Is CBN Legal?

Is CBN legal?

Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBN is now federally legal. It is also grabbing people’s attention due to its relaxing and pain-relieving effects. All of our CBN gummies are made in compliance with this bill, making them federally legal in the U.S. 

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What is CBN?

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Is CBN or CBD stronger?

Even though CBN is a minor cannabinoid that’s lesser known than THC and CBD, there’s a lot of buzz about its benefits. Now that the doors have opened on the federally legal consumption of hemp-derived products (with some restrictions), compounds like CBN are becoming more widely consumed. Let’s explore more about CBN and how it’s legal in the U.S. 

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The 2018 Farm Bill, also known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, changed the federal legalization of CBN and other hemp-derived cannabinoids. This bill opened up opportunities for farmers to grow hemp and distribute products derived from hemp without breaking the law. 

Prior to the Farm Bill, cannabis was classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970. The CSA had left lingering uncertainty regarding the legal status of certain cannabis products. This led to commercial litigation within the cannabis industry that made it complex for farmers and cannabis-related companies to thrive. 

The Farm Bill removed hemp from the list of controlled substances scheduled under the CSA. It created a legal distinction between hemp and marijuana that allows for the growing, selling, and use of hemp across the United States. It provides legal clarity about the cultivation, production, and sale of hemp and hemp-derived products. 

The new provisions of the Farm Bill address issues with the controlled substance analogue. The Federal Analogue Act, which was part of the CSA, treats certain substances that are chemically similar to Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substances as if they’re also listed under the same category. The Farm Bill clarifies that the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compounds found in hemp are not considered controlled substances. 

Based on the Farm Bill, the legal status of cannabis is determined by the THC concentrations of the plant, which are measured on a dry weight basis. With this new cannabis law, hemp is defined as a cannabis plant that contains no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Hemp plants can be grown by farmers, and hemp production is federally legal as long as it complies with this THC threshold. 

Products derived from marijuana, on the other hand, are still considered controlled substances and are not federally legal. According to federal law, the definition of marijuana is a cannabis plant that has more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.

The Farm Bill has offered farmers and businesses operating in the hemp market the opportunity to have more regulatory certainty and protection. Before this bill, hemp farmers and hemp-related companies struggled with legal issues and litigation because of the uncertainty regarding the legal guidelines.

Keep in mind that there is a difference between the legal status of cannabis under federal law and state law. The legal status of CBN and other cannabinoids can vary from state to state. States can choose not to follow federal regulations and create their own rules around cannabis use in their state. 

So, even though federal law says hemp-derived products can be grown and sold, states can enforce their own laws about cannabis. (Read more to find out if hemp-derived Delta 9 THC is legal in your state.) 

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What is CBN? 

Cannabinol (CBN) is a minor cannabis compound found in low concentrations in the plant. CBN is formed from the degradation of THC. When THC ages and dries due to air, light, and heat exposure, it converts into CBN. 

Since CBN comes from THC, it might be assumed that CBN is a psychoactive compound. CBN could be mildly psychoactive, but you’d have to take ultra-high doses to experience any impairment. 

CBN and the Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a cell-signaling system in the body that plays a role in maintaining internal homeostasis. It is made up of receptors (CB1 and CB2) and neurotransmitters found mainly in the central and peripheral nervous systems. The receptors are like switches that can be activated by neurotransmitters to regulate things like cognition, memory, pain perception, and immune responses. 

Cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis plants interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in a similar way that neurotransmitters do. When people use CBN, the cannabinoid binds to these receptors to modulate the ECS. 

Benefits of CBN 

Though research on CBN is still in the early stages, preliminary studies suggest there may be several advantages to taking CBN, like improving sleep, managing pain, stimulating appetite, and relieving anxiety. 

  • Sleep: CBN is associated with its sedative effects, helping people with insomnia and sleep disorders. When CBN binds to the CB1 receptors, it influences the regulation of the sleep-wake cycle. If you’re looking for a high-quality sleeping aid, try our CBN sleep gummies
  • Pain: people also use CBN for chronic pain. CBN’s interactions with both the CB1 and CB2 receptors help regulate pain signaling pathways and can reduce inflammation.
  • Appetite: CBN may stimulate appetite through the CB1 receptors, making it useful for people with loss of appetite due to medical conditions and cancer-related treatments like chemotherapy. 
  • Anxiety: the ECS is essential to regulating mood and emotional well-being. When CBN binds to the CB1 receptors, it has the potential to help release neurotransmitters associated with anxiety, like serotonin. These anxiolytic properties could help CBN promote a sense of calm and relaxation to reduce anxiety symptoms. Try our Relax Gummies in all-natural, fresh watermelon flavors if you’re looking to calm your nerves and soothe your anxiety. 

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Is CBN Safe? 

CBN is considered a generally well-tolerated substance. The effects of CBN depend on a variety of factors, such as your: 

  • tolerance
  • frequency of use
  • overall health and metabolism 
  • reason for taking the substance
  • dosage
  • quality of the product you’re consuming

It’s best to take a low-and-slow approach by microdosing instead of taking higher doses. Microdosing THC and other cannabinoids means taking ultra-low doses of the product. This helps people receive the benefits of the substance while minimizing the possibility of adverse effects. 

