In some respects, CBG is the new kid on the block in the world of cannabinoids.
However, a 2022 survey of CBG users showed that it’s becoming more and more popular, with many respondents preferring it to traditional medicines for stress, depression, pain, and more.
But before you try it, you’re probably wondering whether CBG will get you high.
The short answer is no, CBG won’t get you high like THC does. CBG can even reduce the high you get from using THC.
Let’s find out more about this cannabinoid.
What is CBG?
Cannabigerol, or CBG, is one of more than 100+ cannabinoids that naturally occur in the hemp plant. In fact, it’s the cannabinoid from which all others are derived, earning it the title “the mother of all cannabinoids.”
Actually, the mother cannabinoid is really Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGa), an acidic form of CBG. CBGa can be converted to other acidic cannabinoids like CBDa and THCa. These cannabinoids can then be made into CBG, CBD, and THC.
CBGa is most commonly used to make CBD and THC. However, CBG, its non-acidic form, also has a variety of benefits.
CBG is not as popular as CBD, but that may be changing. Many are discovering how CBG can help with things like stress, anxiety, and pain, and it’s been scientifically researched for a number of brain conditions, including glaucoma, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
In addition to providing direct benefits, CBG interacts with your body in a way that changes the effects of other cannabinoids you consume — including THC.
Will CBG Get You High? How CBG Works in Your Body
As we mentioned in the introduction, CBG won’t get you high as delta-8 or delta-9 THC will. Let’s explore why that is, and what else CBG can do.
The Endocannabinoid System: How CBG Works
CBG and other cannabinoids work by interacting with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), a transmitter system that regulates most systems your body uses for moment-to-moment functioning. The ECS works to keep your body in a state of homeostasis, or balance.
In other words, it’s pretty important.
The ECS normally produces its own cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids), but supplementing with cannabinoids like CBG can help it perform its job better during times of bodily stress.
Two main types of receptors can be found in the ECS:
- CB1 receptors, which are primarily located in the central nervous system
- CB2 receptors, which are primarily located in the peripheral nervous system and immune system
Research shows that CBG binds to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, thereby rendering its beneficial effects.
However, CBG acts on your CB1 receptors in a way that doesn’t produce a high feeling — unlike THC.
CBG Can Reduce Unwanted Side Effects of THC
Not only will CBG not get you high: anecdotal evidence suggests that CBG can counteract the negative effects of THC if you take them together.
THC’s interaction with your CB1 receptors is what causes a high, and CBG is thought to prevent THC from binding with your CB1 receptors (to a degree), therefore reducing the high feelings.
And it’s not just the high that CBG reduces: taking CBG with THC will reduce unwanted side effects as anxiety and paranoia.
This is the entourage effect in action: the entourage effect is a theory that cannabinoids provide more benefits and have fewer side effects when they’re taken together.
Clearly, this is the case for CBG and THC.
Benefits of CBG
Though CBG doesn’t produce a high, it still has a very real impact on your endocannabinoid system, and therefore, your overall wellness.
Here are some of the things that CBG can help with:
- Stress & Anxiety — The survey we mentioned in the introduction showed that many find CBG useful for stress and anxiety. CBG provides a different type of relaxation than THC or CBD: it’s more clarifying and mood-boosting, whereas THC and CBD are more sedating and calming.
- Energy & Focus — CBG boosts mental clarity and positive feelings, leading many to use it to support energy and focus during the day for work and other activities. Many have also found success with CBG for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Sleep — It might seem ironic that CBG can help with sleep if it’s also used for energy and focus. However, CBG’s ability to support mental clarity doesn’t just help you get things done — it can also help you turn off the endless cycle of thoughts and settle down for the night.
- Inflammation — Research has shown CBG to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects.
- Brain Health — CBG has been studied for use with a variety of neurodegenerative and other brain-related disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease.
So although CBG will never get you high, there are a lot of things it can do for you: CBG effectively supports both mental and physical health, and can reduce the negative effects of THC when you take them together.
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Side Effects of CBG
Though CBG has many benefits, it can cause some negative side effects:
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
- Increased appetite
The best way to avoid feeling the side effects is to start out with a low dose and slowly adjust so your body doesn’t become overwhelmed (more on this in a bit).
How to Use CBG: Consumption Methods & Combinations
You can take CBG just as you take CBD: oils, edibles, capsules, and water soluble products are all solid ways to get your daily dose.
You can also combine CBG with other cannabinoids to get different effects:
- CBG and THC: If you want the effects of both CBG and THC, you can smoke a hemp flower strain that contains a lot of CBG, such as White Whale, Jack Frost, John Snow, and Sour G.
- CBG and CBD: Both of these cannabinoids offer a laundry list of benefits on their own, and combining them amplifies the upsides and provides full-body effects.
Generally, opt for full-spectrum CBG products. These products contain other cannabinoids in addition to CBG, such as CBD, THC, CBN, and more.
Due to the entourage effect, full-spectrum CBD products provide more benefits and fewer side effects.
CBG Dosage: How Much to Take
The amount of CBG you take will depend on why you’re taking it and how much you weigh.
Our CBG dosage recommendations for specific conditions can be found here (we also made an easy-to-use, weight-based chart), however, for most everyday uses, a low dosage size works.
Here’s a formula you can use to calculate your CBG dosage:
(0.1) x (your body weight in lbs.) = your daily CBG dosage in mg.
So for example, if you weigh 150 lbs., you’d start by taking 15mg of CBG each day.
If you’re using it with other cannabinoids, you can adjust this dosage up or down depending on the ratio of CBG to the other cannabinoids you’re taking.
As you go, you can take a little bit more or less CBG each time until you land on the perfect dosage for your condition — also see our guide, which has additional in-depth dosage info.
Will CBG Show Up on a Drug Test?
CBG by itself won’t show up on a standard 12-panel drug test.
However, if you’re using a full-spectrum CBG product, which contains small amounts of THC, you will fail a drug test.
Unfortunately, drug screens can’t tell the difference between legal and illegal THC.
If you have to regularly undergo drug testing, ensure you use a CBG product type that doesn’t contain THC, such as broad-spectrum or isolate.
CBG won’t get you high, and in fact, it may actually dampen the negative effects of THC, allowing you to get the benefits without the psychoactive effects. It’s also a great companion for CBD, a similarly powerful cannabinoid.
And better yet, the huge variety of product options and cannabinoid combinations makes it easy to enjoy CBG however you want. So go out there, and give it a try (just be sure that you buy from a reputable company)!
FAQs: Does CBG Get You High?
What is CBG?
Cannabigerol, or CBG, is one of more than 100+ cannabinoids that naturally occur in the hemp plant. It’s nicknamed “the mother of all cannabinoids,” because its acidic form, CBGa, is the cannabinoid from which all others are made. CBG has been researched for inflammation, pain, neurodegenerative disorders, and more.
Does CBG get you high?
Though CBG interacts with your body similarly to THC, it will not produce a head high. Anecdotal evidence even suggests that CBG can reduce the high feeling you get from THC if you take the two cannabinoids together. However, CBG does have an impact in other areas: many people find it useful for stress, anxiety, ADHD, and more.
Is CBG stronger than CBD?
No. Neither CBG nor CBD produces a head-high effect, and their overall strength is comparable — it’s just manifested in different ways.