Understand Cannabinoids: CBN vs CBD

Understand Cannabinoids: CBN vs CBD

CBD is a powerful compound that we all know and love, but it's not the only cannabinoid contributing to your wellness. Many people are familiar with CBD. It's the compound that has put hemp extracts on the map!

Hemp extracts are more commonly referred to as “CBD”, but cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of many compounds present in both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum extracts. If this terminology sounds like a foreign language to you, don’t worry. We are going to help you become better familiarized with the difference between CBD and CBN. To do so, we’ll need to understand spectrum-types, cannabinoids, and a few other useful details about these impressive products.

What are Cannabinoids?

CBD products are known for their ability to positively influence people’s well-being. Millions of Americans utilize CBD daily to help them sleep, combat daily aches and pains, or simply as a way to stay on top of their general wellness. It's hard to doubt the benefits of hemp extracts when there's a never ending sea of testimonials praising it. But where do these benefits come from?

Scientists have yet to quantify the benefits of hemp extracts, but believe that the benefits people associate with them are related to the cannabinoids they contain. CBD is just one of 113 known cannabinoids that exist in the hemp plant. Both CBD and CBN are naturally produced by hemp, as are CBG and THC, another pair of commonly known cannabinoids.

All 113 cannabinoids are present in hemp extracts until they are refined further. Different products call for different sets of cannabinoids. Further distillation is used to remove any unwanted cannabinoids and further refine the extract. Isolate products are made by removing all cannabinoids aside from single type.

The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana

CBD has a fantastic reputation, but there is another rebellious cannabinoid that doesn’t have such a clean rap. THC is famous due to its psychoactive nature. It is the compound in Marijuana that causes the user to feel “high”.

Though many people appreciate THC for its medicinal and recreational uses, it has a checkered history in the public perception and is still illegal in many states.

We’ve all heard of Marijuana and we’ve all heard of Hemp - often, and wrongfully, used interchangeably. While these are both species of cannabis, they are very different plants with very different chemical makeup.

Hemp contains high concentrations of CBD and CBN, but very low concentrations of THC. This means that it is completely non-psychoactive. Marijuana, on the other hand, is packed with THC and typically has less CBD and CBN.

The Endocannabinoid System

Both CBD and CBN are believed to have an effect on the body due to their direct or indirect interaction with the endocannabinoid system. This is a complex system of retrograde neurotransmitters that exists in the human body.

Each cannabinoid is believed to have a unique effect on the body. This means that CBD and CBN will each affect a person differently. It’s impossible to say exactly what you’ll experience when using CBD or CBN. The best way to know how these compounds will interact with your endocannabinoid system is to try them for yourself!

Cannabinoids are completely non-toxic, even in extremely high doses. This means you can experiment and figure out what works for you without worrying.


Many people are familiar with CBD but don’t understand what “spectrum” means or what differentiates the different types. In regards to hemp extracts, “spectrum” refers to the array of cannabinoids that are present.

There are three primary spectrum-types; full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolates. Each of these contains a different set of cannabinoids and are referred to as different spectrum-types.


If you’re looking to enjoy CBD, CBN, and the entire range of 113 cannabinoids, this is the spectrum for you! Full-spectrum products contain terpenes, amino acids, and a wealth of cannabinoids including CBN, CBD, CBG, and even trace amounts of THC. The THC content in all hemp products is legally required to be 0.3% or less. This means you can enjoy your full-spectrum extracts without worrying about any pesky psychoactive effects.


Though broad-spectrum extracts don’t contain the full range of 113 cannabinoids, they still do their job wonderfully! They are also a fantastic option for those who are subject to regular drug tests. Why? Because they don’t contain any THC. In fact, that's the primary difference between broad-spectrum and full-spectrum products. Neither one of these will get you “high”, but some people still prefer to skip on the THC.

CBN Isolate

Last but not least are isolate products. It’s not 100% accurate to call these a “spectrum” because they focus on one cannabinoid at a time. Both CBD isolates and CBN isolates are available and widely praised. This is a fantastic option for the purest., or anyone who wants to understand definitively how each of these unique cannabinoids will affect them.

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24th Feb 2021 Atticus McKittrick

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