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How Does CBG Make You Feel?

Date 3rd Sep 2021

How Does CBG Make You Feel?

How Does CBG Make You Feel?

Just when you think you haven't seen enough CBD products on the market, there's another hemp-based compound that's popping up everywhere—CBG or cannabigerol.

It's touted as a "new" cannabinoid, but it's not technically new. It's considered a minor cannabinoid because it's found in cannabis plants in much lower quantities than the main cannabinoids, THC and CBD, so research surrounding this compound is still fairly new—but that hasn't stopped the hemp industry innovators from exploring its potential uses.

This article explores what CBG feels like, what people are using it for, and where you can find quality CBG products for yourself.

How Is CBG Different From CBD And THC?

  1. CBG is more abundant in young cannabis plants—THC and CBD are more abundant in mature cannabis plants as CBGa eventually converts into THCa, CBDa, and other cannabinoids.
  2. CBG is non-psychotropic like CBD. THC is the main psychotropic compound in marijuana plants.
  3. CBD and CBG are psychoactive, which means they may alter your mood (coffee and chocolate are psychoactive too). Most people experience a sense of contentment and relaxation.
  4. CBD has a low affinity to bind with CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBG can directly interact with these receptors similar to THC.
  5. CBG may block the hyperactivity of THC that causes intoxication (high) associated with marijuana use by binding to the CB1 receptor.

Cannabigerol (CBG) is psychoactive but it's non-psychotropic, which means it may change one's mood but it won't alter one's perception that leads to intoxication as THC does.

CBGa is often called the "parent cannabinoid," as it's the precursor molecule to the better-known cannabinoids, THC, and CBD. To understand the differences between these cannabinoids, we're looking at their molecular structures and how their unique shapes interact with the endocannabinoid system receptors and other receptor sites in the body.

As the precursor cannabinoid to THC and CBD, you can expect a lot of similarities in their actions. CBG interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to exert its effects, just like CBD and THC.

CBD's molecular shape doesn't allow it to bind very well to cannabinoid receptors, whereas CBG is shown to act on these receptors, although it affects them significantly less than THC, which is why most people don't experience intoxication when taking CBG.

The Effects Of CBG & What It May Feel Like

Here Are 5 Suggested Benefits Of CBG Based On Limited Clinical Include:

  1. CBG may support focus and concentration [1]
  2. CBG may help to encourage a healthy appetite [2]
  3. CBG may support a healthy stress response [3]
  4. CBG may support normal inflammatory response [4]
  5. CBG may support comfort from tired muscles [5]

The most common feelings associated with CBG use are a sense of calm and general well-being, better focus, and concentration, and relief from minor muscle discomfort, which is all very similar to CBD.

Cannabinoids are interesting active compounds as they tend to affect individuals differently based on their genetics, stress levels, and lifestyle. This is because its main interaction occurs in the endocannabinoid system, which is tasted with maintaining internal balance (homeostasis).

The ECS uses a system of transmitters (endogenous cannabinoids), receptors (CB1 and CB2), and enzymes to relay messages throughout the body to ensure vital organs and systems are in a Goldilock's zone to keep functioning at their best. As you can expect, everyone's level of balance will be different, even from one day to the next, CBG may produce different effects depending on your state of equilibrium.

The form in which you take CBG can also change how it makes you feel.

For example, CBG oils and gummies, and capsules can take much longer to kick in compared to smoking a vape, but they can have long-lasting effects on focus and concentration, which is why it's become many people's new favorite productivity tool for work and studying.

A clinical study conducted on mice found that CBG may have neuroprotective properties that support brain cells' ability to regenerate [6]. Hopefully, this leads to more research on its potential for brain health.

Overlap Of CBD And CBG Effects

Based on the current research on both CBD and CBG, there are very similar overlapping effects including, supporting a healthy immune response, healthy stress levels and supporting mild discomfort.

People Turn to CBD and CBG to Manage Their Stress

When we let our stress levels get out of hand, we never enter the restorative rest-and-digest mode, leading us susceptible to illness.

CBG and CBD have been shown to have effects on GABA levels in the brain, which is the neurotransmitter that counteracts the effects of the stress hormone, cortisol [7, 8].

People Take CBD and CBG To Support Healthy Inflammation Levels

The endocannabinoid system helps to regulate the immune response. A healthy ECS ensures that immune cells don't linger longer than they need to and end up causing more harm than good to the affected tissues.

CBD and CBG have been suggested to support the ECS' ability to moderate hyperactive inflammatory activity by reducing the number of marker cells that the body releases that trigger inflammation [4].

