What is CBG?

Nov 7th 2019

There's been a lot of buzz around CBD recently due to the 2018 farm bill in the US which effectively legalized CBD in the US. 

This has resulted in many people trying CBD as well as people looking into the other non-psychocative cannabinoids.

THC is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the intoxicating effects in marijuana.

Marijuana has high levels of THC and low levels of CBD while the hemp plant has high levels of CBD and low levels of THC. Hemp must contain less than .3% THC in order to be considered legal federally. 

CBD generally causes a feeling of relaxation and focus in people. CBG which stands for Cannabigerol has been shown to have similar effects. Although there haven't been clinical trials for CBG there have been several early studies that show potential benefits. 


There was a study in 1990 that showed CBG could have benefits for those with glaucoma. This is interesting because CBD has not been shown to help those with glaucoma while THC has. So this means CBG could end up being a good non-intoxicating way to treat glaucoma. 

There was a 2008 study that showed that CBG has antibacterial properties. This study showed that CBG as well as the other cannabinoids had antibacterial properties against MRSA. MRSA is a type of infection that is resistant to methicillin which is a common antibiotic. 

There was a 1975 study that showed CBG an help inhibit GABA uptake. This helps with muscle relaxation and general calmness. This can help with relieving anxiety.

There was a study in 2013 that showed CBG can be helpful for colitis due to it's anti inflammatory effects. 

There was a study in 2015 that shoed the use of CBG could help with the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. 

There was also a study in 2007 that showed CBG's anti inflammatory effects could help treat skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. 

Finally there was a 2016 study that showed various cannabinoids including CBG could have anti-cancer properties. 

CBG does seem to have some promising effects and as we continue to see more research done on each of the different cannabinoids we'll begin to see how our body reacts to different cannabinoids and which ones could be the most useful for specific treatments.