Updated on April 2, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Cannabinol (CBN) is a compound present in cannabis stored for a long duration. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) starts to degrade and forms CBN. This compound is common in poorly-stored or old cannabis. Within four years, the potency of marijuana flowers can drop to half its original value.
While this compound isn’t popular among the masses due to its lower potency, it also offers several health benefits. The primary characteristic of CBN is its sedative effect you experience after consumption. Due to this reason, it is a popular type of medication for those suffering from insomnia.
People also prefer CBN because of its pain-relieving properties. Although it doesn’t behave the same way as THC or Cannabidiol (CBD), it still helps alleviate different types of aches. CBN is also popular among people who are looking for a way to increase their appetite. This compound can help in food consumption, without the intoxicating effects of THC.
CBN is known to be an anti-inflammatory compound. It can help alleviate the symptoms that come with arthritis. You can also consume CBN if you are suffering from allergic asthma. There is also proof that CBN is excellent antibacterial properties. Researchers discovered that this compound is effective on bacteria resistant to different types of antibiotics.