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CBN Tinctures vs CBN Capsules – Which is Better?

Initially slow to make it to market, CBN is now widely available online and you can get it as CBN capsules, gummies, isolate and of course CBN tinctures. With so many choices, how can you determine which delivery method will work best for you?

Each option has its own pros and cons, but two seem to stand out the most due to their effectiveness – CBN tinctures and CBN Capsules. Let’s start though with a quick review of CBN, what it is, and how it works with our bodies.

CBN Tincture

What is CBN?

CBN, just like CBD, is a type of cannabinoid, also known as cannabinol. Instead of automatically being present like THC and CBD, CBN is actually a degraded version of THC.

When psychoactive THC is exposed to air, light and heat, it slowly becomes oxidized and decomposed, forming the non-psychoactive product called CBN. When derived from hemp, this version of the cannabinoid generally contains less than .03% THC making it legal for sale in the US and easily purchased online or in local dispensaries.

Compared to CBD, the number of studies and research on CBN is relatively small. However, even when looking at things at just surface level, it’s clear that CBN may just be a hidden jackpot among popular cannabinoids. The potential benefits of CBN could be very helpful to many lives, especially considering the minimal side effects there seem to be.

Besides being used as a sleep aid due to CBN’s sedative properties, CBN also seems to be able to function as an antibiotic or to battle inflammation. Some evidence even suggests that it might able to help the fight against cancer, unfortunately not curing it completely, but at least helping to treat it.

Any side effects that come around from taking a bit too much at a time is some exhaustion and drowsiness, although those may be accompanied by dizziness and a loss of appetite.

CBN Tinctures

A CBN tincture is a concentrated liquid extracted from a plant (in this case that plant is hemp) in either alcohol or a non-alcoholic liquid like MTC oil, apple cider vinegar, or vegetable glycerin.

The liquid is kept in a small bottle and is usually taken using a dropper that is connected to the lid. You can drop the liquid under your tongue for maximum absorption and count exactly how many drops you need or you can add it to food or beverages.

CBN Capsules

CBN capsules are small pill-shaped containers made from gelatin and filled with CBN in liquid form. They contain no preservatives, sugar, starch or any other added ingredients. They’re tasteless and easy to swallow.

CBN Tinctures VS CBN Capsules

CBN tinctures are generally known for their fast absorption, especially when they are taken sublingually (taken under the tongue). Their effects can kick in fast. Another plus-point for tinctures is their flexible dosage. You can easily control how many drops you take in and can adjust according to your own body’s needs instead of having to round up or down. CBN tinctures can also be stored much longer since they are kept in airtight containers and bottles.

However, tinctures have their cons too. They have a bitter taste, and the small glass bottles are fragile so transporting and handling the product will prove to be a bit of a hassle, too. Tinctures definitely aren’t cheap either with how hard it is to make and store them carefully.

On the other hand, tablets are tasteless so you can avoid any sort of bitter taste rolling around in your mouth and are much cheaper and economically better (compared to tinctures because otherwise they still have a bit of a hefty price). Since they are small and will not crack too easily, they are much better when moving about since they are easier to transport and handle.

A problem with CBN capsules and tablets is that they take some time for the effects to fully kick in and the absorption is not linear, either. Instead of a quick and even distribution of CBN, it can be slow and cluster in specific parts or go through nonuniform diffusion across the body.

These are the pros and cons of tinctures and tablets. If you’re looking for quicker results and don’t want your CBN product to be portable, then tinctures are the way to go! However, if you don’t want immediate results and want to carry them while traveling, you should choose CBN tablets. 


No matter which method you use to take in CBN, you need to monitor the amount you consume. If you take too much there will be some unwanted side effects but if you take too less the effect is diminished to the point of barely even making a difference.

It is near impossible to specify an exact dosage since every human body needs a different optimum dosage. You have to figure out with the help of guidelines on what the perfect dosage for you would be.

Always start from the minimum amount. It’s easier and safer to work your way up than try and go down.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are CBN products safe to use?

Generally speaking, yes, they are. Sadly, people try to falsely advertise products and some products are dangerous since they are made from synthetic marijuana which has some risky chemicals without explaining so on the label.

For safety make sure to read all and any labels and inquire about the products’ authenticity.

Will CBN show on a drug test?

CBN is one of the few cannabinoids that are likely to show a false positive on a drug test since it is basically a decomposed version of THC, so there is a high chance of failing a drug test if you had recently taken in some CBN.

Is it possible to overdose on CBN?

No, THC may be dangerous but CBN has not shown to interfere with receptors in the brain and therefore cannot affect the rate of your heartbeat or breathing.

Is CBN the same as THC?

Since CBN is technically the decayed version of THC, they are a bit similar. However, the oxidation and decomposition processes have changed the THC enough so that CBN isn’t doesn’t have any psychoactive effect, which is the biggest difference between THC and CBN.

Can I get high from CBN?

The ‘high’ effect of THC does not carry through to CBN, so no, you can’t.

Is CBN addictive?

Since CBN does not interact with the receptors and neurotransmitters in our nerve synapses it does not cause our brain to create a dependent relation with it. CBN is not an addictive substance.

Do I need a prescription to purchase a CBN product?

Technically speaking, no, you do not, but it’s always better to at least consult your health advisor to make sure you won’t have any allergic reactions and keep going to regular check-ups during the time you are using the product.

Another thing to keep in mind while buying CBN products is to make sure that you get it from a good and reputable brand. 

So, what are you waiting for? Try out these CBN products today and experience the beneficial effects of CBN for yourself! After all, your body is worth all the care it can get.