that CBN (like THC) reduced intraocular pressure - the biggest risk factor for glaucoma. Still, research is in the early stages and CBN has not been shown to be better than other glaucoma medications. More research is needed to see if cannabinoids could ever effectively replace any of the traditional glaucoma treatments.

  • Anti-inflammatory

CBN may also be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent capable of helping people with rheumatoid arthritis. In one study in rodents, CBN was shown to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. While more research needs to be done, it could end up being an incredible help for those suffering from this debilitating disease.

Does CBN work for sleeping?

There is no evidence in the literature or in studies that CBN per se affects sleep in humans or animals. However, sleep may be promoted by CBN, and indirectly by reducing psychological arousal (caused by sources of stress, pain, etc.).

If you are looking for a good quality sleep-promoting product, we recommend combining CBN with other cannabinoids - CBD, CBG,... to create a so-called additive effect.

A companion effect means that multiple cannabinoids with different effects are combined together and this will enhance the resulting effect.

What is the dosage of CBN oils and drops?

In the Cannadorra range, CBN is found as a blend in sleeping drops. By combining multiple cannabinoids, the maximum possible effect is achieved.

These sleep drops are labelled "Extra" and are recommended to be taken an hour before bedtime - start with 1 - 2 drops and gradually (depending on the desired effect) increase the dose over a 1-2 day period (more on CBD dosage, CBG dosage).

Does CBN have side effects?

Without many clinical studies, it is difficult to know exactly how CBN can affect the human body (unlike CBD where side effects are clearly communicated).

So far, side effects such as drowsiness and sedation have been described.

Article author:

 Ondřej Šťovíček

Ondřej is a founder and CEO of Cannadorra. He is mainly taking care of strategic management and development of the international cooperation. His vision is to make hemp available for the medical and practical purposes to everybody.

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