The main differences between these cannabinoids lie in their molecular structure, pharmacology, and therapeutic effects. CBG may have a greater impact on appetite stimulation, and CBG has been shown to act in different ways than CBD when compared on a therapeutic level.
First of all, what is CBG?
CBG stands for cannabigerol. It’s a cannabinoid expressed in hemp plants that is similar to CBD. But it’s less widely known and thus CBG-rich strains are harder to come by & more rarely grown. CBG is, however, becoming more and more popular as more research is conducted to understand it’s true benefits.
What is CBG Used For?
CBG is a cannabinoid found in hemp plants that has been a recent topic of research & discussion due to its similarities to CBD. Using an oil tincture that contains high levels of CBG is a great way to give your endocannabinoid system that extra push when your regular CBD intake isn’t giving you enough relief.
Is CBG better than CBD? What’s the difference?
CBG and CBD are two separate cannabinoids, which means they are similar in some ways and different in others. A good way to think about cannabinoids in this sense is to compare them to citrus fruits.
Does CBG get you high?
No. CBG will not get you high. Like CBD, it is non-psychoactive, non-intoxicating, and is mainly touted for its potential therapeutics benefits.
How will CBG make me feel?
CBG reacts with both CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors in the body, just like CBD. So researchers are hopeful that it could have beneficial therapeutic impacts to when used in similar ways to CBD. Since CBG is a non-psychoactive & non-intoxicating cannabinoid, using tinctures, smoking flowers, or using other products infused with CBG will not get you high.
CBG vs CBD: Think of cannabinoids like you think of citrus!
Take oranges, for example. Rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamins B1 & B2, high in calories & carbs, etc. The orange is a delicious fruit that comes with loads of nutritional benefits. So, yes, oranges are great. But so are lemons! Since when do you have decide on one? Adding lemons to your diet will assist your nutrition in ways that oranges will not. Why not have an orange when you feel like it, and have a nice glass of lemon water when you feel like it?
Each fruit comes with it’s own unique benefits; just like cannabinoids
Lemons naturally have more fiber & protein than oranges. Freshly squeezed lemon juice also has more vitamin C than orange juice. And similarly, limes come with their own unique benefits. Cannabinoids are no different, they all have their similarities as well as their differences.
Growing plants that express high levels of CBG is difficult
CBG sounds pretty intriguing, and it sounds like it may offer some awesome additional benefits to CBD – so why aren’t more hemp producers growing crops that yield more CBG than CBD. Well, simply put, it’s very difficult to grow.
CBG is found in much smaller concentrations within hemp plants
Because of the fact that our existing industrial hemp strains have been selectively bred to express higher levels of CBD, other cannabinoids like CBG have been left out of the picture. Your average CBD-rich hemp plant could contain 20 times the CBD compared to the amount of CBG found in the plant. This means you have to extract 20x more hemp plants just to get the same amount of CBG as you would CBD.
CBG is a costly cannabinoid
CBG is an expensive cannabinoid to actively produce & extract. You either need to grow a TON of plants, or you need to buy a large quantity of a very specific hemp seed that is known to express high levels of CBG. These seeds can be hard to come by and are, in turn, inflated in price.
CBG converts to other cannabinoids
This makes the growing process EVEN MORE difficult. Since CBG is the precursor to other cannabinoids (CBG will eventually convert to CBD or THC), this means you only have a short window of this cannabinoid’s existence within cannabis trichomes before it converts to a new cannabinoid and is no longer present in the plant. The longer your hemp plants grow and mature, the greater the chance for CBG’s conversion and the reduction of overall CBG concentration in your plant. This is why farmers growing hemp for CBG tend to harvest their plants earlier.
CBG flowers tend to appear more white & frosty
This early harvest time is the main reason for the color (or lack there of) of many CBG flowers. The longer you let cannabis buds mature, the more likely they are to turn amber in color. When you harvest early, they remain a frostier white. CBG buds are typically very frosty and have milky-white trichomes. They are also known to be less sticky, more gritty & sand-like, and thus easier to work with.
So why should I use CBG oil?
We recommend using CBG oil as an addition to your existing CBD regimen. It’s a great “as-needed” product, for days when your typical daily CBD serving is just not cutting it. For those days when you could use juuust a little more relief.
Good for those with severe endocannabinoid deficiency
We also recommend CBG oil for those that may have a more severe endocannabinoid deficiency. Because our CBG oil tincture is very concentrated with such a high level of CBG, you won’t experience any lag or dullness by combining this tincture with your normal daily dose of CBD. Instead, it will help you achieve that balance and stability that you are ultimately striving for.