These days, everyone knows everything about CBD. After all, it’s one of the most ubiquitous cannabinoids available on the market. We’re all familiar with THC, especially since its growing acceptance across the country has forced more and more states to legalize the drug in recent years. And now, the popularity of Delta-8 has made it one of the most exciting compounds to hit the scene in years.

But are you familiar with cannabigerol, known as CBG for short?

Here’s the deal — hemp is made up of so many cannabinoids, more than just CBD, THC, and Delta-8. And besides those well-loved compounds found in everyone’s favorite plant, there are also other things such as terpenes and flavonoids that give off-flavors and scents. The hemp plant has hundreds of moving parts, some that work great on their own and others that work better in tandem. 

That’s where CBG comes into play.

CBG is a lesser-known cannabinoid, one that’s grabbing the interest of more and more consumers. It’s similar to CBD in many ways but, at the same time, has many of its own unique benefits. Most notably, it’s found in tiny amounts in the hemp plant. But it’s big enough to grab consumers' attention across the globe and thus become the focus of our conversation today. 

So, let’s take a deep dive into the world of cannabigerol and learn about this wondrous new compound. We’ll found out exactly how it works and how it compares to some of your favorite cannabinoids.

The Basics: Where Can I Find CBG?

Although CBD is available in various forms, from CBD oils to CBD edibles, creams, drinks, and more, CBG is just now becoming known as a consumer-facing product. Today, you can take a taste with premium products such as WHole Flower CBG, a smokable hemp product that brings users “back-to-basics.” Whole Flower CBG is an all-natural, organic, non-GMO product that always leaves users wanting more.

However, CBG is a versatile product that can be distilled into many different forms, including:

  • CBG Oil - tinctures that are mixed with food or drink or placed directly under the tongue
  • CBG Vape Oil- vape oils and additives that are made to vape on their own or to be mixed with other e-liquids. They may come in a variety of flavors.
  • CBG Edibles - from candies to foods to drinks, CBD has been put in all kinds of edible treats.

At some point, there may even be CBG creams or topicals, and even CBG made for pets. The possibilities with CBG are endless as we learn about this fantastic new cannabinoid.

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At some point, there may even be CBG creams or topicals, and even CBG made for pets. The possibilities with CBG are endless as we learn about this fantastic new cannabinoid.

What Is CBG and Why Do I Need Cannabigerol?

What we know about CBG is that researchers discovered that this compound is a precursor to the other, more well-known cannabinoids such as CBD and even Delta-8. That being said, it’s still considered a minor cannabinoid compared to the other compounds found in hemp. How minor? The levels of CBG are around 1 percent in most plants, making it quite rare.

And yet, even though it’s barely found in the hemp plant, it creates all of the compounds that hemp users have come to love. IN some ways, it can be said the CBG is the granddaddy of all cannabinoids.

So how does it all work?

The process starts with something called cannabigerol acid, or CBGA. CBGA is the acidic version of CBG, and it’s converted into various other precursors to help create our favorite compounds, including:

  • THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid)
  • CBDA (cannabidiolic acid)
  • CBCA (cannabichromenic acid)

Next comes decarboxylation, which converts the remaining CBGA to CBG. We know it all sounds very scientific, but it’s essential to the understanding of CBG. Because at this point, a lot of the CBGA is used up, leaving very little left over for there even to be any CBG. That makes CBG a very rare and vital cannabinoid. 

This is why CBG is a minor cannabinoid and why it is also sought after by so many people. But why?

Well, through genetic manipulation and crossbreeding, science has found ways to extract it in more significant quantities. And because of its myriad of benefits (which we’ll learn about shortly, it makes it worthwhile to find new ways to extract CBG.

CBG can be costly to produce, however, as it takes thousands of pounds of biomass and forces manufacturers to decide between an entire season’s grow or waiting until harvest. But, with CBG’s newfound popularity, extracting this cannabinoid has found new value.

The Legality of CBG

Like its well-known cousin CBD, people often ask if CBG is legal. With all of the confusion put out by the federal government and other global organizations, it’s a fair question to ask. However, luckily for fans of cannabigerol, the answer is simple. CBG is legal, assuming you follow the proper guidelines.

What does that mean exactly? Let’s take a look:

  • CBG extracted from marijuana is illegal as per the Controlled Substances Act
  • CBG derived from hemp is legal as per the Farm Bill of 2018

It should also be noted that that, from a global perspective, cannabigerol is not illegal, as the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances has not scheduled it.

What Are the Benefits of CBG?

First things first, scientists haven’t been studying CBG for that long yet. So, for now, we don’t know as much about cannabigerol as we do THC or CBD. And that’s saying something because we don’t know much about THC or CBD in the grand scheme of things either. Here’s what we do know:

Cannabinoids are made to work with the endocannabinoid system to keep us balanced. Right now, CBG is another part of that very complicated puzzle. On top of that:

  • CBG acts on both the CB1 and CB2 receptors
  • CBG does not have psychotropic properties
  • CBG might boost your daily routine

CBD works more indirectly with our CB1 and CB2 receptors than CBG, which is why CBG may have a more pronounced effect on the body.

In some circumstances, CBG even works better than CBD, especially when the situation is much more acute and not chronic. For example, CBG can be effective at different things, though how much so we just don’t know yet. Current research has looked at CBG in regards to

  • Overall wellness
  • Long and short-term issues
  • Recurring issues
  • And more!

On the whole, users have responded well to CBG and find it as beneficial, if not more so than CBD. Those who have tried cannabigerol find that it targets more directly while still not causing any unwanted side effects in a similar manner to CBD.

As one researcher in Women’s Health Magazine noted:

"CBG [research] is in the early stages," the researcher told Women’s Health Magazine. "More robust research and data is needed and lowering the cost of extraction would help unlock the keys to CBG's future adoption if these early indications are true."

