CBG vs.. CBD: What's the Difference

If you’re already using CBD, you may be asking, “What’s CBG, and what’s the difference?” 

CBG, or cannabigerol, like CBD is one of the hundred cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, also responsible for THC. Beyond that, CBG and CBD do share some other similarities in terms of the effects that they provide patients.

Also like CBD, CBG isn’t psychoactive. Which means it won’t get you “high” in the same sense that THC would, but that does not mean it’s without its benefits.

Both cannabinoids are rich in benefits for both mental and physical complications. But being a different compound, CBG has many of it’s own unique effects that can be used by itself or alongside CBD.

What is CBG?

CBG, otherwise known as the “parent compound” is considered to be the precursor to other cannabinoids. This is because CBG-A, the acidic form of CBG, breaks down to form the other cannabinoids (CBD, THC, etc) when it’s heated.

What CBG is most hailed for, is it’s use as a pain reliever. Some believe that CBG’s pain relief effects can be even greater than CBD or THC.

Additionally, CBG has been known to have a range of antibiotic and mood regulating effects, acting as a mild antidepressant.

Benefits of CBG

More specifically, CBG has been found to be a very effective in treating specific disease. In addition to being a pain killer it effects the following:

  • Decreasing inflammation, as seen in animal models of inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Cancer: A 2014 study looked at colon cancer in rats and concluded that CBG might reduce the growth of cancer cells and other tumors.
  • Glaucoma: It’s been well researched that medical cannabis seems to effectively treat glaucoma. What’s interesting is that CBG might be the cannabinoid partly responsible for its efficiency, as it targets and reduces intraocular pressure.
  • Chron’s Disease: CBG provides natural relief for inflammatory bowels, making it a great natural remedy for helping patients with Chron’s disease and other inflammations like IBS. 
  • Psoriasis: CBG can effect topical inflammation in the skin as well. Helping the body maintain a state of homeostasis.

When compared to prescription medication that is typically prescribed to treat these conditions, CBG offers a safe, non-addictive alternative for getting the relief you need.

CBG vs. CBD: The Biggest Differences

With all of their similarities, CBD and CBG do have a few key differences. 

The biggest difference is price. 

CBG is one of the most expensive cannabinoids to produce, and therefore one of the most expensive cannabinoids to buy. This is mostly due to the fact that the extraction process is actually really difficult and time extensive.

Most hemp only contains minute percentages of CBG, whereas there are now strains that contain 20 percent CBD in the crop. If the CBG content of the same crop is only 1 percent, that means you need to extract 20 times the amount of biomass to get the same amount of CBG out.

This means, a lot of hemp, and a lot of time extracting and curing.

Another key difference is how you can consume them.

Unsurprisingly, CBD is much more popular and well researched than it’s lesser known sibling, CBG.

Because of that, CBD is a lot more accessible and is in hundreds of products, from oils, to edibles, to creams, to tinctures, vapes, and more. You name it — there’s probably a version that contains CBD as well.

Because of the still high production costs of CBG as we just mentioned, you’re not exactly getting the same variety…

But, that does not mean you have to skimp on quality. The few products that do contain CBG are extremely high quality and typically come in the form of oil drops. 

Using Them Together

While both cannabinoids offer stellar benefits on their own, combined can offer even greater effects.

This is what’s called the “entourage effect”. It happens when the individual compounds in both CBD and CBG work together synergistically, boosting the effects

Most products you’ll see on the market containing CBG also have an equal or greater amount of CBD in them. 

Not only is this typically a cost saver, but a lot of the times it can account for the best results.


So, are you willing to give CBG a try?

There’s still a long way to go in terms of research and clinical trials with CBG. But there’s a very promising future ahead.

Goat Grass is proud to announce our new line of CBG and CBD products in our latest summer release. Take a step towards a more balanced, pain free lifestyle with our selection of oil drops.

No matter which cannabinoid you pick, it’s important to do your own research and testing, since they affect everyone in different ways. 

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