What is CBN? Understanding cannabinol

At Goat Grass, we’re all about exploring the wide variety of different cannabinoids and the unique benefits they possess to help people live to their fullest extent.

We’ve previously talked about CBG (the parent cannabinoid) and the spectacular inflammatory and pain relief benefits it has. The health benefits of CBN and other cannabinoids that come in smaller concentration are still being explored by the scientific community.

An even lesser known, but incredibly powerful cannabinoid is CBN. We’ll be discussing what exactly CBN is, it’s major health benefits, and how to safely find and take it. 

What is CBN

CBN or Cannabinol, is best referred to as what’s created when THC ages. 

For one, just like CBD, this means that it no longer has the same psychoactive effects that THC possess. 

That being said, since CBN is a direct byproduct of THC, it does contain some psychoactive qualities — research says that it has roughly 10% of the psychoactive levels of THC, which is mainly responsible for its sedative and appetite stimulation effects.

While you can’t get “high” in the same way as with THC, CBN produces a whole new array of effects and benefits that patients can take advantage of on its own, or in combination with other cannabinoids like CBD, granted they know what to look for.

The biggest health benefit of CBN has to be it’s sedative and anti-insomnia effects, meaning it does a great job in helping you sleep. For this reason, it’s often referred to the most sedative cannabinoid, making it a great choice for patients trying to ease their insomnia.

How is CBN Formed

The biggest and most noticeable difference between CBD and CBN is the chemical formula that it’s built on. 

CBNa is the compound that is broken down into CBN. It is produced from the maturing of THCa and it’s exposure to external lighting. A live, growing cannabis plant will not have any CBN in it. Only when left for several weeks will the raw cannabis break down. The plant that was once rich with THC, will naturally produce CBN.

Because of this long and slightly technical process, there isn’t an extremely wide base of research and information regarding CBN, but what we do know is extremely promising. 

Major Health Benefits

As mentioned above, the greatest health benefit of CBN is it’s sedative abilities. 

Do you suffer from chronic insomnia? Or just experiencing a particular restless night? CBN’s natural compounds will put you right to sleep, without the harmful toll on your body that engineered sleeping supplements typically have. 

Beyond its sedative effects, CBN also has a wide range of health benefits, including:

  • Pain relief
  • Promotes growth of bone cells
  • Antibacterial benefits
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Anti-convulsive
  • Appetite stimulant

Since CBN is the direct evolution of THC, there are several similarities between the effects, minus the psychoactive ones. 

CBN is great for daily management of anxiety, restless feelings, and even for use in stimulating appetites. This cannabinoid has also been shown to help regulate the immune system. It works to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by several conditions, including arthritis and Crohn’s disease.


As mentioned in a few of our previous posts, the effects of cannabinoids together can be even stronger.

One of the most popular combinations is CBN and CBD, which works wonders for relaxing and preparing for a restful sleep after a long day. The sedative and calming effects of CBN works seamlessly with the body and mind relief from CBD.

Since producing CBN is a longer and more expensive process than some of the other cannabinoids, it can be rare to find products exclusively with CBN in it. For this reason, some of the most popular products on the market with CBN, also have CBD in it. This simply allows you to take advantage of the health benefits of CBN and CBD together.

Taking CBN

As far as the products themselves go, currently the most effective way to take CBN is through oil drops. Because it comes in small concentration this will provide the most direct application.

Goat Grass is excited to introduce our new line of high quality CBN + CBD oil drops to deliver a relaxing experience like no other.

How To Use Oil Drops

No matter the formula you decide to use, the way you take them stays the same.

As mentioned above, tinctures can be mixed with liquids to be taken orally, which has slightly less potent effects with a longer onset.

For best results when using your CBN oil drops, follow the steps below:

  1. Shake the bottle well. This ensures the liquid is properly mixed and will deliver a consistent amount of CBN (or CBN + CBD) for each serving.
  2. Administer under the tongue for best results. Use the included dropper to extract and deliver the desired amount of CBN directly under your tongue. Hold the liquid in your mouth for 60 to 90 seconds then swallow.
  3. Repeat as necessary. Depending on the desired amount of CBN, servings can be dispensed and repeated periodically through the day or as needed.

As more research, time and money are invested into the study of the health benefits of CBN, there’s no doubt that there will be a surge in the availability and variety of uses for CBN.

But for those curious and wanting to expand their cannabinoid horizons beyond CBD, CBN possess great qualities that will result in noticeable results from patients. 


CBN is one of those compounds that we’ll look back on in several years and wished we appreciated more. 

The unique benefits of this lesser known cannabinoid are extremely impactful. We are delighted to be able to spread the knowledge and power of this natural medicine to our customers. 

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