Cannabinol (CBN) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has a reputation for possessing strong sedative effects. In fact, preliminary studies suggest 5 mg of CBN to be a more effective sleep aid than 10 mg of the pharmaceutical diazepam (Valium). Because there are virtually no negative side effects associated with CBN, this cannabinoid has an immense amount of medicinal value.Not just a one trick pony, CBN is also capable of treating a host of other ailments. When used as a topical, CBN has been shown to effectively treat patients with MRSA. Other studies suggest this cannabinoid can be used to dull pain, stimulate appetite, and reduce ocular pressure.For almost every single cannabis plant, the most pervasive cannabinoid is THCA. When the plant gets heated to a high enough temperature, THCA converts into the plant’s main psychoactive cannabinoid, THC. If cannabis plants are exposed to light and air for an extended period of time however, THCA converts to CBN instead, which produces the opposite effect. As a result, CBN is the primary product of THC degradation, so for patients who want to avoid their plant developing unintentionally sedative effects, it is important to properly store their medication in a dark area in an air-tight container.