Nine Realms CBN Flower with terpenes close up image

What is CBN?

Author: Jans Beloglazovs



Time: 6 min


In the course of your exploration into the world of cannabinoids such as CBD or CBG, you may have come across another "CB", Cannabinol also known as CBN. Now, what exactly is it? Join us on a journey to uncover yet another valuable cannabinoid gifted to us by the plant itself.

What is CBN?

CBN, or Cannabinol, just like CBG is classified as a minor cannabinoid due to its presence in smaller quantities within the cannabis plant compared to its counterparts like CBD and THC.

CBN originates from its precursor, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). As THC ages, it undergoes a natural process of degradation. This transformation is not abrupt but is gradual, occurring over time and under specific conditions without human intervention.

When cannabis is either aged or exposed to environmental elements, THC starts to break down. The aging process of THC is unavoidable, especially in harvested and stored cannabis plants. Oxygen and heat significantly influence the speed at which THC degrades. The exposure to these elements facilitates the conversion of THC to CBN. This process can occur in stored cannabis that isnโ€™t kept in air-tight or cool conditions.

Given its mild effects on cognition, CBN is becoming an attractive option for therapeutic applications. Individuals looking for relief from specific ailments without disrupting their mental clarity and focus may find CBN to be a viable option.

Nine Realms CBN liquid oil close up

Key Takeaways:


CBN Origins: CBN is a minor cannabinoid that originates from the degradation of THC as it ages or is exposed to oxygen and heat, highlighting its unique formation process compared to other cannabinoids.


Therapeutic Applications: Due to its mild effects on cognition, CBN is emerging as a preferred option for individuals seeking therapeutic benefits without significant psychoactive effects, making it suitable for those who prioritize mental clarity and focus.

Potential Benefits of CBN

Sleep Aid

One of the most celebrated potential benefits of CBN is its sedative effect. Some reports and preliminary studies suggest that CBN may aid in improving sleep quality and duration.


CBN potential anti-inflammatory effects could play a role in providing relief for conditions like arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and other inflammatory disorders.

Appetite Stimulation

Early research has indicated that CBN might help in stimulating appetite. Unlike CBD, which does not seem to have the same effect, CBN might be a helpful aid for individuals who struggle with loss of appetite.

Bone Health

CBN might possess potent defensive characteristics beneficial for maintaining bone health. Research indicates that CBN can stimulate bone stem cells, leading to the formation of new bone structures. Additionally, CBN could play a role in decreasing bone deterioration, and aid in the recovery process.

Female in bed drinking tea

Further Readings

โ†’ How does CBN compare to CBD, THC and other cannabinoids?

โ†’ Why CBN is a promising cannabinoid for regular consumption?

"Every night is the perfect night for CBN."

CBN vs Other Cannabinoids


While CBN potentially acts as a non-psychoactive sedative and supports bone health, CBD is more abundant in hemp, offering relief from anxiety, depression, and pain.


CBN, essentially aged and less potent THC, is anticipated to have some effects. However, itโ€™s crucial to clarify that although CBN is a cannabinoid closely related to THC, the effects of hemp-derived CBN are not as psychoactive or intense as those associated with THC.


CBN, found in higher concentrations in aged cannabis, may offer sedative benefits, whereas CBG, a precursor to other cannabinoids, might possess stimulating properties since it's only found in newly grown cannabis plant.


CBN occurs naturally in the cannabis plant and does not produce psychoactive effects, making it suitable for various uses. In contrast, H4CBD is often synthesized in a lab, and it boasts greater potency and light psychoactive effects.

Nine Realms CBN Flower rolled in the joint and tray with rolling papers

Why choose CBN Products?

100% Natural

At its core, CBN is a product of nature, a cannabinoid that occurs naturally within the cannabis plant. It's untouched by artificial additives or synthetic enhancements.


CBN is a rarity in the world of cannabinoids. Its scarcity adds to its allure, making it a sought-after and unique component in the realm of natural wellness.

Holistic Benefits

Encompasses a wide range of potential benefits, addressing not just one aspect of your health but providing support for your overall well-being

CBN Formula


In summary, THCP emerges as a groundbreaking cannabinoid, setting a new benchmark in the realm of cannabis research and application. Its discovery not only expands our understanding of the cannabis plant's complexity but also opens doors to novel therapeutic possibilities.


Exceptional Potency: THCP is approximately 30 times more potent than THC, offering a powerful option for those seeking significant effects from smaller quantities.


Broad Spectrum of Benefits: From neuroprotection and appetite stimulation to aiding in sleep and reducing muscle spasms, potential benefits signal a promising future in cannabis-based therapies.


Distinguished from Other Cannabinoids: With a unique chemical structure that enhances its interaction with the body's endocannabinoid system, THCP stands out not just in potency but also in its potential for more profound, long-lasting effects compared to THC, HHC, HHCP, and H4CBD.

As the cannabis community continues to explore the depths of this plant's capabilities, the new cannabinoid represents a fascinating chapter in the ongoing journey to understand and harness the full potential of cannabis for human health and wellness.

Discover the full spectrum of possibilities with our carefully curated selection at the Nine Realms store, where every product reflects our dedication to excellence and the latest in cannabinoid research.

A man smoking Nine Realms vape

Author: Jans Beloglazovs

Emerging from Europe's strict cannabis landscape, Jan has become a known figure in the European cannabis industry through vast experience in cannabusiness and a keen understanding of the shifting trends in Europe. Co-founding the Nine Realms cannabis brand, he leverages his expertise to advocate for progressive cannabis policies and educate a broad audience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which method of consumption is better?

The optimal method for consuming CBN depends on your specific needs and preferences. CBN is available in various forms, including:

Tinctures andย oils: These allow for precise dosing and can be taken sublingually for quick absorption.

Edibles and capsules: Offer a convenient and discreet way to consume CBN, with longer-lasting effects due to slow digestion.

Vapes: Provide immediate effects as CBN is absorbed through the lungs, but the duration is typically shorter.

Topicals: Ideal for localized relief of discomfort or inflammation, applied directly to the skin.

Consider your lifestyle, the reason for using CBN, and how quickly you wish to feel the effects when choosing a consumption method.

What is the perfect dosage for a beginner?

When starting with CBN, it's wise to begin with a low dose and gradually adjust based on your body's response. A typical starting dose might range from 2.5mg to 5mg.ย 

Pay attention to how you feel after the initial doses, and you can slowly increase the amount if necessary, up to 15-25mg per dose, as tolerated and based on your needs.ย 

Since CBN effects and individual sensitivities vary, starting small allows you to find your optimal dosage without overdoing it.

What kind of effect should I expect?

CBN is known for its calming and sedative effects. While research is still emerging, users often report:

Improved sleep quality: CBN is popularly sought after for its potential to enhance sleep, making it easier to fall and stay asleep.

Relaxation: It may help in reducing stress and providing a sense of calm.

Pain relief: Some evidence suggests CBN could have analgesic properties, aiding in pain management.

Remember, the intensity of these effects can vary based on the dose and your individual response to CBN.

Can I incorporate CBN into my daily routine?

Yes, CBN can be a valuable addition to your daily wellness routine, especially if you're seeking natural support for sleep, relaxation, or pain management.ย 

Given its reputed sedative properties, incorporating CBN into your evening or nighttime routine could be particularly beneficial to help wind down and prepare for restful sleep.