Cannabinol Effects: CBN For Relaxation

Below you will learn exactly how to CBN will help you relax, fight anxiety and sleep more completely.

  • Find out why CBN has such a strong sedative effect
  • Discover how to intensify CBN and feel its maximum effects
  • Understand the differences between CBD and CBN

Is CBN for you?  Let’s dive in and find out if CBN has the health benefits you want.

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Table of Contents

What is CBN? + Video what is cannabinol Chapter 1

CBN Effectscbn cannabinoid sedationChapter 2

Health Benefitscannabinol cbn benefitsChapter 3

CBN vs. CBDcbn cbd compareChapter 4

Intensify CBNcannabinol entourage effectChapter 5

Side Effects?CBN minimal side effectsChapter 6

CBN RosinCBN rosin liveChapter 7

What is CBN?


I struggle with anxiety.  It’s ever-present for me.

Since I was a kid, getting to sleep has never been a sure thing.

Some nights I would lay in bed 6 or 7 hours before finally getting to sleep– only to be woken by my alarm an hour or so later.

It was miserable. 

CBN helps me sleep.  

It shuts my brain down so that I can fall asleep when I should.

CBN (cannabinol) is a mildly psychoactive compound that has strong sedative effects.

If you experience frequent stress, anxiety or insomnia, CBN can benefit you.

Dealing with a social anxiety disorder or General Anxiety Disorder can feel overwhelming.

Anxiety can lead to insomnia which can lead to more stress and anxiety which can lead to more difficulty sleeping.  It’s a vicious cycle.

CBN is an organic compound that comes from cannabis and high CBD hemp strains.  It may be able to help you.

CBN is formed after hemp flowers have been harvested and cured.

It usually forms in aged cannabis and hemp nugs.

CBN (cannabinol) is created when THC breaks down from contact with light, heat, and air.

In fact, CBN is new.

It was recently discovered because it’s only present in small quantities in living hemp plants.

Scientists didn’t know to check for it in already cured hemp flower so it was overlooked for years.

You can find CBN for sale online or in dispensaries in the form of CBN isolate and CBN concentrate.

Pure CBN isolate has a very strong sedative effect, especially when mixed with terpenes like pinene.

Current research suggests CBN may turn out to be the most effective hemp compound for anxiety and insomnia (compared to CBD).

This article from March 2019 is a good resource I found while researching the CBN for insomnia.

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Quick video on the chemical structure of Cannabinol (CBN).

Is CBN legal? 

The legal status of CBN is confusing.

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While CBD and THC are schedule 1 substances and can be illegal based on that classification, CBN is not a scheduled substance.

So it would seem that CBN is not illegal.

But there is another law that says compounds similar to THC can be illegal.

Unfortunately, it is not clear if CBN is similar enough to THC under that law for it to be illegal.  Confusing.

CBN vs. THC vs. CBD:

CBN is mildly psychoactive, THC is highly psychoactive and CBD is not psychoactive.

Psychoactive is a technical term for “gets you high.”

CBN’s main benefit is that it has similar effects to pharmaceuticals used to treat anxiety but it doesn’t have the same side effects as those drugs–like dependence.

Some studies say CBN is a more powerful sedative than Valium but CBN is not thought to be habit-forming.

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CBN Effects: Sedation


Compared to CBD, Cannabinol (CBN) has much stronger sedation properties.

According to one study, CBN is stronger on a per gram basis than pharmaceutical drugs such as Valium.

The study showed that 2.5-5 mg of CBN had a stronger sedative effect than 5-10 mg of diazepam (Valium).

Taking CBD and CBN together was also shown to provide additional relaxing effects.

The benefits of CBN, CBD and CBG tend to be amplified when taken together with hemp terpenes.

This lengthening and strengthening of benefits are referred to as the “entourage effect.”

Taking full spectrum CBD and terpenes together will help you see more benefits from CBD tincture than taking a CBD isolate.

The same is true of taking pure CBN or CBN isolate.

The benefits of CBN are particularly enhanced by taking CBN oil with the terpene myrcene.

That is why it is important to look for full spectrum CBD products or hemp rosin.


CBN for Insomnia

CBN for insomnia appears to be especially useful.

