May 09, 2022 4 min read

CBN, short for "Cannabinol," was one of the first cannabinoids to be isolated nearly 40 years ago, but CBN research was eclipsed by THC and CBD for quite some time. Now, though, we’re beginning to understand more about how to use CBN to our advantage, leading consumers to one important questions–when’s the best time to take CBN?

Here, we’ll dig into the details you need to design an effective CBN dosing routine, like whether to take it during the day or at night and how much you should take each day. Let’s start with the basics:

Table of Contents
CBN Benefits
When to Take CBN?
How Long Will It Take for CBN to Work?
How Much CBN Can You Take?
Tips for the Best Time to Take CBN?

Key Takeaways

  • The best time to take CBN depends on how you intend to use it and other lifestyle factors, such as your sleep schedule.
  • You should plan to take CBN daily, at or near the same time each day, to reap the most benefits.
  • Talk to your doctor about the best time to take CBN if you already take other supplements or medications.

CBN Benefits

Although CBN research is still limited, we do have some indication that CBN may be useful for combating certain health ailments. For instance, a 2019 study found that CBN may offer significant analgesic relief for chronic muscle pain disorders.

Another study suggests that CBN may have antibacterial properties against certain antibiotic resistant bacteria. In some cases, CBN’s has been said to be one of the cannabinoid’s with the greatest anti-inflammatory effects. One well-cited study suggests that CBN, in combination with THC, may have prominent sedative-like effects, which is a primary reason that people have found interest in using CBN for sleep-related ailments.

Read “CBN Benefits” to learn more.

When to Take CBN

CBN is often regarded as being best suited for nighttime use, although some people have also incorporated it into their daytime wellness routine with success. The time that you should take CBN depends on various wellness and lifestyle factors, including:

  • The reason you intend to take it
  • Your total daily dosage (larger dosages may be broken into multiple doses)
  • Your sleep-wake routine
  • What time of day is most convenient for regular doses
  • Other supplements taken daily and their compatibility with CBN

Although there is some leniency in when you should take CBN, here are some of the most common reasons and times it is used:

When to Take CBN for Sleep

If you intend to use CBN to help you sleep at night, take your dose about 60 minutes before bed if using a tincture or capsules. For inhaled methods, you may take your dose 15-20 minutes before bed.

When to Take CBN for Pain

In some cases, CBN has been said to combine with other cannabinoids to provide synergistic benefits that may be useful for managing pain and other ailments. This is why some people opt to take CBN during the day instead of as a nighttime dose.

For daytime use, you can take CBN whenever it best suits you (allowing 30-60 minutes for it to take effect). You may find that two or three doses spread throughout the day is most effective for staving off discomfort consistently.

How Long Will It Take for CBN to Work?

You can usually feel the effects of a high-quality CBN dose within an hour of dosing. Of course, many people experience increasing benefits over the first few weeks or months of their CBN dosing routine. That’s because CBN creates a systemic effect that can help balance bodily systems over time, so you may notice even more benefits after a few weeks of daily dosing.

How Much CBN Can You Take?

CBN is thought to be much stronger than many other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, so the dosage threshold is usually smaller than the doses recommended for CBD or similar supplements. Many people take between 5-10 mg of CBN daily with success, but you may also find examples of people using this dosage up to three times a day for consistent relief.

Whatever the case, we recommend you start with small doses and increase slowly as needed, allowing several days to evaluate the effects before changing your dosing routine. Talk to your doctor for help adjusting your CBN dosage around other medications or supplements.

Read “CBN Dosage” to learn more.

Tips for the Best Time to Take CBN

  • Many people take CBN at night to potentially enhance sleep. Some people may choose to take CBN throughput the day as well, so you may need to experiment to see what works best for you.
  • You may consider taking a CBN product that also contains CBD or other adaptogens for increased benefits.
  • Take CBN with food and plenty of water to avoid any stomach upset that may come along with taking supplements on an empty stomach.
  • CBN is not known to have any severe drug interactions, but you should still talk to you doctor about your CBN dosing routine if you take other medications daily.

Where to Buy CBN

You'll find plenty of CBN products out there, but keep in mind that not all hemp products are made equally. 

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.


  1. “Cannabidiol, cannabinol and their combinations act as peripheral analgesics in a rat model of myofascial pain”
  2. “Antibacterial cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa: a structure-activity study”
  3. “Cannabinoids, inflammation, and fibrosis”
  4. “Effects of delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinol in man”

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