Does CBN Really Act as a Sedative?

Jul, 2022 by Cannabiz Wholesaler

CBN (cannabinol) is one of many cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. It is a product created by the oxidation of THC as it ages either in storage, or at higher temperatures. Historically, it was believed the CBN was responsible for the relaxing, and calming effect experienced from aged marijuana. However, new research shows that the effect may come from a combination of cannabinoids and terpenes.

Current research suggests that CBN by itself is nonsedating. However, CBN may enhance the effect of THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), and sedating terpenes such as linalool, beta-myrcene, and beta-caryophyllene. This suggests that CBN is involved in the entourage effect, which means that the cannabinoids and terpenes act synergistically to create the sedating effect. In addition, CBN may help reduce heart rate which may also contribute to the relaxing sedative effect.

As the adult-use, and medicinal cannabis industry become more educated, and more research emerges, consumers and patients will continue demanding more natural modalities for their health and wellness. As more research emerges the exact sedating mechanism of CBN and other cannabinoids may be discovered.

As consumers or producers in the cannabis and CBD industry, there is a push for more and more isolation of the various cannabinoids. However, what we know for sure is that the entourage effect of the cannabinoids working together seem to always produce the best effects and excessive extracting and isolating may reduce the benefits that we originally strive to enhance.

To see if CBN or other cannabinoid/terpene medicine is the right option for you, always consult with your doctor, or cannabinoid educator.

Dr. Bridget Williams is an established board certified family physician and cannabinoid specialist, She owns Green Harvest Health Integrative Clinic as well as GHH CBD Medicinals and Product Development. For more information or questions, contact Dr. Bridget at:

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