What Is Cannabinol (CBN) and what it does ?

The trichomes of marijuana contain a lot of cannabinoids that have many different effects on the body. THC and CBD are the most well-known. There are more than 100 cannabinoids in marihuana, each with a different effect. Cannabinol, commonly abbreviated as CBN, was first isolated from cannabis in 1940. It is non-psychoactive and has many medicinal benefits.

What is CBN?

Marihuana oxidizes if it is kept for too long. The difference in older cannabis can be detected by changes in its color, smell, taste, and texture when it is smoked or vaped. The oxidation of THC (the psychoactive cannabis cannabinoid), causes it to become CBN. Even though it’s the same strain, older marihuana may have a different effect.


CBN isn’t considered psychoactive, so it won’t cause you to feel “stoned of High” when used by itself. It is however known to make users feel sleepy when combined with other cannabinoids. This is a great option for people with insomnia and those who have trouble falling asleep.

CBN, unlike THC does not bind to CB2 receptors. These receptors are most commonly found in immune cells such as T-cells and other B-cells. It is therefore thought to have anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties. It may also be considered an anticonvulsant, and trigger apoptosis by binding to CB2 receptors. Our blog has more information about apoptosis.

CBN can be applied topically to treat psoriasis or burns.


There are not many strains with high CBN content. However, any strain can become very high in CBN content if it is kept in a sealed container for a long time. There are many other products that are available for those who don’t want to smoke or vape. It all depends on where you live.

Manufactureurs makes a range of high-CBN products. CBN transdermal patches, which are ideal for those suffering from sleep problems, can be worn to bed and receive a steady dose of CBN over a period of hours. You can find more information about CBN products on our blog.