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What is CBN and how much should you take?

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CBN | Cannabinol

If you’ve ever wondered what CBN is or how much you should take, you’re not alone. Many people are curious about this minor cannabinoid, which has recently gained popularity. Here, we will explain what CBN is, how much people take depending on their tolerance to other cannabinoids like THC, and detail some of the therapeutic benefits of CBN based on current research.


What is CBN?

CBN, or Cannabinol, is considered a minor cannabinoid because the cannabis plant biosynthesizes tiny amounts of it. Many people describe CBN as a degraded byproduct of THC, which is only partly true. As THC ages and is exposed to oxygen, UV light, heat, and other environmental factors, it changes molecular shape and converts into CBN. However, CBNA is naturally produced by the plant, which then converts to CBN as it is exposed to the elements. 

Still, whether the plant naturally produces it or it’s a byproduct of THC, CBN is found in small quantities in the plant – this is why it’s much more expensive than THC and CBD.

Even if a high-THC cannabis product, like a flower or a concentrate, is exposed to the elements, research by the WHO shows that it takes a very long time for significant amounts of THC to convert into CBN. So, suppose you’ve got some old joints sitting around, and the high feels different than it initially did. In that case, it’s most likely due to the terpenes evaporating, which are incredibly more volatile than cannabinoids, and is why the experience was different, not because of THC to CBN conversion.

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How potent is CBN compared to THC?

Dr. Ethan Russo explains in this Shaping Fire podcast that CBN is about a quarter of the potency of THC at CB1 receptors. If this is your first time listening to the podcast, we highly recommend it! Dr. Russon does a fantastic job busting a few cannabis industry myths and even dives into the details of why you need a lot more CBD than you’ve been told. Except for us, we keep it real!

Now, just because CBN is a quarter of the potency of THC at CB1 receptors, it doesn’t mean that you will feel a quarter of the high or any high at all. Based on our experience here at Future, along with a lot of anecdotal experiences that many of our friends and customers have shared, those with a decent tolerance to THC rarely feel any bit of a high from CBN. Your tolerance to THC will directly impact the experience you have from CBN. How CBN is consumed also influences how it may affect you. Most noticeable effects are generally minimal when ingested orally as an edible or capsule. However, if you were to dab CBN isolate, you’ll most likely feel “something.” 

If you have a very low tolerance to THC or rarely consume it, there is a chance that you may feel a mild buzz from CBN, but don’t be disappointed if you don’t!

Something significant to understand is that you don’t need to feel high to experience therapeutic benefits from cannabinoids. In fact, you can take minimal amounts of THC without feeling anything at all, and it can work wonders. Sativex, which is a prescription-based cannabis product available in 30+ countries (not the US), contains about a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD with only 2.5 mg of THC. A little goes a long way!

How can CBN help?

Since CBN and THC both directly bind to CB1 receptors, there are many potential therapeutic benefits of these cannabinoids. Although THC is much more potent than CBN, there has been a decent amount of research on the benefits of CB1 receptor agonists. Not to mention, many of the cannabinoids from cannabis, and those within our own bodies, interact with many types of receptors and have profound effects on neurotransmitters, hormones, and other chemicals within the body and brain, all of which can be incredibly beneficial.

Human research on CBN is minimal at the moment. However, many of the benefits of THC and CBD are similar to those of CBN. A recent article published in 2024 detailed that CBN has the potential to help with many things.

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Pain Relief
  • Neuroprotection
  • Antimicrobial

Several pharmaceutical studies are also underway investigating the therapeutic benefits of CBN for various skin disorders like epidermolysis, Alzheimers, and glaucoma. 

We would like to point to a bunch of human studies like we can with CBD and THC to provide you with details on dosing and benefits, but that’s not where the industry is at yet with CBN. And, if anyone tells you to take ____ much CBN for ____ benefits, proceed with a touch of skepticism. 

The reality is, when taking minor cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, CBDV, THCV, and others, it’s going to take some personal experimenting before you figure out what, and how much of it, and in what combination, will work for you.

