Some may know CBG, but others may not be so familiar. What is CBG? Is it more like CBD — or more like THC?

How do you even find CBG, and what can you expect when you consume a CBG product? Our comprehensive guide aims to answer all these questions and more. Let’s explore this exciting cannabinoid to show why it’s becoming so popular.

What is CBG?

First up, the obvious question: what is CBG? In short, CBG is a minor cannabinoid. “Minor cannabinoid” is, of course, fancy lingo that means it’s present in less than 1% of any particular cannabis strain. For example, Delta 8 THC is another minor cannabinoid. 

While CBG may not be present in most cannabis strains, it’s been recognized as a compound since the 1960s. That might be mostly because of what it becomes. You see, CBG is the precursor to CBD, THC, CBC, and all the other cannabinoids. In its CBGa form, it metabolizes into everything else.

While it was discovered in the 60s, it didn’t get the spotlight it deserved for quite a few decades. More recently, though, scientists and researchers began to explore the benefits of the cannabinoid. Now, we’re able to extract it more easily from cannabis plants, and it is a lot cheaper than the older methods. Likewise, we’re able to breed higher levels of CBG into cannabis nowadays. 

While the process might be tricky, it means we can introduce our shoppers to CBG flower strains and CBG oil. It’s how we get effective products like our:

We can also thank our expert breeders for achieving such a feat. Crossing genetics isn’t easy, especially when you’re after a specific result.


Are CBG Products Legal?

Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp is legal across the nation. That covers all cannabis strains that contain 0.3% delta-9 THC or less. 

While some states have specific laws or bans on certain products, CBG is not often noted. In fact, while there’s a lot of attention on CBD products as of late, CBG is still kept safely under the radar.

So, yes, CBG is legal! We do mean on a federal level, however. The Farm Bill doesn’t change state or area laws. Check out your state and local laws just to be sure it’s fully legal for you, though.


Is CBG Psychoactive? (Can CBG Get You High?)

Now, you might also want to know if CBG can get you buzzed. There are some psychoactive cannabinoids other than THC, after all! CBG, however, isn’t one of them.

As it happens, cannabigerol is entirely non-psychoactive. It cannot get you high, but it does stimulate the cannabinoid receptors in our bodies easier than CBD. 

Just like with CBD flower, in fact, you don’t have to worry about paranoia, anxiety, or psychoactive effects. There’s a lot to love about both types of hemp, which is why we offer both CBG flower and CBG oil.

What if I wanted it to be psychoactive?

Now, if you were hoping for something that does get you high, delta 8 THC may be more up your alley. Another legal cannabinoid, we extract delta 8 from hemp to use it in edibles, vape cartridges, capsules, and more. 

We also offer delta 8 flower. Some shoppers simply prefer the classic, traditional method of smoking or making their own edibles, and we respect that.


What Does Smoking CBG Flower Feel Like?

While some effects may be universal, each strain will give you something slightly different.

When you first puff on CBG flower, you may not notice its effects right away. Like CBD flower, it tends to build over time. Also, like CBD, some people don’t feel its benefits right away. Others, meanwhile, feel it all too intensely.

In most cases, both the flavors and effects will be subtle and soft. Many users of CBG note an increase in mental clarity and focus. 

Picture: a puff or two in the morning to get your bearings before you head out for the day. 

Or, maybe you smoke a little at the end of the day while you cool off for the evening. 

Maybe you combine it with some CBD oil for a powerful entourage effect. You can mix and match the effects with our versatile types.

It may also stimulate a combination of potential benefits. Every day, research continues to observe the countless health advantages of hemp. Unsurprisingly, since it comes from hemp, cannabigerol might provide a variety of positive properties, too.


10 Potential Benefits of Consuming CBG

For users with chronic pain, inflammation, or other ailments, smoking CBG flower or using some drops of CBG oil under the tongue might offer a completely different experience. Instead of the subtle factors it provides, the benefits are even clearer.

1. Stimulate Your Appetite

Cannabigerol has the potential to stimulate appetite. That means CBG might give you the appetite you’ve been looking for. Though the clinical trial was done on rats, it gives us a good idea as to what it can do for humans, too.

In short, CBG might help you eat. Of course, you won’t get the blazed-out munchies you might get from THC. Again, CBG doesn’t get you high. It could, however, perk up that appetite you’ve been neglecting.

