What Is Cannabinol (CBN) And What Does It Do?

What Is Cannabinol (CBN) And What Does It Do?

The trichomes contain a large number of cannabinoids that have different effects on the human body. THC and CBD are the two most well-known cannabinoids. There are more than a hundred cannabinoids in marijuana that produce a variety of effects. Cannabinol, or CBN as it's often abbreviated, was the first cannabinoid isolated from cannabis. It is non-psychoactive and has many medical benefits.

What is CBN?

Marijuana oxidizes when it is stored for an extended period of time. When you smoke or vape older cannabis, the color, smell and taste will change. This oxidation converts THC (the cannabinoid that is psychoactive) into CBN. It is because of this that older marijuana has a different effect from freshly cured marijuana, even though it is the exact same strain.

What does CBN do?

CBN does not have a psychoactive effect, so it won't make you "stoned". is known for making users feel drowsy when combined with THC. It is perfect for people who have insomnia or trouble sleeping.

CBN, unlike THC binds primarily to CB2 receptors found in the body. These receptors are most commonly found on immune cells such as T-cells and b-cells. It is therefore considered to possess potential anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties. It may also trigger apoptosis because it binds CB2 receptors. 

CBN can be applied topically to treat psoriasis, burns and dermatitis.

What are some of the benefits that CBN (cannabinol) could offer?

CBN is the non-intoxicating cannabinoid that is created as THC ages. It's therefore present in large amounts in older cannabis. Some people may find this a deterrent, but others are drawn to older cannabis for its CBN effects.

Here are some of the benefits that CBN could have, which are currently being investigated in research. CBN research is still limited, with only a few studies showing its effects on the body.


CBN has been found to be an effective antibacterial agent. Researchers discovered that it was a powerful antibacterial agent when used against resistant strains. CBN may be used in the future to treat bacterial infections which are resistant to antibiotics.


CBN is also a neuroprotectant. Researchers used CBN to treat ALS in a rodents study and found it delayed the onset. CBN is a promising treatment for ALS, but more human studies are needed.

Appetite stimulation

CBN was found to increase the amount of food consumed by rats in rodent experiments. This suggests that CBN could be a potent appetite stimulant. CBN may be a good alternative to THC, another well-known appetite-stimulant.


CBN could also help those with glaucoma. A study conducted on rabbits showed that CBN and THC reduced intraocular tension, the biggest risk factor of glaucoma. CBN is not superior to other glaucoma medications, but research in this area is still at an early stage. Cannabinoids may not be able to replace traditional treatments of glaucoma. More research is required.

What kind of CBN products are there?

As of yet, there are very few strains with high CBN levels. Any strain can become high in CBN by storing it in a sealed container over a long period of time. There are many other products that are available for those who don't want to smoke.

In Washington, D.C., there is an abundance of Medical Dispensaries offering an extensive selection of products rich in CBN. Visit your nearest dispensary today to explore the diverse range of CBN-infused options available.