What is CBN?

What is CBN – (Cannabinol )?

There is a lot of talk about CBD, but there are a lot of other compounds that are equally as beneficial but rarely discussed. One of our absolute favorite compounds in the office, for a plethora of reasons, is a compound called CBN (Cannabinol) . While each of us in the office utilize products with this compound in our homes on a daily basis, you may not know what CBN is or how to properly utilize the benefits. If you struggle with sleep, falling asleep or staying asleep, boy oh boy, do I have some exciting information for you.

CBN Compound Explanation

Similar to me, you might have a keen interest in understanding the science behind what you consume. Whether it’s a prescribed pharmaceutical or a supplement, comprehending how these substances function in your body is crucial. At Green Wellness, it’s a running joke that I research everything, including CBN.

CBN, short for Cannabinol, was the first cannabis compound isolated from a red oil extract in the late 19th century. Our knowledge of this cannabinoid has since expanded. Initially, CBN was believed to result from THC degradation due to light, heat, or carboxylation. While Cannabinol  originates from THC, it doesn’t produce the same intoxicating effect. Although less potent than THC as a psychotropic agent, CBN offers significant potential benefits.

Benefits of Cannabinol

CBN is linked to drowsiness, although there’s no direct evidence proving its effectiveness in improving sleep in humans. Anecdotal evidence suggests that higher CBN levels can induce drowsiness, but individual responses may vary. If in doubt, consider consulting Cara about her experience with Entourage softgels. While she perceived drowsiness as a placebo effect, it’s important to note that CBN hasn’t been demonstrated to aid in maintaining sleep, unlike CBD.

Adding high CBN isolate to a CBD product doesn’t cause grogginess like traditional sleep meds. Instead, it produces a sleep-inducing effect similar to melatonin. Unlike melatonin, CBN sustains its sleep-inducing effect for hours. This leads to a restful wake-up experience.

CBN Recommendations

Because it’s CBD that’s been shown to help you stay asleep and CBN may help you fall asleep, our favorite products to help us on restless nights marry the two. The product that I always reach for on my bedside table is the WYLD elderberry sleep gummies that have 25mgs of CBD and 5mg of CBN. I find that that is just the right amount of Cannabinol to make me sleepy and the perfect amount of CBD to help me stay asleep and keep my mind from racing. My sleep struggles stem from my brain’s inability to rest, often leaving me thinking about every social interaction I’ve ever had instead of sleeping like I very much need to.

Cara on the other hand, is a right and proper insomniac and she swears by the much stronger Entourage Deep Sleep Microcaps. Each little softgel has 20mgs of CBD, 20mgs of CBN, and 4mgs of CBDV. For those who are in need of a little more sleep support, the 20mgs of CBN is the highest potency that we carry and may really help.

Share Your Stories

There is still so much to study when it comes to the endocannabinoid system and CBN’s role. However, it’s clear that one may be able to find some much needed sleep with a combination of both CBD and CBN. We still need to conduct more research of the effects of Cannabinol in the body, so we would love to hear about your experiences with CBN. Please feel free to share your stories, positive or negative, on our social media and we’re always here to help! You can email us at or by phone at 866-244-4223. I hope you sleep well!


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