Many people that are not familiar with CBN believe it to be “useless.” However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. While THC and CBD are the most well-known of the cannabinoids, I want to tell you why I love CBG and CBN!


CBN, or cannabinol is a mildly psychoactive compound derived from THC. However, CBN doesn’t directly come from the marijuana plant. Instead, it is formed from the outside oxidation of THC. In other words, THC ultimately leaves CBN during its regeneration. When weed is cut and stored, it becomes CBN.

CBN has the potential to help relieve pain and fight inflammation related to many conditions including Crohn’s disease and arthritis.

CBN may also help relieve migraines and is potentially good for nerve problems.

It may also be used very effectively as a sleep aid or sedative.

According to Steep Hill Labs, CBN is the most sedative of all cannabinoids. In fact approx 5mg of CBN is equivalent to 10mg of Valium, – Steep Hill


I knew I loved CBN because it helped my insomnia, but that is impressive! I also have frequent migraines and I have found relief from them with CBN.

It doesn’t stop there; it may also be an anti-convulsant and may aid in regulating the immune system.


CBG or Cannabigerol, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and is present in very low levels (usually less than 1% In most strains).

Though it may be considered “just a little guy” both THC and CBD start out as CBG.

Yep! CBG is the parent of two of the greatest things on earth.  THANK YOU CBG!

Growers are experimenting with cross breeding and genetic manipulation to attempt to obtain higher yields of CBG. For example, Subcool Seeds is crossing strains to produce higher CBG content.

Scientists have also determined that the optimum extraction time for CBG in budding plants is about 6 weeks into an 8-week flowering cycle.

So why all the eagerness for this cannabinoid?

CBG has the potential to fight pain, inflammation, nausea, and slow the proliferation of certain cancer cells.

Research has shown that CBG is particularly effective in symptom relief from:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease 
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

CBG has multi super powers if you ask me. It may also help relieve;

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD

Of which, I have all of the above 3, and some. This is why I find CBG so helpful. When you struggle with any anxiety disorder, panic, social, or generalized, THC may exacerbate that in some people while using particular strains.  

While patients should keep journals of all medications they try, this is an excellent point to keep in mind if one of your patients is having trouble with THC.