Understand the effects and benefits of CBG vs CBD
Although best known for its star cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), the hemp plant has dozens of other cannabinoids.
Recently, there’s been a ton of buzz around cannabigerol (CBG). This wellness-enhancing cannabinoid can be used alone or in complementary combination with CBD.
Origin of CBG
Discovered in 1964, the same year that scientists isolated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBG is called the “Mother of All Cannabinoids” because it is a precursor of CBD and Delta-9 THC, the two most popular cannabinoids in cannabis.
CBG levels are relatively high in the hemp plant only until its buds flower, after which most of the compound is converted into CBD and Delta-9 THC. After maturation, about 1% of the hemp plant is cannabigerol.
Origin of CBD
CBD is the predominant cannabinoid in the hemp plant, typically constituting between 15% to 25% of its total chemical composition. First discovered in 1940, CBD is responsible for most of the plant’s known effects.
Anyone consuming a whole-flower product is primarily consuming cannabidiol; hemp has only minor amounts of other compounds.
Psychoactive Potential of CBG and CBD
Neither CBG nor CBD is psychoactive. Because they don’t act on the CB1 receptors in the brain responsible for intoxication, not even large doses will get you high. Nor will either compound prevent you from passing a standard drug test.
CBG vs CBD Benefits
CBG interacts with two types of cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system: CB1 receptors, in the nervous system and endocrine system; and CB2 receptors, in the immune system and digestive system.
Using pure CBG isolate may help regulate all four of these systems, but CBG is more likely to interact with CB2 receptors. Because of this, its effects on digestive and immune functions are more potent.
Even so, researchers have found evidence for effects on a variety of CB1-mediated processes.
- Antibacterial effects. Researchers are looking at the role that CBG plays in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
- Anti-inflammatory effects. The most potent effect of CBD seems to be anti-inflammatory, which is especially helpful to the digestive tract.
- Relief of discomfort. Both the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of CBG may help relieve physical discomfort.
- Appetite stimulation. CBG also stimulates appetite, enabling persons who have trouble eating enough food because of illness or other reasons to consume more calories and nutrients.
- Energy. Thanks to its relationship with anandamides, neurotransmitters that make us more productive and energetic, CBG seems to improve physical and mental performance.
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Like cannabigerol, cannabidiol affects both CB1 and CB2 receptors. Although CBG tends to interact with CB2 receptors in the immune and digestive systems, CBD products provide a more diverse range of benefits.
- Mood effects. CBD can soothe stress through impacting neurotransmitters in the brain, including cortisol and dopamine. CBD also regulates serotonin in a way that uplifts mood.
- Relief of discomfort. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol enable it to soothe pain.
- Appetite stimulation. CBD not only improves appetite but also makes eating more enjoyable by enhancing dopamine response.
- Improved sleep. Many people report that CBD helps them sleep better, a benefit attributable to its interaction with sleep-regulating neurotransmitters like cortisol, serotonin, and melatonin.
CBD vs CBG: Which one is right for you?
The good news is that you don’t have to choose. Crescent Canna’s Full-Spectrum CBD Drops contain CBD, CBG, and CBN (and less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC). These three cannabinoids work together synergistically through the entourage effect, mutually enhancing each other’s benefits.
If you’re specifically looking for help with sleeping, Crescent Canna’s CBG + CBN Sleep Gummies are packed with 10 mg of CBD, 10 mg of CBG, 4 mg of melatonin, and 30 mg of theanine, which all work together to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
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Helen Lewis is a Marketing Manager at Crescent Canna. She specializes in writing about cannabis, with a focus on its health benefits. She graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in English.