Quelle différence entre le CBD et le CBN ? Maison Sativa

What is the difference between CBD and CBN? House Sativa

With the rise of the medical and wellness cannabis market, a variety of components of the plant are receiving increased attention. Two of the most discussed molecules are CBD (cannabidiol) and CBN (cannabinol). While these two cannabinoids come from the same plant, they have distinct characteristics and effects. This article aims to highlight the differences between these two compounds.

General Profile of CBD and CBN

CBD (Cannabidiol)

  • Origin : one of the main cannabinoids present in the hemp plant.
  • Presence : Abundant in the hemp and cannabis plant ( read our article on the difference between hemp and cannabis).
  • Psychoactive effects : Non-psychotropic (does not cause a "high" sensation).

CBN (Cannabinol)

  • Origin : Forms when THC is exposed to oxygen and degrades.
  • Presence : Less abundant than CBD, especially abundant in THC-rich recreational cannabis.
  • Psychoactive Effects : May produce mild sedation, but generally considered weakly psychoactive.

Effects and uses of CBD and CBN


  • Pain relief : Analgesic properties.
  • Anti-inflammatory : May reduce inflammation.
  • Anxiety and depression : Help in managing these conditions.
  • Sleep : May improve sleep quality through its anxiolytic effects without causing drowsiness.


  • Sleep : Known for its sedative properties, reduces the time it takes to fall asleep and limits nighttime awakenings.
  • Appetite stimulant : May stimulate the appetite in some users.
  • Anti-inflammatory : Properties similar to CBD.
  • Antibacterial properties : Potential in the fight against certain bacteria.
cannabis (hemp rich in CBD and CBN) for sleep

Common points between CBD and CBN

  • Origin : Both derived from the cannabis plant.
  • Non-psychoactive : Neither CBD nor CBN are known to cause a “high” similar to THC.
  • Safety : Considered safe, with very low potential for side effects.
  • Therapeutic : Both have potential applications in the relief of various ailments.

In conclusion

CBD and CBN, while similar in many ways, have distinct profiles that make them unique. While CBD is currently the more popular and well-studied of the two, CBN is quickly gaining notoriety as research advances. Understanding their differences and similarities can help consumers make informed decisions about which cannabinoid is best suited to their needs.

Sources :

  1. Mechoulam R, Peters M, Murillo-Rodriguez E, Hanus LO. “Cannabidiol – Recent Advances.” Chemistry & Biodiversity. 2007.
  2. Atakan Z. "Cannabis, a complex plant: different compounds and different effects on individuals." Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. 2012.
  3. Russo EB. “Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects.” British Journal of Pharmacology. 2011.
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