The excitement around CBG is clear in the cannabis industry. And it’s now trickling down to us regular folk who have already found so much relief in CBD over the last few years.
But what is CBG exactly? Does CBG get you high? And where can you buy the best CBG e-liquid in the UK? This article answers all…
What is CBG?
CBG is one of more than 120 identified cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant.
CBG is actually the parent molecule from which other all cannabinoids are synthesised, including THC and CBD. This has seen it labelled the ‘stem cell’ cannabinoid or the ‘mother of cannabinoids’.
Does CBG get you high?
No, CBG is non-psychotropic and won’t get you high. It may even counteract the strong psychotropic effects of THC.
When vaped in an e-liquid, CBG can be very relaxing – especially when combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Benefits of CBG
As the precursor to all cannabinoids, it makes sense that CBG offers huge therapeutic potential. It also makes it of great interest to researchers and consumers alike.
CBG shows promise as an antibacterial agent (even proving effective against MRSA) and as an anti-inflammatory agent, with research suggesting it may be more effective than CBD.
Research suggests that CBG can help stimulate the growth of new brain cells – even in elderly patients. It is currently being studied in the treatment of Huntington’s Disease, among others.
It also has cancer fighting properties and is a powerful neuroprotector that can help stimulate the growth of new brain cells.
Cannabinoids like CBD and CBG work together synergistically – along with the other minor cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids present in cannabis extract – to produce an effect that is bigger than if the sum parts were applied separately.
This phenomenon is known as the entourage effect, and it’s why full or broad-spectrum products are superior than those made with isolated cannabinoids.
Why is CBG more expensive than CBD?
Although interest in CBG is increasing, it’s still notoriously expensive to produce.
In fact, it takes thousands of pounds of cannabis to create small amounts of pure CBG. This is largely due to most hemp varieties containing only tiny concentrations of CBG.
Having said that, hemp farmers and breeders are working on ways to increase CBG content – like harvesting early – and CBG-rich strains are becoming more common.
In the U.S, CBG hemp flower can be bought legally online in all 50 states as long as it has less than 0.3% THC.
Where to buy the best CBG e-liquid in the UK?
While CBD products are widely available in the UK, CBG can be harder to find. We’ve previously covered where to find high-quality CBG oil here, and now we’ve compiled a short list of our favourite CBG e-liquids.
Rest assured, these are all pure, clean and potent products from trusted CBD brands that we have tried and tested. Additionally, they all also contain CBD as there are currently no CBG-only e-liquids on the market.
1. CBGx Cannabigerol E-liquid
This new range of e-liquids have the highest concentration of CBG we’ve seen in the UK. It has a 50/50 ratio of CBD to CBG and is available in four strengths: 100mg (so 50mg CBG, 50mg CBD), 300mg, 600mg and 1,200mg.
They come in a bunch of tasty flavours and are very good value PG/VG based e-liquids, with prices between £12.99 and £39.99. Buy here.
2. Paso CBG + CBD Vape Oil Cartridges
These cartridges from Paso, which contain a huge 65% cannabinoids, are some of the best tasting vape carts around. They’re made with a pure blend of 325mg of cannabinoids in each one (about 50mg is CBG and 275mg is CBD), along with terpenes and traces of other minor cannabinoids for a well-rounded entourage effect.