Author: Jason Beverly
CBD (Cannabidiol) has come a long way in the past 5 years. The Hemp Farm Bill of 2018 was a huge milestone and helped make hemp legal in the United States. This change is legislation expanded the CBD market significantly and also opened the floodgates for research of the other 100+ cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.
CBG (Cannabigerol) is one of those cannabinoids and although it’s still in the early stages of research, the results are promising.
CBD & CBG have come a long way
Historically, the most common way to consume CBD has been through oral oil drops, or a tincture. More recently, people have been opting to consume CBD by smoking high CBD hemp flowers. There are many benefits to smoking CBD hemp flowers but one major advantage is how quickly the effects are felt. The effects of CBD are felt almost instantly after the smoke is consumed. Consuming CBD through oral drops is still the most popular way to consume CBD, but smoking CBD flower is quickly gaining popularity.
CBG has followed a similar path to market. CBG first hit the market as oil drops or a tincture. But since CBG is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in the hemp plant, cultivators realized they could grow high CBG hemp strains just like CBD. CBG brings its own unique set of medicinal benefits which differ from those that CBD offer. People can now buy high CBG hemp strains and get the benefits instantly by smoking it. Let’s review the unique health benefits that come from CBG flower.
1. CBG provides an energizing yet relaxing feeling
One of the most popular questions we get is, “What does CBG feel like?”
Although CBG affects people differently, most users report an energizing effect from CBG when consumed in small doses and by itself. For this reason, many people enjoy taking CBD in the morning or throughout the day to get that little extra boost.
Interestingly though, the energy you get from CBG isn’t the type of caffeine-induced jolt you’re used to. It’s hard to explain, but the best way to describe CBG effects is an energized yet relaxed feeling. It also gives a slight increased feeling of alertness.
Personally, I enjoy the effects of CBG and believe they help me stay focused throughout the workday. I typically start the day with more CBG with some CBD. As the day progresses, I shift to more CBD with a little CBG.
2. CBG can amplify the effects CBD
I want to start this section by stating that I haven’t been able to find any legitimate resources backing this claim. But this claim is backed by my personal experience, firsthand feedback from others and several comments on Reddit. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s review the claim.
CBG can and does amplify the effects of CBD.
From my own personal experience, I’ve found that CBD is more effective when I mix it with CBG. I suffer from chronic pain and when I take CBD alone, my pain level goes from high to medium. When I mix CBD and CBG flower together, my pain level goes from high to low.
Let’s look at what people are saying on Reddit. Keep in mind that Reddit isn’t a scholarly source by any means, but firsthand experience from CBG users is helpful.
Reddit Comments - Combining CBG & CBD
It's really hard to say. CBG is the precursor to THC/CBD. Some say by itself it isn't much different from CBD, but mixed with CBD or THC it can amplify the effects. Think of CBG as the stem cell of the cannabis world. Anything you add it to just makes it better and more pronounced.
The effects by itself can include sense of well being, anxiety relief, pain relief. It can also help with inflammation and reported to be possibly helpful with cancer and many other ailments.
I describe it as making good things better. Not more or stronger, just better, more pleasant, more effective. CBD relieves a migraine enough that I can sleep. Adding cbg relieves it enough that I can actually function for a couple of hours.
I combined my homemade CBD flower tincture with some CBG isolate, and my inflammation is almost non-existent.
Mostly anti inflammatory and the anti anxiety effects. I started using CBD for that reason, however with CBG its just been a noticeable difference in my case. Still a big proponent of the entourage effect so i try to mix both together. My anxiety was giving me borderline insomnia, and im finally coping with that. Another upside to mixing the two, CBD flower has terpene profiles that make up for the infamous CBG “hay-ish” taste.
3. CBG has several medicinal benefits
Although we’re still in the early stages of studying CBG, the initial results are promising. Here are some of the most popular medicinal benefits.
- Neuroprotective properties (Huntington’s Disease) – CBG has the ability to act as a neuroprotectant which may be a result of its anti-inflammatory properties. A study was done on mice and the result was that CBG successfully acted as a neuroprotectant and decreased inflammation. They will continue researching CBG as a therapy for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – It seems that CBG’s anti-inflammatory properties have other uses as well, such as for IBD. In a different study with mice, CBG effectively reduced inflammation for IBD.
- Colon Cancer – A study by Oxford, explored how CBG affects colon cancer. The result was that CBG hampered colon cancer progression. The researchers concluded that CBG should be considered translationally in colorectal cancer prevention and cure.
These early results are exciting but more research is needed to confirm their accuracy. We’re eager to see if additional benefits come from further research.
4. CBG is not intoxicating (when derived from hemp)
CBG can be found in both the hemp and cannabis plants. The main difference between the two plants is that hemp is federally legal while cannabis is still federally illegal. When CBG is found from hemp, it is not intoxicating, meaning you will not get high from consuming it. This is important as most people want the benefits of CBG throughout the day, while still maintaining a clear mind.
5. CBG is legal (when derived from hemp)
CBG derived from hemp, is legal on a federal level due to the 2018 Farm Bill. This bill made it legal to ship hemp and hemp derived products across state lines as long as it contains less that 0.3% THC. Online CBD companies are aware of the strict 0.3% THC limit and must adhere to it or face punishment from the government.
Since CBG is federally legal in the United States, you can purchase CBG flower online today and get it shipped right to your house.
Where can I buy CBG flower?
CBG hemp flower isn’t as popular as CBD flower, but you can still find CBG flower at your local head shop or through several online retailers. The hemp market is still somewhat unregulated so we don’t recommend buying CBD or CBG flower from just anywhere. We recommend only buying hemp flower from a few select companies.
One of those companies is Cannaflower. They’ve quickly made a name for themselves in the industry and they’re known for their hemp quality. Their hemp is grown right here in the United States and it goes through rigorous testing to ensure it’s safe and effective.
Cannaflower has one strain of CBG flower called White CBG. We’ve tested lots of CBG strains but haven’t found any as effective as White CBG. And we’re not the only ones who like this strain, its page is filled with people raving about its effects. Many people mention mixing it with other CBD strains, just like we do.