As we continue to investigate the 100+ cannabinoids found within the cannabis/hemp plant, we find a world of benefits and potential applications. Recent analyses of CBN, cannabinol, and its potential benefits are exciting in that the compound’s unique qualities may help unique symptoms and situations. Below, we will outline some of the new ideas and potentials surrounding CBN.

What is CBN:

CBN is a lesser-known and less available cannabinoid found within the cannabis plant. Because of this, research is limited but growing. However, it is slowly gaining visibility as a potential aid in sleep and pain management. 

CBN is not initially produced by the cannabis plant in significant quantities. However, it is mainly formed when THC ages/is oxidized. Aging of course occurs with time, but oxidation can also be the result of exposure to heat or UV light, and is the reason why higher levels of CBN can be found in aged, dry cannabis.

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How does CBN Work:

As we know, the two main cannabinoid receptors within the endocannabinoid system are CB1, which is more relevant to the central nervous system, and CB2, which is associated with immune function. Scientific literature suggests that CBN has a low affinity for CB1 receptors and therefore a weak effect on the central nervous system. Like CBD, its tendency to bind with CB2 receptors means it largely affects immune cells, the gastrointestinal tract, reproductive organs, and the peripheral nervous system

What is CBN Used for:

Research is currently exploring the cannabinoid’s potential benefits, including its purpose as an antibacterial agent, neuroprotectant, anti-inflammatory tool, and sleep aid. Because of its reported sedative properties, it has already become a popular sleep aid and can be found as an isolate or within combined formulations.

C4 Healthlabs CBN for Sleep

C4 Healthlabs Sleep Gummies contain 5mg of CBN per gummy (10mg of CBN per serving) as well as 30mg of CBD and 5mg of melatonin per gummy. This specific formulation is blended to support a regular sleep cycle and assist with a soothing night’s sleep. For more information on the gummies, view our shop.