The Difference Between CBD and CBN: An Informative Guide

You’ve probably heard of (or tried) CBD, but what’s the difference between CBD and CBN? Of over 100 cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant, these two interact with the same receptors, yet produce different effects on your mind and body. 

Today we’re going to learn about Cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN). Read on to find out what they are and how they compare.

What’s the Difference Between CBD and CBN?

These 2 cannabinoids are relatively mild and occur naturally in the cannabis plant. Scientists are studying them to discover their mind-body benefits, which we’ll go over below. But, what’s the difference between CBD and CBN? 


Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug is helping reduce epilepsy symptoms. Research is still ongoing on CBD benefits. A long list of conditions could perhaps improve with the help of CBD, depending on the ultimate findings, including:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Schizophrenia
  • Cancer
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • Addiction
  • Tuberous sclerosis complex
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrom
  • Dravet syndrome

What does CBD feel like? It could have a calming or a stimulating effect, depending on what part of the day or night it’s taken. CBD acts as an adaptogen. This means it does different things for different people depending on which mind-body stresses they need relieved.


CBN was first isolated and purified back in 1940. It’s not actually produced by the plant’s metabolism, rather it’s formed easily by the degradation of THC. This degradation happens whiles cannabis is being dried, stored, and consumed (heated).

CBN products aren’t as prevalent as those containing CBD, but they’re becoming more popular. According to Science Direct, CBN eases convulsions, helps with sleep, and will have other medical uses, still waiting to be discovered. 

What is CBN like? It’s 25% weaker THC, so it’s rather mild. Be aware that CBN is psychoactive at larger doses. It hasn’t been studied as much as CBD so its benefits aren’t as well known. It has a reputation of being a sleep aid, but this hasn’t been officially validated. 

How to Consume CBD and CBN

They’re both available in many forms from gummies to vape pens. To find the best CBD oil or other CBD product for you, shop for them online, at grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and marijuana dispensaries. CBD and CBN products include: 

  • Gummies
  • Edibles
  • Vape pens
  • Isolates
  • Tinctures
  • Teabags
  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Creams
  • Oils
  • Lotions
  • Shampoos

Start with a small dose and wait 45 minutes or so so feel their full strength (especially with CBN). This is much more important with THC Delta 8 and 9, though, as their effects are stronger. Always check how many milligrams are in each package and dose so you remember what you like.

Relax and Enjoy CBD and CBN

We don’t know all the long-term effects of CBD or CBN, now you have an idea of the difference between CBD and CBN. More studies need to be done on uses, benefits, risks (if any). Exploring natural remedies is generally safe and could even give you a new lease on life.

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