Most everyone and their sisters brothers cousins roommate is familiar with the benefits of CBD. Most everyone is not familiar with CBG and it’s worth learning about. CBG stands for cannabigerol and it is known as the “Mother” of all cannabinoids. It’s called the Mother because it is the root cannabinoid or stem cell. THC, CBD and other cannabinoids begin their lives in the plant as CBG; it is the precursor.
The cannabis plant produces CBGA (acid form), the precursor (chemical) of THCA, CBDA, CBCA. As the plant reaches maturity, the enzymes within Cannabis turn CBGA into either THC, CBD or CBC. Because CBG usually converts early in the flowering process, it has traditionally only been able to be captured at low levels. Breeding advances have resulted in strains where the CBG does not convert and the flower is CBG dominant.
CBD and CBG are both non psychoactive so they do not produce that “high.” CBD is the most researched cannabinoid for it’s medical benefits. CBG is another cannabinoid that has promising therapeutic effects. CBG is known to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties.
So what’s the difference? Both cannabinoids have the same molecular form but vary in atomic arrangements. In CBD, -COOH groups are attached to the carbon atoms in a particular way that gives it a cyclonexene ring. In CBD, 2 hydrogen atoms are replaced by hydroxyl groups.
CBD may be better suited for reducing inflammation because it has less psycho-activity CBG. It also means it’s more potent than CBG, which means you can use less of it and still achieve the same effects. CBG is more effective than CBD for treating migraines and sore muscles.
Since their therapeutic properties are different so are their side effects. CBG may cause dry mouth & decreased blood pressure. CBD on the other hand may cause fatigue. Because of their different effects, it is definitely a good idea before trying CBG/CBG to always consult with your doctor first.
So which one is better? Well, that’s entirely up to you. These two cannabinoids offer a variety of therapeutic benefits but as with any cannabinoid there is always more to learn. Are you interested in trying CBD & CBG? Come see us at any of our six locations (Augusta, No. Augusta, Thomson, Harlem, Washington and Wrens) and we will be sure to get you started with the very best there is to offer!