If you’ve been thinking about exploring some of the other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, you might want to look into adding some Cannabinold, or CBN to your daily routine. When it comes to the hemp plant, we tend to fixate solely on CBD, which is only one cannabinoid in hemp. Now, this is understandable considering the fact that CBD is the leading compound.
However, each cannabinoid works with the body in its own unique and fascinating way. With extended research being done on the effects of CBN specifically, the more we are discovering that this is one cannabinoid that shouldn’t be overlooked. In this article, we will be uncovering the side effects of CBN.
What Is CBN (Cannabinol)?
To understand and appreciate what CBN is, we have to explore the hemp plant on a deeper level than before. Most of us generally know that the hemp plant contains a lot of CBD, and a lot of people wrongfully believe that CBD is the only cannabinoid worth consuming regularly. However, as more and more research is done on the hemp plant, we learn more about the unique properties of other cannabinoids, with CBN being one of them.
CBN is not present in such high levels within hemp as CBD, but it’s still up there in terms of the overall chemical composition of the plant. CBN stands for cannabinol, and interestingly, it’s derived directly from THC. When THC is heated to a particular temperature and exposed to CO2, it converts into CBN. Now, we know what you’re thinking – THC is the psychoactive compound. Well, when THC is converted into CBN, it loses a lot of its psychoactive activity. CBN will not get you high, although it is slightly more psychoactive than CBD.
If you’re wondering why CBN is not as popular as CBD, allow us to explain. For one thing, because CBD exists in such higher levels in the hemp plant, it’s a lot easier to extract as an isolate, and therefore a lot easier for researchers to get a hold of so that they can perform various studies on this compound. Additionally, producing CBD isolate is cheaper than CBN isolate. But, we are seeing that CBN is becoming more and more sought after due to new and promising studies regarding its unique properties that are independent of other hemp compounds.
How to Find CBN
So, how do you find CBN? Well, you have two options. One is to look for a CBN isolate product, which means that the only hemp compound present in the product is CBN. This guarantees a uniquely concentrated dose of CBN, but it’s going to be pricey, because producing pure CBN isolate requires a lot more plant material than CBD.
Another option that’s more affordable is a hemp extract product that is derived from a particularly CBN-heavy strain. Lots of strains have relatively high levels of CBN in them, and when you consume a hemp extract that combines CBN with other compounds that naturally occur in hemp, you get to enjoy the synergistic properties of hemp at work. For those who don’t know, synergistic properties refer to the way in which consuming multiple compounds at once can boost the efficacy of each other.
Is CBN Legal like CBD?
Because CBN is technically derived from a psychoactive compound, we can’t blame anyone who questions its legality. After all, THC is still prohibited on a federal level, and no one wants to get into legal trouble because they wanted to give CBN a try. Well, the good news is that all hemp derivatives, CBN included, are federally legal.
What Exactly is CBN Capable of?
We discussed the benefits of CBN already, so today we will be listing and detailing the side effects of this fascinating hemp cannabinoid. This way, you can have an idea of what it can do when you take it. Side effects that have found through studies and data, as well as anecdotal evidence by CBN users is grogginess, drowsiness, loss of appetite, and dizziness.
CBN Side Effects List
Because CBN is associated with nighttime use, it’s popular that taking it during the day could make you feel groggy. The calming properties in CBN could potentially cause mild brain fog and a lack in mental sharpness for a short period after consuming it. The good news is that it wears off as the CBN slowly becomes less and less active in the body.
Like grogginess, drowsiness can be an effect of taking CBN during your waking hours. Many people find that CBN is calming, but for some, that could mean that they feel sleepy during a time of day when they need to be more active. Therefore, consider starting out your CBN routine before bed so that you can have an idea of whether or not this effect is something that you will experience.
#3: Loss of Appetite
You may be surprised to see this on the list, as we said earlier that CBN may stimulate appetite. However, the endocannabinoid system is a complex bodily system that strives to maintain balance between every bodily process, and in rare cases, it may have a paradoxical effect on appetite. The good news is that you’ll be able to tell right away whether CBN is making you gain or lose your appetite. And, if you do lose your appetite, it should be restored around the time that the CBN itself wears off in the system, so it shouldn’t become a major issue.
Dizziness is one of the most common side effects of taking just about anything, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see this on our list. Due to the potential calming nature of CBN, it can cause mild dizziness after taking it due to its possible effects on brain activity.
#5: Increases Effects of THC
One study of CBN from 2006 taken by patients found that when taken together with THC, CBN increased the psycho-active effects of the compound. CBN did nothing on its own, but with THC became more powerful. This means to be careful when taking CBN in conjunction with THC products, or smoking in general.
Taking CBN for the First Time
Now that you know about the unique potential effects of CBN, let’s briefly touch upon how you should consume it for the first time in order to monitor how it affects your particular body. We suggest starting with a low dose in the form of a delivery method that provides a relatively short-lived activation period, such as vaping it or consuming a tincture. This will allow you to get acquainted with the feeling of having CBN at peak levels in your body and will also allow you to build your routine from there. Of course, make sure you find high-quality, tested in a lab CBN.
Final CBN Thoughts
Now that you understand CBN’s variety of properties and capabilities, you can decide whether or not you wish to incorporate this hemp-derived compound into your daily wellness regimen. Nowadays, it’s becoming far easier to obtain CBN isolates and CBN-heavy strains so that you can experience what this cannabinoid has to offer that’s unique from all of the other plant compounds in cannabis.
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