CBD vs CBG: What are the differences?

CBD vs CBG: What are the differences?

If you are new to the CBD world you may feel bombarded with the specialist sounding terminology and acronyms that seem to feel the world of alternative health and wellness.

If you are confused by acronyms such as CBD or CBG have no fear,

CBD is perhaps the best well known and widely recognised cannabinoids from the Cannabis Sativa plant. However, several pieces of research have indicated that the effects of CBD are enhanced when married with other Cannabinoid compounds. CBG is one of these alternative components that possess different qualities to CBD.

Preliminary studies suggest that CBG may share many of CBD’s qualities. Both are non-intoxicating cannabinoids that have antioxidative and neuroprotective analgesic properties.

Below we have a succinct explanation of both to ensure you’re up to date with all the knowledge you need to make the right wellness decisions for you and your body.

CBD or Cannabidiol

CBD or ‘cannabidiol is a chemical compound derived naturally from the Hemp and marijuana plants. CBD itself actually makes up almost 40% of Hemp’s natural chemical composition.

Most UK, CBD does not contain the chemical ‘THC’ that causes the ‘high’ feeling associated with marijuana, so with its minimal side-effects it has become a popular alternative pain and stress- management tool in health and wellness communities.

The compound CBD interacts with the bodies endocannabinoid system; which is responsible for pain receptors, metabolism, mood, inflammation and immune responses. This response creates anti-inflammatory, stress and relieving effects.

CBG or ‘cannabigerol’

Similar, but also distinctly different CBG is another non-intoxicating cannabinoid. It is often referred to as ‘mother cannabinoid’ as in the extraction process CBG is synthesised first. Differently too CBD it can be converted into other cannabinoids for use and it is only present in the Hemp plants early growth cycle.

A mature hemp plant contains low levels of CBG as its extraction takes distinctly more effort compared to CBD. CBD works by attaching itself to the receptors in the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. Differently to CBD, CBG can bind to both the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors.

Differences and Benefits

Both CBD and CBG connect with the CB receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid. However, as mentioned above CBG attaches itself to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body’s central nervous system.

It is helpful to also keep in mind that because CBD is more widely available it is easier to access essential advice and support in its use. The research into CBG are still sparse so do be vigilant went seeking your wellness products.

A recent study showed that CBD for stress is the top reason people use CBD. It has shown that CBD can lessen the intensity of the stress by lowering blood pressure.

Both CBD and CBG have the ability to attach themselves to the appropriate nerve receptors in the body’s system to relief stress. Furthermore, preliminary advice indicates that CBG working with CBD may help boost CBD unique stress-relieving attributes.

Our Advice

We suggest that because CBD and CBG both have excellent but different benefits it is best you determine which Cannabinoid fits your needs rather than determining which one is better over the other.

All our products are from trusted suppliers and we are here to help you make the right decision for your health and wellness needs.


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