Can you take too much CBN?

Mar 18, 2024The nama Team
Can you take too much CBN?

How much CBN is too much? Cannabinol, or CBN, promotes relaxation and helps you sleep better, but taking too much may produce the opposite effects.

We don’t want this to ruin your experience. The smart thing to do to avoid overconsumption is to stick to microdosing cannabis—five milligrams of CBN is just enough to unlock its therapeutic benefits. 

Our low-dose CBN gummies allow you to ease into the relaxing, sleep-promoting benefits without going overboard. 

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What is CBN?

Cannabinol is a minor cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. As cannabis ages, the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) gradually breaks down into CBN. That’s why aged cannabis flower feels more sedating and sleepy compared to fresh buds.

While extreme doses of CBN can produce mild psychoactive effects, CBN itself is largely non-intoxicating. You can explore its potential benefits without experiencing an intense high. 

Speaking of the benefits of CBN, many people turn to its naturally soothing properties to relieve stress and get quality rest. Our CBN gummies for sleep offer a convenient and delicious way to feel its calming effects as you drift into restorative slumber. We combined CBN with another potent cannabinoid, CBD (cannabidiol), to create a version of the entourage effect.

In the entourage effect, cannabis compounds enhance each other’s benefits and provide even greater therapeutic effects. A potent combination of CBD and CBN creates a synergistic experience that promotes deeper relaxation and more restful sleep than either cannabinoid could provide alone.

How much CBN is safe to consume?

Despite being non-intoxicating and generally safe, it is possible to take too much CBN. If you do, you may experience some mild to moderate side effects. The answer to the dilemma of finding the appropriate CBN dosage lies in the following:

  • A good starting dose is just 2.5–5 mg. This is a microdose of CBN that helps you reap the benefits while minimizing the overly sedative effects.
  • A dose between 5 and 10 milligrams is considered the ideal sweet spot for promoting relaxation, improved sleep quality, and other therapeutic properties without risking negative effects. 
  • Once you venture above 10 mg, the experience can feel much more intense and sedating. 
  • If you overdo it with doses of 30 mg and over, you increase the risk of excessive fatigue, grogginess, and disorientation. 

Microdosing allows you to find your personalized CBN sweet spot for pleasant enjoyment. The “right” amount of CBN depends on factors such as:

  1. Body weight
  2. Metabolism
  3. Genetic makeup
  4. Tolerance levels
  5. Underlying health conditions (e.g., insomnia, chronic pain, and anxiety)
  6. The type of product used (strain, formula, etc.)

There's no universal dosage that works perfectly across the board. It takes a bit of personal exploration to discover that sweet spot aligned with your specific needs and body chemistry. That's why all our edibles keep the levels of Delta 9 THC, CBD, CBN, Delta 8 THC, and other cannabis compounds relatively low. 

If you’re looking for the best THC gummies out there, nama™ has you back. Our edibles contain low amounts of THC to avoid intense psychoactive effects and tap into the therapeutic properties of cannabis. 

What side effects can CBN have?

At extremely high amounts (above 30 mg), CBN can have side effects such as: 

  • Excessive sedation and drowsiness
  • Fatigue and lingering grogginess the next day
  • Disorientation or dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Brain fog or difficulty concentrating

The higher the dose, the greater the risk of unwanted side effects. That’s why we’re recommending our low-dose CBN Sleep gummies, as they contain only 5 mg of CBN, a balanced dose of CBD (25 mg), and a touch of melatonin. While these delicious edibles are great for helping you unwind before bedtime, they are also ideal for mellowing out after a long, stressful day or managing anxiety and restlessness throughout the evening hours.

"These work like a charm! Great nights sleep, and felt refreshed the next day. Gave some to my mom who has difficulty sleeping and she said she slept like a rock! :)"


How long do the effects of CBN last?

Gummies have longer-lasting effects than other methods of consumption. Edibles are metabolized differently. They pass through the digestive system before entering the bloodstream. This process extends the duration of effects, so our CBN gummies can last up to eight hours for some people. 

The duration of effects depends on:

  1. Your metabolism
  2. Your body weight
  3. The CBN dosage taken
  4. The contents of your stomach

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How fast does CBN kick in?

While longer-lasting, edibles have a slower onset of effects. The CBN from a joint may hit you within minutes of inhaling, but CBN gummies will take between 30 minutes to an hour to kick in. 

Factors such as your metabolism, body weight, and what's in your stomach can influence the time the effects need to kick in. The effects of CBN also tend to peak two hours after consumption and level off gradually, which contrasts with the more immediate but fleeting experience of smoking or vaping. 

The benefits of CBN

CBN has a serious range of potential therapeutic applications. CBN-related research is still limited, but plenty of anecdotal reports point to several compelling benefits of incorporating microdoses of CBN into your daily wellness routine. 

Here are some of the key areas where CBN may provide value:

  1. CBN is a natural sleep aid. Its mildly sedative properties can promote healthy sleep cycles and reduce insomnia and sleep disruptions. 
  2. Like other cannabinoids, CBN interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating pain and inflammation responses. A 2019 study found that the synergistic effects of CBD and CBN reduce myofascial pain in rats. 
  3. CBN may help ease anxiety through its naturally relaxing, grounding effects on the mind and body. It may provide calm without the intoxicating side effects of other anxiolytics.
  4. CBN could have neuroprotective effects. Small amounts of CBN may be beneficial for conditions like Huntington's disease and ALS. A 2005 study found that 5 mg administered daily for over 12 weeks significantly delayed the progression of ALS symptoms in rats.

