CBN vs CBD: What’s the Difference?

CBN and CBD are both cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana. However, they provide different benefits and can produce slightly different effects. Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences between CBD and CBN.


What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the main non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. This compound can be extracted from either hemp or marijuana, but is only legal on a federal level when extracted from hemp. Unlike Delta 9 THC, CBD does not produce a ‘high’—but does have relaxing properties and many medical benefits.

What Is CBN?

Cannabinol (CBN) is a minor compound found in the cannabis plant. It can be extracted from hemp and marijuana or produced synthetically. CBN forms when THC degrades due to exposure to air, heat, and light.

This compound has become quite popular in recent years due to the many potential benefits it can produce. Unlike CBD, CBN can produce mild psychoactive reactions at particularly high doses. Our gummies with CBN don’t contain a high enough dosage of this compound to produce psychoactive effects.

Differences Between CBN vs CBD

The main difference between CBD and CBN is their origin. Both compounds can be found in hemp and marijuana plants. CBD is a major compound that can be extracted from these plants. CBN is a minor compound that’s a byproduct of THC.

The differences between CBN and CBD in terms of psychoactive effects are the result of their origin. While CBD does not produce psychoactive effects at any dosage, high levels of CBN will produce mild psychoactive effects, as it does come from THC, the main psychoactive compound in hemp and cannabis.

CBN vs CBD: Potential Health Benefits

Both CBN and CBD provide an array of potential health benefits through their effects on the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The body’s endocannabinoid system is a neurotransmitter network that is critical to multiple aspects of our everyday functioning.

Our ECS has two main types of cannabinoid receptors (CB receptors), the CB1 receptor, which modulates brain function and can trigger pain-relieving effects, and the CB2 receptor, which regulates inflammation and your body’s immune response.

Through their effects on the CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD and CBN help regulate many bodily functions, such as:


  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Eating
  • Immune response
  • Learning and memory
  • Sleep
  • Temperature control
  • Emotions

Potential Benefits of CBD

CBD is a sleep aid, an appetite stimulant, and an anxiety reliever, and can help you manage an array of health issues. The main health benefits of CBD include:

  • pain relief
  • inflammation relief
  • relaxation
  • migraine relief
  • increased appetite
  • depression and anxiety relief

Potential Benefits of CBN

CBN benefits are not as widely researched as CBD benefits. Still, the available research and consumer experiences seem to confirm that CBD has many potential benefits, including:

  • mild sedating effects
  • pain-relieving properties
  • appetite stimulation
  • anti-inflammatory potential
  • anti-epileptic properties
  • mild anxiety-relieving effects

CBN vs CBD for Pain

Both CBD and CBN are beneficial in chronic pain treatment. However, if you were to choose one compound to take for pain, it would have to be CBD. A recent study examined the effects of CBD on myofascial pain and concluded that this compound has therapeutic potential in the treatment of this chronic pain condition.

CBD vs CBN for Anxiety

Both CBD and CBN have anxiety-relieving properties, according to consumer reports. To get the anxiety-relieving properties of both, try our delicious broad-spectrum gummies with CBD, which contain CBN as well. Or, opt for our full-spectrum CBD gummies if you want to experience the benefits of THC as well, and get the entourage effect of both cannabinoids working together.

CBN vs CBD for Sleep

CBD and CBN both have sedative properties and can promote restful sleep. The effects of CBD on sleep are widely researched, with a recent study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology concluding that this compound has beneficial effects on sleep quality.

A 2021 study examined the effects of CBN as a sleeping aid. The minor cannabinoids researchers concluded that this compound shows promising potential and needs to be further examined.

nama CBD offers hemp-derived sleep gummies. These gummies combine the sleep benefits of THC with CBD, CBN, and melatonin. Together, these four compounds make for a potent sleep aid.

CBD vs CBN: Side Effects

Neither CBD nor CBN produce long-term side effects. If taken at high dosages, these compounds can produce mild short-term side effects.

Potential side effects of CBD include:

  • dry mouth
  • slower response times
  • red eyes
  • memory loss
  • increased anxiety
  • coordination problems
  • problems focusing

Potential side effects of CBN include:

  • intoxicating effects at high doses
  • sedation and drowsiness
  • memory loss
  • issues focusing
  • dry mouth
  • red eyes
  • problems focusing

nama CBD edibles, including our vegan gummies with CBD and our edibles with CBN, contain low doses of these compounds and are unlikely to cause any side effects.

