How Are CBD and CBN Different? Things to Know


Do you need a new bud? We all could use one. Someone who is there for us when we need it.

Someone to pick us up when we’re blue. Someone to make us sleepy if we need to.

Wait. What?

Despite what you’re thinking—this bud derives from the infamous cannabis plant.

You have most likely have heard of the cannabinoids THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). Have you heard of CBN (cannabinol)?

What is CBN you ask? In this quick guide, we will discover the similarities and differences between CBD and CBN. Keep reading to find out…


Before we dive into CBD and CBN, let’s first discuss cannabinoids and their benefits to us.

What are cannabinoids? Currently, the cannabis plant produces 9 major known cannabinoids: THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC, THCV, △-8-THC, CBDV, THCA/CBDA.

Each cannabinoid targets specific health benefits. Some are more psychoactive in nature (THC), while others are non-euphoric (CBD). Anxiety and chronic pain are best-taken care of with CBD while

What is CBD?

CBD is the number two cannabinoid in cannabis—behind THC.

CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid brother to THC. Due to its non-euphoric nature, CBD is a very popular cannabinoid in both the recreational and medicinal markets.

CBD helps us manage stress, anxiety, and pain. Our bodies’ receptors interact with CBD through the naturally occurring endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Notable benefits of CBD include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antipsychotic.

What is CBN?

CBN is cannabidiol. While not as popular as CBD, CBN offers some unique properties.

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CBN derives from THC through the process of oxidation. When exposed to light and heat—we get CBN. Older cannabis will have higher levels of CBN.

Just like CBD, cannabidiol will not create the euphoric effect found in THC.

This cannabinoid is especially beneficial for those who suffer from sleep deprivation or insomnia. It is also great as an anti-convulsant, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic.


While similar in nature—CBD, and CBN, they sure do differentiate from one another. While CBD is more commonly used, CBN is awesome in its own right. While not as readily available, CBN is continuing to be researched and analyzed.

High levels of CBD are commonly found in cannabis and hemp. CBN on the other hand fluctuates. This is due to the oxidation and aging process we have discussed earlier.

Both CBD and CBN when combined with THC generate interesting results.

Cannabis Continued

We hope you enjoyed this brief comparison of CBD and CBN. Now you ought to have a better understanding of what cannabis can do for you and your loved ones.

With more and more natural approaches to medicine—cannabis provides us with some of the best plant medicine on the planet. As we gain more education on cannabis and its cannabinoids—more of its healing properties will reveal themselves.

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