What is CBG? What You Need to Know 

What is CBG
What is CBG? What You Need to Know 

The cannabis plant contains over 100 compounds, including THC and CBD. When speaking about medical cannabis, it is safe to assume that you've heard of these cannabinoids because CBD has increased in popularity due to its inability to get you high while having many therapeutic properties. This is in contrast to THC, which is known for its psychoactive effects that may help relieve symptoms like pain, nausea and insomnia. CBG is another cannabinoid that's starting to gain recognition for its therapeutic use. So, what is CBG? 

What is CBG? 

Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of the many cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant and is commonly referred to as the “mother of all cannabinoids.” In its acid form, it is the producer of other cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. As the plant grows, the amount of CBG present declines. Because of this, young plants are used for harvesting CBG.  

What can CBG Do? 

The potential medical benefits of CBG are similar to CBD, as they are both non-psychoactive compounds that differ in molecular structure. The molecular difference may cause slightly different effects.  CBG may produce a more energizing and uplifting effect, while CBD tends to have a more relaxed effect.  

According to a 2021 study of the effects of cannabinoids on pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines, there is considerable evidence that suggests CBD, CBG and THC may possess significant antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. [1] CBG may affect certain chemicals in the body that help to lower cholesterol, protect the nervous system and reduce swelling. It also seems to act as an appetite stimulant.  

What are the Benefits of CBG? 

CBG may help to alleviate many symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Appetite loss
  • Depression
  • Inflammation

Can CBG Help with Anxiety? 

According to recent research of the cannabinoid, CBG seems to have a positive effect on energy and focus, which may help with anxiety due to how it interacts with the human endocannabinoid system. CBG may act as a buffer in the body that alleviates the paranoia sometimes caused by high levels of THC.  A 2021 survey of 127 respondents found efficacy was highly rated, with the majority reporting their conditions (chronic pain, depression and insomnia) were "very much improved” or " much improved” by CBG. [2] 

Does CBG have Psychoactive Effects?  

No, CBG is non-psychoactive. Because CBG is non-psychoactive, it can act as a buffer to the psychoactivity of THC by working to alleviate negative side effects sometimes caused by higher levels of THC. When taken with THC, CBG may help a patient get all the benefits of the compound without the psychoactive effect.

How Do CBG and THC Work Together? 

CBG and THC work together by activating the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors found in our brain and body, which are involved in pain modulation and transmission. In recent studies, both cannabinoids show promise in inhibiting the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and modulating the immune system, which are involved in inflammation and pain. 

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1. Henshaw F.R., Dewsbury L.S., Lim C.K., Steiner G.Z. The Effects of Cannabinoids on Pro- and Anti-Inflammatory Cytokines: A Systematic Review of In Vivo Studies. Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2021;6:177–195. doi: 10.1089/can.2020.0105

2. Russo, E. B., Cuttler, C., Cooper, Z. D., Stueber, A., Whiteley, V. L., & Sexton, M. (2021). Survey of Patients Employing Cannabigerol-Predominant Cannabis Preparations: Perceived Medical Effects, Adverse Events, and Withdrawal Symptoms. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research