CBG (Cannabigerol) - Frequently Ask Questions

What is CBG?

CBG is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp, and stems from CBGA. CBGA is just the acidic version of CBG. As cannabis grows, almost all of the CBGA in a plant converts to either THCA or CBDA. By harvest time, CBG content is around 1% or less in most strains. That, however, will be changing soon, as growers are working on making CBG-heavy strains. With research showing some significant potential benefits associated with CBG, the pace of experimental breeding in this area is expected to boom. Much like THC or CBD, CBG impacts our bodies with a number of effects, making it more and more desirable as we learn what it does. 

What are the benefits of CBG?

CBG works to fight inflammation, pain, nausea and works to slow the proliferation of cancer cells. Research has shown it also significantly reduces intraocular eye pressure caused by glaucoma. Strains high in CBG will be beneficial treating conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, and cancer.

What does CBG stand for?

Cannabigerol (CBG) is a cannabinoid, meaning it's one of the many chemicals found in cannabis plants. The most well-known cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but there's recently been more interest in the potential benefits of CBG.

Is CBG an Indica or Sativa?

Much like CBD, Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive ingredient of the Cannabis Sativa flower. The differences between both are slight, but perhaps the most important one is that CBG is a naturally occurring cannabinoid, while CBD is not. We'll look into the ins and outs of CBG further down the line.

Is CBG good for anxiety?

“But it displays a very strong anti-anxiety effect and it also has muscle relaxing effects, maybe even more than THC. Scientists believe that CBG binds to certain endocannabinoid receptors in the brain that mitigate anxiety and pain.

Can you fail a drug test from CBG?

It seems that while examining a handful of cannabinoids to determine which of them, if any, might react with immunoassays — the most common type of drug test available — they found that CBG will not cause you to fail a drug test but rather CBN was more likely to cause a false positive for marijuana than other cannabinoids, such as CBD or cannabichromene (CBC). Read More

Can you feel CBG?

CBG feels almost the same as CBD when you smoke or vape it. While CBD-rich cannabis can hurt your throat slightly on the way down, however, CBG usually hits smoother, making it more like THC in that way (and that way alone). 

How is CBG different than CBD?

So what's the difference between CBD and CBG? CBG is the precursor for other cannabinoids. ... While CBD has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors and interacts mostly with the endocannabinoid system on an indirect basis, CBG is thought to interact directly with the brain's CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors.

Is CBG psychoactive?

CBG is often compared to CBD because it shares many similarities and they both act on the endocannabinoid system. Both CBG and CBD are non-psychoactive which means they will not alter your state of mind in the way THC will. They can however reduce the psychotropic effect of THC if you consume a cannabis plant.

Is CBD or CBG better for sleep?

While CBD is the most widely known cannabis sleep aid, and for good reason, CBN is a natural analgesic that can in some cases be even more effective. CBG has been linked to reduced pain relating to glaucoma, headaches, or ocular pain. So it would seem that CBD is better for sleep than CBG but CBN ranks number one when it comes to sleep. 

How do you take CBG?

Like CBD and THC, CBG can also be smoked in flower form, vaped in an oil or wax, or ingested sublingually using a tincture

Why is CBG called “the mother of all cannabinoids?”

The precursor to CBG is CBGA. Before a cannabis plant reaches maturity, its CBGA synthesizes and turns into THCA, CBDA, and the precursors to several other cannabinoids. Once those cannabinoids are decarboxylated, they turn into their better-known versions: THC, CBD, etc. Without CBGA, none of these cannabinoids could exist at all.