7 Surprising Facts You Might Not Know About CBD and CBG
CBD and CBG are different cannabinoids (compounds within the hemp plant), but they are often used to assist with the same conditions. Both CBD and CBG have been shown to help with pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, digestive problems, restlessness, neurological disorders, and more. Every person’s body responds differently to cannabinoids; some people’s bodies seem to like CBD better, others do better with CBG, and some do best with a combination of both CBD and CBG. So if both CBD and CBG are used for the same conditions, what’s the difference between them? What are the similarities? Here are 7 surprising facts you might not know about CBD and CBG:
- CBG (cannabigerol) is considered the “stem-cell” of the hemp/cannabis plant and typically converts into CBD (or other cannabinoids) as the plant matures. All other cannabinoids, such as CBD or THC, begin as CBG-A.
- All cannabinoids exist in an acidic form before heat is applied and “activates” them. That’s what the -A stands for at the end of their name (such as CBG-A or CBD-A). For convenience’s sake, many people write about CBD and CBG without including the -A even when speaking about CBD and CBG that has not been activated. Activated cannabinoids are generally considered to be more effective as medicinal supplements than non-activated cannabinoids.
- CBD tends to be more effective with conditions that are primarily physical/body related, and CBG tends to be more effective with conditions that are primarily mental/brain related. This is not always the case, however; many customers report that CBG is more effective against pain, and others suggest that CBD is better for anxiety relief. Everyone’s body responds differently!
- CBG has been shown to have tremendous success helping treat symptoms of ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Customers have reported improvements with speech, behavior, mood, sleep, and more. Some customers have even said that patients who were previously nonverbal have begun to speak after taking CBG.
- Both CBD and CBG are believed to support neurogenesis, which is the growth and development of nervous tissue/neurons in the brain. In other words, CBD and CBG have the potential to make the brain healthier!
- CBD and CBG are most effective when they are extracted to full-spectrum, whole-plant standards. This means that the extract includes the plant’s original terpenes (the essential oils of the plant) and the naturally-occurring traces of other cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC. The terpenes and cannabinoids all work together to describe the entourage effect.
- All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, which is the body’s system for interacting with cannabinoids. The body naturally produces endocannabinoids to help regulate and balance physiological functions, but in today’s high-stress and high-toxin society, many people’s endocannabinoid systems are depleted. CBD and CBG can fill-in for the body’s naturally-occurring cannabinoids and thereby help balance the body’s functions. This is why CBD and CBG can help with such a wide range of health conditions!
Both CBD and CBG are incredible compounds that offer relief to thousands of people for thousands of different reasons. Determining which is the best cannabinoid for your specific desired outcome can take some experimentation, but in general they work best when taken together. Full-spectrum, whole-plant products simplify this because they naturally contain traces of both. High-CBD products that are full-spectrum will usually contain small amounts of CBG, and high-CBG products that are full-spectrum will usually contain small amounts of CBD. Either way, CBD and CBG have lots of potential to help you improve your life!
Article written by Britt.