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Cannabinol (CBN)

Where does CBN come from and what is it?

Cannabinol, also known as CBN, is another cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant (just like THC and CBD!) CBN is produced through the degradation (breaking down overtime when exposed to air and light) or decarboxylation (process of heating and activating) of THC or THCv.

Because of this, some think that CBN may no longer be a quality cannabinoid if it comes from the breakdown or decarboxylation of THC or THCv. This isn’t the case though! This just simply means that the CBN went through a chemical process in order to get to the state it’s currently in.

Does this mean that if I have older THC products around, the THC could break down into CBN?

We’re getting into the science here, but the short answer is, yes!

Concentrates and flower that have been exposed to air or light for extended periods of time will begin to convert from THC to CBN. This is why if you were to smoke some flower that has been sitting around for a while, you may experience a different “high” than when it was fresh.

What does a “high” with CBN feel like?

CBN is mildly psychoactive on its own. With CBN’s appetite stimulating qualities, it may help to spark your appetite. When combined with THC though, you begin to experience what’s called the “entourage effect.” The “entourage effect” is when cannabinoids (like THC and CBN) work together. Kind of like if you were to have an entourage of people around you to offer support and motivation as your hype squad, the same thing happens with cannabinoids in the entourage effect! This is what makes CBN, especially when combined with THC, a great option for those who may need support with falling or staying asleep at night. 

CBN typically offers a more sedative “high,” especially when combined with THC. This is why if you’ve ever smoked older flower, you may have noticed that your body was left feeling more tired after (even if that’s not how the flower made you feel when it was fresh.)

The exception to this is, if you consume more CBN than your ideal dose, it can create an opposite effect. This can lead to the body feeling more “wired” and unable to sleep.

How do I find my ideal dose of CBN?

With all of our bodies having their very own unique Endocannabinoid Systems, it’s common to have to play trial and error in order to find your ideal dose. 

As a general rule, a good starting point when trying any new product or cannabinoid, is to start with 2.5-5mg. You can always consume more, but you can never take away from what you’ve already dosed.


  • Consumption method: Sublingual (under the tongue)
  • Activation time: 15-30 minutes
  • Duration: 1-6 hours
  • Tinctures make for fast, easy, and discreet dosing


  • Consumption method: Ingested
  • Activation time: 1-2 hours
  • Duration: 4-8 hours
  • Since edibles need to be metabolized in our liver before we begin to experience the effects, it’s important to give yourself at least 1.5-2 hours before consuming more

Transdermal Patches

  • Consumption method: Transdermal patch that’s applied to a venous part of the skin, such as your wrist 
    • Transdermal is a compound that allows the cannabinoids and terpenes to penetrate the layers of the skin to reach the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body
  • Activation time: 15-30 minutes
  • Duration: 6-12 hours
  • Transdermal patches are perfect for those looking for low-dose, extended relief. Especially with the Mary’s Medicinals CBN Patch, it’s great for those who are looking for something to aid with sleep, that will be effective throughout the night

1:1:1:1 RSO

  • Consumption method: Sublingual, ingested, or applied topically (can be combined with a carrier oil such as coconut oil)
  • Activation time: 1.5-2 hours 
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Containing equal parts of THC:CBD:CBG:CBN, this is perfect for those who are looking to maximize the “entourage effect.” Although important to start off with a small rice-grain size amount, this version of RSO can be incredibly supportive (see list below for how CBN plays a role in those therapeutic effects


  • Consumption method: Inhaled
  • Activation time: Immediate-15 minutes
  • Duration: 1-3 hours
  • Aged flower, outdoor flower, decarbed flower, and flower left to mature past it’s ideal harvest date will all have increased levels of CBN. Since smoking flower delivers CBN directly to the lungs, it makes for a great option for those who are looking for immediate relief

Potential therapeutic effects from CBN:

Aiding in sleep (especially when combined with THC)

Stimulant for bone growth

Appetite stimulant

Analgesic (relieves pain)

Anti-inflammatory (reduces inflammation, which often times relieves pain)

Anti-bacterial (inhibits growth of or destroys bacteria)

Anticonvulsant (reduces severity of epileptic fits or convulsions)

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