CBG is one of over 150 chemical compounds in the cannabis and hemp plants. So not to confuse you with the other well known CBD oil and THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid), CBG is creating a great deal of interest in the powerful effects it is showing promise to have.
CBG is considered to be the trailblazer for other cannabinoids. Why? The reason may be because CBG-A is the acidic form of CBG, and breaks down to form CBG, CBD, THC… when heated.
CBG vs CBD oil
Neither CBD nor CBG will get you high. They are non-intoxicating cannabinoids. They both interact in the body the same and may have anti-inflammatory effects (1).
CBG is showing to have similar and different health benefits than CBD. The most significant difference between CBD and CBG is the amount of research done. What little there is, we will cover below.
The benefits in research
CBG research is limited, but what is available is showing it may offer several benefits:
- Inflammation CBG seems to reduce the inflammation according to a 2013 study conducted on mice (2).
- Bladder dysfunctions This study looked at five different cannabinoids and how they affect the bladder. It concluded that CBG shows the most promise for assisting bladder dysfunctions (3).
- Bacterial infections This study suggests that CBG may kill bacteria (4).
- Appetite loss A study on rats provides interesting research that shows CBG could stimulate the appetite (5).
Even though these studies are incredible, they do not confirm the benefits of CBG. Much more research is needed to understand how CBG works in the body altogether.
CBG and medication interference
CBD is known to interact with some medications, especially medications that come with a “grapefruit warning.” We do not, however, know if this same warning applies to CBG.
We suggest talking to your healthcare provider before trying CBG oil if you are on any medication.
Is CBG safe?
Although there are no known adverse side effects of CBG, they could still exist. More studies are needed to determine if they exist, so for now, if you decide to consume CBG, you do it at your own risk.
Pregnant or breastfeeding people should avoid CBG until it is known to be safe for them to use. Children should not consume CBG until more studies are complete.
It is always a good idea to speak to your healthcare provider before trying any new supplement.
CBD and CBG in harmony
CBG oil is often mixed with CBD oil in a single product. Whether in a softgel or a gummy, Nano CBD, combined with CBG, has been shown to have the most significant effects. (For more on Nano CBD, check out this blog post). CBG and CBD work together, in harmony, to provide a blend of cannabinoids with incredible effects. CBG may be taken at any time of the day to assist with symptoms.
Check the company out
Purchasing CBG products that are tested by a third-party lab is critical. This lab report, or certificate of analysis, should be available for you to view online or in-store. Lab tests will confirm the cannabinoids in the product; companies should list the amount of those cannabinoids on their labels. Some lab tests also include heavy metals, mold, and pesticide results.
Reputable companies should have:
- Certificate of analysis available for you to see
- A website
- A phone number and email contact
- An ability to return a product
- Customer service support
To Sum It Up!
While CBG shows great promise, it is essential to remember that very little research has been performed around the exact benefits. Still, anecdotal evidence suggests it may be great to assist pain and inflammation and possibly provide other much needed natural benefits.