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What makes CBN attractive to consumers is similarly to CBD, cannabinol is a non-impairing therapeutic aid for people who have sensitivities to or are looking to avoid THC. Research has shown that CBN stimulates the same nerve pathways in the body as THC. This makes CBN extremely attractive for consumers who want to sustain from the use of THC.
CBN is potentially the most sedative known cannabinoid of the bunch. Its main effect is a sleep aid/sedative. According to Steep Hill labs, Cannabinol is the most sedative known cannabinoid. They claim that 5mg of cannabinol is equal to 10mg of diazepam (valium) in terms of body relaxation. The Berkeley California lab has done extensive research on CBN. This is another point for the anti-pharmaceutical advocacy related to cannabis and CBD.
CBN is actually forms when THC oxidizes. The other the hemp and THC product, the higher in CBN it becomes. It was actually one of the first cannabinoids studied from the cannabis and hemp plant as it was thought it be the source of psychoactivity in the plant. The most interesting discovery surrounding CBN was a 2700 year old grave excavated in China revealing preserved cannabis that contained higher amounts of CBN than any other cannabinoid.Source: Healing with CBD, Eileen Konieczny, RN with Lauren Wilson, 2018.