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CBN Isolate 101: Cannabinol Use, Effects & FAQs

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Before delving into everything you need to know about CBN isolate, it is important to first understand what cannabinol (CBN) is and how it differs from CBD and CBG.

Cannabis that has been improperly stored and exposed to air or ultraviolet light for a long time will begin to oxidize naturally. The broken down THC then converts to CBN.

A study conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 1999 to resolve the loss of THC potency in cannabis showed over time that THC levels dropped to half their levels over four years and converted to CBN.

The study found that the rate of conversion of THC to CBN was faster in the first two years of exposure to oxygen and light than in the last two years.

From the study, the UNODC found that “a relationship between the concentration ratio of CBN to THC and storage time was developed and could serve as a guide in determining the approximate age of a particular sample of marijuana stored at room temperature.”

While THC is converted to CBN, a variety of other cannabinoids and terpenoids accompany the CBN.

For this reason, many are choosing to extract CBN in its purest form, to use it separately for its own unique benefits, or to combine it with other cannabinoids in a more controlled manner.

This extract from pure CBN is called CBN isolate.

CBN isolate is the most commonly available product of CBN concentrate.

During extraction, CBN is isolated from all other compounds in the cannabis plant, including:

Other flavonoidsCannabinoidsTerpenoids

This extraction leaves a completely odorless and tasteless CBN isolate that contains over 99% pure CBN.

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Beth Edmonds