CBD vs CBG, Ask an Expert

Before getting into the specifics of CBG, and what the difference between CBD and CBG could be, it’s important to understand what cannabinoids are. Cannabinoids, often called phytocannabinoids, are compounds exclusively found in cannabis plants. The most notable cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. The second most notable cannabinoid is CBD, the primary non-intoxicating compound found in hemp strains. There are at least 144 different cannabinoids in cannabis, and each has its own potential effects on the body.1

These cannabinoid compounds, including CBD, THC, and CBG, interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which exists in all animals. This network of cannabinoid receptors run throughout the body, from the central nervous system, to the organs, and even the skin. Cannabinoid compounds bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system, and trigger balancing reactions from the body’s other various systems, according to the latest research.

Cannabinoids develop from resin secreted by hemp flowers and start their lives as an acidic form of CBG called cannabigerol acid, or CBGa. That’s the first cannabinoid that the flowers produce. Then, the CBGa turns into three proto-cannabinoid acids— tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa), cannabidiolic acid (CBDa), and cannabichromenic acid (CBCa). These three compounds are the precursors to the cannabinoids we are most familiar with — CBD, THC, CBG, and CBC, among others. This transformation is called a “cascade reaction.”2

In order for a cannabinoid to interact with the endocannabinoid system, current research suggests that the acid component, or the “a’ in many of these abbreviations, must first be removed in a chemical process known as “decarboxylation.” Most instances of decarboxylation involve the application of heat. For example, when marijuana users light a joint, they are decarboxylating the cannabis. Sounds fancy, huh? Decarboxylation can also occur over time as the plant ages. If you’ve ever lost your stash and discovered it months later, you already know that.

The hemp plants grown for Cornbread Hemp are from a proprietary strain that is bred to have a high profile of minor cannabinoids, including small amounts of CBG. You can find these listed on our third-party lab report results right on our website. We perform those tests on every single batch of CBD products that we make, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting in the products that you buy from us.

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