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What is CBN (Cannabinol)?

Updated: Feb 20



While the cannabis plant is most widely known for its psychoactive and medicinal effects, there are actually over 150 cannabis compounds that provide unique benefits all their own. Cannabinol (CBN) is one of several "minor cannabinoids" with its own unique effects that are only just now getting thorough scientific scrutiny.

House of Dankness is at the epicenter of the industry, allowing us to step further outside conventional bounds and bring more unique cannabis products to Denver's favorite green market. We'll explain what CBN is and discuss its sedative effects, including its use as a natural sleep aid and many other potential benefits.


CBD vs. CBN: What's the Difference?

CBN is gaining popularity for its gentler, more sedative effects akin to its better-known cousin, cannabidiol (CBD). However, CBN and CBD are fundamentally different, each with their own distinct benefits and mechanisms of action.

While CBD is a separate type of cannabinoid, CBN isn't directly synthesized by cannabis. Rather, it's the compound THC turns into when it's oxidized or otherwise breaks down with time. Thus, CBN is considered a "breakdown product," and you'll also sometimes hear CBN referred to as "aged cannabis."


In fact, you've probably partaken in CBN if you've ever let your THC flower become stale, whether through extended disuse or poorly sealed storage. Not surprisingly, CBN acts on CB1 receptors, as does THC. Interestingly, CBN will also activate CB2 receptors and even prefers them. CBD, on the other hand, only indirectly activates endocannabinoid receptors by setting off a cascade of biochemical processes.

This makes CBN different from CBD in another important way. While the medicinal properties of CBD can neutralize the effects of THC, some qualities of CBN are actually amplified when combined with THC.


CBN: Benefits and Uses

CBN is unique for inducing much milder psychoactive effects, even though it works on the same receptors THC uses to produce a "high." The overall experience of CBN is generally comparable to CBD, albeit with several other important benefits just now receiving scrutiny:


  • Sedative effects (when taken with THC and/or other aged cannabis constituents)

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antibiotic

  • Possible neuroprotective effect

  • Appetite stimulation

  • Potentially enhances the euphoric effects of THC


How Can You Consume CBN?

Being a form of aged cannabis and essentially just degraded THC, you can partake in CBN using the same methods. In fact, CBN was discovered, then treated like a separate compound, only after cannabis enthusiasts discovered that smoking aged cannabis caused more drowsiness.


That said, most CBN products on dispensary shelves are in the form of oils, but it's still possible to find CBN-rich cannabis edibles, joints, and loose flower. In any case, CBN carries essentially the same use considerations as THC-rich cannabis.

Just be sure you test the effects little by little at first so you know what to expect when adding CBN to your repertoire.


Where to Find CBN Cannabis Products – Choose House of Dankness in Denver

Located just minutes from Denver International Airport, we enjoy our role as the veritable welcoming committee for curious out-of-state travelers. We've also built a strong, loyal customer base along the East I-70 corridor. Given our penchant for earning global accolades, it's no exaggeration to say cannabis enthusiasts everywhere often seek out our good name!


You can count on House of Dankness for some of the best daily discounts of any Denver dispensary – and don't forget to sign up for our rewards program for even more exceptional deals.


CBN is just one of several minor cannabinoids we sell because we love helping our med and rec customers achieve exactly the right effects by experimenting with lesser-known cannabis compounds. To learn more about what CBN is good for and any other questions about minor cannabinoids, contact us or visit our comfortable and inviting East Denver dispensary.


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