CBD 101: CBG vs CBD - What's the Difference?

Among the many different cannabinoids found in hemp products, you may have wondered about CBG vs CBD and which one is better.

What's the difference?

Is one better than the other when it comes to wellness products, or should it come with both?

Research on cannabinoids is still scant, but what we know is exciting.

CBD has found a spot as a wellness supplement thanks to its ability to produce full-body calming effects that appease a number of concerns.

CBG, on the other hand, still has yet to make a huge impression on the consumer world, though scientists have a lot to say about it.

This begs the question….

What is CBG?
What does it do differently than CBD?

In this blog, we'll take a look at how they work and what they can do for you.

How Cannabinoids Work

Your body is a system of feedback and correction.

When you get sick, your brain triggers white blood cells' production to attack the virus, and when you don't have enough to eat, you feel hungry and uncomfortable. When you're cold, your muscles shiver to get warm blood flowing.

All of these reactions are attempts to bring your body back into a state of homeostasis.

There's another system at work in your body as well, known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Like other feedback mechanisms, endocannabinoids work with cytochromes and adrenoceptors to regenerate cells and other materials in the body.

There's still a lot to learn about endocannabinoids, but so far, we recognize they play an important role in rejuvenation.

The brain triggers endocannabinoid production, and those hormones make their way to the endocannabinoid receptors, where they start to take effect.

After some time passes, the brain triggers enzymes to come in, stopping the process and cleaning up the residual materials. Under normal circumstances, this is how your ECS works.

So what are cannabinoids?

They are compounds found in hemp plants that trigger the endocannabinoid system and enhance its regular function.

By inhibiting cytochromes' ability to create and distribute enzymes, cannabinoids can keep the ECS active for more time, providing a unique benefit.

The Known Cannabinoids

The most well-known cannabinoid is THC—the compound found in marijuana that produces the "high" effect.

CBD comes in after THC, as far as familiarity, and it has become a popular subject of study since its recent FDA approval as a treatment for severe cases of epilepsy.

Then there’s CBG, another cannabinoid of the hemp plant. Some refer to it as "the mother of all cannabinoids," as it is instrumental in the production of all other cannabinoids.

As the hemp plant matures, it converts CBGA into other cannabinoids. As a result, less CBG is present in mature hemp plants, making it a rarer compound to find in plants high in CBD or THC.

Another difference between these cannabinoids is the method of extraction. CBD and THC have to be extracted when the hemp plant reaches full maturity, but with CBG, it has to happen before the flowering process is complete.

CBG Wears Many Hats

Oxygen is critical for our survival, but it also plays an essential role in preventing other diseases from forming.

This is why people who exercise often have longer life expectancies—they train their bodies to use and distribute more oxygen.

While CBG is no substitute for exercise, it does have the capacity to enhance the body's ability to use oxygen, which is exciting news.

Like CBD, CBG can also slow the proliferation of free radicals, which can cause long-term cell and neuron damage.

What CBD Can Do

Like CBG, CBD is a non-psychotropic drug with little to no risk of any dangerous side effects.

However, CBD is readily available in many hemp strains, making it a lot easier to find CBD-dominant supplements. On the other hand, pure CBG products can be expensive (if you can find one).

Aside from the much higher presence of CBD in the hemp plant, the main difference between it and CBG is its ability to bind to endocannabinoid receptors.

CBD's appeal is that it keeps the ECS active for longer periods, whereas CBG enhances the ECS's abilities overall.

However, until more research occurs, not much else is known about how the two interact with and affect the body.

Finding the Best CBD Oil for Your Needs

Since CBG and CBD play different roles, the best approach to making the most of your hemp-based wellness supplement is to buy something that contains as many cannabinoids as possible.

In most cases, this will be full spectrum oils since all the naturally-occurring compounds are still intact, and contribute to your overall wellness—initiating the endocannabinoid effect.

When buying hemp-based supplements, always want to think about what you want to achieve with your product. Full spectrum works better for some people since it contains the full range of the plant's compounds, but the trace amounts of THC are still present.

This can prove to be an issue for anyone who has to undergo routine drug screening, prompting a false positive.

Always Buy Organic

Another way to ensure you're getting the best possible product for your money is to buy strictly organic supplements.

Sure, there may not be much regulation on supplements, but there are rules for organic growing.

Organic products will always be more potent, as synthetic fertilizers and pesticides haven't altered their plant DNA.

Aside from the potential harm these synthetics can cause, the natural compounds found in these plants may be weaker and less potent than what comes from organically grown hemp.

Plus, organic farmers generally work more closely to ensure the health of their crops.

Check the Lab Reports

Not sure what's in your CBD product? Check its lab report.

These documents will tell you exactly how much of each cannabinoid is present in your supplement, helping you make a better decision about which product is right for you.

If your vendor can't furnish a lab report, find a vendor that can.

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