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What is CBN?

CBN molecule on top of leaves

There are a variety of cannabinoids found in marijuana, and cannabinol (CBN) is just one of them. In this guide, we’ll explain:

  • What is CBN?
  • How does CBN Do and How Does CBN Work?
  • What’s the Difference between CBD and CBN?
  • Where Can You Find CBN?

If you’re new to marijuana, you may want to start by learning what cannabinoids are in our guide.
 

What is CBN?

Most people have heard of THC and CBD, even if you aren’t a regular cannabis consumer. But locked in marijuana plants are other cannabinoids, and one of them is CBN. This cannabinoid can have psychoactive qualities, and it’s created when THC is exposed to heat or UV light and then exposed to oxygen. It can also result from the natural process of aging THC.
 

What Does CBN Do and How Does CBN Work?

CBN is still being studied, but we know a couple things. It, like most cannabinoids, interacts with our CB1 and CB2 receptors in our body. Exactly how CBN affects the body, and more importantly, could affect your body is unclear, but most likely, it’s yet another cannabinoid contributing to the entourage effect.
 

What is the Difference Between CBD and CBN?

Both CBN and CBD (cannabidiol) are cannabinoids, but they each have their own unique origins and properties. While CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa plant, CBN occurs during the natural breakdown of THC. Even though CBN was discovered before CBD, we still don’t know much about it, and it is nowhere near as available as CBD is today.

Additionally, while CBD may provide may provide an “uplifting” experience, it does not have the same physical impact as THC. CBN has the potential to be mildly psychoactive. This is because CBN is a byproduct of THC, so if there is some THC that hasn’t fully converted, it may still have psychoactive qualities.
 

Where Can You Find CBN?

CBN is available in certain forms in state-licensed cannabis dispensaries. Here are a few options:

  • CBN Oil and Tinctures: There are CBN oils and tinctures available, usually mixed with CBD.
     
  • CBN Gummies: If you’re interested in trying CBN, but you’re not interested in a liquid form, gummies might be the answer. These sweet-flavored candies typically combine CBN and CBD, but there are many that offer full-spectrum benefits.
     
  • CBN Capsules: CBN capsules may not only contain CBN, but they can also offer a host of other cannabinoids, making them a full-spectrum product that embraces the idea of the entourage effect.

Curious about concentrates? Check out our guide on cannabis concentrates today.
 

Is CBN Right For You?

Truth is, only you know the answer to that. This is true for all marijuana products—you get to decide if they are something you want to try. If you’re still unsure, visit a Verilife dispensary location to talk to our cannabis experts and learn more about cannabis, cannabinoids, and the tools you may need to enjoy them.
 

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