At this point, is there anyone whoÂ hasnâ€™tÂ tried or heard of CBD? (Aunt KathyÂ swears by it for her aching joints, your bestieÂ rubs it on her faceÂ andÂ even your dog can get in on the action.)Â JustÂ when we thought weâ€™d reached peak CBD, we came acrossÂ CBG,Â another cannabis-derived ingredientÂ thatâ€™sÂ making waves in the wellness world. But what is CBGâ€”and should you try it?Â Hereâ€™s what you need to know about this buzzy acronym.
Wait, remind me what CBD is again?Â The marijuana plant contains dozens of chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is aÂ nonpsychoactiveÂ cannabinoid,Â meaning it wonâ€™t get you high or, um, give you the munchies. (The euphoria-inducing cannabinoid that you may remember from your college days is called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.) Research on CBD has shown that it can be helpful forÂ preventing seizuresÂ andÂ reducing anxiety. It may evenÂ help combat cancer.Â
Got it. So what exactly is CBG?Â Cannabigerol (aka CBG) is anotherÂ nonpsychoactiveÂ cannabinoid that comes from the cannabis plant. CBG is being touted as the new CBD for its potential medicinal properties, although itâ€™s important to note that there havenâ€™t been any clinical (i.e., human) trials yet. However,Â some evidence shows thatÂ CBG may help withÂ inflammatory bowel diseaseÂ and neurodegenerative diseasesÂ like Huntingtonâ€™s disease. It may also haveÂ antibacterialÂ andÂ anticancerÂ properties. But again, there hasnâ€™t been a whole lot of research on CBG,Â largely because itâ€™s present in minute amounts in the cannabis plant (typically less thanÂ 1Â percent), which can make it expensive and difficult to study.Â
HowÂ is CBG different from CBD?Â While theyâ€™re both cannabinoids that wonâ€™t get youÂ high,Â CBG and CBD are different compounds within the cannabis plant. CBGÂ (or rather its acidic form, CBGA) is actually one of the first cannabinoid acids to develop in the plant and helps to make CBD (as well as THC). While both have been studied for their potential benefits, they help treat different conditions.Â
OK, letâ€™s say Iâ€™m curious. How do I try CBG?Â Like CBD, you can ingest CBG orally (in tablets, liquid, vapor or food) or apply it topically. Extract Labs hasÂ a CBG oilÂ featuring aÂ 1-to-1Â ratio of CBG to CBD that can be applied to the tongue or mixed with food. Or check out Flower Childâ€™sÂ CBG salveÂ that you can rubÂ ontoÂ your body. But hereâ€™s the thing: Thereâ€™s no clear evidence that using either product (or any CBG product for that matter) will do much of anything (including chill you out). And while there havenâ€™t been any reported negative side effects of CBG, there hasnâ€™t really been enough research on it either. Bottom line: CBG may be the next CBD, but until we know more, just make sure to talk toÂ your doctor before trying it,Â OK?