CBN is one of over 150 chemical compounds in the cannabis and hemp plants. So not to confuse you with the other well-known cannabidiol (CBD) oil or the other new kid on the block, cannabigerol (CBG) oil, CBN oil is quickly becoming the go-to cannabinoid for sleep.
Like legal CBD and CBG oil, CBN oil is not psychoactive, causing “high” that is associated with marijuana.
While CBN is fast becoming the sleep cannabinoid, it has been studied far less than CBD, but the research that has been done is up-and-coming.
CBN vs. CBD oil
Some people may confuse CBN and CBD. There are, however, a few crucial differences between them.
- Studies: Although both are in their infancy when it comes to research, CBD has been studied for more than CBN. Most of what we know about CBN comes from human experiences or anecdotal studies.
- Difficult to find: CBN oil is not as readily available as CBD oil. CBD got an earlier start in the research area and is accessible on just about every street corner.
Can CBN help me fall asleep?
CBN oil is often being sold as a sleep-aid miracle. There is much anecdotal evidence that CBN could be a sedative, but because of the lack of scientific studies, calling it a miracle may be a bit soon.
Many people use CBN to help them sleep and rave about the results, but unfortunately, that is not yet backed by scientific research. One study completed in 1975 suggests that CBN could be a sedative (1).
CBN is found in old hemp blossoms. After being aged in the air for long periods, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) may turn into CBN. Anecdotal evidence shows how aged cannabis may act as a sleep-aid in humans. This could explain why CBN has sedating effects.
In short, very little is known about CBN and how it might impact sleep, but it does appear to be promising when used as a sedative or sleep-aid. It is strongly advised not to consume CBN and then drive a vehicle.
What are the facts about CBN?
CBN hasn’t been well researched, but there are a few studies on CBN that are very promising:
- CBN for pain relief A 2019 study shows CBN assisted in the relief of pain in rats. Conclusion: CBN might be able to soothe pain in people (2).
- CBN for the appetite Stimulating appetite may seem foreign to most of us that like to eat, but CBN may help get it back for those who have lost their appetite (3).
- Antibacterial properties This study found that CBN may kill off bacteria such as strep, which is usually resistant to many antibiotics (4).
- Reduce inflammation CBD has been widely studied and found to contain anti-inflammatory properties. CBN is now joining the list of studied cannabinoids that may also assist with inflammation. A 2016 study found that CBN reduced the inflammation associated with arthritis in rats (5).
Further research is much needed to verify the benefits of CBN as research in humans is limited.
CBN and medication interference
CBD is known to interact with some medications, especially medications that come with a “grapefruit warning.” We do not, however, know if this same warning applies to CBN.
We suggest talking to your healthcare provider before trying CBN oil if you are on any medication.
Is CBN safe?
Although there are no known adverse side effects of CBN, they could still exist. More studies are needed to determine if they exist, so for now, if you decide to consume CBN, you do it at your own risk.
Pregnant or breastfeeding people should avoid CBN until it is known to be safe for them to use. Children should not consume CBN until more studies are complete.
It is always a good idea to speak to your healthcare provider before trying any new supplement.
CBD and CBN in harmony
CBN oil is often mixed with CBD oil in a single product. Whether in a softgel or a gummy, nano CBD combined with CBN has been shown to have the most significant effect. (for more on Nano CBD, check out this blog post). CBN and CBD work together, in harmony, to provide a blend of cannabinoids with incredible effects. It is strongly recommended not to consume CBN until you are ready to sleep, as the results may be powerful.
Check the company out
Purchasing CBN products that are tested by a third-party lab is critical. This lab report, or certificate of analysis, should be available for you to view online or in-store. Lab tests will confirm the cannabinoids in the product; companies should list the amount of those cannabinoids on their labels. Some lab tests also include heavy metals, mold, and pesticide results.
Reputable companies should have:
- Certificate of analysis available for you to see
- A website
- A phone number and email contact
- An ability to return a product
- Customer service support
To Sum It Up!
While CBN shows great promise, it is essential to remember very little research around its exact benefits. Still, anecdotal evidence suggests it may be great as a sleep aid and possibly provide other much needed natural benefits.