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What Are CBN and CBG – And How Are They Different?

April 24, 2020 5 min read

What Are CBN and CBG – And How Are They Different?

Have you been considering incorporating CBD or THC into your lifestyle? Are you looking to take a more holistic approach to your health? While looking for alternatives and conducting your own research on cannabis, you likely ran into the terms CBG and CBN. 

At first glance - it's easy to confuse these cannabinoids with CBD. While they all come from the cannabis plant, they are distinctly different and provide different benefits for the individual. 

The marijuana plant produces several cannabinoids – the two most of us are familiar with are CBD and THC. Besides CBD, many other lesser-known natural cannabinoids have been identified for their medicinal and therapeutic properties, such as CBN (cannabinol) and CBG (cannabigerol). 

If you're new to cannabinoids and the world of cannabis – we're here to help. 

Here's everything you need to know about the differences between CBG vs CBN:


Cannabinol (CBN) is a type of cannabinoid derived from THC molecules that come from over-ripe Sativa plants. CBN is mainly developed through the process of decarboxylation. Decarboxylation is when THC is exposed to heat, air, or light for an extended period. During this process, the THC turns into CBN. 

If you're having a hard time keeping up, just remember that the older a cannabis plant gets, the more CBN it contains.

CBN has a weaker effect on the body and only has mild psychoactive effects. No, this doesn’t mean you’ll experience the same “high” feeling you’d get from THC. However, it can provide the entourage effect. Regardless of the psychoactive effects, this cannabinoid is closely related to CBD and can be incorporated into your everyday routine the same way you'd use CBD.

Our 350mg Full Spectrum CBN oil drops contain multiple cannabinoids and a powerful proprietary terpene blend – and the combination of these plant compounds magnifies the cannabinoid through an entourage effect

The terpene blend contains hints of tart fruit and hops that are then mixed with CBD and CBN cannabinoids along with fractionated coconut oil. The drops come with an easy-drop applicator that can also be used topically on the skin, and you don’t have to worry about THC as, with all our CBD products, there is less than 0.3% of it which means no psychoactive effects.

We recommend you use it by placing a full 1ml dropper under your tongue and allowing it to absorb there for 90 seconds. You can also use it topically, which means applying generously to the skin and rubbing it in. Stay away, however, from the eyes or broken skin. The key to success is consistency, so use daily, as needed, then store in a dark, cool place.

The CBN Benefits

May Improve Loss of Appetite

CBN may work as an appetite stimulant. This can be very beneficial for individuals with cancer or undergoing chemo treatments, struggling with a loss of appetite, or struggling to keep food down.

Treat Chronic Pain

CBN has anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce inflammation and treat unwanted pain. Many individuals that suffer from joint pain or fibromyalgia may gain temporary pain relief from incorporating CBN into their routine. For the best results, apply it topically or incorporate CBN into your diet as a serum. 

Enhance Your Quality Sleep

CBN is a powerful sedative. The main side effect of taking it is drowsiness, so you'll want to be mindful of when and where you take it. However, CBN may also help individuals struggling with insomnia improve their sleep patterns and get a better quality of sleep.


CBG is produced when the cannabigerol acid (CBGA) that’s found in the marijuana plant is oxidized. And because the compound makes up less than 1% of the plant, CBG is considered a minor cannabinoid. It is non-psychoactive, so it will not get you high – in fact, it can actually fight against the psychoactive properties of THC. 

You may be wondering: What is CBG good for? 

Unlike other cannabinoids that provide a calming, relaxing effect to the individual, CBG is known for its uplifting effect. When you choose to add this cannabinoid into your daily routine and use it regularly, you can look forward to the positive, motivating feelings, and the overall mood boost. However, this positive feeling should not be misunderstood for its psychoactive effects. CBG will not cause you to become high like THC.

Our 350mg Broad Spectrum CBG Oil Drops is a 30ml bottle that contains approximately 12 mg per 1ml and has high levels of CBG. The terpene blend contains hints of tangy fruit, citrus, and sweet candy and is rounded out with a mint finish. As with the CBN drops, you can use this topically on the skin or sublingually under the tongue. Do not use around the eyes or near broken skin.

As with other broad spectrum extracts, these drops contain multiple cannabinoids with a powerful proprietary terpene blend. The combination of these plant compounds magnifies the cannabinoids through an entourage effect.

Both our CBN and CBG drops are made from hemp-derived cannabinoid-rich extracts; hemp-derived CBN extract (for the CBN drops); hemp-derived CBG extract (for the CBG drops); medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) from fractionated coconut oil; and a proprietary terpene blend. You can also be assured that, like all IGNITE products, there are zero pesticides, microbial contamination, or heavy metals, and they’re non-GMO and gluten-free.

The CBG Benefits

Skin Health

CBG has powerful antimicrobial properties, making it great for treating inflammation and irritation present on the skin's surface. When applied topically, CBG may help heal wounds and may improve your skin by restoring moisture. CBG may also be used to treat acne scars, acne and reduce the appearance of any other unwanted blemishes.

Mental Health 

CBG is known for its uplifting effect on the individual. When used regularly, it may help people combat stress, anxious feeling, depression, and other mental health disorders. CBG may also help improve your mood and enhance pleasure and motivation.

Treat Irritated Bowel Syndrome

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, studies have shown that CBG may help treat IBS and alleviate the pain associated with the symptoms. In a recent study, 605 participants saw promising results using CBG to treat their IBS symptoms. CBG may also help treat other digestive problems and improve urinary health. 

CBG vs CBN: Which is Best For Me?

At the end of the day, it boils down to personal preference. What are you hoping to seek from CBG or CBN? Which one fits your lifestyle the best? Do the CBN benefits or the CBG benefits appeal to you the most? Once you understand your personal goals, you can find the best fit for your lifestyle. 

At IGNITE, we offer high-quality CBG and CBN oil drops. Both of our products have undergone rigorous testing and are formulated with the best of the best. When it comes to incorporating CBN vs CBG into your routine, don’t forget that consistency is key. Our drops work best when they are used daily and consistently - so don’t forget to commit.

We never cut corners or sacrifice quality, so you can get the peace of mind to make IGNITE part of your daily routine. 

Start exploring our collection of oil drops today.