Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is considered a minor cannabinoid, as it is typically found in lower concentrations compared to more well-known cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). CBG is often referred to as the “mother” or “stem cell” of cannabinoids because it is the precursor to other cannabinoids. During the growth of the cannabis plant, CBG is converted into various other cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD.

CBG interacts with the endocannabinoid system in a manner similar to other cannabinoids, by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the body. Research into the potential therapeutic properties of CBG is ongoing, and while it is not as well-studied as THC or CBD, there are several reasons why someone might choose CBG over CBD:

Unique Potential Benefits: Some preliminary research suggests that CBG may have unique therapeutic properties not found in other cannabinoids. It is believed to have potential anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and anti-anxiety effects. CBG may also be helpful for conditions like glaucoma, inflammatory bowel disease, and certain skin disorders.

Potential Synergy: Some people use CBG in conjunction with other cannabinoids, such as CBD, THC, or terpenes, believing that the combination can provide a broader range of therapeutic benefits through the entourage effect. The entourage effect is a theory suggesting that cannabinoids and other compounds in the cannabis plant work together to enhance their effects.

Non-Psychoactive: Like CBD, CBG is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t produce the “high” associated with THC. This makes CBG a potentially attractive option for those seeking relief without the intoxicating effects of THC.

Research Interest: The scientific community is increasingly interested in CBG, and as more research is conducted, we may gain a better understanding of its potential uses and benefits. This interest could lead to the development of more CBG-focused products in the future.

While CBG shows promise, there is still a limited  research on its effects and uses. Before using CBG or any cannabis-derived product for therapeutic purposes, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional. Additionally, the quality and source of CBG products should be carefully considered to ensure safety and efficacy.  CBG is legal in Canada.