Hemp and cannabis products have become a staple of many people’s wellness regimens. With a wide range of compounds and potential health benefits, cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, namely CBD (aka cannabidiol) have been in the limelight lately. There are, however, other cannabinoids, including CBG (cannabigerol) that appear to have unique therapeutic benefits. CBG hemp flower has piqued the interest of both cannabis consumers and researchers. In this blog, we will explore CBG’s origins, uses, benefits, potential risks, and how it is similar to (and different from) CBD. Buckle up, let’s delve into the world of cannabinoids and their applications!
- CBG is a compound found in both marijuana and hemp plants. Like CBD, it is non-intoxicating, meaning it does not get you “high”.
- CBG flower is a type of cannabis flower cultivated to contain higher levels of CBG.
- Research indicates CBG may have neuroprotective and analgesic properties. It exhibits strong anti-inflammatory effects
- If sourced from hemp that contains less than .3% THC, CBG is legal in the U.S.
What Is CBG?
CBG is short for cannabigerol. It is found in both marijuana and hemp plants, and just like CBD, it is non-intoxicating, meaning it does not get you “high”. It is known as the precursor, or the mother of all other cannabinoids! This is because in the early stages of growth, cannabis plants naturally have high levels of CBG, which, as the plant matures, turn into cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Because of these conversion and synthetization processes, by the time a plant is mature, there is a low concentration of CBG found in hemp or cannabis flower.
What Is CBG Flower? And What Does CBG Flower Do?
CBG flower is specific type of cannabis flower cultivated to contain higher levels of CBG. Because most cannabis and hemp plants contain low levels of CBG, cannabis cultivators began developing strains that have high levels of CBG. Smoking and vaping CBG flower or CBG hemp flower may help manage pain, inflammation and stress. CBG flower is often used by people who want to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC.
As with other cannabinoids, research looking into the benefits of CBG are limited. However, there are preliminary studies that indicate it has therapeutic promise. Early studies indicate CBG may have neuroprotective and analgesic properties, exhibiting strong anti-inflammatory effects. Some research also suggests CBG has potential in helping glaucoma and irritable bowel disease.
Despite the promise of early research, CBG’s mechanisms of action and its effects are still not fully understood, and more long-term studies need to be done to determine its effectiveness.
CBG is generally regarded as being well-tolerated, but it is also important to note that CBG may interact with certain medications. Additionally, high doses of CBG may cause some temporary side-effects such as dry mouth, drowsiness and fluctuations in appetite.
Is CBG Stronger Than CBD?
Although CBG and CBD are similar compounds, they are different enough in their effects to simply compare their potency. They are similar in that they are both non-intoxicating, and interact similarly with the body’s own ECS (endocannabinoid system), but they differ in their effects. So, when asking ‘is CBG stronger than CBG’, it may be more appropriate to answer that question after knowing what it is being used for. CBG may be considered stronger or more potent than CBD in treating pain or inflammatory conditions. It is also important to note that the strength and the effects of a CBD or a CBG product vary by someone’s unique biological makeup. When considering introducing anything new into your diet, it is important to consult your healthcare practitioner (preferably one that is knowledgeable about cannabis and its applications).
Does CBG Make You Feel High?
The short answer is no, CBG is non-intoxicating - meaning CBG will not make you feel “high”.
Is CBG Legal?
The legal status of CBG varies on the country and from what type of plant it is sourced. In the United States, CBG that is derived from industrial hemp (which contains less than .3% THC by dry weight) is legal.
Industrial hemp was made legal in the U.S. by the 2018 Farm Bill, a piece of legislation that reclassified hemp as an agricultural commodity. The 2018 Farm Bill also removed hemp from the list of controlled substances. This reclassification of industrial hemp made legal its processing, cultivation, and the sale of hemp-derived products, including CBD and CBG.
It is important to note, however, that regulations are different in every country. Furthermore, CBG that is extracted from marijuana (that has higher concentrations of the psychoactive compound THC) is under stricter regulations and is not Federally legal in the United States.
Best CBG Strains
Here is a list of some of the best (and our fav’s) strains high in CBG:
Known for its high CBG content, White CBG has dense, frosty buds, and high resin output.
Sour CBG, another strain that is high in CBG, has a unique flavor profile, with fruity and sour notes. It is known for its uplifting and mood-boosting effects, making it ideal for daytime use.
Jack Frost CBG:
This hybrid strain has a balanced CBG to THC ratio. It is known for its frosty appearance that is due to its densely trichome-covered buds. Users report that Jack Frost CBG offers relaxing, soothing effects, while also centering the mind and body. This strain is ideal for those seeking a balanced CBG to THC Ratio.
Sweet Relief CBG:
Praised for its sweet, floral aroma, Sweet Relief CBG strain is said to promote relaxation and pain relief.
Another CBG-dominant strain, Super CBG users describe its effects as soothing with a full body relaxation.
As we continue to expand our knowledge about the exciting world of cannabinoids and their potential therapeutic benefits, CBG hemp flower seems to offer unique benefits, different from the effects of some other, more well-studied cannabinoids like CBD and THC. While more research is needed to fully understand CBG's potential, health benefits, and mechanisms of action, preliminary studies are promising. As demand for natural health alternatives grows, CBG hemp flower may gain even more attention!
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Cannabis laws in the U.S. are continually shifting; therefore, the information in this article is subject to change. The information in this article does not constitute legal advice, and no entity at Evn-cbd is claiming to provide legal advice. Please visit your official state website for more information on your state’s cannabis laws and regulations.