What is CBN?  CBD vs. CBN

CBN –an abbreviation of Cannabinol– comes from the oxidation and decomposition of THC from a cannabis plant, meaning that when THC is heated and exposed to Co2 (oxygen), it converts to CBN. In other words, CBN comes from stale cannabis and the breakdown of THC molecules, which explains why researchers have only discovered its benefits recently. The compound has a mild psychoactive response, slightly more so than CBD but much less than THC.

Benefits of CBN

Research done with Cannabinol has shown it to be just as beneficial as CBD, with its sedative effects being the best. According to studies done at Steep Hill Labs, Its researchers claim that CBN is the most sedative of all cannabinoids, with efficacy that surpasses those of pharmaceuticals. The lab company claim that the consumption of 2.5-5mg of CBN has the same results as using 5-10mg of Valium. The study also asserts that CBD and CBN work together to provide an even better sedative synergy. However there are other benefits to CBN, this cannabinoid has also been shown to help regulate the immune system and works to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by several conditions, including arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Studies show that it can be used to reduce the intraocular eye pressure caused by glaucoma. CBN acts as an anticonvulsant, so it is also beneficial to patients suffering from seizure disorders including epilepsy.


Due to its relatively recent rediscovery, there is not nearly as much research on CBN as there is for CBD and THC, so it becomes difficult to make conclusive substantiations as to its medicinal efficacy. However, initial studies are promising and its emergence ensures that more studies on its homeopathic properties will continue to be conducted in the near future.

CBD is known in the cannabis world as the “healing” non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Therein lies another difference between the two. As CBN is a by-product of THC, it’s mildly psychoactive, especially when sourced from industrial cannabis, since it cannot have more than 0.3 percent THC. It’s estimated that CBN is only 10 percent as strong as THC, meaning that one would need a big dose to make it work.

More research needs to be done to learn more about the effects of CBN but the studies are proving to be beneficial and is looking to be the next big thing in the cannabis industry!

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