Almost every adult in the world has heard of THC and CBD, yet there are other unknown cannabinoids with amazing therapeutic properties. One of these is CBG or Cannabigerol. This compound is very important as it leads to the creation of CBD and THC. Basically, it is the parent cannabinoid, however, only few know how CBG makes you feel.
CBG has also been found to have therapeutic potential. This means that it can be used for the treatment of nausea, chronic pain, vomiting, cancer, and multiple sclerosis along with chemotherapy side effects. This compound is not new even though it isn’t as popular as CBD. It was successfully isolated in the 1960s and used for therapeutics started in the 21st century. This delay could have been caused by its scarcity and high cost of production. Slowly, CBG is gaining recognition and more people want to know what it is.
The compound is currently under observation for potential pharmacological properties. However, it hasn’t been subjected to clinical trials yet for this purpose. At the moment, invitro and rat studies have revealed that this compound may help treat symptoms of cancer, neurodegeneration, and colitis. (1)
Many experts on cannabis say that there isn’t enough information on the compound as it isn’t a common cannabinoid. They have also noted that it isn’t easily found in large quantities in each cannabis plant. For a proper study, scientists need enough to test its efficacy. The prohibition of cannabis in the past as well as the scarcity didn’t make it easy for the claims to be proven.
CBG is sometimes called a “stem cell” of cannabinoid compounds since it is the precursor to CBC, CBD, and THC. CBGA is an inactive and acidic form of CBG, and it is broken down to become the base molecule that THC, CBD, and CBD form from.
What Is the Difference between CBG and CBD?
CBG is a mother cannabinoid that helps make CBD. However, both are cannabinoids but are different compounds from the cannabis plant. Also, the compounds have different purposes and may be helpful in treating different symptoms.
CBD and CBG are similar because both are non-psychoactive meaning that they do not alter the human brain in a way that affects day-to-day functioning or mental clarity. However, these compounds may alter the mind by potentially relieving depression and anxiety. Therefore, the best way to describe both would be non-intoxicating, unlike THC which impairs the state of mind.
Another thing to note is that CBG counteracts the intoxicating effect of THC like CBD. Some studies also show that it can activate the CB1 receptor like CBD and this decreases the intoxication effect of THC. This means that if a person takes cannabis with a high concentration of CBG and CBD or an isolate of CBD with cannabis, it could counterbalance the intoxication or high and bring clarity back to the person. Cannabis contains CBG but it may be in smaller quantities, so it may not make any difference.
How Does CBG Make You Feel?
Despite the long list of potential benefits of CBG, there is still a question of its effects and how it makes you feel. Since cannabinoids are gotten from traditional hemp plants (cannabis Sativa), it is important to know what effects it has. THC, which is also derived from the cannabis plant has some adverse effects like mind impairment or intoxication. If you intend to use any of these compounds in the future, it is important to know how they will make you feel.
The straight answer to the question is that CBG does not have similar effects like THC. This means that it will not make you feel high or intoxicated just like CBD. Cannabigerol is not a psychotropic drug but is mildly psychoactive. It doesn’t impair reasoning like THC.
However, there is some evidence that when CBG is taken at higher concentrations, the patient may feel a mild sense of euphoria as well as some relaxation of the brain and muscles. so far, there is no report of people taking CBG and getting intoxicated or dizzy after using a higher dosage than usual. This means that CBG is a lot similar to CBD and may be used to promote sleep since it produces a calming effect.