Cannabinol (CBN) – What is it?

Cannabinol (or CBN for short) is a mildly-psychoactive cannabinoid compound found in mature cannabis and hemp plants.

Contrary to other cannabinoids, CBN does not come directly from cannabigerol (CBG). Instead, CBN is a byproduct of cannabinolic acid (CBN-a) which in turn is released by the oxidation of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THC-a). This process begins after cannabis has been cut and stored for prolonged periods under bright sunlight or UV lighting.

Although the scientific community is currently focused on the potential utility of cannabidiol (CBD), recent research about CBN is starting to draw attention to this little-known compound and its natural properties. Let’s take a better look at how CBN works and how it can be helpful to your customers.

What is the difference between CBD and CBN isolate

The primary difference between the two cannabinoids lies in their origins. As we saw above, CBN is produced by THC-a, which is also the precursor to psychoactive THC. On the other hand, CBD is the by-product of cannabidiolic acid (CBD-a). In a few words, CBN is slightly psychoactive contrary to CBD which is completely non-intoxicating. According to chemical analyses by Pure Analytics, CBN produces 1/10th of THC’s potency.

The second difference between CBN and CBD lies in how they interact with the receptors in our endocannabinoid system (ECS): CB1 and CB2. For quick reference, CB1 receptors are mainly located in our nervous system while CB2 receptors are found in higher concentration in our immune system. CBD shows little affinity to these two receptors, while CBN behaves more like THC, binding to both.