CBG vs CBD

You’ve met CBD. You love CBD. You know all about CBD. But, what are all these other 3-letter acronyms you keep hearing about? CBC? CBG? CBN? (What?) Are they all one-in-the-same or… are they all totally different? 

If you’re overwhelmed by all the CBD oil options, you’re not alone!

The team here at Rosebud is always looking for the opportunity to learn about new things- especially when it pertains to our bodies, our health and the things we keep on stock in our wellness toolkits. You likely don’t have time to research everything there is to know about CBD, so we’re doing the legwork for you.

Today, we’re exploring what CBG is, how it relates to CBD, and why CBG has implications for how CBD interacts with our bodies.   

First, What is CBG?

To understand the difference between CBG and CBD, let’s start at the top. 

CBG- short for Cannabigerol- is one of the (many!) compounds found within the hemp plant. Unlike THC, CBG and CBD are both non-intoxicating cannabinoids (read: you won’t get high). 

As a quick brush-up, CBD (or Cannabidiol) is one of the leading compounds in hemp, making up about 40% of its composition. It’s cousin, CBG, is present in significantly lower levels (like, less than 1%) so it’s considered to be one of the “minor cannabinoids.” But even though it’s small, this mighty compound is absolutely worth learning about.

Without getting into the weeds too much (hehe), here’s a quick science lesson: Both CBD and THC start out as CBGA- the acidic form of CBG. In fully developed hemp plants with high concentrations of THC and CBD, you’ll find very low concentrations of CBG. This is because most of the CBG cannabinoids are converted to CBD and THC as the plant develops.

CBG is also processed by the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of molecules and receptors in our bodies that are responsible for keeping us in an “optimal state” regardless of what’s going on in our external environment. For more on CBD and the endocannabinoid system, head over to this post!

Furthermore, Scientists have discovered that CBG works to help manage the psychoactive effects produced by THC, just like CBD does.

But even amidst all the similarities, there are some key differences between CBG and CBD. 

What are the Differences Between CBG and CBD?

When CBD made it’s showstopping debut, it helped pave the way for other lesser-known cannabinoids (‘sup CBG?) to capture their own bit of fame as well- piquing the interest of both consumers and scientists alike. 

There is quite a bit more research available when it comes to CBD; info on CBG is limited since it’s newer to the party, and produced in smaller amounts. Scientists are on it, though!

Nevertheless, what we do know is that these two compounds interact a bit differently in our bodies. 

Here’s are some of the differences (that we know of) between CBG and CBD: 

  • CBG seems to interact directly with the brain’s CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors, while CBD appears to interact with the endocannabinoid system on a more indirect basis.
  • Unlike CBD, CBG is pretty much only present in the early stages of the hemp plant’s life cycle.
  • Like we mentioned before, CBG is actually converted into other cannabinoids- like THC and CBD-  as it ages and the plant develops. 

ICYWW; The Best CBD Oils Contain a Little Bit of CBG

Opt for Full Spectrum CBD

Have you ever heard the term “full spectrum” or “CBD isolate” before? You might not have realized it, but Rosebud CBD oil is full spectrum– meaning that there are other, less prevalent cannabinoids present in your tincture. 

It’s widely taught that cannabinoids work better when they’re all taken together. This is called the entourage effect, and we whole subscribe to that theory here at Rosebud. Take a look at our cannabinoid profile, you’ll see that- with every bottle of CBD oil- there is a tiny little bit of CBG present. 

If analogies are your thing, here’s one for you: Full Spectrum CBD oil is like a hot cup of tea; warm water + honey + tea leaves. CBD Isolate is like a pile of tea leaves, by itself. When you make a cup of tea, with the full list of tea items, you’ll reap the benefits a lot more effectively than if you just munched on the dry tea leaves. 

With full spectrum CBD, the cannabinoids all work together to exacerbate each other’s effects- leaving you with a well-rounded wellness experience. 

Look for Transparent Lab Tests

When you’re buying CBD oil online, make sure that your tincture is tested by an independent, third-party lab, and that the company posts the results on their website. This ensures that you know exactly what you’re buying, and using, and that there are no harmful pesticides or chemicals hiding inside your bottle.

You can take comfort in knowing that Rosebud CBD oil is an all-natural product, hailing from a responsibly-grown, family farm in Oregon.

Before You Go

CBD + CBG have been used by many of our customers to supplement their wellness routine; from combating painful menstrual cramps, easing sore muscles post-workout and alleviating menopause symptoms

If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of CBD yourself, (especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or currently taking any medications) please be aware that everyone’s ideal dosage is a little different. 

And above all, make sure that you’re listening to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, or you’re not experiencing the results you expected, adjust your dosage or consult your health care professional.

Finding the right CBD dose can take a little bit of trial and error. It’s not just about the amount in the bottle, but also the size of the person taking it and their individual needs and goals. For a little help finding the right CBD dosage, check out our Complete CBD Oil Dosage Guide!

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