We only have a couple cannabinoid formulas because we want to simplify the process for newer consumers and gather as much data as possible to provide direction until more research is available.

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Wait, doesn’t CBN make you tired?

Ahhh, good question! If you’ve read more than one or two articles on CBN, you’ve heard that CBN is a natural sedative. This isn’t true, but it may be for some – it’s a tricky situation.

Again, if you listen to the podcast with Dr. Ethan Russo, you’ll hear this directly from the horse’s mouth. In a nutshell, CBN is NOT inherently sedative. It doesn’t target a receptor that makes us feel sleepy. The claim that CBN makes you sleepy most likely came from folks smoking old flower from back in the day. Since the flower was old, many of the more stimulating terpenes evaporated from the flower, creating a “less stimulating” experience.

Many folks also attributed amber to brown colored trichomes on flower to be full of CBN. Unfortunately, the color of the trichome doesn’t necessarily represent the chemistry within. As flower ages, a lot of the chemistry within oxidizes, which can change the color of the trichomes, but that doesn’t mean significant amounts of CBN, if any, are present.

Now, if you smoke flower with much less stimulating chemistry, the sensation would be more calming. But since placebo and the power of suggestion play such a huge role in things we consume, the very notion of consuming CBN for sleep is enough to make it happen. Not to mention, many people take CBN at night, so you have to consider set and setting.

As explained, it’s a tricky situation. With the number of people claiming to feel calm or sleepy after taking CBN, there has to be some truth in the matter, regardless of what the research says.

While formulating our Cosmic Gummies, we found that the CBN in the All Night gummies had a more calming effect than the All Day, even without telling people there was CBN in them! But it didn’t affect everyone the same.

Many health, wellness, and supplement products include marketing techniques to help guide consumers toward a particular experience. Sometimes, these techniques are based on solid research, like a sleep-aid product with melatonin. Other times, they’re based on anecdotal evidence. In other cases, they’re just a nudge to help guide you toward a particular experience. The power of suggestion is all around us, all the time, and it’s incredibly effective!

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How much CBD should you take?

I bet you saw this coming – well – it’s tricky! Since there is limited research on CBN, how much you take will be an experiment. However, since CBN has about a quarter of the potency as THC, we recommend people double or quadruple the amount of CBN they take in comparison to THC. So, if you’re used to taking a 10 mg dose of THC, then take 20-40 mg of CBN. You can increase your dose by 10-20 mg until you find a sweet spot. CBN isn’t as potent as THC, but a lot more is required than CBD. Some may find that 20 mg does the trick, while others may need upwards of 50+ mg. 

Now, suppose you’re brand new to cannabinoids in general and don’t have much experience with THC. In that case, we recommend taking 10-20 mg of CBN and then increase by 10 mg until you find the sweet spot. Remember, you may never feel a buzz from CBN, but that doesn’t mean it’s not working. Based on the research we shared earlier, you’ll see that most studies fall between 25-50 mg of CBN.

CBN Recap:

  • CBN is produced naturally by the cannabis plant and by THC as it degrades over time.
  • CBN is about a quarter of the potency of THC at CB1 receptors. Still, it could affect many more receptors throughout the body and brain.
  • Your tolerance to THC will significantly impact how CBN makes you feel.
  • Some people don’t feel any buzz or high from CBN, while others do.
  • Human research on CBN is limited, but CBN has the potential to do many of the things THC and CBD are capable of.
  • CBN isn’t naturally sedative by itself, but depending on the setting and expectations you have when consuming CBN, you may get an incredible night’s sleep!

If you’re new to CBN, we recommend trying out our 3-COMP formulas or getting some CBN isolate and making your own CBN-only infusion so you can determine your CBN-only sweet spot dose!

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Disclaimer: These recommendations are based on CBN research and anecdotal experiences from folks in the industry and at Future Compounds. Consult your physician before making any lifestyle changes.



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