CBN dosage guide

Mar 18, 2024The nama Team
CBN dosage guide

It can be tricky to get the right cannabinol (CBN) dosage for sleep, relaxation, and that perfect mellow experience without the high. Take too much and you risk feeling sedated and groggy. 

We’re cutting out the guesswork and breaking down CBN's potency, onset time, and how factors like weight and tolerance influence your ideal dosage.

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What is CBN?

CBN is a minor cannabinoid extracted from the cannabis plant. As cannabis ages, Delta 9 THC gradually breaks down into cannabinol, giving older cannabis a more sedating effect. At particularly high doses, CBN can produce subtle psychoactive reactions.

CBN is renowned for its mildly sedative effects that can promote relaxation, improve sleep, and more. Here’s a quick rundown of the potential benefits of microdosing CBN:

  1. It may aid those struggling with insomnia. CBN improves overall sleep quality and duration.
  2. CBN may reduce feelings of anxiety by instilling an enhanced sense of calm and relaxation.
  3. CBN can act as a mild pain reliever due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  4. As an appetite stimulant, it may help boost hunger.
  5. CBN may have neuroprotective and anti-convulsant properties, making it potentially beneficial for neurological conditions such as epilepsy and neurodegenerative diseases.

Best of all, CBN is non-intoxicating, so users can explore its potential therapeutic effects without experiencing a psychoactive "high." With its ability to encourage quality rest, CBN is emerging as a natural sleep aid. 

Our CBN gummies with melatonin are the prime example. These delicious cannabis edibles offer a convenient and precisely dosed way to experience the relaxing effects of CBN combined with the soothing properties of cannabidiol (CBD).

(Yes, some people do think CBN is the same as CBD, and no, they are not the same.)

How much CBN is safe to consume?

You may have been expecting a dosage chart with clear instructions: consume this much if you want to improve sleep and kick off stress. We’re sorry to disappoint you, but there are no official dosage guidelines for CBN. 

There are some general insights on how much CBN is safe to consume, and all of them are based on the practice of microdosing—taking small amounts of cannabis to reap the benefits without causing a high. 

Start with a low dose of around 2.5 mg and slowly increase. This allows you to assess your personal tolerance in a controlled way. For sleep and sedation purposes, around 5 mg of CBN is considered an effective dose, but this can vary between individuals. 

Microdosing cannabis involves consuming anywhere between 2 and 10 mg per serving. CBN has an extremely low toxicity profile, but very high doses could potentially cause fatigue, grogginess, or disorientation after the effects wear off. 

Consider the following key factors to find the CBN dosage that works best for you and your needs:

  1. Your weight and metabolism play a role. Those with a higher body weight and faster metabolism may need more CBN to feel the effects compared to smaller individuals.
  2. Your tolerance level matters too, especially if you're an experienced cannabis user. You may require higher doses of CBN to feel the effects.
  3. Underlying health conditions (e.g., insomnia, chronic pain, or anxiety) may impact how your body responds to CBN. 
  4. Your genetics and lifestyle habits can also influence your CBN dosage needs.
  5. The quality of the CBN product itself—the potency, purity, and the presence of other ingredients—makes a major difference in determining the appropriate dosage.

There's no one-size-fits-all CBN dose. It's about finding the personalized sweet spot tailored to your unique biology and needs. This also applies to other cannabis compounds. Our edibles contain low amounts of THC, CBD, CBN, and Delta 8 THC so you can start low and test what dose works best for you.

If you want to microdose THC, here’s our guide to the Delta 9 THC dosage in our gummies.

Can you take too much CBN?

CBN is generally considered safe, but excessive amounts could potentially produce side effects. While it won't lead to any life-threatening or dangerous situations, an unnecessarily high dose can cause unpleasant experiences. 

CBN overconsumption pretty much ruins the relaxing cannabis experience you were going for. Our CBN edibles contain low doses (5 mg per gummy), and if you stick to the recommended dosage, you’ll avoid all the adverse effects in favor of the therapeutic benefits.

The key is moderation. Start with a low dose of around 5–10 mg and slowly increase until you achieve the desired effects. Listen to your body, find your minimum effective dose, and avoid going overboard. A little CBN can go a long way.

What is a high dose of CBN?

If a low, safe dose of CBN is between 2 and 10 mg, a high dose would likely be anything over  30 mg per serving. This amount could produce excessive sedation, fatigue, grogginess, and disorientation the next day. Very high doses in the hundreds of milligrams would significantly increase the risk of these unpleasant side effects.

We recommend starting with just 2.5–5mg of CBN. These amounts are considered potentially effective for promoting sleep and sedation without any side effects.

If you’re new to microdosing, our Sleep gummies are the perfect welcome. Only 5 mg of CBN, 25 mg of CBD, and 3 mg of melatonin promote a gentle, relaxing transition into restorative sleep. You can take one whole Sleep gummy (5 mg of CBN) or divide it in half (2.5 mg) and see how your body reacts. 

