The Difference Between CBD and CBG

As one of the most popular and recognizable cannabinoids, cannabidiol (“CBD”) products garner a lot of attention in the markets where they are sold. However, the growing normalization of CBD products has brought attention to a similar product: cannabigerol (“CBG”). One of the major reasons CBG has gained so much interest is because of its similarities to CBD and its potential therapeutic benefits. Both cannabinoids bind the same receptors in the brain and share many beneficial properties. Yet, they have some unique qualities that merit attention.

Consumers of cannabis-derived products should be aware of the differences between popular cannabinoids and often, headshops or your local gas station do little to educate consumers on them. The team of attorneys at Ritter Spencer Cheng want consumers to be armed with the knowledge necessary to navigate their market options. Below, our team has outlined the major differences between CBD and CBG.

What is CBD? 

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, which can be broken down primarily into cannabis and hemp. CBD is present in both cannabis and hemp, but hemp plants often contain significantly higher traces. This cannabinoid is typically not psychoactive, meaning that it will not produce hallucinogenic or the “high” typically associated with many cannabis derivatives, namely tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”). CBD compounds have been found to provide anti-inflammatory benefits, and are now sold in a variety of different formats, such as dietary supplements, tinctures, topical creams, and more.

Defining CBG

CBG is an acronym for cannabigerol. Cannabigerol is only one of the many phytocannabinoids that can be found in cannabis plants. CBG is typically cultivated from younger cannabis plants since they present higher concentrations of cannabigerol. Similar to CBD, CBG does not typically produce psychoactive effects on a person who ingests a product containing the cannabinoid.CBG is less prevalent on the legal markets than CBD.

Often, some may refer to CBG as “the mother of all cannabinoids.” This name is given to CBG because a large number of cannabinoids come from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), the acidic form of CBG. 

The attorneys at Ritter Spencer Cheng, PLLC understand the importance of empowering cannabis consumers with the knowledge to discern between popular products and assist companies in educating their consumer bases. With years of experience in the legal cannabis industry, cannabis attorney Chelsie Spencer is a Dallas-based attorney specializing in cannabis, CBD, hemp, cannabis, and alternative substance businesses. Her expertise also encompasses other areas, including intellectual property law and commercial litigation. Her knowledge of the various complex alternative substance industries make her an essential ally to her clients and their unique legal issues. Contact Ritter Spencer Cheng or give us a call at 214.295.5070 for more information.