What is CBN or Cannabinol?

CBN is a cannabinoid found in cannabis plants called, cannabinol, known as the strongest sedative cannabinoid. According to Steep Hill Labs, 5mg of CBN is as effective in sedation as 10mg of Diazepam, a commonly prescribed sedative. Interestingly, when THC oxidizes it converts into CBN, removing the high effect and creating a sleepy effect instead.

What are the effects of CBN?

The CBN cannabinoid has a heavy indica like effect much like myrcene, a terpene, which induces a similar effect and used for lab testing indica or sativa. Experience of cannabis users is a CBN body stone that is relieving for all forms of physical pain from joints to muscles.

Medical uses of CBN include antibacterial, anti-convulsive, anti-inflammatory, appetite stimulant and even promotes bone cell growth.

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How are CBN cannabinoid levels increased?

Pot growers can expect higher CBN levels by allowing their plants to grow a week or so longer followed by a longer drying time as oxygenation increases CBN. Night time smokables left out to dry for the evening, can obtain higher levels of CBN. Towards the end of the night my bud has considerably more of a couch lock effect as the cannabinol level increases. Be aware that CBN is a by product of THC, conversely CBN is not psychoactive, however, users will feel a heavy sedative effect and reports of muscles feeling heavy are common.  

Dried weed always has a higher content of CBN caused by a chemical reaction with oxygen which increases CBN content.

What cannabis strains are high in CBN?

Experienced cannabis breeders do not really breed for CBN for a couple reasons. First, the CBN cannabinoid has similar indica traits as other cannabinoids indica’s generally have, namely the terpene myrcene. Secondly, CBN levels rise by oxygenation and decarboxylation processes after harvesting your marijuana, although numerous strains are known to have higher levels of CBN, such as the following strains. 

Animal Cookies

Ace of Spades

Dark Angel

Black Indica

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