The CBG Experience: Decoding Its Impact on Your Mind and Body
Cannabigerol, better known as CBG, is a lesser-known non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the Cannabis plant. However, as more research on this specific cannabinoid comes to light, this once-obscure compound is gaining considerable attention due to its potential health benefits.
With added attention also comes questions.
In this guide, we explore those and other common questions consumers like yourself have about this interesting and beneficial cannabinoid, giving you a better idea of what to expect if you decide to partake.
First, let’s take a look at what CBG is, shall we…
What is CBG?
CBG is a naturally occurring, non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis and hemp plants. Although present in lesser amounts than its offspring CBD and THC, CBG is believed to be the ‘mother of all cannabinoids.’
In other words, all other cannabinoids start their journey as CBG before being converted to other cannabinoids throughout the plant’s natural lifecycle.
How Does CBG Work?
According to research published in the Frontiers in Pharmacology Journal, CBG can interact and engage with the same receptors as CBD and THC (CB1 and CB2 receptors). It is thought that this influence on those receptors and the cascading effects throughout the endocannabinoid system is responsible for CBG’s influence on the mind and body.
Why Do People Take CBG?
Although research is ongoing, current studies suggest that CBG may be an important therapeutic and wellness aid, offering a host of potential benefits.
Some studies suggest that CBG has strong analgesic (pain relieving), anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-depressant properties or effects, among other potential benefits that can aid energy, digestion, and other metabolic processes.
But what exactly is the effect of CBG on the body and mind, and how does it make you feel?
Does CBG Make You Feel Different?
Those who have had experience with cannabis or hemp’s more psychoactive compounds (such as THC, D8, HHC, and others) may have questions about how CBG may make them feel in comparison.
CBG is non-psychoactive in the sense that it won’t give you the same type of ‘high’ you may associate with THC. There has even been some research to suggest that CBG may counteract or tame the psychoactive head high of THC.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t ‘feel’ CBG.
Does CBG make you hyper?
This question pops up as one of the most commonly asked regarding energy and CBG. The TLDR is that it shouldn’t, although everyone’s body chemistry is different and may respond uniquely to any supplement or compound.
That said, CBG is commonly reported by consumers to give them energy similar to the mentally stimulating effects of a cup of coffee, but without the jitters or anxiety/nervousness that sometimes comes with too much caffeine consumption.
Is CBG a Stimulant?
You may have heard that CBG is a stimulant, and you’re not wrong. But it’s also not the kind of stimulant you’re thinking of. When we hear the word stimulant, we often think of amphetamines or caffeine. CBG is indeed a stimulant, but a digestive system stimulant, known to aid in digestive processes, and stimulate appetite.
Focus & Concentration
It is also anecdotally reported that CBG aids in improving perceived focus, concentration, and alertness. For this reason, CBG is often not recommended before bedtime and is best suited for daytime use, social engagements, hobbies, creative endeavors, and so on.
Mood and Stress
A study in the Frontiers in Pharmacology Journal stated that CBG might offer soothing effects that can help to keep you calm, cool, and collected.
Another study in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research looked at why people use CBG (and other cannabinoids) and found that 51.2% used CBG for anxiety and 33% for depression, with the efficacy of CBG highly rated with the vast majority of consumers reporting that their issues ‘much improved’ or were ‘very much improved’ by using CGB.
CBG Gummies are a discrete and easy way to incorporate CGB into your lifestyle if, like those in the study, you may be experiencing anxiety or depression.
Will CBG Get You Stoned?
Despite CBG interacting with CB1 and CB2 receptors, it does so to a much lesser degree than other psychoactive cannabinoids. As a result, those using CBG will not feel stoned, nor the type of ‘head high’ associated with THC.
Does CBG Cause Euphoria?
If you’re looking for the acute euphoric rush of THC, CBG may disappoint. CBG does not cause euphoria but may elevate your mood, reduce stress, reduce depressive feelings, and increase energy.
These effects are largely thought to be due to CBG’s impact on anandamide, a natural cannabinoid produced by our bodies that regulate our perception of pain and pleasure. By increasing anandamide levels, CBG can potentially elicit a feeling of euphoria and mental clarity.
What kind of high does CBG give you?
‘High’ is not really the right word to use here, but it’s a question/phrasing that we get a lot so we’ll stick with it for the purpose of giving you some insight.
CBG is not psychoactive but can interact with neurotransmitters that may play a role in motivation, pleasure, sleep, appetite, and pain reduction. In this way, CBG is not psychotropic but can aid in giving you an improved sense and feeling of well-being.
What Gets You Higher CBD Or CBG?
According to a study published in the Journal of Frontiers in Pharmacology, both CBG and CBD are CB1 and CB2 receptor agonists. In other words, they both work on the same endocannabinoid receptors to elicit physiological effects when consumed. However, CBG expressed functional selectivity and varying degrees of affinity when binding to these receptors, which is thought (in part) to play a large role in the differences between CBG and CBD ‘highs’ and/or effects.
Neither compound gets you ‘high’ in the traditional sense, but CBD may be more sedative and calming, while CBG may be more energetic, mentally stimulating, and mood-enhancing.
How Long Does a CBG High Last?
Generally speaking, the effects of CBG can vary significantly from person to person, depending on several factors, including the person’s age, weight, and metabolism.
Some people may experience the effects of CBG for a few hours, while others may experience them for a longer period of time. Overall, most consumers report effects lasting between 206 hours.
It is also important to note that the effects of CBG can be affected by other substances that are being taken at the same time, such as other medications or alcohol.
What Is Smoking CBG Like?
As compared to some other cannabinoids (D8, HHC, and CBD), CBG can be a lot smoother when smoked. Most users report less throat and lung irritation, although this varies from user to user.
As for effects, many individuals report similar results with CBD but with a more uplifting and energetic mental stimulation that doesn’t leave them feeling tired or groggy.
Smoking or vaping CBG has the added benefit of hitting faster (and sometimes stronger) but dissipating quicker as opposed to other modes of consumption like edibles or tinctures.
So, How Does CBG Make You Feel?
CBG is thought to offer a wide range of potential health benefits, with thousands of consumers citing how the compound has helped change their life for the better.
Some people report that taking CBG provides an effect similar to that of a mild stimulant, with an associated increase in alertness, focus, and energy. In contrast, others report feeling a sense of relaxation and relief from stress and an elevated mood.
Although CBG isn’t psychoactive, it can be ‘felt’ more than CBD in some ways, and when vaped or smoked may offer more acute benefits that are more readily noticeable. To try any or all of the forms of CBG, check out the Hemponix selection of high-quality products.