What is CBG?

What is CBG?

While people are slowly becoming aware of CBD's miraculous healing properties, there's a new cannabis compound on the block you must know about. CBG, short for cannabigerol, is another compound extracted from the cannabis plant and known for its health benefits. 
But, what's the difference between CBG and CBD? And, is CBG the new CBD? 
To help you figure out these questions, here's a brief on everything you should know about CBG.

PHYTOCANNABINOIDS
To set the record straight, cannabis is the marijuana plant. And, like other plants, this plant too is made up of several chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. 
CBD, THC, CBN and CBG are some of the cannabinoids we know about. 
All these compounds are known to react with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). For those who don't know, ECS is a large system of neuroreceptors that improves mood, appetite and sleeping patterns. It also manages pain and reduces inflammation. These cannabinoids react with this system and increase its efficiency. 

CBD v/s THC v/s CBG
Let's start with THC. 
As stated above, THC is a cannabinoid that reacts with ECS and provides health benefits. 
But what's the catch?
THC is intoxicating. So, though it can react with the ECS, it will make you high if taken in huge amounts. Marijuana, for instance, is high in THC and this is why you get high when you consume it. 

CBD or cannabidiol is one of the most famous cannabis compounds. You can find CBD in almost everything. From bath bombs to CBD tinctures, CBD comes in a huge variety of products and provides a long list of benefits. 
And, unlike THC, it is non-intoxicating. Meaning, it will not make you high. 

What is CBG?
Like CBD, CBG is also a compound that is non-intoxicating and comes with numerous benefits. But, CBG or cannabigerol is not a common compound. 


Why is that?
CBG is the precursor of CBD and THC. Simply put, when the plant is young, it has CBG. However, as the plant grows, this CBG turns into CBD and THC. And, because CBG is present only for a short amount of time and in lesser amounts, it is not much common, making it expensive but quite beneficial.
The upgrade CBG has over CBD is that while both react with the ECS, CBG reacts with the system more efficiently than CBD. 
And, this brings a new range of benefits the world is yet to reap. 

Benefits Of CBG
Here's a list of CBG's benefits you must know about-
•    Unlike CBD, it might help in the treatment of glaucoma.
•    CBG might be fight bacteria that are usually resistant to traditional antibiotics. 
•    CBG leads to muscle relaxation, releasing stress, managing anxiety, and calming down the mind without making you high. 
•    It might help in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and colitis. 
•    It might have anti-cancer properties.
•    It has skin benefits.