Is CBD Legal?

In the US, CBD legality is dependent on certain conditions. CBD is legal on a federal level if it is derived from the hemp plant. CBD products that are derived from marijuana are legal in select states but remain federally illegal.

All our edibles, including those that contain THC, are legal on a federal level, as they contain compounds derived from hemp and have no more than 0.3% of THC by dry weight per product.

Is CBN Legal?

Just like CBD, CBN is legal on a federal level if it is derived from the hemp plant. However, since this compound is derived from THC, states that prohibit THC products can also choose to make all its derivatives, including CBN, illegal. Therefore, if you plan on taking CBN, it’s best to stay up to date on the legality of Delta 9 THC and its derivatives in your state.

The Entourage Effect: Get the Benefits of CBN and CBD

Pure CBD or CBN provide an abundance of benefits. However, combining the two, as well as combining them with microdoses of THC, can make the benefits of each compound more pronounced. This effect is known as the entourage effect.

Essentially, the entourage effect is the result of CBD, THC, and other compounds found in hemp, interacting with one another. This synergistic interaction modulates and potentially enhances the beneficial effects of each compound.

Oil vs Edibles: What Is the Best Way to Consume CBD and CBN?

Oils and edibles are the most common ways to consume CBD and CBN. When it comes to CBD oils vs CBD edibles, we would always recommend the latter.

Not only are edibles easier to dose and take, but they are also much more delicious (for instance, our CBD gummies for sleep come in a variety of delicious flavors).

Similarly, gummies with CBN are a more delicious alternative to CBN oils, which typically have an unpleasant taste.

Buy CBD and CBN Products Online

If you’re looking for hemp-derived CBN and CBD products, nama CBD offers a wide selection of premium edibles to choose from. All our gummies are legal and made with extracts derived from the finest American hemp.

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In addition to CBD and CBN products, we also offer THC gummies and THC drinks. All nama products with THC, including our Delta 9 gummies, are derived from hemp and legal on a federal level in the US.

FAQ on CBN and CBD

Does CBN help with anxiety?

Yes, CBN does help with anxiety. This compound has relaxing and lightly sedating properties, and will certainly alleviate any stress and anxiety you may be experiencing.

Is CBN the same as Delta 8?

No, Delta-8 THC and CBN are not the same compound. When compared to Delta 8 THC, CBN produces much milder effects. CBN products rarely make you feel high, while Delta 8 products can cause a high at a sufficient dosage.

Is CBN narcotic?

No, CBN is not a narcotic. At high doses, this compound can have mild psychoactive properties. However, these properties differ greatly from the effects produced by narcotic drugs (opioid pain relievers).

What is stronger—Delta 8 or CBD?

CBD and Delta 8 produce different effects. CBD has stronger effects when it comes to anxiety relief and relaxation. Delta 8 is stronger in terms of producing a high, as CBD does not make you high, while Delta 8 THC can when taken in high doses.

Which is better for sleep—CBD or Delta 8?

Both Delta 8 and CBD are beneficial for sleep. If you’re having issues sleeping, it’s best to take sleep aids that combine the beneficial effects of THC, CBD, and other sleep-inducing compounds. For example, our melatonin gummies combine the relaxing properties of CBD and melatonin with the sleep benefits of microdosing THC.

How much CBN should I take to sleep?

The optimal CBN dosage for sleep is up to 10 mg. If you are new to this compound, we suggest starting with a lower dosage (up to 5 mg) and working your way up to 10 mg as needed. Or, combine the sleep-inducing properties of CBN with those of Delta 9 THC edibles.

Why is CBN so expensive?

CBN is expensive because it costs more to extract it than it takes to extract THC or CBD. This compound is a minor cannabinoid and occurs at lower concentrations than the two major cannabinoids, so it’s much more difficult to isolate it.

Does CBD show up on a drug test?

Yes, CBD can show up on a drug test. Both major and minor cannabinoids can cause a positive drug test result, even if the product you consumed doesn’t contain THC. If you are expecting to have drug testing done soon, refrain from taking all cannabis compounds for about a month before.

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