By now, you’ve definitely heard of CBD. It’s been on the rise for a good number of years. What you might not have heard of, something equally as impactful, is CBG. If that sounds unfamiliar, you’re not alone. CBG is understudied in the world of cannabinoids, but soon that’s going to change.
CBG has always been present in flower and full-spectrum hemp products, but now, new things are happening. High-CBG products are hitting the market and changing the game. Here’s what we know.
What is CBG?
Put simply, CBG (cannabigerol) is a cannabinoid just like THC and CBD. It acts as the precursor to the rest of the 120 cannabinoids present in the hemp plant, which is a topic we’ll get into later.
A lot of people have called CBG ‘CBD on steroids,’ but it has a different place in the market than CBD. It blends well with a lot of other cannabinoids, but probably won’t replace smoking CBD flower anytime soon because it can be somewhat tricky to process. There’s a lot of details about it that researchers are still learning.
What does CBG do?
Because it’s so great for focus instead of, let’s say, relaxation, CBG is a great tool to use during the day instead of at night. Instead of relaxing you into a sleepy state, it’ll do the opposite and help you find that groove you’re searching for while you work. If mental clarity is what you seek, then CBG is the answer you’re looking for.
Just like CBD, CBG is not psychoactive and won’t get you high. But, also like CBD, CBG can have an impact on your mind. It impacts your mind not in an intoxicating way, but in a way that can help relieve mental health struggles like anxiety and depression*.
CBG can also increase your appetite*, which can be helpful for those suffering from cancer or other diseases that make it hard to maintain weight.
There’s also been research done that suggests CBG could help reduce inflammation from inflammatory bowel disease*, and might have the potential to slow down the growth of cancer cells*.
A few other conditions that CBG might be able to treat/aid* are:
- Bladder dysfunctions
- Bacterial infections
- Huntington’s Disease
Does CBG turn into THC?
Simple answer: Yes. Not-so-simple answer: But it doesn’t have to.
CBG is known as the ‘mother of all cannabinoids.’ The reason behind this is because all cannabinoids start out as CBG before they turn into their final form via differing enzymes.
So, everything begins as CBG. THC does, CBD does, they all do. The end result depends on what that CBG turns into after being exposed to heat and different growing factors in the plant’s life cycle.
What’s the difference between CBG and CBD?
While there are a few key similarities between CBG and CBD, there are some differences to note as well. Since there’s not been much research done yet on CBG, it’s certain that more information will come to light as time goes on. But for now, these are the differences that we’re aware of.
First off, the way that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system qualifies as indirect. CBG, on the other hand, interacts directly with the brain’s CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors.
Another difference to note is that while CBG can affect the appetite, that isn’t always the case with CBD.
Lastly, the way that the two cannabinoids are grown and produced set them apart. The process with CBD is well-known among growers and producers, which is why it can be carried out like a well-oiled machine. Since there isn’t as much information known about CBG and the complicated way in which it’s processed, the method isn’t quite as fluid yet.
What strains are high in CBG?
The strain SugarLeaf offers called ‘The White’ is highest in CBG.
Cofounder of SugarLeaf, Dominic Pantaleo, is very proud of this strain because it was the first of its kind.
“The White was the original CBG; it was the only one. The rumor is that it came over from Spain in a couple varieties, but Oregon CBD was the one to make it pop. Most of what you see out there is a spin-off of Oregon CBD’s version of The White, and others crossbred it to turn it into their own thing. But The White is the original CBG in the market, and still the best in the game.”
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. SugarLeaf products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.