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Does CBN have side effects?

There are no major long-term side effects associated with taking CBN. It has an excellent safety profile, especially when microdosed responsibly.

If you take too much CBN, you may experience some temporary side effects like:

  • Cottonmouth (dry mouth)
  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • Dizziness or disorientation
  • Headaches
  • Mild nausea
  • Grogginess upon waking

We repeat, you may experience these side effects only if you consume CBN in excessive amounts—we’re talking anywhere from 30 to a hundred milligrams or more. 

With our precisely microdosed CBN gummies and products, you can enjoy the relaxing, sedative effects without any adverse effects. The key to microdosing is to start low, go slow, and listen to your body. 

How long do CBN gummies last?

CBN gummies typically last 4-8 hours after consumption. The effects tend to come on gradually after an hour or two and then taper off slowly. The onset and the duration of the effects depend on factors such as:

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

Many people report feeling relaxed and sleepy from the CBN, making gummies a great option for unwinding before bed. You can time when to take them based on your bedtime, allowing 1–2 hours for the effects to kick in.

Where to buy CBN gummies

If you’re looking for high-quality CBN gummies, look no further. All our edibles are infused with premium hemp extract derived from American hemp and contain vegan, high-quality ingredients. Each batch is tested in a third-party lab with the results available on our website, so you know exactly what you’re getting.

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

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CBN dosage FAQ

Most experts recommend a starting dose between 2.5–5 mg before bed, taken 1–2 hours before bedtime. You can then slowly increase the dose until you achieve the desired relaxation and sedative effects without overdoing it. The effective dose range tends to be between five and ten milligrams of CBN for most people. Higher doses over 30 mg may cause excessive sedation.

While both can improve sleep, CBN and melatonin are different compounds that work through separate biological pathways. CBN is a cannabinoid that interacts with the endocannabinoid system to promote sleep. Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the body's circadian rhythms and sleep-wake cycle. Some CBD and CBN formulas—as found in our Sleep gummies—combine them to improve the quality of your sleep and help kick sleep disorders to the curb. 

CBN produces its effects by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. This can induce relaxation, sedation, and regulation of the sleep-wake cycle. CBN has mild psychoactive effects but is non-intoxicating compared to THC. CBN may have neuroprotective properties and anti-inflammatory potential beneficial for brain health. More clinical studies are needed to investigate the effects of CBN on the brain and body.

For most people, a daily CBN dose at bedtime is likely safe and won't lead to dependence or major issues. Start with a low dose, assess the effects, and take periodic breaks. This allows you to monitor for any adverse events or negative side effects and avoids rapidly building up a tolerance over an extended period.

When consumed as an oral formulation like gummies, tinctures, or capsules, the effects of CBN typically begin within 60–120 minutes after ingestion. Inhaled CBN may kick in faster, typically within 15-30 minutes. The precise time of onset is different for everyone and it depends on your metabolism, stomach contents, the levels of other cannabinoids in the product, and overall formula. 

Our CBN gummies provide a slower onset, but you can feel their effect for up to six hours. We’d like to see a CBN joint do that.

Both CBD and CBN can improve sleep quality, but they may work best when you take them together. CBD promotes a sense of calm and relaxation preparing the body for sleep. CBN has more direct sedative effects ideal for sleep onset and staying asleep. Many find that taking CBD first enhances CBN's sleep benefits for optimal restorative rest.

At typical dosage ranges, most people report that CBN promotes a pleasantly relaxed, sedated state perfect for bedtime without causing lingering grogginess the next day. If you take an excessively high dose outside the recommended amounts, CBN's potent sleep-inducing effects could potentially lead to residual fatigue, brain fog, or disorientation upon waking.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBN may help reduce feelings of anxiety by influencing the endocannabinoid system. The non-intoxicating, calming effects of CBN could potentially ease the mind and feelings of worry or unease, similar to the benefits of other anti-anxiety supplements and medications, but likely with a better side effect profile. 

Current limited research suggests CBN has an excellent safety profile and low potential for adverse side effects or toxicity, even if you take it long-term. Taken responsibly, CBN appears to be a relatively safe, natural option for managing sleep issues and reaping other therapeutic benefits like reducing inflammation. As with any supplement, excessively high doses of CBN could potentially lead to unwanted side effects like drowsiness or disorientation.

Unlike many sleep medications, CBN doesn’t lead to dependence and is non-intoxicating at typical dosage ranges. It's still a good idea to start with a low dose and take periodic breaks to assess your body's reaction. 

There is currently limited scientific data on the potential effects or safety of taking CBN products during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The effects of CBN on a developing fetus or nursing infant are still largely unknown. Because CBN interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in reproductive health, most medical experts advise erring on the side of caution and avoiding consumption until more definitive research emerges. 

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