Are you ready to experience the restorative power of CBN? Try our Sleep gummies with CBN and CBD for a mellow, more restful chill.

What are the best CBN products?

There’s no doubt that CBN gummies are the best products with cannabinol. In fact, nama’s™ CBN gummies stand out as the pinnacle of quality and effectiveness. Why? Because our gummy treats not only offer precise dosing and convenience, but also provide a delicious and safe way to experience the benefits of CBN. 

Not all gummies on the market contain low doses of cannabis compounds (which makes it easy to overconsume and ruin your experience). Our edibles and cannabis drinks do. 

Here’s why you should ditch all other forms of consumption and stick to our microdosed CBN gummies:

  1. Our gummies offer pre-determined doses of CBN, ensuring accurate and consistent consumption. No need for measuring or guesswork: one gummy packs 5 mg of CBN.
  2. While absorption may be slower, CBN gummies have a longer duration of effects, promoting sustained relaxation and sleep support for up to eight hours.
  3. Gummies can be enjoyed discreetly, whether at home or on the go. They are easy to carry and consume without the need for additional tools or preparation.
  4. Our CBN gummies are not only effective but also delicious. They contain organic hemp sourced from American farms and high-quality ingredients for a wholesome experience.

Where to buy CBN gummies

If you're on the hunt for the finest CBN edibles, you've landed in the perfect spot. Our delectable gummies with CBN are federally legal, so you can order them from nama™ across the country. 

Made from non-GMO American hemp extract and infused with real fruit flavors, our premium edibles undergo rigorous third-party lab testing for top-notch quality and potency. We pride ourselves on sourcing hemp from small farms in Colorado and New Jersey to ensure it's 100% American and organic.

Whether you want to feel the mellow buzz of our Delta 9 gummies, experience the restful sleep benefits of CBN, or get the relaxing properties of CBD, we guarantee you’ll find what you need. 

Shop from nama™ and find that perfect microdose for an uplifting cannabis experience.

CBN dosage FAQ

For most people, 20 mg of CBN may be considered a higher dose that could potentially cause side effects. CBN is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid and is generally considered safe, but dosages over 10–15 mg are more likely to produce an intense drowsy experience that some may find unpleasant. Most anecdotal evidence suggests sticking to the 5–10mg range of hemp-derived CBN.

A 10 mg dose of CBN could be too much for some, especially those who are new or who have less experience with cannabinoid products. For therapeutic purposes such as improved sleep or pain and anxiety relief, most experts recommend a dose in the 5–10 mg range as the ideal CBN "sweet spot". Anything over 10 mg increases the likelihood of lingering drowsiness or other potential health issues. Moderation is always key.

The non-intoxicating and non-habit-forming nature of CBN makes it generally safe to consume every night. It may be wise to occasionally take breaks, rotate with other hemp compounds like CBD, and closely monitor for any allergic reactions or negative side effects. Scientific evidence does suggest that CBN helps promote healthy sleep-wake cycles, but it’s also easy to build too high of tolerance from excessive daily dosing. This may also potentially diminish its efficacy over time.

Excessive amounts of CBN may have some mild side effects. CBN from hemp has an excellent overall safety profile compared to many prescription and over-the-counter sleep medications. When consumed responsibly, you may only experience the therapeutic benefits. 

If you overdo it, you may expect the following side effects:

  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Disorientation

When you stick to standard recommended doses in the 5–10mg range, you avoid overconsumption and the risk of these negative effects. 

There is currently no strong scientific evidence that CBN itself, when at normal dosage levels, puts excessive strain on the liver or causes toxicity issues—even in people who regularly consume microdoses of CBN as a sleep aid or anti-inflammatory relief. Like any organic compound the body metabolizes, excessive consumption over very long periods could potentially stress hepatic function to a degree. More research is needed to confirm (or deny) the negative impact of CBN on the liver. 

CBN can stay in your system for up to 30 days after you end regular use. The precise duration depends on several factors such as the amount consumed, frequency and method of consumption, and your individual factors (metabolism, body weight, and biochemistry). For occasional or one-time CBN users, it may only persist for several days up to around a week.

CBN may have the ability to influence serotonin levels by interacting with serotonin receptors in the brain's endocannabinoid system. This means that our precisely dosed, high-quality CBN products could have potential health benefits for conditions and disorders tied to serotonin regulation and production, such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. 

Cannabis compounds have a significant impact on serotonin. THC can increase serotonin levels in people with anxiety and depression. Other major cannabinoids such as CBD may also help serotonin production in the brain, showing potent neuroprotective properties. High-quality cannabis products containing CBD, THC, and other precise doses of cannabinoids indicate they can provide pain relief.

Both cannabinol and melatonin are compounds that can aid in promoting better sleep, but they achieve this through distinct pathways and mechanisms of action. Melatonin is a natural hormone that primarily helps regulate our circadian rhythms and sleep-wake cycles. CBN induces its sedating and relaxing effects by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. 

Some people find that combining CBN and melatonin together can provide enhanced, synergistic sleep benefits. Try our CBN Sleep gummies with melatonin and experience the potential for deeper, more restorative rest all night long.

Both cannabidiol and cannabinol are non-psychoactive compounds extracted from the hemp plant. Their specific effects and potential benefits differ somewhat in potency for certain uses. 

CBD is more well-known for its general wellness properties like reducing inflammation and promoting an overall sense of calm. When it comes to sleep-promoting and sedative effects specifically, many consider CBN to be the superior option even at lower doses.

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