What is CBN Isolate?
We’re not going to lie … CBN isolate is one of our new favorite things at The Hemp Haus. Why? Because it’s deeply soothing and can easily be added to other hemp or cannabis products to double down on the combined benefits of the entourage effect. Cannabinol (CBN) is a metabolite of THC, which means that it is not derived from CBGA like most cannabinoids. Because it’s only mildly psychoactive and won’t cause anxiety-inducing paranoia, CBN is a brilliant alternative to high-THC products. More and more people (like us!) are using it for its natural sedative properties. And as far as CBN extracts go, isolate is the most common. An isolate is a compound in its purest form, often a white powder, like our CBN isolate powder for dabbing. The isolation process strips out the other plant matter and compounds—such as other cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, etc.—leaving 99% pure cannabinol concentrate. The advantage—this calming cannabinoid becomes easy to measure and add to other cannabis products in precise amounts like our CBD prerolls infused with CBN isolate. But we’ve saved the best news for last: We’re now offering our high-quality CBN products flavored with premium terpenes from some of your favorite strains.
What is CBN Distillate?
CBN distillate is a highly refined cannabis extract often derived from high CBD hemp flower and hemp biomass. This mildly psychoactive cannabinoid is found only in trace amounts in cannabis and is mostly found in aged plants, because it is a metabolite of THC. When exposed to light, air, heat, and time, THC will convert to the CBN compound. The main difference between isolates and distillates is the amount of the compound in the finished extract. CBN distillate contains at least 70% CBN. It is made through a process (chemotography) that separates the cannabinoids in the plant. It comes in a liquid form, making it ideal for producing orally-administered and topically-administered cannabis products, including oils, tinctures, and topicals. While CBN distillate contains a slightly lower concentration of CBN than CBN isolate, it retains the waxes, terpenes, antioxidants, and vitamins also in the cannabis.
What is CBN?
CBN is a cannabinoid—a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. There are over 113 known cannabinoids, some of which have some pretty impressive and useful therapeutic effects, which is why we want to help you get to know cannabinoids better.
Awareness of cannabinoids has only just left the gate. Cannabinoid science is relatively new, and the powers that be are finally comprehending the plethora of impacts it could have on health and medicine. CBN is one of those cannabinoids that’s been sitting by quietly while the effects of CBD and THC pave the way for knowledge and advocacy. Even though it was the first cannabinoid to be identified, CBN’s obscurity was probably due to its relatively low occurrence in the cannabis plant compared to CBD and THC. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have oodles of benefits to offer.
The CBN cannabinoid is unique because it doesn’t take up residence in the cannabis plant like most other cannabinoids. It’s a metabolite of THC. Put simply, it’s what THC degrades into when exposed to air, time, and heat. CBN does not, however, have the psychoactive effects of THC. As it turns out, aged cannabis is rich in CBN (due to natural breakdown of THC). So, yeah … cannabis is the plant that just keeps on giving!
Can CBN Help with Insomnia and Poor Sleep?
According to the CDC, adults need seven or more hours of sleep a night for optimal health and wellbeing. If you rolled your eyes around your head at that one, you’re likely one of 50-70 million adults that has some kind of sleep disorder. If you’re not getting enough beautyrest, or if you’re sick of buying 4-6 hours of sleep a night with a sleeping pill for the price of grogginess and traditional sedative side effects the next day … lean in. CBN is the sleeper cannabinoid that’s been getting attention for its natural sedative effects. And here’s the kicker: No traditional sleep aid side effects, just more amazing benefits!
Currently, CBN is best known for its natural sedative properties. According to Steep Hill, a California-based cannabis testing and research lab, 5mg of CBN has the same level of sedation as 10mg of a pharmaceutical sedative, such as diazepam. With CBN, however, you will not have the next day grogginess or the side effects of traditional sleep meds. (That’s a trend you’ll notice about cannabinoids—they treat issues without the side effects of traditional meds). But wait, there’s more …
CBN Vs. CBD for Sleep
CBN, especially when combined with other cannabinoids like CBD, can reduce those potential disruptors of sleep (nope, not the kids!). It can decrease the inflammation around your puffy morning eyes, reduce neural and muscle spasms, fight depression and improve your overall mood.
While the preclinical evidence that CBN works as a sedative is preliminary, there is much anecdotal proof, which is why doctors are getting behind the all-natural power of this cannabinoid. Our friend and medical director at Ananda Hemp, Dr. Capano, has personally observed that CBD with higher levels of CBN has improved insomnia and restless leg syndrome in patients.
Additionally, Sleep Doctor (and sleep guru to Dr. Oz) Michael J Breus, Ph.D. shares his endorsement of CBN as an “up and comer as a natural sleep therapy” in his recent article in Psychology Today.
Other Potential CBN Effects
- Appetite stimulation
- Stimulation of bone growth and development
- Prevention of glaucoma
- Analgesic effects
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Burn treatment
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