Like CBD, CBG is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that can be used for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. While CBD and CBG have more similarities than differences, CBG still has several unique properties that make it worth considering over the more familiar CBD. Allow us to introduce you to this cannabinoid with the beginner’s guide to smoking CBG.
What Is CBG?
CBG, short for cannabigerol, is one of the eight main cannabinoids found within cannabis plants like hemp. These eight include,
- CBD (Cannabidiol)
- CBG (Cannabigerol)
- CBC (Cannabichromene)
- CBN (Cannabinol)
- CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid)
- THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
- THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)
- THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid)
These cannabinoids all stem from a single cannabis constituent called cannabigerolic acid, which is the precursor of CBG. These “stem cell cannabinoids” act like human stem cells, which means they can form into any of these cannabinoid variants, making CBG a source of research for its close relation to cannabigerolic acid.
CBD vs. CBG
As we mentioned, CBD and CBG have many similarities in that they contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that soothe stress, anxiety, and pain. The biggest difference that drew attention to CBG is that it appears to be antibacterial. This means that CBG could potentially be used to treat infectious diseases.
Other benefits exclusive to CBG include digestive aid for those with Crohn’s disease or inflammatory bowel disease. Research has even begun to suggest that CBG may be applicable for treating cancer.
Also, like CBD, you can expect to have a variety of CBG products for you to choose from so that you can pick what’s most enjoyable for you. Some of these products include:
- CBG Flower—CBG hemp flower is CBG in its most basic bud form. With this product, you’ll have to do grind it yourself before it can be rolled and enjoyed. For people who enjoy the DIY option, this may be the preferable method for you.
- CBG Pre-roll—If you don’t want to grind and roll your own CBG, then pre-rolls are available for you to store and light up whenever you’re ready to smoke.
- CBG Tinctures—Tinctures are already the most popular CBD product, so it’s only natural that CBG is also turned into tinctures. These are prepared for consumption and can be consumed orally raw, within edibles, or added onto a pre-roll to be smoked.
Is CBG Safe?
For the last part of our beginner’s guide to smoking CBG, your most pressing question may be whether CBG is safe. Like CBD, CBG has no serious side effects or addictive properties. CBG will not intoxicate you unless you specifically buy a tincture that includes THC alongside the CBG. It is possible that the CBG may interact with certain prescription medicines, so ensure your own medication is compatible before smoking CBG.