Cannabigerol (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.
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.
CBG research is limited, but what is available is showing it may offer several benefits:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
For educational purposes only.