Cannabidiol (CBD) and Cannabinol (CBN) are two of the more than 100 natural chemicals called cannabinoids found in cannabis.
You may have heard of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive chemical present in marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD and CBN are not mind-altering. That means they will not get you high or alter your perception. Instead, they are promoted for their health benefits. However, these two cannabinoids are not the same. Although CBD and CBN both interact with the bodies endocannabinoid system, they produce different effects.
CBD is more common than CBN. Derived from hemp, CBD is legal in the United States, although state laws may vary. You can find CBD products in stores and even gas stations. It is found in a variety of beauty and nutrition products such as oils, shampoos, creams, pills and chocolates. It is also commonly used by people with symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and various forms of chronic pain and other medical conditions.
CBN, on the other hand, is not very common or easy to find. This is because there has not been much research in humans or animals on its benefits, uses and side effects. However, CBN is becoming increasingly popular for its potential benefits such as sleep and pain control.