How is CBG Different?

Welcome back to the CBx Essentials blog! Lately, we have been discussing CBG and its benefits. In our last blog post, we provided a brief overview of what CBG is and how it can work with other cannabinoids. CBG, like its counterpart CBD, is an extremely powerful and versatile chemical. Though very similar, CBG is different from CBD and today on our blog we are going to highlight how. 

Keep reading to learn more and be sure to check out our website to learn more about us and our commitment to providing high quality products. We offer full-spectrum CBD and CBG products  such as our Daily Body Oil, Intensive Salve, and Intensive Skin Repair. Shop all of our high-quality, affordable products online!

CBG Oil Vs. CBD Oil

If you don’t know the difference, it is easy to lump CBG in with CBD, and to a certain extent you can, when talking about cannabinoid products in a general way. However, the chemical differences and the potential benefits make CBG worthy of discussing it separately and distinguishing it from its counterpart CBD. 

Differing Chemical Compounds & Reactivity

There are over a hundred different cannabinoids found in cannabis plants — with the potential for more to be discovered. Though these cannabinoids are similar, they interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system differently. One of the main chemical factors that sets CBG apart from CBD is that it is essentially the “stem cell” of the cannabis plant — meaning it is the precursor for THC and CBD. Another way to look at it is that, generally speaking, THC and CBD come from CBG. Once CBG has turned into one of the other compounds, there can be very little CBG left. To enjoy a significant amount of CBG, the plants must be harvested before the CBG turns to CBD or THC. Some people also breed their plants to have more CBG. 

Differing Potential Benefits

CBG shows promise to offer some of the same benefits as CBD such as providing anti-inflammatory benefits, relief from depression, anxiety, and pain. However, CBG seems to have other properties that could address different conditions that CBD may not help or may not help in the same capacity. 

Glaucoma & Intraocular Pressure

CBG could provide benefits for patients suffering from glaucoma and intraocular pressure that CBD can not offer. THC offers similar benefits, but with intoxicating effects. CBG has the potential to be both a relief from symptoms and a possible treatment. A study from 1990 suggests that CBG could play a pivotal role in ocular treatments.  

Potential Treatment for MRSA

MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and is a staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics such as methicillin, making it a potentially fatal bacterial infection. CBG possesses antibacterial qualities and thus could prove to be a treatment. A 2008 study seemed to conclude that CBG could be a treatment for MRSA and other bacteria that are resistant to currently available antibiotics. 

A GABA Inhibitor

GABA stands for gamma-Aminobutyric acid and is a chemical found throughout the body but primarily in the brain. CBG could inhibit GABA uptake, meaning that it would reduce muscle tension and anxiety. GABA inhibitors are already used to treat these symptoms. However, according to a study from1975, as well as current research, CBG could offer a natural means of providing relief from anxiety and tension. 

IBD & Colitis Relief 

CBG could also provide relief from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colitis. A study conducted in 2013 suggests these benefits; patient anecdotal evidence states also states that they felt relief from systems such as abdominal pain, joint pain, cramping, diarrhea, poor appetite, and weight loss. Though more study is needed, the correlation between CBG and these benefits is strong.

Huntington’s & Neurodegenerative Diseases

CBG could provide more positive effects on the brain including therapeutic qualities and potential treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s disease. A 2015 study found that CBG could be a neuroprotective compound, meaning it could normalize the expression of abnormal genes responsible for brain degeneration. 

Fights Cancer

CBG has also been found to fight cancer by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells as well as even helping first-line therapies. An article in 2009 and a study in 2014 found similar results in that the growth of tumor cells were slowed by non-psychoactive cannabinoids including CBG. Specifically, CBG and other cannabinoids were found to be helpful in the treatment of colon cancer and breast cancer. It also could help those undergoing chemotherapy as it acts as an appetite stimulant.

Skin Inflammation Relief

You may have seen a trend in the number of skin treatments that are now formulated with CBD and other cannabinoids. As a result of a predominant number of CB receptors being found in the skin, it is easy for topical cannabinoid products to be highly effective. CBG has been shown to help with inflammation including skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. For this reason, CBx Essentials offers effective CBD and CBG cream:  

Our products can provide that daily dose of moisture and nourishment that your skin craves as well as more intensive care when our skin needs a little extra TLC. Our products also act as CBG natural pain relief cream as well.

How to Experience the Benefits of CBG 

Before we discuss the possible ways of enjoying the benefits of CBG, it is important to note that CBG should never be taken in place of your doctor-directed treatments and medication. You should never stop taking your medication without the consent of a doctor. Also, before adding CBG to your daily regimen, it is important to discuss it with your physician first. 

The benefits of CBG can be enjoyed in a variety of ways including: 

  • CBG vapes
  • CBG oils
  • CBG creams

Choosing a consumption form depends on your needs as well as your preference. Like CBD, CBG can be smoked, ingested, and applied topically. 


CBD and CBG are extremely similar compounds and offer the same potential benefits. However, CBG offers some specific benefits and shows potential as a means of treatment that CBD does not. Choosing the cannabinoid for your needs, depends on just that — your particular needs.

Utilizing the Entourage Effect

Though some may find an isolate of CBG or CBD to be what they need, utilizing a variety of cannabinoid products can allow you to experience greater benefit. When you take a variety of cannabinoid products they each enhance the effects of the other. This is called the entourage effect. For example, taking CBD and CBG together can bring-out the benefits that each cannabinoid has to offer. For this reason CBx Essentials creates products that have both CBD and CBG in them. 

To learn more about our products and experience the potential benefits for yourself, shop CBx Essentials online!