A new cannabinoid, also stacked with medicinal uses, is giving a close race to the most commonly known phytocannabinoids CBD, THC, and CBG. Yes, the new cannabinoid that is attracting considerable attention is Cannabinol or CBN that is useful for treating multiple medical symptoms without creating a floating or intoxicating effect. Initial research reveals that cannabinol (CBN) is a powerful sleep aid for people affected with insomnia, anxiety or various sleep issues. But, an interesting aspect of CBN has emerged with regard to its pain healing qualities and its potential to treat chronic pain as it can communicate with the receptors within the brain and also the immune system. Further, it has also proved beneficial as an anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, a bone growth stimulant and antibacterial therapy among others.
How You Derive CBN`
CBN comes into existence as THC degrades and is not derived directly from the plant. Rather, it is created out of the external oxidation of THC. To put it simply, THC releases CBN as it degrades and breakdown, so such a conversion process gets delayed or stepped up due to environmental elements like Heat, Air, Light, and Age. In fact, buds that have been forgotten or left out too long and have become stale contain a higher amount of CBN.
What Constitutes Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is ongoing pain and generally lasts longer. Though pain is associated with the body’s normal response to an ailment or injury it is also a signal that something has gone wrong. But at times, the pain persists for a long duration even after its cause has subsided. Such pain which lingers for more than three to six months is known as chronic pain. Such pain when it continues on a daily basis can take its toll on the emotional and bodily wellness.
Almost 25% of individuals suffering from chronic pain develop a condition known as chronic pain syndrome (CPS). In such a state people exhibit symptoms that go beyond pain such as depression, restlessness, and anxiety which intervenes with their activities. However, chronic pain can restrict the movement capacity of a person, which depletes strength, energy and also reduces flexibility.
Factors Responsible For Chronic Pain Syndrome (CPS)
The exact origin of chronic pain cannot be determined by it often begins with some injury like a back sprain or pain related condition and also an ongoing illness. Various health issues like tiredness, sleep disturbance, lack of appetite and fluctuations in mood often follow chronic pain. However, some of the likely conditions responsible for chronic pain syndrome include:
- Arthritis and various joint inflammation problems
- Muscle strains or sprains
- Fibromyalgia, a state which results in muscle pain all over the body
- Repetitive stress damage or injuries caused by repetitive motion
- Nerve Damage
- Fractured and Broken Bones
- Lyme disease
- Ulcers or acid reflux
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Endometriosis, when uterus tissues develop outside of it
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Surgery-related pain
Symptoms Of Chronic Pain
The condition of chronic pain impacts your physical and mental wellness, and also your social life as time passes. Chronic pain can be of different intensity ranging from mild to unbearable or severe. You can experience a dull, pulsating, burning, piercing, stinging, squeezing, stiff and sore pain. At times the pain can be simply one of the various symptoms, which can include:
- Feeling exhausted or devastated
- Lack of hunger
- Poor sleep
- Depression and anxiety
- Mood fluctuations and irritability
- Weakness and loss of energy
- Loss of libido and sexual interest
Some people tend to become more dependent on drugs and medications for their pain management which has their individual long term adverse effects. The connection between pain and depression often lead to taking antidepressants for treating chronic pain.
However, a natural alternative that helps with alleviating pain and also manages the emotional strain resulting from the mental and emotional strain caused by chronic pain is the plant compound CBN or cannabinol. This compound has been utilized to stimulate appetite, treats sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea, facilitate bone growth, lower inflammation, and curbs bacterial infections. Another plus added to CBN is that it is non-psychoactive in spite of existing as degraded THC. Fortunately, there are various methods of consuming this cannabinoid in the form of CBN oils, pills, edibles and patches and you no longer need to doom yourself with low-grade medications.
The Pain Killing Effects Of CBN That Helps In Pain Management
CBN is also potentially beneficial in treating chronic pain due to its analgesic quality. This plant compound can influence neuron activity that is responsive towards capsaicin. Nerves that are sensitive towards capsaicin are vital for the pain signaling and different sensations of the body. CBN also lowers neuropathic pain by lowering the production of cytokines that are pro-inflammatory cells and also suppresses the macrophages. Where there is inflammation, pain often accompanies.
A Powerful Antidepressant And Anticonvulsant
As a natural antidepressant CBN can work upon the neurotransmitters that regulate norepinephrine which modulates mood and learning, dopamine or pleasure hormone, GABA linked with anxiety, serotonin receptors that assists in eliminating chronic pain, glutamate and also endorphins which moderates pain. By stabilizing glutamate homeostasis CBN helps in stabilizing transmission of signals as many nerve problems arise from an imbalance of GABA and glutamate. A healthy and normal GABA and glutamate circulation make one experience lesser nerve pain due to the proper working of the signals.
CBN has revealed to be a pain reliever for various medical conditions like migraines, nerve injury or damage, arthritis and also burns. CBN communicates with particular sensory nerves within the body by “releasing sensory neuropeptides and vasorelaxation” as mentioned in a finding published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Conclusion On CBN For Chronic Pain
CBN has proved to be a healing compound with a wide medicinal utility from the rejuvenation of injured bone tissue through bone marrow cells development, treating an overactive immune mechanism, and also acts as a powerful antibiotic to heal pain resulting from infection. Besides the anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, insomnia regulating, pain alleviating and analgesic characteristics of CBN has made researchers clamor for more investigation on this curative plant molecule.