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Difficulty sleeping is frequently caused by anxiety, depression (chronic and seasonal) or even moderate stress and worry.

CBN’s strong sedative effects may be helpful in treating anxiety.

Try CBN for sleep if you suffer from insomnia.  It has helped me with my anxiety and ability to get to sleep.

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CBN Health Benefits


Although CBN was only recently discovered, there have already been groundbreaking studies published on the health benefits of CBN.

One such study showed CBN is an appetite stimulant in lab animals.

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It is believed that CBN activates the CB1 receptor in your endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system is part of your body’s nervous system.

Your endocannabinoid system regulates mood, fertility, appetite, sleep, and many critical functions.

Cannabinoids such as CBN, and CBG balance and regulate the body’s endocannabinoid system.

A promising research paper showed that CBN taken together with full spectrum CBD may help control the growth of a specific type of lung cancer.

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Additionally, studies have shown that CBN could help reduce intraocular tension in patients with glaucoma.

CBN for painCBN helps to relieve pain by changing the way pain receptors in the endocannabinoid system pass signals to the brain.

By modifying the receptor’s ability to transmit pain signals, CBN can help to alleviate pain.

CBN has antibacterial properties that fight the MRSA bacteria which is resistant to antibiotics and potentially deadly to humans.

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Differences Between CBD and CBN


There are many differences between CBD and CBN.

To start much more is known about the effects of CBD (cannabidiol) than CBN (cannabinol).

For a long time, CBN was thought to be a waste product of stale hemp.  So, CBN research was neglected.

Additionally, CBN is available only in very small quantities in live hemp plants.

CBN is created by the exposure of cannabinoids to UV light, heat and air after the hemp nugs have been harvested and cured.

For this reason, not much scientific study was performed on CBN until recently.

CBN, unlike CBD, is thought to be mildly psychoactive.

That said, CBN is not likely to cause a positive drug test for THC and would not be expected to get a person “high.”

Unlike CBN, most cannabinoid compounds such as CBD and CBG are not psychoactive.

Both CBD and CBN are taken for relaxation and to fight stress and anxiety.

CBN is believed to have much stronger sedative effects than CBD.

Both CBD and CBN can have their effects lengthened and strengthened by taking a full spectrum CBD product or incorporating terpenes into your CBD tincture blend.

The terpene myrcene, for example, is thought to boost the sedative properties of both CBD and CBN.

This is an example of the entourage effect.

By learning about terpenes and their effects you can dial in the best CBN concentrate and terpene mix for the benefits you want to receive.

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CBN Entourage Effect


CBN is most effective when taken together with other cannabinoids like CBD and CBG.

CBN effects are lengthened and strengthened even more when taken with full spectrum CBD and terpenes.

This gain in health benefits is referred to as the entourage effect and its true for all beneficial cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are organic compounds created by the hemp plant.  There are over 100 cannabinoids in hemp.

CBD and CBN have their most powerful health effects when taken together.

Full spectrum CBD tinctures work better and have longer effects because they have multiple cannabinoids and terpenes in the extracted solution.

To boost or modify the sedative effect of CBN, you may want to try taking CBN with the terpenes linalool and myrcene.

Terpenes are organic compounds created in hemp flowers alongside cannabinoids.

Terpenes have health benefits and mood-altering properties of their own which make them beneficial.

Terpenes also help the body absorb and use CBN to its greatest effect.

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CBN Side Effects


CBN has minimal side effects.

Side effects of CBN are ones that you would be expected from and strong sedative and you should take similar precautions until you know how CBN will affect you.

Drowsiness, tiredness tend to be reported as common side effects.

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Some people who consume CBN have also reported loss of appetite.

Variations in effect can be due to specific body chemistry.

Start any new hemp treatment slowly and modify your dosage as your body adjusts to the new cannabinoids and terpenes in your system.

Start off slowly with low doses in order to see how CBN will affect you.

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CBN Rosin


Live rosin is the best way to consume full spectrum CBD.

CBD Rosin transmits the most complete spectrum of cannabinoids and terpene compounds from fresh hemp to you.

Consuming hemp rosin gets you the full benefits of the entourage effect.

Rosin is solventless and delivers concentrated cannabinoid and terpene compounds in a raw form.

It’s delicious, too.

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