Updated: Jul 22

CBN: Cannabinol CAS # : 521-35-7 Storage: -20°C Stability: ≥ 2 years

CBN molecule

Cannabinol is derived from the hemp plant. It is often misconceived that hemp and marijuana are the same. They are different species of the same plant, the Cannabis plant. Hemp gives zero high effect because it contains 0.3% THC or less. Marijuana gives a high effect as it contains 10-14% THC.

Cannabinol, or as it is widely referred to CBN, is the result of the decomposition and oxidation of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from the hemp plant. When THC is heated and exposed to oxygen, it is converted to Cannabinol (CBN). This compound has a mild psychoactive response. The psychoactive response of CBN is a little higher than that of CBD but lower than THC. Hemp or Cannabis is the only plant with the compounds of CBD and CBN.

Cannabinol Uses

CBN can be used as an effective sleep aid or sedative. It has also been shown to help regulate the immune system.

Arthritis is characterized mainly by the pain and discomfort it brings, CBN can help in relieving the effects of arthritis. Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of your digestive tract. It often leads to abdominal pain. CBN has been shown to offer relief with these symptoms too.


Cannabinol has shown that it may be resistant to certain strains of staphylococcus bacteria. CBN was found to be effective in treating MRSA. A bacterial infection that is resistant to antibiotics.


CBN may delay the onset of ALS. In a recent study, CBN showed positive results in delaying the onset of ALS, the most common adult-onset motor neuron disorder. More studies need to be conducted. However, there is hope that this will make significant improvements to the medical community regarding neurodegenerative conditions.


Studies suggest that CBN may have anti-inflammatory effects. Researchers have discovered that it has the ability to aid in relieving the symptoms associated with highly inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease. There have been positive results with relief of symptoms in patients of rheumatoid arthritis.

Appetite Stimulant

While CBD has appetite-suppressing properties. CBN has appetite-stimulating properties. This may prove to be helpful in patients with cancer and other illnesses who suffer from maintaining an appetite.

Cancer Fighting

There is promising research about the cancer fighting properties of CBN. This would make sense because of the other properties of CBN, specifically inflammation reduction and immune boosting. CBN also fights free radicals in the bloodstream. Therefore, cancer fighting would be an effect of CBD.

There are many health claims floating around about Cannabinol. All research that has been done into cannabinol states its potential to alleviate symptoms of various diseases. However, there is no solid human trial to solidify these claims.

With low levels of THC and a severely low to no chance of addiction, cannabinol offers hope for the medical community. There is the possibility that with the use of cannabinol to relieve pain, the opioid epidemic could come to a halt. Highly addictive medications are used to combat pain. Medications such as Vicodin, diazepam (benzodiazepine), oxycodone, fentanyl, codeine and a host of other addictive medications are used for pain relief and relief of anxiety.

Research in rodents have shown significant positive results. These results indicate the use of cannabinol to relieve symptoms from ailments, that are now being reduced, with highly addictive medications.

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