What is CBG?

What is CBG?

CBD and THC have by now largely ingrained themselves into our collective consciousness, but another cannabinoid: cannabigerol, or CBG, has been more quietly making a name for itself as one of the most potent compounds the cannabis plant has to offer. 

What is CBG? CBGa vs CBDa vs THCa

CBG is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It exists in its raw acidic form during the cannabis growing process as CBGa, from which both CBDa and THCa are derived. This makes it the chemical precursor to both CBD and THC and has earned it the nickname “the mother of all cannabinoids.” 

It is relatively unknown in part because there simply is not much CBG in an individual plant. While nearly 25% of a marijuana plant can be harvested as THC or CBD, a scant 1% can be harvested as CBG. This is what makes it one of the rarest and most expensive cannabinoids on the market. 


Both CBG and CBD are non-psychoactive, meaning they will not get you high. They’re often compared because people have similar experiences with the two compounds, but they interact with our endocannabinoid system in much different ways. 

CBG binds directly with both our CB1 and CB2 receptors, which might make it more potent when delivering certain effects. CBD works indirectly on the CB1 and CB2 receptors through a number of other ion channels and receptors.

What are the benefits of CBG? 

We are still in the dawn of research for cannabis, so much of what we know about CBG is based on a handful of studies and anecdotal evidence. Most people use CBG to help them relax, increase their appetite, or soothe bodily ailments. It’s important to understand that none of these alleged effects are medically verified. Here are some of the most prevelant studies that have been conducted on CBG’s potential benefits so far:

A 2013 Italian study conducted on mice suggests CBG may reduce inflammation. particularly associated with inflammatory bowel syndrome.

A 2008 study showed that CBG may be effective in reducing intraocular pressure, which could help treat glaucoma. 

A 2015 study showed that CBG may help with conditions related to controlling the bladder. 

A 2016 study done on mice showed that CBG may help increase appetite. 


Is CBG legal? 

CBG is naturally derived from hemp, which makes it legal to possess so long as the product it is found in contains less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC. This is in accordance with the federal farm bill of 2018 which legalized industrial hemp. 

What is CBG Flower? 

CBG hemp flower is Cannabis Sativa-L that has been bred to yield high concentrations of CBG and low concentrations of CBD and THC. It can be smoked in glass, rolled, purchased in pre-roll form, or in an extracted form as a vape cartridge. 

CBG and THC have an inverse relationship, which means high CBG hemp strains have much lower THC levels than CBD flower strains and marijuana. This makes it ideal for many hemp farmers because it is less likely to test “hot,” or above 0.3% THC. 

The typical form of extraction for CBG is to harvest young plants that contain around 1% CBG, which requires a lot of material and is inefficient. CBG Flower, on the other hand, can yield anywhere between 8% and 20% CBG content which makes it one of the most attractive options for consuming CBG. 

How does smoking CBG feel / Does CBG get you high? 

CBG is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not get you high. Inhaling CBG will have different effects for different people depending on their weight, genetic make up, and tolerance. Most people report a mild, calming effect without the mental intensity that comes with marijuana.

Smoking CBG allows for the effects of the cannabinoid to be felt almost instantly, whereas CBG edibles and oils can take 45 minutes to an hour and a half to kick in. Here are some testimonials from customers that reviewed one of our CBG flower products: 

Jocelyn D. 

“I didn’t think it would do much but minutes after smoking I can feel my whole body really relax and calm down.” - Le Creme CBG pre rolls 

Dominique T.

“I love the relaxation without the “high”. I can smoke this and still be functional and go about my day” - Le Creme CBG Flower.

Does CBG show up on drug tests? 

Products that contain CBG may also contain small amounts of THC. Any product that contains trace amounts of THC has a chance of resulting in a positive drug screening. This includes most CBG oils, pre rolls, flower, vapes, and gummies. If you’re worried about an upcoming test, we recommend playing it safe. 

How much CBG is in a pre-roll? 

Our CBG flower strain Le Creme contains 14.5% CBG, which is comparable to other CBG rich strains on the market. This means that per gram, there is about 145 mg of CBG. Our joints are stuffed with 0.7 grams of hemp flower, so each one contains around 100 mg CBG. 

Can you vape CBG? 

Yes, CBG can be extracted in distillate form and vaporized. This method is often preferred for it’s convenient and discrete nature. When CBG is vaped, the effects set in almost immediately. 

Our full spectrum hemp distillate vape cartridges contain around 150 mg CBG, as well as CBD, and CBT if you want to experience the effect of multiple cannabinoids at once. 

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