CBN Extraction -
The First Cannabinoid

Known for its calming effect, cannabinol or CBN, is yet another non-psychotropic compound found within the cannabis plant. Unlike its sister cannabinoid, THC, CBN does not produce a natural high when ingested. CBN is more like CBD,  the most popular cannabinoid on the market since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Unlike CBD though, CBN is harder to extract, in large quantities, from the cannabis plant. This makes the cost of extraction higher, which in turn increases the price of products containing CBN. Even with these potential obstacles, CBN is gaining more attention. More research is happening that tracks the possible positive medicinal implications of using CBN. From there, we may see more access to the cannabinoid in consumer products.


The Very First Cannabinoid

Ask those knowledgeable in the hemp industry which cannabinoid reigns supreme and they’ll answer, “CBD,” without a thought. While this is true today, it wasn’t the first one studied. That distinction falls to CBN. It first appeared in scientific literature during the 1940’s. It was the first cannabinoid isolated for study. CBD doesn’t fall far behind, with discovery in the late 1940’s as well. This means we know about as much about CBN as we do CBD.

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The Benefits of CBN

The hurdle then for CBN is the amount we’re able to extract from common hemp strains. It’s simply harder to get, even though it may offer health benefits as an:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Sleep aid
  • Pain reliever
  • Appetite stimulant

There may even be a connection between CBN and neurological diseases like ALS and Alzheimer’s.

The Connection to Sleep

Studies have shown that CBN is a natural sedative, which means it might help with sleep. This could make it a potential remedy for those suffering from insomnia or who struggle to get a full night’s rest on a regular basis.

As a sleep aid, CBN works differently than what’s on the market today. CBN activates your endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate many bodily functions. Instead of simply helping you stay asleep, which many sleep aids do, CBN may help treat the underlying issue. This could mean eliminating the groggy feelings many still face after using an over-the-counter sleep aid today.

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CBN-Heavy Strains

There are actually certain strains out there considered CBN-heavy. Hemp strains can even be genetically engineered to have higher levels of CBN. If cured right, any cannabis variety that produces THCA will naturally contain a higher amount of CBN.Some of the common CBN-heavy strains available today include Animal Cookies, Maui Dream, and Phantom OG.

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Extracting CBN

The best way to extract CBN is to use the same process used to exact other popular compounds from hemp. Taken from crude cannabis or hemp oil, a solvent dissolves these raw materials first. Then, using heat, the liquid evaporates, leaving behind the desired cannabinoid. Most cannabis strains available today produce about 3-5 percent CBN. This makes it a rare ingredient to add to products.


Get the Process Done Right

If you’re looking for an expert extractor to produce superior CBN, Arbor Vita8 is here to help. Our combination of industry experience and top-notch equipment, all contained in a high-end facility, put us above the competition. We can help you create the highest-quality extract possible. From CBN to CBD, and everything between, we use our fully-automated, ethanol-based extractor to generate a cleaner product. Our methods are more efficient and environmentally-friendly too.