What’s the Difference Between CBD & CBN?
Cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) are both non-intoxicating phytocannabinoids found in cannabis. Those similarities aside, they have quite a few differences.
The first major difference is that CBD is the second most common cannabinoid in cannabis and the most abundant in hemp (low-THC cannabis), whereas CBN is a minor cannabinoid present in much smaller amounts.
A related difference is that CBD comes from cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), which is made directly by the cannabis plant. CBN, on the other hand, is created over time from the breakdown of THC.
That’s why levels of CBN are low in fresh plants but can reach significant amounts in older cannabis.
Another difference is that CBD is sourced from hemp, whereas CBN is typically made from regular cannabis because of hemp’s low THC levels.
While they do share anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, pain-relieving, and neuroprotective properties, CBD and CBN also differ in their effects.
For example, it has been indicated that CBD could reduce appetite, whereas CBN may have the opposite effect. Similarly, whereas CBN has been shown to reduce pressure, CBD might increase it.
There’s also much more research on CBD than CBN. Finally, CBD is approved by the FDA for treating epilepsy, whereas CBN has no approved uses.