What is CBG?

Date Modified: August 18th, 2020

You almost certainly know about CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). But are you familiar with minor cannabinoids such as CBG (cannabigerol)? While typically available in lesser quantities in most strains, the popularity of CBG continues in an upward trend. In this introductory guide, we discuss everything you need to know about CBG and buying CBG-infused products.

What is CBG?

CBG (cannabigerol) is a minor cannabinoid, as it is typically available in quantities amounting to less than 1%. While not much is currently known about CBG, researchers are now studying it for its potential pharmacological applications. For instance, CBG demonstrates powerful anti-inflammatory properties and may potentially be suitable for the treatment of pain, glaucoma, inflammatory bowel disease, and many other possible health applications. 

CBG vs. CBD: What’s the Difference?

CBG (cannabigerol) and CBD (cannabidiol) share many similar qualities. For instance, both cannabinoids are non-intoxicating – meaning that neither compound produces a “high” effect. Furthermore, according to a 2018 study, both CBG and CBD directly interacts with the same endocannabinoid receptors.

Despite these distinct similarities, CBG and CBD appear to have differing potential functions and health applications. The primary differentiating factor, however, is that much more is known about CBD. Fortunately, the rising popularity of CBG will likely prompt more CBG-focused research.

Potential CBG Benefits

While more research is required to substantiate any CBG-related health claims, researchers believe that CBG demonstrates promise as a novel therapy for the following conditions and disorders:

  • Appetite loss: According to a 2016 rodent study, CBG could potentially help stimulate one’s appetite, which furthers its potential usefulness at helping combat a myriad of diseases.
  • Bacterial infections: A 2008 study suggests the potential of CBG to help kill harmful bacteria that could otherwise cause difficult-to-treat and possibly deadly staph infections. 
  • Bladder disorders: According to a 2015 study, cannabinoids such as CBG demonstrate promise as a novel treatment for bladder dysfunctions.
  • Cancer: A 2014 study analyzed rodents with colon cancer. Researchers concluded that CBG could potentially help reduce the productions of cancerous cells and tumors within the colon.
  • Glaucoma: Medical cannabis has long since been associated with its potential to help treat glaucoma. According to a 2008 study, this potential ability to promote the reduction of intraocular pressure is linked, at least in part, to CBG.
  • Huntington’s disease: According to a 2015 study, CBG may possess neuroprotective properties that could be beneficial in the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions such as Huntington’s disease.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease: A 2013 study demonstrates the potential of CBG to help reduce symptoms commonly associated with inflammatory bowel disease.

Potential CBG Side Effects

Limited CBG-focused research also means that not much is known about possible adverse CBG-related side-effects. Fortunately, CBG appears to be very well-tolerated by rodents, and no serious adverse health effects have been reported.

Will CBG Get You High?

Like CBD, CBG is a non-intoxicating compound, meaning that it will not produce a euphoric “high” effect. Furthermore, ongoing research suggests that CBG and CBD (two non-psychotropic cannabinoids) could work in unison to counteract the intoxicating effects of THC. This quality, in itself, drastically adds to the compound’s desirability.

Is CBG Legal?

Since the cannabis plant naturally secretes CBG, many are under the impression that CBG is illegal. However, this is not true. Cannabigerol is also available in industrial hemp, a legal commodity protected under the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the U.S. Farm Bill). Therefore, all byproducts of federally compliant hemp are legal to purchase and consume nationwide.

How to Buy CBG

Here at Pure CBD Vapors, we are proud to offer a premium selection of CBD and CBG-infused products. Whether you’re in the market for CBG isolate, tincture, or flower, we have it all. Browse our site by category or shop by brand to find your ideal CBG-infused products today!


Author: Joshua Willard (Freelance CBD Content Writer/Editor)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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