CBD, THC & CBG - Exploring Cannabinoids
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CBD vs CBN: What's The Difference?

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Despite sharing some potential properties, CBN and CBD are produced by the cannabis plant in different ways. Find out more about both of these cannabinoids and how they differ, and discover a few top-tier CBD and CBN-rich cannabis strains.

CBD (cannabidiol) and CBN (cannabinol) are two cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant. They were first discovered in the 1940s and were the first 2 cannabinoids effectively isolated from the plant. Today, scientists have isolated over 110 cannabinoids from cannabis.

Cannabinoids interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system. This system, made up of a variety of receptors cells, can mediate all kinds of bodily functions. Different cannabinoids stimulate this system in different ways and, in turn, produce different effects.

Arguably the most well-known compound in cannabis is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC was first isolated in the 1960s and is widely considered the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana.



The cannabis plant doesn’t actually produce cannabinoids like CBD and THC naturally. Instead, it produces acidic versions of these compounds first, which are later broken down to make other compounds.

The first cannabinoid acid to form in the cannabis plant is CBGA or cannabigerolic acid. As the plant matures, 4 different enzymes start breaking down this compound into CBG (cannabigerol), THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), CBCA (cannabichromenic acid), and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid).

When cannabis is harvested and cured, these acids start to break down via a process known as decarboxylation. As the cannabis is hung to dry and “cure”, the heat in the atmosphere starts breaking down carbon bonds in these acids, converting them into cannabinoids like THC, CBC, and CBD.

The Process Of Decarboxylation

The final stage of decarboxylation occurs when we consume cannabis. The heat from smoking or vaping, for example, automatically breaks down any remaining acids into compounds that are easier for our body to process. When cooking with cannabis, it’s recommended to decarboxylate your buds in the oven before using them to make oil or butter.



CBN is also produced via decarboxylation. Unlike CBD, however, it isn’t made from a cannabis acid. Instead, it actually stems from THC. When you decarboxylate cannabis, some of the THC in the plant will automatically be converted to CBN. Alternatively, you can also age any harvested buds for longer periods of time, allowing the plant to naturally break down THC into CBN.


Looking to benefit from the effects of CBD? Here are some of the top CBD strains available at Zamnesia:

Dinamed CBD Plus by Dinafem

Dinamed CBD Plus By Dinafem

With a THC:CBD ratio of 1:30, this is by far one of the most CBD-rich strains on the market. As the name suggests, this strain was bred with CBD users in mind, offering all the benefits of cannabis without the strong euphoric high of THC.

Buddha Medikit by Buddha Seeds

Buddha Medikit By Buddha Seeds

This medicinal strain by Buddha seeds boasts a massive 20% CBD and a THC level under 1%. This makes it ideal for daytime medicating, providing relief without any strong psychoactive effects. Buddha Medikit also boasts big yields, making it an attractive strain for home growers.

Nightingale by Medical Marijuana Genetics

Nightingale by Medical Marijuana Genetics

Nightingale is another great alternative to the many THC-heavy strains out there. Its CBD level consistently measures between 10 and 20%, while THC levels usually clock in at 0.68–0.9%. It boasts a sweet, smooth aroma and is great for smoking, vaping, or for making tinctures.


Most commercially available cannabis strains don’t contain high percentages of CBN. Nonetheless, here are a few strains that stand out for their CBN concentrations:

Super Silver Haze by Greenhouse Seeds

Super Silver Haze by Greenhouse Seeds

This is a big, potent sativa-dominant strain. With roughly 19% THC, it produces a strong, uplifting euphoria. Thanks to its high levels of THC, you can also let Super Silver Haze age a bit to help increase its CBN level.

Jorge’s Diamonds 1 by Dutch Passion

Jorges Diamonds 1 by Dutch Passion

Named after the infamous Jorge Cervantes, this is a hard-hitting, sedative Indica strain with a rich concentration of cannabinoids. It’s fast-flowering, easy to grow, and produces great results indoors and out. Try ageing these buds for a little longer than normal to naturally increase their levels of CBN.

Dawg Star by T.H. Seeds

Dawg Star by T

This strain is renowned for its high concentrations of both CBD and CBN. It produces strong, relaxing effects, making it particularly popular among those users looking for some rest and relief. It produces large yields and is also easy to grow.

Steven Voser

Written by: Steven Voser
Steven Voser is an Emmy Award Nominated freelance journalist with a lot of experience under his belt. Thanks to a passion for all things cannabis, he now dedicates a lot of his times exploring the world of weed.

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