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What is CBN and its Benefits?

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

Have you ever used old cannabis that you forgot about? If you fell into a deep couch lock after consuming old cannabis, you’ve probably experienced the effects of CBN. CBN is known as the ‘sleepy cannabinoid’.

The difference between CBD & CBN

CBN is different from CBD because it actually connects to the receptors in your brain, while CBD connects to those in your bones and blood. Since CBN attaches to the receptors in your brain, it gives your body an overall sense of relaxation, making it a dream come true for those who are in a need of a good night's sleep.

CBN is actually just leftover THC. When THC decomposes over time, it creates CBN. In the past, CBN was only available to purchase with small amounts of THC available making it only available for medical marijuana patients and states that allow recreational use of cannabis. Now, CBN can be found in tinctures, gummies and more.

The benefits of CBN for patients

CBN is created when THC ages. This is a natural process and is very desirable for those who have trouble sleeping due to pain or insomnia. Not only is it desirable as a sleep aid, it can also help in several other ways and for various medical conditions.


CBN can also be used as an antibacterial agent. In the past, CBN was tested on strains of MRSA bacteria that are resistant to traditional antibiotics. The results of this study found it to be a potent antibacterial agent against resistant strains, such as MRSA.

Appetite Stimulant

Now this one may not be too hard to believe, as those who normally use indica strains to help them drift off to sleep can attest to being a victim of the munchies. Typically, indica strains are known for giving patients the munchies along with experiencing the and overall ‘body high’. CBN is an effective appetite stimulant due to its ability to enhance one's appetite and provide overall sedative effects.


Past research studies have shown CBN to be successful for treating intraocular pressure patients diagnosed with glaucoma experience. Although CBN is not an effective replacement for traditional medications for treating glaucoma, it has shown to significantly reduce one of the major symptoms that patients with glaucoma face.


In another study, CBN revealed its powers to help with arthritis. Although more research is needed, the study concluded that CBN can be used effectively as an anti-inflammatory.

There are a couple of ways you can reap the benefits of CBN. Since it is typically found in older cannabis, it’s difficult to purchase flowers with high amounts of CBN in it (as dispensaries normally carry freshly harvested flowers). Although this cannabinoid can be hard to find, it is making its powerful effects known. No matter the reason for using CBN, there are plenty of benefits to be reaped from this powerful cannabinoid!

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