The Differences Between CBD and CBG

On the hunt for more information regarding CBG? You’ve come to the right place. Continue reading to learn more about it, and how it compares to CBD. 

What is CBG?

Short for cannabigerol, CBD is a crucial phytocannabinoid in large part because it is the precursor for several other phytocannabinoids like CBD, CBN, and CBC. All of these phytocannabinoids develop naturally within the growing hemp plant. CBG acts as a building block for other plant compounds, however, CBG is regarded as a minor cannabinoid. 

CBG is similar to CBD in that it is non-psychoactive, which means that you won’t feel high when you consume it. 

CBG works to help make CBD and CBDB within the hemp plant±these substances have different chemical structures but act similarly. Studies show that CBG interacts with CB1 receptors, which are mostly found in our central nervous system and spinal cord, and balances the effects of other cannabinoids. Additionally, research suggests that when CBG interacts with CB2 receptors it may play a significant role in helping to regulate bodily functions and systems. 

Are there benefits of CBG? 

CBG has been analyzed by numerous scientific studies, and the potential benefits have all claimed to be similar. Studies reveal that CBG does a phenomenal job of easing everyday anxiety and stress. When studied on animals, the results suggest that CBG is effective in managing anxiety, stress, and muscle tension by moderating the brain chemical that is known as GABA. 

Additionally, studies link CBG to therapeutic benefits such as:

  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Inhibiting tumor growth
  • Treating Huntingdon’s disease
  • Treat glaucoma 

As with any supplement or remedy, results can vary from person to person. If you are seeking out CBG for the treatment of any of the mentioned ailments, you should consult with your trusted health care provider first. 

What Is the Difference Between CBD and CBG? 

As we explained, CBD and CBG are both found within the cannabis plant and offer a host of non-intoxicating benefits. 

CBD has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors and interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), while CBD is thought to interact with the brain’s cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. 

Because more research is needed in order to determine more similarities and differences between CBD and CBD, many experts recommend caution when considering implementing CBG into your routine until further research has become available. 

Which Should I Use?

Because of the recent demand in both science and manufacturing, getting your hands on products that contain higher levels of CBG in hemp extracts have become more accessible. As continued research occurs and more studies are conducted, there is a great chance that CBG-dominant hemp extracts and extract with higher amounts of CBG will become available. 

You can expect to see this in oils, edibles, and topical products. Similar to CBD, when using CBG, you can gradually increase or decrease the amount in which you consume or apply it, depending on how your body is reacting to it. 

Once CBG products become more readily available, it’s up to you to find the one that works well for your body. Some may want to stick to high-quality CBD products, while others may venture into the world of CBG to see if the benefits differ—only time will tell!



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