What is the CBN Cannabinoid?

What is the CBN Cannabinoid?

CBN is a cannabinoid, known as cannabinol. Like CBD, CBN is non-psychoactive and does not contain THC, although it is created by aging THC. CBN is the result of THC oxidation and this was the first tipoff about its sedative effects. Older THC used to be sought out for its sleeping aid properties.

Fun Fact: CBN was the first cannabinoid to be isolated in its pure form back in 1896!

While it is a little less popular than CBD and THC, it is known for being the “sleep” cannabinoid.

What potential benefits does it have?

As with any cannabinoids, research on CBN is at its very early stage. Time will tell if the early findings can be confirmed. For now, this is what the potential benefits of CBN look like:

CBN has become a highly valued cannabinoid in recent years because of the great potential it displays in early research. It is definitely one you want to keep an eye on!

How does it work?

The sedative effects of CBN are not attributed to CBN itself, but rather to its loss of molecular weight monoterpenoids in favor of more sedating sesquiterpenoids. The jury is still out but this seems to be the source of the sedating effects. As for the rest of the benefits listed, research still needs more time to establish a pattern.

When looking at the pathways of CBN it is important to know that products labeled ” CBN” rarely contain an isolate of CBN. Those products usually contain a blend of cannabinoids with a high concentration of cannabinol. The entourage effect then pushes in the direction of CBN.

Because of its nature, CBN, like CBD can potentially interact with other medications. For that reason, it is important to always consult a doctor before starting CBN.

What products should I start with?

cbdMD's CBD Gummies for Sleep

cbdMD’s Full Spectrum CBD Gummies for Sleep will bring you the sleep of your dreams! Feel the calming power of CBD+THC along with melatonin and a bouquet of natural sleep aids to give you fabulously restful sleep every night.

cbdMD's Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture for Sleep

If other sleep aids aren’t working, try the proven strength of our Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture Sleep PM. We combined our award-winning CBD PM sleep formula with the power of CBD+THC to give you your best sleep for your best life.

    cbdMD's PM Softgel Capsules

    Available in three varying concentrations: 500 mg, 1000 mg, and 1500 mg of CBD per bottle. Now with additional levels of CBN for aided relaxation, this sleep aid offers 40 mg of CBD and 10 mg of CBN per serving in the 1500 mg bottles.


    When starting on a new cannabinoid, remember to trust the process and make sure you are getting the right product for you!

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