2. Anti-Inflammatory

Another way CBG offers promise is through its anti-inflammatory properties. Currently, IBD, or inflammatory bowel disease, is incurable. It affects millions of people across the world. Now, though, cannabis research is seeing more of a spotlight than ever before. 

Thanks to cannabis research, we can see the potential positive impact that it could have on IBD patients. It also may affect a variety of other types of inflammation. CBG, specifically, was found to have a positive effect on negative symptoms. 

3. Potential for Pain Relief

Early studies for CBG have found that it has a number of beneficial properties, including relief from inflammation and pain. While one cannabinoid alone has its benefits, the entourage effect of cannabinoids together is so much more intense. Combining CBG with perhaps other cannabis-based products might be the ideal solution.

Everyone is different, so we recommend starting slow and working your way up. Especially if you’re after relief from symptoms, you shouldn’t expect it to happen overnight. In reality, your body needs to adjust to the daily routine of cannabis products. 

Over time, people really start to notice its effects. What you feel on the first day of consuming CBG will be miles behind your fourth week of consistency.

4. Antibacterial (and Antifungal) by Nature

In a world becoming resistant to antibiotics, CBG as an antibacterial and antifungal agent is a blessing. In fact, research shows that cannabigerol appears to be extremely effective. 

With that knowledge, it’s becoming a critical focus in research for life-threatening infections. Staph, MRSA, and other infections already resistant to many antibiotics are included in this. Research is still early on the subject, but the results thus far are promising. 

5. Neuroprotective – Good for the Brain!

This is another effect we highlighted in our other CBG guide. Cannabigerol is a neuroprotectant! In fact, it appears to have incredibly potent neuroprotective properties

While it’s good for the brain, it could also help with conditions like Huntington’s Disease. This is huge for the neurodegenerative disorder community.

6. CBG Could Enhance Your Mood

Cannabis has long since been known to help improve mood. It’s taken a bit longer to discover what inside cannabis helps to accomplish that, though. 

Many researchers observe mood-enhancing effects from a variety of compounds in cannabis. CBG happens to be one of them. As it happens, cannabigerol could help enhance mood.

It does this by stimulating the body’s natural production of anandamide, AKA our “bliss” chemical. Anandamide levels increasing in the body helps to boost the feeling of wellbeing and your overall mood.

7. Anti-Anxiety Potential

CBG also has the potential to help with symptoms of anxiety. It does this on a base, anatomical level, by inhibiting our GABA uptake. GABA is an amino acid acting as a neurotransmitter that attaches itself to various receptors throughout the brain.

More to Love About CBG

The potential benefits of cannabigerol don’t stop at these first 7. However, they are about to get a bit more specific. 

Before we dig in, we do want to stress that CBG is not considered a cure or treatment for anything. 

While we trust what researchers have observed thus far, nothing is set in stone. Further research is necessary before anything can be confirmed or concluded. 

It’s important to mention that we don’t recommend CBG as an alternative to prescription medication you may already be taking. If you do have a condition and want to incorporate CBG into your daily routine, it’s good to discuss it with a health professional first.

With that being said, three important potential benefits have come to the surface thanks to cannabis research. Let’s take a look at what else CBG might help with:

9. CBG could potentially help reduces the effects of colitis. 

A chronic digestive disease, colitis is inflammation of the inner lining of the colon. Since we know CBG can provide other anti-inflammatory effects, relief from colitis was also observed in the clinical trial. 

10. Could Inhibit the Growth of Cancer Cells

We see this effect from a review on the antitumor activity that comes from plant-derived, non-psychoactive cannabinoids. CBD, of course, has been studied the most extensively thus far. However, CBG, CBN, and CBC were each also included. 

11. Relieves Intraocular Eye Pressure

Lastly, but certainly not least, CBG appears to help relieve pressure on the intraocular eye. This makes it a potential novel treatment for glaucoma. We’re excited to see more research as it comes out on the subject.

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Where to Get CBG Products

We hope you’re able to take away from this guide what CBG could potentially do for you. Now that you know more, it’s time to give it a try:

Everyone is different, so it may take some experimenting to discover the right option for your preferences and needs. Try one of more of our CBG products today to see if it’s the perfect cannabinoid for you.