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What is CBN?

05/17/2021
by Cannaporium Doe

You’ve heard of CBD, but have you heard about CBN? CBN stands for cannabiniol, and it’s one of the lesser-known plant compounds found in hemp and marijuana plants. While the name sounds very similar to CBD (which stands for cannabiniol) these two phytocannabinoids have quite a few differences.


CBN is only present in very small amounts in most strains of cannabis. It’s much less prevalent than CBD and THC, which is why it hadn’t been studied much until recent years. Despite being non-psychoactive, CBN also has a close link to THC. Among cannabis users, CBN also has a reputation for having a sedative effect. Keep reading to learn more about CBN and how it works!

What Is CBN?

Cannabiniol is a cannabinoid that is found in the resin of hemp and marijuana plants. Like other cannabinoids, it acts on the endocannabinoid system in humans and other mammals. According to PubChem,

“Cannabinol is a cannabinoid isolated from the plant Cannabis that is a metabolite of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), with potential immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory activities.”

From the research that has been done so far, it seems that cannabiniol acts on the endocannabinoid system’s CB2 receptors more than it does the CB1 receptors. CB2 receptors are mostly expressed in immune cells, while CB1 receptors are more associated with the central nervous system.

How CBN is Related to THC

THC is the main component of marijuana, and it’s the compound that is responsible for getting people high. When THC ages, it turns into CBNA which then converts into CBN. However, even though it comes from THC, CBN is a non-intoxicating compound. It won’t cause any mind-altering effects.

Due to part of the THC converting to CBN, this compound is present in significantly higher amounts in older cannabis than in the fresh plant. If you want higher CBN content, you’ll have to let your herb age for a few months.

Does CBN Have Sedative Effects?

CBN has a reputation for having sedative effects, but there hasn’t been much scientific research on this, and the research that we do have actually seems to point to CBN not having sedative effects.

People often notice that the longer cannabis has been stored, the more sedating it is. This could be for a number of different reasons, and the THC converting to CBN is only one possible reason. There’s a theory that terpenes are the actual culprit behind the sedating effect and that CBN has little or nothing to do with it.

Still, you’ll find many CBN products that are marketed for their calming, sleep-inducing properties. We’ve heard amazing reviews of some of these products! If you like dabbing or smoking concentrates, the Extract Labs G-Rilla CBD Crumble is an amazing choice. It has high levels of CBD, CBG, and CBN and is infused with terpenes. It’s known for its incredibly relaxing effects.

If gummies are more your style, the CBN-rich Kush Queen Gummies RX Sleep are the ideal choice. Users report that these berry-flavored gummies help them get to sleep more quickly and sleep peacefull throughout the night.

We hope to see more innovative CBN products in the near future, and we’re excited to see what researchers are learning about this cannabinoid!

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