What is cannabinol (CBN)?

Cannabinol, also called CBN, is an organic compound found in Cannabis sativa. It belongs to a unique family of chemicals called phytocannabinoids—a family that’s become known for its vast influence on the human body.

By expertly isolating high levels of CBN from naturally grown hemp, Cibdol has created a diverse range of CBN oils to support your wellness journey.

What are cannabinoids?

Technically, there are several different types of cannabinoids, with the two most notable being phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids. The former are found inside plants such as hemp, Echinacea, and tea shrub, while the latter exist innately inside humans and other animals. In fact, endocannabinoids occur inside all mammals—household pets included!

It's common for people to use the term "cannabinoids" to refer to the variety found inside plants, so don't worry if you notice the "phyto" element missing. And, although the discovery of cannabinoids is undoubtedly intriguing, they do not work alone. The human body has evolved to take advantage of the biological changes caused by cannabinoids with a very talented network of receptors.

How does the endocannabinoid system work?

Inside all of us is a vast regulatory network called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Attached to this network—at key locations—are cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). When a receptor detects cannabinoids, the two interact, prompting changes at a biological level. These interactions take place at locations throughout the body, such as:

• Brain
• Digestive system
• Immune system
• Skin
• Central and peripheral nervous system

However, not every cannabinoid interacts with every receptor at all locations. Instead, cannabinoid receptors operate using a lock and key principle. Unless the chemical structure of a cannabinoid (the key) matches the shape of a receptor (the lock), the two will not interact. Because of this unique mechanism, a full spectrum of cannabinoids could play a significant role in well-being thanks to near-infinite lock and key combinations.

How is CBN formed?

While hemp is home to over 100 different cannabinoids, they don't all exist at the same time or in the same ratios. As the plant develops, it creates various cannabinoids via biosynthesis, while decarboxylation and degradation give rise to others.

It requires expert knowledge of the cannabinoid pathways to isolate CBN because it does not stem directly from the precursor cannabinoid CBGA. Instead, CBN is the degraded product of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Inside the Cannabis sativa species, THC first exists as THCA, a raw, acidic compound. THCA will gradually degrade to CBNA after prolonged exposure to sunlight (UV) and air. However, once degraded, CBNA can be activated via heat (decarboxylation) to remove the extra carbon molecule and create CBN.

How does CBN work?

All cannabinoids interact with the body via the endocannabinoid system, and CBN is no exception. The primary role of the ECS is to maintain balance between various biological functions. When the body is in a balanced, or homeostatic, state, it's better equipped to deal with disease and disorder.

To monitor and promote a state of balance, the ECS relies on cannabinoid receptors (CB1/CB2). These receptors have the power to trigger dozens of subtle changes in memory, learning, digestion, metabolism, thermogenesis, and more. However, as we've outlined above, the outcome depends on the receptor's location, its type, and the interacting cannabinoid.

CBN shows a strong affinity for CB2 receptors, which are mainly expressed in the immune system, and a mild affinity for CB1 receptors, located chiefly in the brain.

What are the effects of CBN?

Research into the potential influence of CBN is ongoing, with studies taking place all over the world. A significant advantage of CBN is, despite its link to THC, the cannabinoid does not produce psychotropic side effects.

Early evaluations of the cannabinoid suggest CBN's interaction with CB1 and CB2 receptors may influence the following:

• Stimulate appetite
• Promote healthy sleep function
• Activate the immune system
• Protect against symptoms of ageing

Should you use CBN oil for your condition?

Scientific understanding of CBN is still in its infancy. Despite the encouraging results of preclinical studies, long-term effects in human patients remain to be seen. While the cannabinoid shows a positive interaction with the endocannabinoid system, the extent and viability of this interaction remains under review.

Due to inconclusive research, we cannot make any claims about CBN's potential to treat specific conditions. As such, CBN oil from Cibdol is not intended as a replacement for any form of medicine.

CBN and CBD: what’s the difference?

While both CBN and cannabidiol (CBD) are non-toxic compounds derived from hemp, they don't interact with the endocannabinoid system in the same way.

CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid found in hemp, but it doesn't bind directly with cannabinoid receptors as CBN does. Instead, it works to bolster the efficiency of the ECS, working behind the scenes to encourage the production of beneficial enzymes and endocannabinoids.

CBN is a direct antagonist of cannabinoid receptors, and its concentration inside hemp is significantly lower than CBD. It must be carefully isolated and concentrated using state-of-the-art equipment. Fortunately, despite their differences, the two cannabinoids synergise exceptionally well together, and both benefit from a non-psychotropic effects profile. With their combined influence, it's possible to influence well-being on numerous fronts.

What’s the best way to take CBN?

There is no superior approach to taking CBN. CBN features in oils, cosmetics, topicals, and more, making it easy to include in your daily routine however you so choose.

Regardless of how you intend to use CBN, you should always ensure the product has been independently analysed. Cibdol prides itself on product transparency, providing customers with a detailed breakdown of the contents of each CBN oil batch.

What is CBN oil?

CBN oil is a refined, filtered, and purified combination of cannabinol (alongside CBD) and oils such as olive, hemp, and MCT. Once isolated, the cannabinoid is carefully added to a carrier oil for two reasons.

First, the carrier oil improves CBN's absorption rate. Cannabinoids are naturally hydrophobic (meaning they repel water), and, without an oil, not all of the CBN would reach its target area when consumed.

Second, carrier oils provide a host of secondary benefits, working alongside CBN’s influence. Hemp oil, for example, is packed full of antioxidants, plant proteins, and omega fatty acids, while olive oil is a rich source of monounsaturated fats, and MCT oil contains medium-chain triglycerides—an efficient source of energy.

How do you use CBN oil?

Included with every bottle of CBN oil is a convenient dropper. With it, you can place several drops of CBN either on or under the tongue. CBN consumed orally has a longer duration, but you won't notice the effects until 40–60 minutes after administration. CBN oil dosed under the tongue (sublingually) provides a more substantial impact and a quicker onset, but the trade-off is a shorter overall duration.

The difference in effects stems from the way CBN is absorbed. Consumed orally, the compound has to contend with the digestive system before passing into the liver and then the bloodstream. Sublingual consumption bypasses the digestive system, entering the bloodstream directly via tiny capillaries underneath the tongue.

You can also try adding several drops of CBN oil to food or drink if you find the taste undesirable. It's important to remember that there is no superior consumption method. Instead, you should pick the approach that best suits your needs.

Which CBN oil should you choose?

CBN oils from Cibdol come in a range of concentrations, giving customers plenty of choices. Our low-concentration oils (2.5%) are ideal for individuals new to CBN oil, or those who require a mild dose to support daily well-being. Our 5% CBN oil is moderately concentrated, and suitable for users experienced in the effects of CBN.

Cibdol fortifies its CBN oils with golden-grade CBD for an all-encompassing influence. You'll find exact details of each CBN oil, and the corresponding ratio of CBN:CBD, on the relevant product page.

How long does the effect of CBN oil last?

As we've outlined above, the effects of CBN oil are dependent on the concentration of the oil and the method of consumption. As an example, the effects of a higher concentration oil consumed orally can last up to five hours. Still, it's important to remember that timescales will change depending on factors such as:

• Metabolism
• Body fat
• CBN concentration
• Taken with or without food

To begin with, you should consider taking CBN oil at regular intervals throughout the day (up to three times per day) until you become accustomed to its effects. Once you are familiar with the influence of CBN, you can increase or decrease the dose and frequency of consumption accordingly.

Also, remember that the half-life of cannabinoids (how long they last in the body) is relatively short. So, if you are trying to address a particular condition, you should take CBN oil at intervals that will provide the greatest impact.

Can you combine CBN oils?

Yes, you can! Combining CBN oils or mixing CBN oils with other cannabinoid-infused products is entirely possible. However, to make the most of your experience, we recommend keeping a daily record of your cannabinoid intake.

You may not be using the same type of product, so tracking the number of drops, for example, won't help you monitor your intake. Instead, look at the relevant Cibdol product page, and under the “information” tab, you'll find details of the cannabinoid content in milligrams.

