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What is CBG?

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CBG, short for Cannabigerol, is a cannabinoid found in hemp and cannabis plants. Many consider it a minor cannabinoid as you can typically only find it in concentrations of about 1%. Research into the effects of CBG in humans continues to find numerous potential benefits.

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CBGa, short for Cannabigerolic acid, is the acidic form of CBG. CBGa is the precursor of Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa), Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and Cannabichromenic acid (CBCA). For this reason, we call CBGa the mother of all cannabinoids.

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Read on to learn more about CBG as well as the differences between CBD vs CBG.


CBG (cannabigerol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are both non-psychoactive cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp plants. However, they differ in several ways:

Origin in the Plant:

CBD is a product of CBGa with CBGa and CBG originating first within the plant.

Potential Benefits:

We can't discuss benefits because of FDA rules, but these two cannabinoids have their own separate and unique effects.

Concentration in the Plant:

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Cannabis and hemp plants contain very low concentrations of CBG, usually less than 1%, while concentrations of CBD are much higher.

Interaction with Endocannabinoid System:


Does not directly interact with CB1 or CB2 receptors, but may influence them indirectly.


Directly interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, potentially offering a different range of therapeutic benefits.

Infographic showing locations of CB1 and CB2 receptors in endocannabinoid system.

In summary, while CBG and CBD both have potential therapeutic benefits, their origin and concentration in the plant differs. Their potential benefits may also differ due to the unique ways they interact with the endocannabinoid system.

It's important to note that research is ongoing, and we do not fully understand their individual and combined effects. Do not mistake this information for medical advice or medical claims of any sort.


Like CBG, CBN (cannabinol) is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. But, the CBG cannabinoid and CBN cannabinoid have distinct differences:


As we mentioned previously, CBG and CBGa are the mother of all cannabinoids. They create other cannabinoids in the hemp plant.

CBN originates through the degradation of THC which results from the aging or oxidation of cannabis over time.

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Potential Benefits:

CBG and CBN have their own unique effects. We cannot discuss these because of FDA guidelines but you can easily find this information online.

Concentration in Cannabis:


Found in low concentrations, and this concentration remains about the same as the plant material ages.


Also found in low concentrations in fresh cannabis but these concentrations increase as cannabis plant material ages and THC degrades.


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The general consensus is that CBG is non psychoactive. We disagree. In fact, studies show that CBG may act as a partial agonist in the endocannabinoid system. While it may not have full on psychoactive effects, many users of CBG products report a noticeable cerebral effect.


Most professionals agree that CBN is mildly psychoactive. These effects will likely differ from person to person and you may or may not agree with this.

As always, ongoing research with both cannabinoids will provide more clarity on their specific effects, benefits, and interactions within the body.


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CBG isolate is similar to CBD isolate. CBD isolate is a hemp extract commonly available in powder form which contains the isolated CBD cannabinoid. CBG isolate powder is the same type of extract except it contains the isolated CBG cannabinoid.

You can also find CBGa isolate for sale online as well.

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This is the acidic form of CBG and many believe it has its own special benefits when consumed orally. Of course, we can't discuss benefits and we do not suggest that CBG products have any medical benefit whatsoever.


CBG oil is a natural CBG extract derived from the cannabis or hemp plant. This oil contains high concentrations of CBG. Much like CBD oil, most CBG oil offers therapeutic properties without the high associated with THC.

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This oil may also be for sale as CBG distillate and in some cases it may be full spectrum oil. It is important to note that full spectrum CBG distillate will contain THC. As with all hemp-derived products, it's essential to choose high-quality CBG oil from reputable sources.


CBG is in many different CBD products on the market and you can use it in a variety of ways. Vaporization is the quickest and most effective method of consuming a high CBG dosage. To vape CBG, you need a CBG concentrate that you can use in a dab rig or vape device. These concentrates contain high amounts of CBG and will vaporize completely into a thin vapor when heated.

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You can find CBG concentrates here at Sauce Warehouse and across the internet. CBG also comes in other forms like CBG vapes, CBG flower, CBG tinctures, CBG gummies, and much more. Be sure to always check for third party lab results when purchasing any CBG product.


Earlier we mentioned that the general consensus is that CBG effects are non-psychoactive. But, we also said we disagree with this and here is our reasoning. Across the internet you will find first hand reports from people who have used CBG and described noticeable psychoactive effects.

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These effects are usually much less pronounced than the typical THC high and we would not describe them as being 'stoned'. Instead, it may feel like you have a slightly increased focus or a little extra energy. Again, every individual is unique and will have their own subjective effects, you may not experience this at all.


You can find CBG for sale right here at Sauce Warehouse.

We specialize in hemp extracts and CBD concentrates. We have plenty of CBG concentrates available for purchase. This includes CBG isolate, CBGa isolate, and plenty of other concentrates containing varying amounts of CBG.

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You can find third party lab results on every product page along with cannabinoid and terpene profiles.

If you need help finding the right product for you, or if you have questions, we are always happy to help. You can find our contact information in the site footer, or simply message us via the site chat.

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