Most casual users of cannabinoids are familiar with CBD and THC, the two major cannabinoids found in hemp plants.
But, there are many minor cannabinoids that are present in smaller concentrations in hemp plants, many of which offer their own unique, distinct advantages.
Analyzing the effects of each minor cannabinoid, and its contribution to the entourage effect, can help users gain a better understanding of what effects should be expected from each compound.
One of these is CBN, or cannabinol, which is said to produce predominantly sedative effects, bringing on drowsiness and contributing to couch lock. It may even be useful as a sleep aid.
Here’s what you need to know about CBN distillates, how they’re made, how you can use them, and where you can get them.
What Is CBN?
CBN, or cannabinol, was actually the first of the minor cannabinoids to have been discovered, way back in 1899.
CBN occurs naturally in hemp plants through the decay of either THC or CBNA (cannabinolic acid) as they degrade into this compound through a process called decarboxylation.
CBN distillate is a potent form of CBN in which extracts from a hemp plant have been altered to remove the other cannabinoids contained in them, leaving behind a strong concentration of CBN.
What Sorts of Effects Does CBN Produce?
Both cannabinolic acid and cannabinol have been called mildly psychoactive. While it is usually considered milder in its effects than THC (it shows lower binding affinity at CB1 receptors) one study suggested that CBN displays stronger binding affinity at CB2 receptors.
According to reports, both official and anecdotal, the most potent effects of CBN have to do with its sedative properties. Some expressly use CBN as a sleep aid, as it is said to produce drowsiness and reduce sleep onset.
In fact, it has even been said that the stereotype of “sleepiness” caused by cannabis may be a result of a product that has degraded to the point that its CBN concentration has increased.
With that said, there are many other potential benefits of CBN, many of which it shares with CBD. Among these are its potential uses as an anxiolytic, as well as an anti-inflammatory and anti-convulsant agent. It is also believed to be antibiotic and antiviral.
It should also be noted that CBN, like all cannabinoids, contributes to the entourage effect, in which the different compounds found in hemp plants work synergistically to produce a portfolio of effects in each user.
How Can You Take CBN?
There are many different ways to consume CBN. Depending on the form in which you purchase it, it can be made into tinctures which can be taken sublingually or added to drinks to create infusions.
CBN oil, capsules, and edibles can all also be taken orally, or, in the case of oils, added to food or used in cooking.
For those interested in CBN distillate as a sleep aid, it can be vaped or dabbed, which for some may be a preferred method due to the rapid onset of effects when consuming in this manner.
One thing to note, however, for potential users is that CBN can possibly result in a failed drug test, although some other minor cannabinoids will not produce a positive readout.
Where Can You Get High-Quality CBN Distillate?
If you’re looking for high-quality cannabinol (CBN) distillate, consider Gilded Extracts (GildedExtracts.com).
They produce a wide range of cannabinoid distillates, concentrates, and isolates, and their CBN products exhibit peerless quality and consistency. They’re also lab-tested and CoAs are available right on their website.
Take a look at their CBN distillates and isolates and get in touch with them if you have any questions about how to use them. Their customer service can be reached at CS@GildedExtracts.com or by phone at 830-200-0234.
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