When many began to learn the three wonderful letters, CBD, acronym for cannabidiol and the lever of change of so many lives in Spain, specialized stores have begun to mix it up with another succession of letters, CBG, abbreviation for cannabigerol and star component in two of our flowers: La Cordobesa CBG and La Cordobesa Navideña . The first, with 8% CBG and a fruity smell, has a silvery appearance due to the reflection of its trichomes. The second, with 5.7% CBG, barely has THC (<0.01%) and is our only international seed (organically grown in Portugal), so imagine what we liked... The question is : What are the differences between CBG and CBD?
A quick refresher: what is CBD?
As we have told on occasion, the Cannabis Sativa plant has two very popular varieties: hemp and marijuana. With the first, textiles, paper or therapeutic products are made, while marijuana stands out for its recreational use (it is not the only one), due to its high level of THC, responsible for what we commonly call the high. Well then: our CBD comes from the sweetheart of this couple, hemp, and is the second most abundant active ingredient in cannabis, responsible, to a large extent, for the therapeutic properties attributed to the plant, according to scientific research. It does not have psychoactive properties: that is, it does not place you. And, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is a totally safe substance, with no reported side effects or risk of causing dependency.
Scientific research on CBD has only just begun, but the hope for its great potential is overwhelming. Preliminary studies relate it to an analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic action . In addition, the evidence highlights its ability to alleviate nausea caused by chemotherapy and its anticonvulsant power in cases of childhood epilepsy. The cause of this versatility is in the endocannabinoid system, whose operation we already explained in previous articles.
And in these, CBG appears: what is cannabigerol and how are CBG and CBD different?
CBG is another of the main cannabinoids in Hemp or Cannabis Sativa L. and is derived from the acidic version of CBG, CBGA. As the plant grows, almost all of the CBGA becomes THCA or CBDA, as defined by the specialized website Natural Total . At harvest time, CBG values are usually very low. This cultivation method is changing, since studies on the benefits of CBG and its commercial success are leading to work on strains with a higher percentage of CBG. According to the Harvard School of Health, CBG, like CBD, is not a toxic cannabinoid.
Studies on the benefits of CBG are in the preliminary phase, but animal research is already pointing to very interesting effects. For example, this one from 2016 found that CBG can stimulate appetite without the side effects of THC , which is why many treatments designed for weight regulation are beginning to take it into account. In addition, this other from 2020 highlighted the antibacterial properties of CBG, to the point of matching a well-known antibiotic. Compared to the existing scientific literature on CBD, that of CBG is superior in the following fields: appetite regulation, concentration enhancement, intestinal disorders, and ADHD-derived symptoms.
Regarding the organoleptic differences between CBG and CBD, the CBD flower is more powerful and sophisticated, while the CBG flower gives off a more discreet aroma and looks less showy. Now, do you get further when you dress up and get high-waisted... or are a good tracksuit and a carefree attitude not trending among the coolest people on the planet? Well that: be cool, be CBG.
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