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What is CBN in Gummies?

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CBD gummies are many people's favorite way to get their daily dose of CBD. Gummy candies come in a variety of delicious flavors and take the guesswork out of measuring your doses. While CBD candies aren't going anywhere, we've come across many product launches featuring minor cannabinoids that are blowing up in the CBD space.

One of which is CBN gummies, that can help you fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.

CBN or cannabinol exists in very small quantities in hemp plants (less than 0.1%). Even still, CBN has been researched to support some unique benefits to our health.

We'll discuss what CBN gummies are which will help you decide if it's worth adding to your shopping cart.

What are CBN Gummies?

CBN Gummies are edible gummies infused with cannabinol extracted from hemp or cannabis plants, offering a gentler alternative to THC. Made with both CBN and CBD, these gummies combine the effects of the two cannabinoids to aid in managing sleep and anxiety.

Raw hemp extracts are difficult to use — They're sticky, highly concentrated, taste bitter, and hard to accurately dose.

The CBD industry is notorious for its lack of FDA regulation, which is why it's important you shop for a CBN gummy from a reputable brand that shares independent lab results and values transparency. 

How Do CBN Gummies Work?

Cannabinol gummies work similarly to effect of CBD gummies.

They combine a hemp extract with a soft gummy candy formula to deliver the benefits of CBN with consistent doses and a palatable flavor.

Cannabinol interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system to support homeostasis (balance) for optimal function. The ECS is involved in regulating a number of critical systems including our hormones, stress, sleep-wake, metabolism, memory, and mood.

CBN gummies and CBD gummies helps tone the endocannabinoid system by supplementing plant-based cannabinoids that may be an effective way to support a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

What CBN is in Gummies?

CBN stands for cannabinol, and it's found in hemp and marijuana plants in very small quantities, which is why it's categorized as a minor cannabinoid.

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You may be more familiar with cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the major cannabinoids — as they're the most abundant active compounds in cannabis. Looking at the molecular structures of these compounds, you'll see that THC and CBN are very similar. This is because CBN is a metabolite of THC.

CBN is more concentrated in older cannabis plants as THC oxidizes and begins to break down into CBN.

Because of its similarities in structure, CBN can bind to CB1 receptors in the brain to produce mildly intoxicating effects. However, you'll need extremely large doses of CBN to feel the same high as with THC gummies, so it's not typically used for that as CBN can be difficult to source, and it's expensive.

CBN is often marketed as a sleep support compound.

Cannabis enthusiasts have attributed the CBN as the sleep cannabinoid because older marijuana plants with elevated CBN seemed to support a night of more restful sleep. On its own, cannabinol doesn't have enough evidence to suggest it can help with sleep. It's best combined with other cannabinoids.

What Are The Benefits Of CBN in Gummies?

In the last several years, most of the research in the cannabis space centered around THC and CBD.

Most recently, researchers have looked into minor compounds like terpenes, CBG, and CBN to find out how they contribute their own set of effects alongside CBD to support the endocannabinoid system.

Here are some of the ways that CBN may be helpful for your wellness regimen. 

CBN May Support Sleep Combined With THC Or CBD

CBN is often marketed as a sleep support supplement. However, on its own, cannabinol isolate doesn't show convincing evidence to support that it makes you fall asleep or stay asleep.

CBN is much more effective alongside other cannabinoids and terpenes, where it can help to increase CBD absorption and support benefits towards relaxation. 

A study that investigated CBN's sedative qualities found that it didn't make subjects sleepy at all when using an isolate extract. However, when combined with 5MG THC, it was able to help subjects fall asleep without experiencing groggy side effects the next morning [1].

CBN May Support Mental Focus

It's not uncommon to experience brain fog when you're under a lot of pressure from school or work.

CBN has been researched for its effects on brain health in animals and has shown to support a healthy inflammatory response in the brain to protect neurons to improve messaging signals.

Again, this research was conducted with full spectrum CBD with high levels of CBN — so on its own, CBN is not as convincing as a brain health supplement.

CBN Supports A Calm Mood

Stress can wreak havoc on our health, impacting our sleep, concentration, and mood.

When our stress hormones are out of control it can be difficult to reach baseline again. Similar to CBD, CBN may support a calm mood through its effects on GABA in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that counteracts stress hormones. Higher levels of GABA in the brain have been shown to induce a sense of calm and improve one's overall sense of wellbeing. 

CBN Helps To Reduce Discomfort

CBD, CBN, and THC have unique effects on the vanilloid receptors, which influence our perception of discomfort.

Elevating our endocannabinoid levels may help to reduce discomfort, which is extremely beneficial for active individuals who are prone to post-workout soreness.

The Top 3 Benefits Of Cannabinol Gummies

1. Beginner-Friendly

Pre-measured CBN gummy candy is popular for first-time users. There's no need to mess around with measuring CBN oil and it doesn't require extra equipment to get started like you would with vape products. Simply chew a gummy once per day to receive the benefits.

2. Avoids Hempy-Flavor

Many people are off-put by the natural earthy, slightly grassy taste of hemp extracts — it's an acquired taste. CBN candy is the answer to this because they taste like candy you grew up with with all the benefits hemp has to offer.

3. Will Not Get You High

CBN gummies are made from hemp crops that are well within the legal threshold of 0.3% THC. You will not experience a high with these gummies. In fact, they can help you maintain focus and clarity throughout the day thanks to their ability to support brain health and give you a sense of calm. 

Why Buy Full Spectrum CBN?

Minor cannabinoids are having their moment in the spotlight as more research emerges about their potential health benefits.

While you may encounter CBN isolate or distillate products on the market, we advise shopping for a full spectrum CBN gummy instead.

There is no evidence to support that CBN on its own is much more effective as a supplement. CBN has been shown to be more effective as part of the entourage effect in full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD extracts than on its own.

THC, CBD, and CBN certainly aren't the only compounds that produce health benefits.

The hemp plant produces aromatic terpenes and other phytonutrients that help with the absorption of cannabinoids and increase their overall efficacy in the body.

Neurogan believes in offering hemp-based products formulated as close to as nature intended them in order to leverage plant synergy for a balanced and potent effect profile.

How To Tell You're Buying Full Spectrum

If you're ever unsure about a product's cannabinoid or terpene profile, it's best practice to look at the company's certificate of analysis on their extracts.

Third-party lab testing is becoming a standard practice in an effort to provide customers with transparency. It's best to shop with brands that value this transparency and safety. The certificate of analysis should indicate the terpenes and cannabinoids present and in what quantities. Full spectrum hemp products will contain a diverse range of both and up to 0.3% THC.

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  1. Russo, E. B. (2011). Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid‐terpenoid entourage effects. British journal of pharmacology, 163(7), 1344-1364.
Katrina Lubiano

BA in English Katrina has always had a passion for health sciences and literature. She works as a content writer, editor, and strategist in the health and wellness space, primarily focusing on cannabis education. She’s written well over 400,000 words on the subject—including demystifying laws a...

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