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Cannabinol Secrets: The Cure For Insomnia And MRSA?


Insomniacs everywhere can rejoice! Although already widely known in the medical marijuana community, cannabis has been used as a sleep-aid for many people who suffer from insomnia. What most people don't know, is the science behind why it helps. 

Cannabis contains over 80 different cannabinoids. Most of you will be familiar with the abbreviation "THC" otherwise known as tetrahydrocannabinol. With the introduction of medical marijuana testing labs, in-depth studies have begun to learn the individual properties behind each cannabinoid. 

Cannabinol, or CBN, is the cannabinoid responsible for causing the sedative effects that aid the onset of sleep. You might be surprised to learn that cannabinol is actually a product of degradation. When THC is exposed to oxygen over time, it begins to degrade and lose it's psychoactive properties, it transforms into CBN and gains incredible almost tranquilising effects.

Cannabinol stems from cannabigerolic acid. Cannabis produces synthases, that convert CBGA into one of three major cannabinoids: CBCA, CBDA, and THCA. Normally, it is converted into THCA as a result of UV light. High levels of cannabinol can be attributed to poor storage methods. Cannabis needs an airtight container to be preserved, and if kept sealed away from oxygen, it's unlikely that much THC would convert to CBN. 

Cannabinol alone still needs much study, however a 2008 study conducted by the University of Eastern Piedmont, showed potent activity against a variety of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains of current clinical relevance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that roughly 1.7 million hospital-associated infections, from all types of bacteria combined, cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. The study further proves the antimicrobial properties of cannabinol, as the antimicrobial activity was shown to be dependent on the specific chemical structure of the cannabinoids. This fact is important to know, especially if you are considering using a topical cannabis salve.

The work done investigating the beneficial properties of cannabinol are not finished. They will continue on for years. Cannabis is a wonderous plant, that plays host to an abundance of chemicals that provide healing for thousands of people the world over. Next time you leave a hospital, you might think about a topical salve rub down or the next time you're having trouble sleeping, you may leave your cannabis sitting out before you smoke it. No matter what you take from this article, take this, CBN is an amazing compound, and it's worth it to your health to learn more about it.


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