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What is the difference between CBD and CBN Oil?

Last updated: June 30, 2022

Cannabis has largely been used throughout the years for many different things. For the majority of human history, the psychoactive compounds have been studied that are attributed to the THC content within marijuana. While this has proven beneficial throughout the years for many health and religious experiences, other parts of cannabis have since been studied in modern times as more and more countries and states are allowing the legalization of marijuana for health and recreational use. The other compounds found within cannabis are CBD and CBN, which are cannabinoids.

In this article, we will explore the other major compounds found within the cannabis plant. We will first define CBN, as it is the least known of the two substances. Finally, we will compare the differences between CBD and CBN depending on what research is available to the public. Of course, the blog post will also focus on the benefits that each compound can provide to one's health through continued use.

What is CBN Oil?

CBN hasn't been completely studied as of late, as the majority of the research has been on CBD.

Both are cannabinoids, meaning they have different effects than THC. A majority of the reason marijuana was banned from recreational and widely available medical use for such a long time was due to THC - early human history thought that the entirety of the plant contained this psychoactive substance and can alter your mood drastically.

Researchers studied and concluded that this was not the case, as marijuana had other uses. For example, parts of the cannabis plant can be turned into fabric or paper (often called hemp). Cannabinoids such as CBD and CBN have an anti-inflammatory effect and help to balance out the THC component within the plant. In other words, if someone is trying to come off a strong high that is associated with the THC in the product, cannabinoids can help to reduce the feeling of the high and promote restfulness, eventually eliminating the majority of the substance from the system.

Both CBN and CBD have similar effects and benefits, with some slight differences. Below, we will explore the two compounds and the ways that they differ from each other, as well as the well-known THC ingredient.

CBD Vs CBN Oil and Benefits

Our body contains the endocannabinoid system, which is connected to our nervous system - this helps to regulate certain things throughout the body. Our nervous system controls everything, but the direct correlation between the endocannabinoid system and cannabis is the ability to affect mood. Smoking cannabis, for the longest time, was done to expand appetite and promote feelings of relaxation. While this is true, others would have the exact opposite experience, causing panic attacks and prolonged periods of agitation and depression during and after the high has subsided.

In fact, the feelings of relaxation are not THC at all. The psychoactive component actually leads to euphoria, so studies have shown the component that promotes appetite and relaxation is cannabinoids.


CBD is of chief research importance in our current time. It is actively being studied much more than THC and other cannabinoids, as it makes up the majority of the "other side" to cannabis rather than euphoric recreational use. CBD at high concentrations has proven promising within the health community for curing numerous mood disorders and is actively being tested for certain neurodegenerative and pain afflictions as well. CBD can:

  • Increase antioxidant count within the body
  • It can relieve certain disorders that lead to epilepsy, causing fewer chances for flare-ups to occur.
  • Helps to relieve anxiety and hyperactivity, and can also help regulate depression in some instances.
  • At high doses, it can completely alleviate pain if taken consistently.
  • Smoothes serve digestion issues - calming upset or nervous stomachs.


While CBN is not actively being heavily researched as CBD, it is becoming increasingly popular as research is expanding to view all cannabinoids and test their efficacy for different things. CBN is similar to CBD in that it binds to our endocannabinoid system, specifically the CB1 receptor. Where CBN differs from CBD is the extraction method. While CBD is always present within cannabis and helps to balance out THC, CBN is actually a form of THC. CBN is created when THC is exposed to a high degree of intense light, heat, or oxidization. CBN is sometimes known colloquially as "THC without getting high". As such, it differs slightly from CBD:

  • Helps to relieve pain to a higher degree than CBD, as it is more closely related to its psychoactive cousin
  • Stimulates appetite - CBD aims to soothe digestion problems but may not create hunger in certain appetite-suppressing disorders.
  • If taken before bedtime, CBN may not help you fall asleep - but will keep you asleep longer when you doze off, leading to a more restful day in the morning.

CBN and CBD are both anti-inflammatory substances, so both can be used to relieve swelling and pain.


Side Effects

CBN and CBD do not have as severe side effects as their THC counterparts. To put it in perspective, overdosing on cannabis is nearly impossible. However, everyone reacts to cannabis differently, and it can have some unpleasant side effects. Cannabinoids can:

  • Cause drowsiness
  • CBN can cause extreme fatigue if taken throughout the day (do not use heavy machinery)
  • Can promote dizziness and sensitivity to light
  • Overindulgence can cause nausea and vomiting, or eating more than necessary.



How can cbd and cbn be taken?

CBD and CBN are usually taken in oil form but can also be taken via gummies. CBD oil is also vegan-friendly.

Is cbd good for bodybuilding?

CBD is great for muscle recovery and weight control.

What is hemp protein?

Hemp protein powder is extremely effective and a great alternative for those that are on a plant-based diet. It also has numerous other benefits, chief of which is the ability to digest it easier and containing much more fiber than its counterparts.

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