What is CBN Oil?

CBN, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in hemp. CBN is popular for its relaxing & anti-inflammatory qualities and being an amazing sleep aid.

CBN can come with the effects of feeling drowsy, restful night's sleep, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 

  • CBD and CBN both interact with the endocannabinoid system.
  • CBN is derived from aging THC rather than the genetics of the hemp plant.
  • CBN is found in mature hemp, while CBD is the dominant cannabinoid at all stages of the plant’s life.
  • CBN is more likely to result in false-positive drug tests than other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
  • CBN and CBD offer the same benefits, but CBN is often the preferred cannabinoid for sleep.

CBN, or cannabinol, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in hemp. A non-psychoactive compound, CBN oil is popular for its relaxing and anti-inflammatory qualities. However, CBN is most widely known for being an amazing sleep aid.

Read on to learn what else makes CBN stand out from its fellow cannabinoids and other cannabidiol (CBD) products!


Yes, but it is slightly different than the others. What makes CBN unique is that, while most cannabinoids are genetically derived from CBG, CBN is a byproduct of the THC aging process. For this reason, there are no high-CBN strains available.

Light, heat, and time cause THC to oxidize and break down. As this happens, CBN is formed. This process, in part, can contribute to the sedative effects of older, poorly stored “hippie weed,” which is how CBN earned its reputation as a nighttime companion.

CBN extraction is fairly straightforward and uses CO2 or solvents to separate the unique compounds from the plant. The solution is then evaporated with heat to leave behind a high-purity CBN concentrate. It’s important to store CBN oil and other products at room temperature and not in direct sunlight to ensure they remains potent.

CBN interacts with our endocannabinoid system differently than CBD and THC. It is considered a weak CB1 partial agonist, which means it binds directly to the receptor but induces much lower effects compared to a full agonist. In fact, CBN has been shown to only produce approximately 10% of the activity of THC.


Yes. CBN was legalized years ago with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill classified hemp as a cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC. The bill legalized the entire plant, including its seeds, derivatives, extracts, and cannabinoids.

CBN is not specifically mentioned under the law, but there is no question that it is hemp-derived. This means you can easily purchase CBN oil online and have it delivered to your door in no time. The only caveat is with drug testing.


The University of Utah Health Science Center reported that CBN users should be cautious with drug testing because CBN is more likely to result in a false positive THC drug test than other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

U of U researchers spiked urine tests with pure CBD, CBN, CBC, and CBG isolates (not full spectrum extractions) and tested the samples with two common THC screens. CBN was the only cannabinoid that resulted in a false positive for one of the two tests. Because CBN comes from THC, their molecular structures are very similar. The drug tests screen for antibodies – enzymes that break down THC – which may be why CBN flunked the test.

If you want to avoid a false positive, it’s best to stick with other broad spectrum CBD products or isolates that are THC-free.

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As with many cannabinoids, there have only been a few CBN studies. Although small in number, they are big on potential results. The following is a list of potential benefits and side effects associated with CBN oil.

CBN for Sleep

Lots of medication and supplements induce sedation rather than encourage natural sleep. This can make you feel drowsy, but ultimately not lead to a restful night’s sleep.

Think of it this way: Natural sleep is a series of dreaming, not dreaming, deep sleep, and light sleep cycles. Sedation, in contrast, is more like being knocked unconscious. For an insomniac, that may sound dreamy, but in fact, it’s lacking sufficient dream stages known as REM cycles that rejuvenate our minds.

Part of the reason cannabis helps with all sorts of conditions is how it interacts with the ECS, which regulates the body’s natural processes like sleep, mood, and appetite.

There could be several issues affecting one’s sleep — pain, depression, anxiety, and more. So whatever particular ailment may be affecting your sleep, there is hope that a hemp extract can help return your basic functions to a more balanced place.

CBN vs CBD for Sleep

Research shows that other cannabinoids contribute to relaxation and restfulness, too, so which is better for sleep CBD or CBN? Anecdotally, cannabinoid users often have better results using CBN for sleep. This could be because it comes from THC, which is typically considered a sedative, despite its energizing qualities for some people.

You may also benefit from blends of CBD and CBN for sleep. The right ratio (such as 1:1) can create the entourage effect and work together to bring out the best qualities in each. Whenever you want to utilize cannabis for sleep, look for a product that contains CBN.

Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Inflammatory Properties

CBN oil has also been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. While more research is needed to understand its effects fully, some studies suggest CBN can be beneficial for treating bacterial infections.

The same is true for inflammation. Like CBD, CBN may be beneficial for treating inflammation and it can be used to create topicals to aid with pain relief and more.



While CBD oil and CBN oil have a lot of similarities, there are some unique differences to note. These can help you determine which cannabinoid may be best for your needs and wellness goals.

  • CBD and CBN both interact with the endocannabinoid system.
  • CBN is derived from aging THC rather than the genetics of the hemp plant.
  • CBN is found in mature hemp, while CBD is the dominant cannabinoid at all stages of the plant’s life.
  • CBN is more likely to result in false-positive drug tests than other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
  • CBN and CBD offer the same benefits, but CBN is often the preferred cannabinoid for sleep.



a picture of all extract labs' cbn products: isolate, softgels, gummies and chocolate

After a lot of exploration, our PM Formula was purposefully created as a full-spectrum, pure hemp extract without any other common sleep aid ingredients, as we feel hemp extraction is what we do best.

Many other CBD sleep aids on the market use various combinations of melatonin, valerian root, 5-HTP, GABA, and the like. As with our own products, we place emphasis on the individual – each individual has a unique set of circumstances and biology, and one size does not fit all.

Are you melatonin deficient? Do you need more vitamin D, less alcohol, or will a supplement help? These are questions best left for you to decide. With this approach, we leave it in your hands to decide what to take and in what combination.



Another factor to consider with those CBD sleep aid products is the difficulty in determining which ingredient is primarily helping to induce sleep. If it’s valerian root, perhaps all the other elements are not needed. By keeping those things out of our formula, you can determine what ingredient is working for you.


Since CBN isn’t genetically common in hemp, it is rare to find CBN tinctures. Our new cannabinol tincture includes 300 milligrams of CBN and 900 milligrams of CBD per bottle. The 1:3 ratio strengthens the entourage effect and compliments the benefits of each cannabinoid.

Like our softgels, our PM Formula is a full spectrum product that includes less than 0.3% THC. We recommend taking CBN tincture before bed or as part of your nighttime ritual. This can provide you with the relaxation you need to not only fall asleep but to stay asleep and enjoy a truly restful evening.


If you don’t enjoy the natural taste of CBN oil, don’t worry. There are a variety of CBN products available from Extract Labs that can easily be incorporated into your nighttime routine.

CBN PM Formula Softgels

Extract Labs PM Formula softgels are an easy and convenient way to consume CBN. Each bottle will contain a month’s worth of capsules, with each capsule containing 30mg of CBD and 10mg of CBN. Simply take one softgel about an hour before bedtime!

CBN Full Spectrum Gummies and Peak Extract Chocolate

Our gummies contain the same formula as our softgels that come in a sugar-coated treat. Our Peak Extract CBN chocolate provides a smaller dose of 2mg of CBN and 7.8mg of CBD per square. People often prefer edibles for the sustained and steady effects.


CBN isolate is pure cannabinol, which gives you complete control over how you incorporate the cannabinoid into your life. A popular option is to add CBN into nighttime tea or other relaxing drinks.


Shop all of our CBN products today and find what works best for you.


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