Some common side effects of taking too much CBN oil are dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. Though these side effects generally subside within a few hours, microdosing improves your ability to find the right dose for you. 

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Plus, all of our Delta 9 products contain low doses of THC. The products’ ingredient panel will tell you the ratio of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other natural extracts, so you know exactly what you’re getting per dose. (Read more about the best products for microdosing THC.) 

Where Can You Buy CBN?

Now that there are fewer restrictions on cannabis regarding the legality of the substance, CBN products can be purchased in a variety of ways in states where cannabis is legal. 

Dispensaries and some health and wellness stores will carry CBN gummies and other derivatives, extracts, and CBN-related products. Places, where holistic treatments, natural remedies, and alternative health products are sold, may carry CBN-derived products, too. 

You can buy the highest-quality CBN gummies from us, right here on our website. We include our third-party lab test results on our site, so you know you’re getting quality ingredients. 

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Is CBN or CBD Stronger? 

When comparing CBN vs. CBD, it’s important to understand their differences in origin and potential effects. CBN is a degradation product of THC, whereas CBD is a separate cannabinoid that occurs naturally in the plant. Though the two have similar chemical structures of 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms, the unique structural arrangement between the two is how they offer distinct effects. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the major non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. This well-tolerated substance uniquely interacts with the ECS because it does not directly bind to the cannabinoid receptors. Instead, CBD indirectly modulates their activity by antagonizing them. As an antagonist, it still influences the receptors without directly binding. CBN, on the other hand, does bind directly to the receptors in the ECS to activate them. 

There are many potential benefits of CBD, some of which are similar to those of CBN. People take CBD for stress and anxiety, to alleviate pain, and to reduce inflammation. People also use CBD for skincare because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which help manage conditions like acne and eczema. 

CBD’s benefits for chronic pain and anxiety also make CBD a helpful sleep aid by promoting relaxation and reducing sleep disturbances. 

Our CBD gummies for sleep come in full-spectrum and broad-spectrum options, so you can personalize the way you incorporate cannabis into your sleep routine. (Read more about the difference between full-spectrum vs. broad-spectrum CBD.) 

But to say CBD products are stronger than CBN products wouldn’t be an accurate depiction. CBD is a more well-researched cannabinoid, so more studies have been done about its long-term impacts on the body. The choice between CBN vs.CBD depends on personal preferences and your health goals when using the cannabinoid. 

There is much to be said about the potential benefits of taking CBD and CBN together, as cannabis-derived compounds are known to have a natural synergy. According to a scientific hypothesis known as the entourage effect, cannabis compounds work together to create longer and more well-rounded effects. Though research about whether the entourage effect is real is still in its preliminary stages, some studies show that terpenes combined with other cannabis compounds can enhance cannabinoid activity. 

Many CBD tinctures and other related products can be purchased with other compounds like THC, CBN, and other cannabinoids. If you’re looking to explore multiple cannabinoids but want to avoid using THC, our broad-spectrum CBD gummies are perfect for all-day, any-day use. 


What happens if you take too much CBN? 

Common side effects of taking too much CBN include drowsiness, fatigue, dry mouth, and nausea. These effects are known to be minor, subsiding within a few hours after taking the substance. If negative effects persist, reach out to a medical professional for guidance. But if you find the right dose for you, CBN is known to be well-tolerated by users. 

What does CBN feel like? 

CBN is often described as inducing calming and soothing effects, offering relaxation and potential sedation. Start with low doses of CBN to assess how your body responds to the substance. 

Can CBN give you a hangover? 

CBN should not give you a hangover, unless you’re taking extremely high amounts. 

Our CBN gummies are made with high-quality hemp in regulated doses that allow you to take just the right amount and avoid the negative side effects associated with a hangover. 

How does CBN affect the brain? 

CBN affects the brain by working with the body’s ECS, a sell-signaling system responsible for regulating key functions like mood, pain, immune responses, memory and learning, sleep, and appetite. When CBN is present in the body, it binds to the cannabinoid receptors in this system to modulate them. 

How fast does CBN kick in? 

The onset time of CBN depends on your dosage, metabolism, and method of consumption. Vaping CBN or using a CBN tincture sublingually will have a faster onset of about 10-15 minutes. Edibles and capsules take longer to kick in because they need to be broken down and digested by the body before entering the bloodstream. You can expect to feel the effects of edibles and capsules in around 30-45 minutes after consumption. 

Capsules are a convenient way to use cannabis. If you’re looking to give them a try, our Extra Strength Sleep Drops are packed with a custom-formulated blend of full-spectrum hemp extracts to help you get a good night’s rest. 

Edibles are the best way to get your dose of cannabis. Though they may take a bit longer to kick in, they also have the longest effects on the body. Try our Bliss Gummies with Delta 9 THC for the ultimate uplifting, chill vibes. 

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Will CBN make you fail a drug test? 

CBN does have the potential to result in a positive drug test. Drug testing depends on the presence of THC metabolites in the body. This means it looks for how much THC content is present in your body. If the CBN product contains trace amounts or more of THC, you could fail a drug test. 

This applies to hemp-derived products, too. Just because THC in hemp is considered federally legal, it doesn’t mean you’re exempt when it comes to drug testing. Cannabinoids, CBN and CBD included, might have traces of THC, so beware if you’ve got an upcoming drug test.

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