CBG 101: Meet the “Rolls Royce” of Cannabinoids

While CBD is among the most widely recognized cannabinoids, it isn’t the only compound found in the cannabis plant with health benefits. Today, we’re shining a spotlight on cannabigerol, or CBG. If you’re curious about different kinds of cannabinoids and their properties, use this helpful guide to learn more about CBG, its uses, and what separates it from its CBD cousin. 

What is CBG?

Cannabigerol is often referred to as the “stem cell” of cannabinoids because it is the chemical “parent” through which other cannabinoids (including CBD and THC) are synthesized. CBG has less than 1% presence in most cannabis strains, making it more expensive to extract in sizable quantities. For this reason, CBG has been dubbed “the Rolls Royce of cannabinoids.”

What are the health benefits of CBG?

CBG targets specific physiological systems, including the digestive system and immune system. Studies have linked CBG to a diverse range of therapeutic uses, including:

  • Reducing inflammation and regulating digestion
  • Promoting brain health
  • Treating bacterial infections including MRSA
  • Supporting eye health and combatting glaucoma 
  • Reducing anxiety through its mood-boosting properties
  • Inhibiting psoriasis and other skin conditions
  • Increasing joint function
  • Promoting sleep 

What is the difference between CBD and CBG?

CBD and CBG are classified as phytocannabinoids (compounds produced by the cannabis plant) and work through direct interactions with the endocannabinoid system. Both molecules communicate with the body’s CB2 cannabinoid receptors and connect to the peripheral nervous system. However, CBG also attaches to CB1 receptors, which influence the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. These benefits are what make CBG known for its brain-boosting properties as well as its anti-inflammatory benefits. 

How do I decide which cannabinoid is right for me?

It’s helpful first to identify which health goals you’d like to target before deciding which cannabinoid to take. Because CBG works within the central nervous system, it is best used for gut health and enhancing brain function. CBG also has powerful antibacterial properties and is an effective topical spot treatment for acne and other skin conditions. CBD has the most comprehensive therapeutic range, showing promise in treating mood disorders and reducing inflammation, and is a great place to start for a new cannabinoid user.