I’m still constantly being asked about my views on CBD oil, and in truth I don’t know enough about it. I know that CBD is not considered to be like THC, (it won’t get you ‘high’ ), but it seems that CBD is just one of the many compounds from the cannabis plant, which we’re told can help alleviate all manner of symptoms.
One of these attracting attention in some circles is CBN –an abbreviation of Cannabinol . I asked a US guest writer to explain the differences.
Both CBN and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system – a series of receptors located throughout the human body. The endocannabinoid system can help to regulate many of the body’s physiological functions and also may potentially influence one’s perception of pain and immune response..
In the fast-evolving world of cannabis, CBD – Cannabidiol is the second most prevalent of cannabis’ active ingredients – one of more than 500 chemical substances found in the plant. CBD is typically considered a healing cannabinoid, one in which produces NO psychoactive effects on a human body. Scientific researchers have been able to breed cannabis plants to produce higher amounts of CBD than what is found in nature.
Research regarding CBN recognizes this cannabinoid as mildly psychoactive, with some say, promising anti-insomnia, anti-inflammatory, pain relief, and antibacterial properties. Additionally, CBN appears to generate beneficial synergistic effects with CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids; however, because the breakdown of THC creates CBN, researchers have no ability to modify how much CBN is produced by a cannabis plant, as they can do with CBD.
The reality is that CBN has yet to be studied as comprehensively as its cannabis-cousin, CBD. However, a few studies have shown promising results for CBN use, but more research is needed to confirm the efficacy of the findings from these existing CBN studies.
The Uses & Benefits of CBN
Currently, in the US, CBN is considered an effective sleep aid, that can help those who face anxiety and insomnia. And while early research is quite promising, the medical community concurs that additional scientific research is needed for conclusive medical findings. Additionally, CBN research has identified these results –
- CBN has been shown in research to help pain relief by modifying pain signals sent by the brain’s neurons.
- CBN has been shown to possess strong anti-convulsive properties.
- CBN has shown promise in the fight against antibiotic-resistant MRSA bacteria.
- A 2019 study in rats indicated a reduction in myofascial painin rats.
The Uses & Benefits of CBD
CBD, as previously noted, has been researched more extensively over the past two decades. Consider these results from CBN studies –
- In a 2019 study done in Brazil, researchers noted that participants had significantly reduced anxiety before giving a public speech with the use of CBD.
- Another 2019 studyreported improved symptoms associated with anxiety with the provision of CBD.
- Although more scientific research is needed, a review of studies (2020) indicates that CBD may effectively treat various neurogenerative diseaseslike Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, among others.
- A 2018 research study showed promising results in pain managementafter a kidney transplant.
Breaking Down the legality of CBN & CBD
The passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act (2018 Farm Bill) removed hemp/hemp seeds from the DEA’s Controlled Substances schedule and set forth an authorization in the production of hemp. Because CBN is generated as a by-product of the breakdown of THC, its legal status becomes a bit more complicated. However, it is essential to note that CBN is not listed as a controlled substance, and CBN can be derived from the hemp plant, which is legal for all intents and purposes in the US.
Research on CBN is still in its emergent stage, with the first findings of studies showing promising results and tremendous potential.
Thanks to my guest writer.