As you consume CBN, keep track of the daily total in mg. Then, when it comes to fine-tuning your experience, you'll have a precise and accurate dose to use as a baseline.
When you first start combining different cannabinol products, stick to your usual daily total for several days to adjust to and monitor the effects.

How Cibdol makes CBN oil

Extracting CBN requires significant expertise and state-of-the-art facilities. Cibdol utilises extensive in-house equipment to deliver CBN oils with an industry-leading level of standardisation, purity, and safety.

Starting with naturally grown hemp, Cibdol ensures all raw plant material is free from artificial additives, chemicals, heavy metals, and GMOs. Hemp flowers are checked by hand for any foreign objects, before being milled into a fine powder. That powder undergoes highly sophisticated CO₂ extraction, a process that isolates the required cannabinoids without damaging their integrity.

The hemp extract is then decarboxylated, distilled, and filtered to produce CBN extracts of outstanding quality and purity. Once mixed with the appropriate carrier oil, each batch of CBN extract is independently tested by a third-party laboratory. Results are then published on the "CBD Analysis" page on the Cibdol website so customers can verify the safety and contents of all our CBN products.

Why Cibdol uses supercritical co₂ extraction to make CBN oil

Although it's possible to extract CBN from hemp via several methods, supercritical CO₂ extraction is superior in many ways:

• Can isolate specific compounds
• CO₂ is a safe, natural product
• Doesn't damage cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids
• Used extensively throughout the food and beauty industries

The only real disadvantage to supercritical CO₂ extraction is the cost of the machinery—it cannot be performed at home as the equipment is highly specialised.


Cibdol's Swiss laboratory uses supercritical CO₂ extraction to produce the purest and safest cannabinoid-infused products on the market. The standard of our CBN oil is second to none thanks to strict quality control, pharmaceutical-grade equipment, and a cutting-edge approach to cannabinoid science.

What’s the best way to store CBN oil?

CBN oil is a perishable product and must be stored correctly to maintain its integrity and efficacy. The ideal place to store CBN oil is in a fridge or cupboard, located away from direct sunlight and fluctuating temperatures (both degrade the quality of CBN). All bottles are printed with a unique date code and batch number.

If you store CBN oil in the fridge, shake the bottle well before each use. It's natural for cooler temperatures to cause the oil and CBN extract to separate over time, but this does not affect the quality of the product.

Is CBN oil safe?

Due to its unique interaction with CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBN does not produce psychotropic side effects. However, CBN may produce mild side effects, such as:

• Upset stomach
• Tiredness
• Diarrhoea
• Changes in appetite

If you are new to CBN oils, we advise starting with a low dose, consumed once or twice a day. As you grow accustomed to its effects, you can increase the dose gradually over 2–3 weeks, or until you reach the desired outcome.

If you do experience any unwanted side effects, please cease use immediately. CBN does not stay in your body for long, and any side effects should pass in a matter of hours.

If you are unsure about the impact of CBN, or have specific questions about its suitability, we highly recommend discussing your concerns with a medical professional for case-specific advice.

Currently, CBN is not listed by the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, nor the Convention on Psychotropic Substances. However, because CBN could be considered an analogue of THC, regulations at a local level may vary. We advise checking the legislation in your home nation, while also ensuring any CBN products you purchase are derived exclusively from hemp.

Will CBN oil trigger a positive drug test?

Workplace drug tests check for a multitude of substances, one of which is THC. These tests are not designed to detect CBN, making it incredibly unlikely for CBN oil to trigger a positive result.


However, due to CBN's links to THC, inferior-quality hemp extracts may contain THC levels above the testing threshold. It's paramount that all CBN products are sourced from reputable producers and accompanied by independent analysis to minimise the possibility of failing a workplace or roadside drug test.

Why buy CBN oil from Cibdol?

The Cibdol range includes CBN oil in various concentrations, each paired harmoniously with golden-grade CBD. State-of-the-art technology and industry-leading expertise ensure all Cibdol CBN oils are unmatched in their purity and efficacy, while containing negligible levels of THC.

Buy high-quality CBN oil online from Cibdol today to experience enhanced wellness tomorrow!

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