At this point, is there anyone who hasn’t tried or heard of CBD? (Aunt Kathy swears by it for her aching joints, your bestie rubs it on her face and even your dog can get in on the action.) Just when we thought we’d reached peak CBD, we came across CBG, another cannabis-derived ingredient that’s making waves in the wellness world. But what is CBG—and should you try it? Here’s what you need to know about this buzzy acronym.
Wait, remind me what CBD is again? The marijuana plant contains dozens of chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid, meaning it won’t get you high or, um, give you the munchies. (The euphoria-inducing cannabinoid that you may remember from your college days is called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.) Research on CBD has shown that it can be helpful for preventing seizures and reducing anxiety. It may even help combat cancer.
Got it. So what exactly is CBG? Cannabigerol (aka CBG) is another nonpsychoactive cannabinoid that comes from the cannabis plant. CBG is being touted as the new CBD for its potential medicinal properties, although it’s important to note that there haven’t been any clinical (i.e., human) trials yet. However, some evidence shows that CBG may help with inflammatory bowel disease and neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington’s disease. It may also have antibacterial and antican
How is CBG different from CBD? While they’re both cannabinoids that won’t get you high, CBG and CBD are different compounds within the cannabis plant. CBG (or rather its acidic form, CBGA) is actually one of the first cannabinoid acids to develop in the plant and helps to make CBD (as well as THC). While both have been studied for their potential benefits, they help treat different conditions.