April 26, 2022 4 min read

CBN, short for "Cannabinol," was the first cannabinoid to be isolated way back in the 1980s. Since then, CBN research has been mostly overshadowed by curiosity about THC and CBD, the two most prominent cannabinoids found in cannabis material.

Now, though, researchers are beginning to unlock more evidence to help us understand the therapeutic benefits of CBN and how to use it to our advantage. We know that it interacts with the Endocannabinoid System, a system that helps balance crucial bodily functions, like temperature, appetite, pain signaling, and more. Research suggests that CBN could, more specifically, play a role in regulating sleep, inflammation, pain, and various immune system functions.

Let’s dive into what we know about CBN benefits and how you can use this hemp-derived cannabinoid to support your wellness goals:

Table of Contents
What are the Benefits of CBN?
How is CBN Used?
Where to Find CBN Products
CBN Benefits FAQs
Resources

Key Takeaways

  • Research on CBN benefits is limited, but experts believe that the cannabinoid has great potential for managing pain, inflammation, poor appetite, sleep issues, and more.
  • CBN can be used during the day or at night, depending on the benefits you hope to achieve.
  • It’s often paired with CBN for a synergistic boost, which is thought to provide increased benefits compared to using CBN alone.
  • If you’re thinking about trying CBN, look for a high-quality product with a transparent ingredient list and third-party test results before you buy.

What are the Benefits of CBN?

Although CBN research is still limited in comparison to what’s available regarding CBD’s benefits, we do have some evidence and anecdotal reports that suggest that it has a variety of beneficial effects of its own. Some reports suggest that CBN may have powerful antibacterial, neuroprotectant, anti-inflammatory, and sedative properties, though research is still ongoing. Here are some potential CBN benefits that we know about for now:

Pain relief

A 2019 study investigated CBN's potential for managing pain caused by certain conditions, like fibromyalgia. The research found that CBN may offer significant analgesic relief for chronic muscle pain disorders.

Antibacterial properties

Another study implies that CBN may have antibacterial properties that could be effective against bacteria, like MRSA, which is prone to being antibiotic-resistant.

A golden CBN tincture made from hemp, a convenient dosing method for reaping CBN benefits.

Inflammation Relief

In a study evaluating the anti-inflammatory effects of various cannabinoids, CBN was among the ones thought to offer potential anti-inflammatory benefits.

Sleep Support

One well-cited study suggests that CBN, in combination with THC, may have prominent sedative-like effects. This research is the main reason that people found interest in using CBN for insomnia and other sleep-related issues.

Neuroprotective effects

A study dating back to 2005 found that CBN may have certain neuroprotective benefits. It was shown to potentially delay the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that causes muscle control loss.

How is CBN Used?

There are many different types of CBN products available, and the way they should be used depends on the dosing method and the effects you desire. Oral doses, like tinctures and edibles, are the most common form of CBN available.

When using CBN for sleep, you should consider taking your CBN dose around an hour before bed. Some people also choose to use CBN during the day to manage physical discomforts. Since it’s not psychoactive, you can safely take CBN at any point in the day.

People may choose to take CBN for a number of reasons. Regardless of the reason, one thing rings true—the Endocannabinoid System is known for regulatory functions and thrives on consistency. Some research suggests that you should take CBD every day for the best results, and many sources assume the same about CBN.

Where to Find CBN Products

Because of updated hemp regulations, cannabinoid products can now be legally made and sold across the U.S., making it easier to access CBN than ever before.

Unfortunately, many manufacturers have taken advantage of the lack of industry regulations, which essentially allow them to produce low-quality, cheap, or synthetic products and market them as premium products. This can make it difficult, and even risky, for consumers to buy CBN products without taking special precautions.

Vida Optima Dream CBN Tincture

That’s why we focus on transparency and quality above all. Like the rest of the Vida Optima line, our CBN products are tested multiple times during manufacturing and third-party batch tested to prove label accuracy.

Our Dream Collection balances primarily on a synergistic combination of CBD and CBN. Our CBN Sleep Gummies are a convenient, pre-portioned bedtime dose designed to support healthy sleep cycles, or try our Dream Tincture, a unique combination of CBD, CBN, and sleep and wellness-supporting herbs and supplements, like 5-HTP and Ashwagandha.

CBN Benefits Frequently Asked Questions

Will CBN Get You High?

CBN does not cause psychotropic effects like THC, although it is thought to have a low affinity for CB1 receptors (the receptors responsible for inciting psychoactive effects), around one-tenth that of THC. Still, CBN provides therapeutic effects without causing any type of intoxication.

Is CBN Legal?

Yes! CBN products made from hemp are legal under the definitions used to legalize hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Does CBN make you test positive?

It’s possible that CBN, especially from full spectrum hemp extract, could trigger a false positive for THC on an immunoassay drug test. You should proceed with caution when using any hemp products when under drug testing constraints.

How long does CBN stay in your body?

CBN oil typically will stay in your system for up to 5 days, but the actual amount of time depends on unique biological factors, like your metabolism and weight.

Resources

  1. “Non-psychotropic plant cannabinoids: new therapeutic opportunities from an ancient herb” https://www.cell.com/trends/pharmacological-sciences/fulltext/S0165-6147(09)00128-X?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS016561470900128X%3Fshowall%3Dtrue
  2. “Cannabidiol, cannabinol and their combinations act as peripheral analgesics in a rat model of myofascial pain” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31158702/
  3. “Antibacterial cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa: a structure-activity study” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18681481/
  4. “Cannabinoids, inflammation, and fibrosis” https://faseb.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1096/fj.201600646r
  5. “Effects of delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinol in man”https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1221432/
  6. “Cannabinol delays symptom onset in SOD1 (G93A) transgenic mice without affecting survival” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16183560/
  7. “Cannabinol Derivatives:  Binding to Cannabinoid Receptors and Inhibition of Adenylylcyclase” https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jm970126f
  8. “Cannabidiol, cannabinol and their combinations act as peripheral analgesics in a rat model of myofascial pain” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0003996919302249?via%3Dihub
  9. “Hemp Production and the 2018 Farm Bill” https://www.fda.gov/news-events/congressional-testimony/hemp-production-and-2018-farm-bill-07252019

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