Regardless of whether you’ve tried it, you’ve probably at least heard of CBD over the past few years. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the more than 100 types of natural chemical components called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Folks who use it in oil, gummy or salve form (among other vehicles) say that it promotes relaxation and eases pain, among other benefits—but more on those claims later. We’re here to talk about CBD in relation to cannabinol (CBN), another cannabinoid that’s recently been rising in popularity. Here’s everything you need to know about the two.
What Is CBD?
You may already be familiar with THC, the cannabinoid that’s responsible for weed’s chilled-out effects. CBD, on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning that it doesn’t have any intoxicating or euphoric effects. Instead, CBD enthusiasts report feeling slightly more relaxed and at ease.
More research is necessary, but early studies into CBD’s potential benefits have been promising. For example, in a 2019 study published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, 57 participants were given either a placebo or 150, 300, or 600 milligrams of CBD before giving a public speech. The participants given 300 mg of CBD had significantly reduced anxiety. CBD has also been approved by the FDA to treat two rare forms of epilepsy and certain types of seizures.