Comparing CBG to Other Cannabinoids

Now that we know the benefits of cannabigerol, you’re probably wondering how it compares to the other cannabinoids you’ve tried. The truth is that there is no comparison. Each compound is its own entity with its own uses and benefits. But, with that being said, let’s see if we can’t make a quick side-by-side comparison:

How Does CBG Differ from CBD?

CBG and CBD are different and similar in many ways, and that’s not limited to the difference of one letter. Both compounds have distinct benefits. For example:

  • Both CBG and CBD do not cause a psychotropic high of any kind
  • CBD is more understood by researchers than CBG
  • Both cannabinoids are designed to work with your CB1 and CB2 receptors
  • CBG might have a direct effect on the body
  • CBD has a more indirect impact on the human body
  • Each compound works better under different circumstances
  • CBD is available in more kinds of products 

What we know about CBD is because there is more research available on this compound, although it should be noted that even in the case of cannabidiol, the field of study is young. It’s only in the past few years that governments have allowed scientists to study these cannabinoids.

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Now that we know the benefits of cannabigerol, you’re probably wondering how it compares to the other cannabinoids you’ve tried. The truth is that there is no comparison. Each compound is its own entity with its own uses and benefits. But, with that being said, let’s see if we can’t make a quick side-by-side comparison:

How CBG Compares to THC

Both CBG and THC are incredibly safe compounds with no risk for overdose whatsoever. YOu can’t use too much of either, even accidentally, and there is no record anywhere of someone ingesting too much CBG and having any problems. That being said, THC does have some downsides that CBG doesn’t have. Those include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Red Eyes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Coordination problems
  • Memory loss
  • Slower reaction times

CBG is well-tolerated by users. Research and user anecdotes show that it is a relatively mellow compound. Most importantly, unlike THC, CBG does not cause a psychotropic high. 

What Do We Know About CBG and CBN?

The lesser-known cannabinoid CBN or cannabinol is starting to make its way onto the hemp scene to great fanfare. As little as we know about CBG, we know less about CBN. That being said, we know both compounds are incredibly safe and that neither causes a psychotropic high. Both interact with the ECS in similar ways, though not precisely the same. Other than that, the body of research on both is still growing.

Is CBG Different Than Delta-8?

Like THC, CBG and Delta-8 are two vastly different compounds. Anyone who has smoked some whole flower CBG and then tried some Chill Plus Delta Force Squares knows what we mean. That being said, unlike the synergistic nature of CBD and Delta-8, CBG won’t necessarily balance out the Delta-8 high. Delta-8 causes a psychotropic high, but CBG may not be the compound to help you mellow out. 

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two cannabinoids:

  • Delta-8 cause a psychotropic high; CBG does not
  • Delta-8 and CBG are both hemp-derived
  • Both compounds are legal
  • Both compounds enhance the entourage effect
  • Both are minor cannabinoids
  • Researchers are still learning more about both

Delta-8 is used by many because of the legal psychotropic high. CBG is used for its myriad of benefits, none of which will cause a high.

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Delta-8 is used by many because of the legal psychotropic high. CBG is used for its myriad of benefits, none of which will cause a high.

I want to purchase CBG; now What?

If you wish to purchase a CBG product, it’s much like buying CBD. The rules are pretty much the same. Here are a few things you should look out for:

  • Find a reputable manufacturer (Diamond CBD comes to mind). 
  • Make sure you buy all-natural hemp products
  • Only purchase organically grown CBG
  • Check that your CBG was cultivated on non-GMO farms
  • Ask about the extraction method, as supercritical CO2 is the cleanest extraction process

You also want to make sure that the CBG you purchase was tested beforehand. On that note, make sure you take the following precautions:

  • Double-check that a third-party lab independently tested your CBG. 
  • Avoid fly-by-night companies, especially any gas station CBG products. 
  • Examine the company’s lab results; make sure to see a certificate of analysis.

Doing the above is the only way to be sure you’re buying cannabigerol that’s safe and effective.

How to Take CBG

The following is a general description of different ways to take hemp-derived products. Although it mostly applies to CBD products, it works for CBG and shows how the two cannabinoids are similar. Here’s a list of the different ways you can potentially consume CBG:

  • Vape (Inhale) - Vaping or inhaling CBD works fast as the compound goes directly to the bloodstream.
  • Sublingual (via CBD Oil) - CBD oil can be mixed with food or drink, but the best way to use them is under the tongue (sublingual), where they will work in under 20 minutes.
  • Topical (On the Skin) - Using CBD creams as a topical is a quick and easy way to feel CBD's effects. It is not absorbed through the bloodstream in this way.
  • Eating CBD (Edibles) - Eating CBD edibles takes the longest time for CBD to take effect as the cannabidiol has to pass through the digestive system. However, it will last the longest this way. It will take about 90 minutes to start working but last for about 8 hours.

Whole Flower CBG White Flower from Hemp Delight Is Amazing

Diamond CBD’s Hemp Delight Hemp Flower CBG White Flower is the ideal way to try CBG today. It’s a smokeable, whole flower product with a rustic scent of lemon and diesel. Moreover, it’s a full spectrum product, which means that it has terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids. Since it is all focused on CBG, a sativa strain, we think you’ll love it.

Our Whole Flower CBG has hints of citrus, kush, diesel, and cilantro. There’s no better way to try CBG today. 

Hemp Delight’s Whole Flower CBG White Flower also comes in an 8oz. jar filled with 7 grams of our best CBG whole flower. This means you can also invite your friends over to join in the fun. So try some whole flower CBG today and see what this remarkable new cannabinoid is all about.