The sheer variety of marijuana strains today is vast, and it can be overwhelming if you’re not sure what to look for when determining which strain is right for you. Luckily, many dispensaries are starting to test marijuana strains to ensure their quality and safety. Often times, you’ll see lab results showing percentages of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids like CBN. So what is CBN, and do you want it in your bud?
As discussed in previous posts, THC contributes to the psychoactive effects of cannabis. CBD, on the other hand, produces less of a “high” effect, and can provide a whole host of medical benefits as a result of its medical properties.
So where exactly does CBN come into play? CBN, or cannabinol, is something that occurs as a result of oxidation as THC breaks down and ages. The presence of CBN entails that the marijuana that was tested has been exposed to oxygen for some time, and the THC cannabinoids are starting to breakdown. This does not make the product unsafe, but it can increase the chance that the marijuana has been exposed to molds or bacteria growth. If CBN is present at all, it means that the marijuana you’re about to purchase has not been properly stored before being tested and going to market.
Effects of CBN
Ideally, CBN levels are zero or close to zero.
While it’s difficult to isolate the effect of CBN—if there is one at all—420 Magazine reports that CBN can give the consumer a feeling of being “messed up” rather than a clean high. Perhaps there’s a correlation between the presence of CBN and some kind of mold or bacteria. Either way, we recommend looking for marijuana products without CBN.
Because CBN is an indicator of oxidation, products with zero or close to zero CBN indicate they were stored properly before going to market. Proper storage starts when the marijuana plant is harvested, and continues all they way until you consume the last nug.
Once harvested, marijuana should be completely dry before storage. If it’s in a climate with high levels of humidity, it may need further drying. This will help to keep one’s high or medicine pure and untarnished from the effects of CBN.
It’s also recommended to store marijuana in an air tight, dry, and cool environment. We recommend using c-vaults to store marijuana in dispensaries or at home. According to The Werc Shop, c-vaults provide a secure storage environment that maintains humidity levels to keep your bud fresh, without deteriorating the potency of your product.