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What Are CBN Gummies and What Do They Do? [A Comprehensive Guide]

CBN gummies are becoming an increasingly popular before-bed supplement that promises to help with your overall sleep quality and night pains. Is that all cannabis-industry hype? Or is there a good reason that CBD brands are diversifying with this new cannabinoid? 

Here’s everything that you need to know about CBN gummies. 

What Are CBN Gummies?

CBN gummies are gummy infused with the cannabinol (CBN) cannabinoid. Broad and full-spectrum CBN gummies do contain additional cannabinoids like CBD and THC. CBN gummies made with CBN isolate will only contain the CBN cannabinoid. 

You can figure out which your CBN gummies are by looking at third-party certificates of analysis. These lab documents will show you if your gummies contain any additional cannabinoids, and if your gummies contain the advertised amount of CBN. 

Certificates of analysis can look like highly technical documents— learn about how to read them here. 

What Do CBN Gummies Do? 

CBN is a still relatively new cannabinoid, but there are a few studies that suggest taking CBN gummies may help with:

How Do You Take CBN Gummies To Sleep? 

As with any supplement, you’ll want to give your CBN gummies some time to take effect. After taking a CBN gummy, the average user can expect to feel their effect within 30 to 120 minutes— in line with what we know about cannabinoid-infused foods. 

A word of caution: don’t take your CBN gummies, wait 10 minutes, and take another. This is especially true for CBN products that are also infused with melatonin. Taking too much melatonin can work against the CBN and make you restless

Do CBN Gummies Make You Groggy In The Morning? 

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this. Your grogginess after taking CBN gummies will depend on your dosage, how long before bed you took them, if they are full-spectrum or not, and other factors unique to you. 

Our recommendation is to start slow and work your dosage up gradually as needed. One of the benefits of CBN gummies is their consistent dosing. If you’re noticing that one gummy an hour before bed is making you groggy, try taking one-half of a CBN gummy 90 minutes before bed and see how that makes you feel. Dosing your CBN gummies is all about finding your sweet spot. 

Do CBN Gummies Make You Hungry?

In other words: Will taking CBN gummies give you the munchies? 

There is evidence to suggest that CBN acts as an effective appetite stimulant. But will taking CBN gummies make you raid the fridge in the middle of the night? Probably not. 

What is CBN? 

CBN, short for cannabinol, is one of the more than 100 naturally-occurring chemicals— cannabinoids— that are produced by the cannabis plant. 

CBN is more of a unique cannabinoid than most though, mainly because it’s a by-product of THC oxidation, meaning that as THC is exposed to heat, light, and air it breaks down into CBN. 

What’s the Difference Between CBN and CBD? 

CBN is similar to CBD, but they are different cannabinoids. While both are thought to help manage sleep and pain, the main differences between CBN and CBD include: 

How CBN and CBD Interact With Your Body

CBN and CBD interact with your body’s native endocannabinoid system, but they do it differently. While CBN binds with your CB1 receptors, CBD doesn’t bind with any of your CB receptors. Instead, it’s believed that CBD facilitates the binding of other beneficial endo- and phytocannabinoids

Where the Cannabinoids Come From 

CBN comes from the breakdown of THC through a process called THC oxidation. 

CBD and CBDa (CBD’s acidic precursor molecule) are produced by a maturing hemp plant. In other words, CBD is ready out of the box, while CBN takes more time. 

Some CBD Medications are FDA-Approved 

CBN research is still very much in its infancy. 

There has been at least one CBD-derived medication that’s been approved by the FDA for use in humans. Epidiolex is supposed to help manage seizures in patients with very rare forms of epilepsy. 

CBN Gummies: Frequently Asked Questions 

Can You Mix CBN and CBD Gummies? 

Yes, you can mix CBN and CBD gummies. Doing so may enhance your desired effects via something called the “entourage effect.” 

This is when you take multiple cannabinoids, a spectrum for those familiar with broad and full-spectrum cannabis products, to make the cannabinoids work better together. The theory is that the more than 100+ cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant are supposed to be consumed together and are more effective than when you consume one at a time. 

Do CBN Gummies Have Any Side Effects?

As of this writing, there aren’t any known side effects to using CBN gummies that we know of. That doesn’t mean that aren’t any. 

If we extrapolate side effects based on what we know about CBD, we might make an educated guess that misuse of CBN gummies may cause:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Upset Stomach

Will CBN Gummies Interact With My Medications?

CBN is known to interact with certain medications. You should talk to your pharmacist before adding CBN gummies to your nighttime routine. 

How Many CBN Gummies Should I Take? 

That depends on the strength of the gummy and your tolerance. Always read your product labels and your certificates of analysis

We here at Sunset Lake CBD recommend starting with a low dose and adjusting your dosage as needed. 

Will CBN Gummies Show Up On a Drug Test?

CBN, like CBD, does not contain any THC and should not show up on a drug test. 

However, your CBN product may be considered “full-spectrum” and may contain trace amounts of THC which, if you ingest, could register on your standard urine-analysis drug test. 

Read more about your CBD and drug testing here.  

Are CBN Gummies Legal? 

Yes, CBN gummies are legal, but only if the CBN is derived from hemp plants that contain less than 0.3% of delta-9 THC,  otherwise they would be considered a recreational cannabis product. 

CBN Gummies: The Takeaways 

CBN gummies do offer an exciting and tasty option for folks looking to potentially improve the quality and quantity of their sleep. Before you buy, be sure that you’re doing some research into the quality of the CBN gummies and the company that you’re purchasing from. Always ask for test results!

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