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‘What is CBG?’ A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabigerol



If you’ve been Googling ‘What is CBG’ in the hopes of understanding more about the so-called ‘mother of all cannabinoids’ then look no further. We’ve created this beginner’s guide to help you get started in the world of cannabigerol.

This guide will cover some of the most common questions around cannabigerol including:

  • What is CBG?
  • What is CBG oil?
  • What does CBG do?
  • What are the benefits of CBG?
  • The difference between CBG and CBD
  • Does CBG get you high?
  • What’s the best way to take CBG?


What is CBG (cannabigerol)?

CBG (Cannabigerol) is a chemical compound known as a cannabinoid. It’s classed as a phytocannabinoid (a cannabinoid found in plants) as opposed to an endocannabinoid (a cannabinoid produced naturally by the body.)




And CBG extract comes from plants within the cannabis species such as hemp and marijuana. We most commonly consume hemp CBG here in the UK. This is because CBG products derived from hemp (as opposed to marijuana) need less work to comply with UK laws.

Hemp is part of the cannabis plant family. However, this means that it is commonly confused with marijuana – which is very different. (Marijuana is also a plant within the cannabis family, however it contains THC, which causes a psychoactive effect. THC and marijuana are also illegal in the UK. Hemp products contain only minute levels of THC which are removed in production to comply with UK laws.) Learn more about the difference between hemp, cannabis and marijuana.

a family tree diagram of cannabis, hemp and marijuana

What is CBG oil?

CBG oil is, quite simply, CBG extract combined with an oil-base. CBG oil is designed to be consumed exactly the same way as CBD oil. Simply place 2-3 CBG oil drops under your tongue, hold for 60 seconds for your body to absorb it, and then swallow.




What does CBG do to the body?

CBG is a phytocannabinoid compound. Which means that it interacts with your body’s Endocannabinoid System, effectively acting like a super-boost to your ECS and your overall health. But how does this work?

Your ECS is a complex cell-signalling system found within your body. It contributes to maintaining homeostasis – the fine balance that keeps your body functioning healthily. And therefore it helps to regulate a number of processes including sleep, memory, mood, immune response, inflammation and much more.

When you take an endocannabinoid extract (such as CBG or CBD) these compounds bind to receptors of your ECS, found in your central and peripherous nervous system. And endocannabinoids act like a key to the locked receptors. Once opened, these receptors allow the ECS to do its job regulating bodily functions and keeping you healthy.

But what does that actually mean in real terms? What are the benefits of CBG?


What are the benefits of CBG?

As CBG helps your Endocannabinoid System to function properly, the benefits of CBG are similar to those of CBD. These include:

  • Long-term relief of stress and anxiety
  • Improved immune function
  • Reduction of inflammation and support for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, IBS and psoriasis
  • Improved and accelerated muscle recovery and healing
  • Reduced nausea

And whilst there is much more research needed into the benefits of CBG extract, studies have also recently found cannabigerol to be beneficial for treating glaucoma in animals.

Learn more about why the Endocannabinoid System provides so many benefits to the body:


What’s the difference between CBG and CBD?

So, what’s the difference between CBG and CBD? Well, CBG differs from CBD in chemical structure and concentration within cannabis plants. It is usually only found in concentrations lower than 1% in most hemp plants! Whereas CBD concentration is usually much higher.

And whilst more study into the benefits of CBG is needed, it has been concluded that CBG extract has greater benefits for treating certain conditions over CBD. For example, CBG products have been linked to greater benefits for reduced nausea. CBG has also been found to help the body produce more of the calming GABA chemical than either THC or CBD. So, buying CBG products (or full-spectrum CBD products which contain cannabigerol) could provide greater results for anxiety and stress-related conditions.




Does CBG get you high?

CBG is classed as a ‘non-psychotropic substance.’ It does not contain any properties which cause a high, intoxication or feeling of euphoria. So, if you’re wondering, ‘Does CBG get you high?’ the answer is a resounding no!


What’s the best way to take Cannabigerol?

As we’ve already mentioned, you can find CBG in a variety of full-spectrum CBD products. And this is arguably the most effective way to consume CBG. Because in addition to receiving the benefits of cannabigerol we’ve listed above, you’ll also benefit from the wide array of positive health effects that come with CBD.

And there are a variety of different CBG products available. From oils, vapes and capsules, to edibles and drinks, there’s a CBG solution for everyone. Why not check out our range of ULU full-spectrum CBD oils, rich in both cannabidiol and CBG? There is also our innovative Harley Street Hospital CBD and CBG combination oil,

Of course, you’ll need to check each product and retailer carefully to confirm that the full-spectrum CBD product you’re buying actually contains CBG. And remember that isolate or broad spectrum CBD products likely won’t contain any cannabigerol.




CBG – the mother of all cannabinoids

If you’ve skipped to the conclusion in the hopes of finding all the answers, here’s a summary of everything covered in the article!

What is CBG? A phytocannabinoid found within the cannabis plant (including hemp.)

What does CBG do? It acts as a boost to your endocannabinoid system, helping your body to maintain homeostasis.

Does CBG get you high? Nope! As long as the CBG product contains no THC, it won’t get you high.

What are the benefits of CBG? Similar to CBD, the main benefits of CBG are improved mood, sleep, immune function, and reduced nausea.

What’s the difference between CBG and CBD? CBG is first formed by the cannabis plant, and this becomes broken down into CBD at a later stage. Both compounds have different structures and benefits, but work together to support your ECS and your health.

What’s the best way to take cannabigerol? In a full-spectrum oil or product that contains both CBG and CBD as well as other beneficial cannabinoids (apart from THC.)


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