Difference Between CBD and CBG

If you follow the cannabis industry trend, you’ll probably know that there’s a lot of potential surrounding CBG. CBG is overshadowed by CBD, but this doesn’t mean CBG is less effective. CBG is emerging as a cannabinoid with unique properties. But what is the difference between CBD and CBG? In this article, we will discuss the unique properties of CBD and CBG.

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive major cannabinoid found in the leaves and stem of the hemp plant. CBD contains low concentrations of THC which usually don’t surpass 0.03%. But unlike THC, CBD lacks the high sensation that comes from consuming cannabis. This makes CBD safe to use even at high doses and a legal option for those seeking natural remedies. 

What is CBG?

CBG, also known as Cannabigerol, is among the hundreds of compounds found in the cannabis plant. Known as the “mother of all cannabinoids” CBG is the origin of other cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. All cannabinoids initially develop as CBGa before they break down into other forms such as THCa and CBDa. These acidic forms transform into THC, and CBD when exposed to heat.

CBG Benefits

  • Neuroprotective Properties

According to studies, CBG may act as a neuroprotectant. This means it may be therapeutically beneficial for neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Pain Management

CBG is also known for its analgesic properties. This means it may help reduce pain and discomfort from conditions such as chronic pain, migraines, and muscle spasms.

  • Reducing Intraocular Pressure 

Research also shows the ability of CBG to reduce intraocular pressure, making it useful for reducing glaucoma.

Difference between CBD and CBG

  • Pharmacology

Both CBG and CBD can interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. However, research shows that CBG may interact uniquely with receptors such as alpha-2 adrenoceptors. This may lead to feelings of calm and energy in users.

  • Appetite Stimulation

CBG and CBD also have differences in terms of appetite stimulation. A study conducted on rats noted that CBG enhanced food consumption two times their normal food intake. However, another study conducted on CBD found that it reduces total food intake.

  • Price

Another difference between CBD and CBG is the price tag. CBG is significantly more expensive than CBD. This is because CBG is found in small concentrations in the cannabis plant, therefore you need more cannabis plants to extract small amounts of CBG. 

What Does CBG Stand For?

CBG stands for Cannabigerol and it’s a non-psychoactive cannabinoid extracted from hemp and cannabis plants. The acidic form of CBG is CBGa and it’s known as the chemical precursor to major acidic cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, cannabidiolic acid, cannabichromenic acid.

Bottom Line

While CBD and CBG originate from the cannabis plant, they have distinct characteristics and health benefits. As more research is done on CBD oil and CBG, we will get to know about its complete health benefits as well as its potential to act as an alternative option for those seeking holistic well-being.

Michael Levin is a CBD enthusiast, a researcher, writer and editor in the cannabis space, experienced CBD user and educator. He believes CBD can help improve our overall health and wellbeing.

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