How does CBN compare with CBD? CBD is known in the cannabis world as the “healing” non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Therein lies another difference between the two. As CBN is a by-product of THC, it’s mildly psychoactive, especially when sourced from industrial cannabis, since it cannot have more than 0.3 percent THC. It’s estimated that CBN is only 10 percent as strong as THC, meaning that one would need a big dose to make it work. Apart from their chemical formula, CBN and CBD interact with the human endocannabinoid system in fairly different ways.
CBD is a cannabinoid that occurs from the oxygenation and decomposition of THC. That’s why it’s most commonly found in aged cannabis plants and almost never on hemp that hasn’t flowered. CBN comes from stale cannabis and the breakdown of THC molecules. Until more recently, most people believed CBN to be a waste by-product, unworthy of further examination. That all changed after a study, which showed that CBN could be THE most sedative of all cannabinoids. The discovery led to a renewed interest in the therapeutic effects of CBN and its role in regulating the endocannabinoid system.