What is the difference between CBN and CBD?

What is the difference between CBN and CBD?

What is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant. It’s the non-psychoactive cousin of another popular extract, Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC: the compound that makes users feel “high.”

Many believe that CBD has positive effects on the body as well as on the mind, like helping them relax and get some much-needed rest. Used for thousands of years, it’s one of the many compounds that give cannabis its therapeutic properties.

To get a better understanding of CBD, read all about it in our blog here!

What is CBN?

CBN stands for cannabinol. This compound is created when THC molecules are exposed to heat and light (such as when cannabis is aged), causing them to break down and leave CBN.

While CBN is still mildly psychoactive, its intoxicating potency is only one fourth of THC’s strength. At the moment, scientific research on CBN is still fairly limited. We do know, however, that THC potency drops over time and converts to CBN, meaning the longer cannabis ages, the more CBN it will contain.

What are the benefits of CBN?

Especially in combination with other cannabis compounds (cannabinoids), CBN is mostly known as a beneficial sleep aid. A study conducted in 1975 found that CBN promotes the sedating effects of THC, which can help people to fall asleep.

Studies show that CBN may also possess anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Based on a psychopharmacology study, it can also affect the amount you eat!

What is the difference between CBD and CBN?

While CBD and CBD are both cannabinoids produced from cannabis plants, these two compounds vary in origin and effect on the body.

CBD is present naturally in high amounts in industrial hemp and other cannabis strains. CBN, however, is created by the aging of cannabis: the exposure of THC to heat and oxygen determines the amount of CBN created.

Both CBD and CBN do not produce an intoxicating effect on their own. However, they can both influence the impact of THC on the body. While CBD is known to inhibit some of THC’s effects, CBN can actually enhance them. CBN may boost the euphoric effects of THC, leading to a sedative response.


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