People Turn To CBD and CBG To Recover Tired Muscles

While there are no FDA-approved cannabis-based products that are used to address pain, many people swear by their CBD and CBG oils to address their chronic and acute pain as a natural alternative to some medications [9].

In clinical studies, these two compounds have been observed to interact at pain-receptor sites to stop the transmission of pain signals to the brain, which can help with relaxation and allow for faster healing [10].

CBG Side Effects & How To Avoid Them

Just like CBD, CBG is found to be well-tolerated in high doses, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have the potential to cause side effects. Luckily CBD's adverse effects are mild and will resolve themselves on its own as the body metabolizes the compounds.

Most people experience adverse effects from CBG when they take too much. Some of the discomforts reported from CBG use include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Changes in appetite

One of the ways you can avoid experiencing these adverse effects is to take the right dose of CBG.

There is no one-size-fits-all for cannabinoids dosing because they can affect individuals differently, so it's important that you start on the lower end of strength and gradually work your way up to avoid shocking your system.

You may also want to consider shopping for full spectrum or broad spectrum CBG extracts over CBG isolates.

CBG isolates or distillates—that only contain CBG as the active ingredient—have a higher chance of producing these side-effects this is because it lacks hemp's naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes to balance the effects of CBG.

CBG Neurogan Products

Neurogan CBG Products

When the COVID pandemic emerged, many Neurogan customers asked us to create products that could help with focus and productivity while everyone spent much more time at home, but needed to get through the tough workdays and online schooling.

This led us to create our CBG Focus Line of oils and gummies.

We use high CBG hemp strains and our proprietary CO2 extraction method to preserve as much of the naturally occurring phytochemicals for a potent and well-balanced extract.

CBG Focus Oil (2000MG)

Our CBG Focus Oil has become our team's favorite productivity tool. Each dropper delivers 33.3 MG of CBG with your choice of a full spectrum or THC-free broad spectrum formula. We've added natural citrus flavors not only to make it taste great but citrus is known for invigorating the senses, helping to elevate mood and concentration.

CBG Focus Gummy Squares (1350MG)

We've kept our best-selling CBG Gummy Squares formula and combined our high-potency balanced CBG extract to bring you these Focus Gummies. Our gummy squares are artisan-batched in California to maintain quality and freshness when they arrive at your door.

The CBG Focus formula contains 45MG of our CBG extract per gummy. Most people find this to be on the higher end of dosing, but it's easy to find your happy dose when you can half or quarter these gummies.

CBG + CBG Balance Oil (2000MG)

The Balance Oil is for when you need to get back-to-center. It contains a 1:1 ratio of CBD and CBG for relaxation and more grounded focus. This is many of our customer's favorite introduction to CBG as part of their wellness routine, as it feels familiar with the effects of CBD.

CBG + CBD Balance Gummies (1350MG)

The Balance CBG + CBD Gummies is the same as the Balance Oil but in our tasty Fresh Watermelon gummy formula. Each square delivers 22.5MG of CBG and CBD and leverages whole-plant synergy to support your body's sense of equilibrium and relaxation.

CBG Focus Oil 12000MG

The CBG 12000MG Oil deserves its own sub-heading as it's a truly unique product.

This CBG oil is the most potent on the market. We were able to preserve hyper-concentrated levels of CBG from our young hemp plants along with other minor cannabinoids and terpenes to contribute to the entourage effect.

With 200MG of CBG per dropper full, this is an extremely high dose. However, as an oil format, you have complete control over how much you need. When you purchase high potency oils, you end up saving money per MG of extract, making this the most cost-effective option if you enjoy having CBG in your wellness regimen.

CBG Neurogan Products

The Takeaway: What Should CBG Feel Like?

The benefits of CBG are promising, but more pre-clinical and clinical research is needed to support many of its reported health benefits. Still, that hasn't stopped many people from trying CBG for themselves.

The most common report of what CBG feels like is that it's similar to CBD, but helps them to feel more focused and concentrated when studying, doing monotonous tasks, and doing creative work.

It's important to remember that cannabinoids can affect individuals differently, so use caution when shopping for CBG products and start your doses on the lower end before taking a full dose to help you avoid some of the potentially uncomfortable side effects.

Resources:

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Katrina Lubiano
Katrina Lubiano

Katrina Lubiano is a content writer in the health and wellness space based in Vancouver, Canada — Canada's epicenter for cannabis culture. When she's not working, she enjoys sailing, watercolor painting, and cooking.