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You may be wondering about the several varieties of cannabinoids that are on today. If you are wondering if the acronyms CBD and/or CBN are mere typos, you would not be blamed for thinking so, given the ubiquity of CBD.

CBN and CBG, their confusingly similar acronyms aside, stand alone as a part of hemp’s most healing and healthful properties. 

Neither compound is toxic or psychoactive, and both are perfectly safe to take either in isolation or as a part of your favorite hemp/CBD products.

But what are their respective claims to fame? And what benefits could you expect from them? Read on to find out what these compounds do and how they can fit into your lifestyle.

What is CBN?

CBN, or cannabinol, is a byproduct of THC’s aging process. You will find high levels of CBN in cannabis that have been exposed to the elements; sunlight, climate, heat, and oxygen.

As THC breaks down and its chemical composition changes, it forms into cannabinol.

This compound mainly sheds THC’s psychoactive elements and interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors, particularly the body’s CB2 receptor, which handles the body’s immune function and response. 

How Does CBN Work?

So what can CBN do for you? Some studies have shown that it can act as an antibacterial, showing signs that it can pick up the slack where antibiotics lose their muster.

With more studies, CBN could one day prove as fruitful as CBD in its medicinal use.

Glaucoma causes stem from an increase in pressure within the optic system, something that CBN has been shown to reduce.

While no conclusions can be drawn at such an early stage, given glaucoma’s prevalence in seniors, CBN could be a compound worthy of investigation. 

CBN has the potential to offer significant neurological benefits as well.

With rodent studies showing a delay in onset of the ALS condition and its symptoms, a substantial implication if further studies could aid in managing neurodegenerative disorders. 

Lastly, CBN has anti-inflammatory qualities like its friend CBD, according to a recent study wherein the compound was tested on rodents.

While CBD holds the mantle of anti-inflammatory benefits thanks to ongoing studies (and its soaring popularity), CBN should not go overlooked in this category. 

What is CBG?

CBG is considered a rarer cannabinoid, relatively minor than its well-known cousin CBD.

Present only in tiny amounts in most cannabis plants, CBG has prompted scientists to study it further through genetic manipulation and cross-breeding. 

It originated from its precursor cannabigerol acid, which creates byproducts THC, CBD, and CBN when exposed to ultraviolet light rays. 

Because it is present in such limited amounts, CBG oil is decidedly costly to produce and requires technological methods to foster its extraction.

How Does CBG Work?

Like CBN, CBG has demonstrated some critical anti-inflammatory benefits and acts as a vasodilator, which can offer therapeutic relief for glaucoma and other neurological ills. 

Also linked to its anti-inflammatory properties are CBG’s effects on the digestive system, shown in experiments on mice where administration of CBG proved successful in reducing the ill effects of inflammatory bowel conditions. 

Pain management, a hallmark of CBD’s popularity, has shown to be even more effective with the use of CBG, perhaps even more effective than THC and CBD.

As a result, the muscle relaxant effects of CBG should be studied more extensively as scientists ferret out the intricacies of this compound. 

The potential of CBG as an antibiotic has also caught the attention of researchers, showing usefulness in treating and combating nasty infections like MRSA.

CBN, CBG, and CBD Working For You

Although these compounds arrive at their fully formed state via very different mechanisms, you can glean how similar they are from this writing.

CBN bears a lot of resemblance to THC, primarily because it is THC in a way or started as such.

The effects of aging and exposure to the sun change the compound’s natural balance, resulting in markedly different effects on the body.

While reports of a “high” or a psychoactive element are rare, it is still important to remember that this compound is a direct descendant of THC. You can expect a decent sedative effect if you take CBN alongside CBD.

The CBG cannabinoid, on the other hand, is a little more of an enigma, thanks in large part to how difficult it is to extract and manufacture.

So far, we see lots of parallels between it and CBD, with more of a marked antibiotic effect.

As of this writing, there is no clear consensus on how helpful either CBD or CBN is in isolation, but on an anecdotal level, users report better results when these compounds are in their CBD products. 

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