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Feb 15, 2021 · 3 min
  CBN, short for cannabinol, is one of the 110+ cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. Due to its typically low concentrations in hemp, it’s considered a “minor cannabinoid.” How ...
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All About CBN


CBN, short for cannabinol, is one of the 110+ cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. Due to its typically low concentrations in hemp, it’s considered a “minor cannabinoid.” However, it has been gaining increased attention recently due to its role in promoting health and wellness. In fact, scientific research on cannabis has concentrated on what are referred to as the “big six” cannabinoids due to the significance of their impact on the human body. CBN is one of the big six. And it’s number one in the spotlight this week with Bluebird’s brand new Downshift CBN + CBD Oil.

But in order to understand why CBN is so special, we must first understand how the family of phytocannabinoids is connected.

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The family of phytocannabinoids

The family of cannabinoids is closely intertwined. Cannabinoid production starts when geranyl pyrophosphate and olivetolic acid combine and form CBGA, triggered by an enzyme. CBGA then can become THCA, CBDA or CBCA through the work of separate synthase enzymes. At this point, the process of decarboxylation kicks in and converts these cannabinoids from their acidic forms to their “heated” forms - THC, CBD, and CBC. The heating process essentially activates these cannabinoids and allows them to bind directly to cannabinoid receptors in the body.

So, what about CBN? CBN is typically the oxidation product of THC, although it can be derived from other cannabinoids. Because CBN is created from exposure to light and oxygen, it’s typically formed during the drying phase of cannabis processing and is often most abundant in older harvests. 

Remember CB1 and CB2 receptors? If not, here’s a quick refresher: CB1 receptors are located within your central nervous system, brain, and spinal cord. CB2 receptors, on the other hand, are located in the peripheral nervous system, brain, immune system, and gut.

While CBN is an agonist of both CB1 and CB2 receptors, it has a low affinity for CB1 and binds preferentially to CB2.  

What are the benefits of Downshift CBN + CBD Oil?

Bluebird crafted its new Downshift CBN + CBD Oil blend to give customers a chance to meet this special cannabinoid face-to-face, and as a sort of counterpart to our Uplift CBG + CBD Oil. In Downshift, CBN works harmoniously with CBD and the other cannabinoids to promote the “entourage effect” - that old plant magic where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and all the compounds in cannabis work together to maximize health and wellness impact.

However, CBN isn’t the only hero in our Downshift blend. This unique formulation also includes two special terpenes: beta-caryophyllene and linalool. If you’ve been using hemp extracts for awhile, you’re probably  familiar with terpenes - they’re the compounds that give the scent and flavor to many of our favorite botanicals.

In this blend, linalool is derived from Camphor tree and beta-caryophyllene is derived from clove. They provide a warm, earthy, herbaceous aroma and taste to this formulation. However, they do much more than just smell good - these terpenes have also been shown to support healthy antioxidant activity and healthy inflammatory markers.† 

Ready to give it a try? Coast into the quiet with Downshift CBN + CBD.

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