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CBG vs CBD: What's the difference?

What is CBG?

CBG (cannabigerol) is known as the “stem cell” or parent of cannabinoids like CBD. As the flower matures while it is growing, it produces cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) as the first cannabinoid that forms within the plant. From there, CBGA has the incredible ability to transform into other cannabinoids. The conversion takes place approximately 6-8 weeks into flowering. Instead of harvesting flowers early to get CBG, seed producers have created plants that produce predominantly CBG when finished growing.


How does CBG work?

CBG works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS functions to help regulate biological systems in the human body. The ECS is made up of two main types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found in the nervous system and the brain. CB2 receptors are located in the immune system and other areas of the body. Together, the receptors regulate neurohormones which affect physiological processes like mood, pain response, and appetite.


What makes CBG different from CBD for you?

Though both offer a lots of amazing benefits, CBG presents one major difference when compared to CBD. In general, CBD interacts with your system on an “indirect” basis while CBG interacts directly with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body. That direct interaction is thought to be precisely where CBG exercises its unique therapeutic effects. 


Resources

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