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CBD vs CBG: The effects, benefits, strains, and best products

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CBD deserves every ounce of acclaim it’s received as the world’s most popular alternative to THC. In fact, you might have noticed we’re quite fond of Vermont CBD at Medical Mike’s. But CBD isn’t the only non-psychoactive cannabinoid with intriguing physiological effects. We think it’s time CBD shared the spotlight with another member of the hemp family–CBG.

Medical Mike's Hemp Reserve CBG Oil:

What is CBG?

CBG (Cannabigerol) stands on its own as a therapeutic, non-intoxicating compound, which transforms in other cannabinoids during hemp’s flowering phase. And when combined with CBD in full spectrum products, CBG can support an even wider array of benefits. That’s why Medical Mike’s is developing a new Reserve Line featuring a hybrid CBD CBG formula. 

So what makes CBG so special? And how do CBD and CBG synergize in hemp products to create even more dynamic benefits? Here we explore.

CBD vs CBG: Do they get you high?

Both cannabinoids are non-intoxicating. That means you absolutely will not get high from ingesting CBD or CBG products derived from hemp.

CBD vs CBG: What are the effects?

As of today, CBD is the only hemp cannabinoid to receive FDA approval for medical use. Proven an effective anti-seizure treatment, CBD can dramatically reduce tremors in childhood epilepsy. But CBG does not display the same anti-convulsive effects, according to preliminary research

CBD is also touted as one of the most natural methods against symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. These effects are precisely what makes CBD so popular as a natural aid for daily stress and emotional suffering. While CBG doesn’t exhibit the same anti-anxiety powers, it offers a host of important benefits.   

Research on CBG is in its infancy, but even the U.S. government wants to know more. In 2018, The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) announced plans to research CBG for pain relief due to the cannabinoid’s known analgesic properties.

Pain is one of most overly-medicated conditions, which has led to widespread opioid abuse and countless deaths. Patients are calling for safer alternatives, and CBG may be one game-changing solution. 

Inflammation is one of the main causes of stress and aging that affects every system of the body. Both CBD and CBG are potent anti-inflammatories, which can help relieve a variety of conditions including pain, sore muscles and skin irritation. CBG’s strong neuroinflammatory properties can even support treatment for conditions like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), according to a study in Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. 

Additional benefits:
Research shows CBG contains neuroprotective properties, which can possibly support treatment for degenerative conditions like Huntington’s disease. CBG is also known for its potential to ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and even slow the growth of cancer cells in animal studies. But that’s not all. CBG also exhibits antibacterial properties, which can help target infectious disease. 

The list of CBG’s potential benefits are endless, and we are so excited for what future research may reveal. But we want to be clear: CBG is not FDA-approved to treat any medical conditions today. Large scale human clinical trials are needed to prove what pre-clinical research and observational studies predict. 

CBD vs CBG: How do they work in the body?

Like CBD, CBG communicates with chemical receptors in the body, which make up the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The two primary receptors of the ECS are known as CB1 and CB2, which exist in nearly every system of the human body. CB1 receptors are primarily concentrated in the brain and nervous system. While CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. This interaction is what explains the ability of cannabinoids to promote healing. 

But they don’t all interact the same way. For example, CBD works primarily by sending indirect signals to CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBG “talks” to them directly, by binding with these receptors to help regulate a variety of functions. However, CBG has a much weaker binding affinity than cannabinoids like THC, which is why it doesn’t get you high.

CBD vs CBG: What are the most popular strains?

High CBG strains are far less common than high CBD strains. Why? CBG is the acidic precursor to other cannabinoids, including THC, CBD, and CBC. That means CBG can transform into these cannabinoids during the plant’s growth cycle. And when the process is over, only trace amounts of CBG are left behind.

However, with the right seed selection and growing conditions, anything is possible–especially when customers like you demand it. That’s why the team at Medical Mike’s are sourcing top hemp growers in New York, Vermont and Colorado who are experimenting with these rare hemp seed genetics.

Today’s most popular high CBG strains:

Jack Frost

Stem Cell CBG

Superglue CBG

Lemon Cream Diesel

White CBG

As a New York based hemp company, we’ve been exploring high CBG strains to find the best CBG flower for our Reserve line of full spectrum hemp products. Research and development is still underway, but we’re excited to announce details soon!

CBD vs CBG: What are the most popular products?

The most popular CBD and CBG products are generally concentrated oils packaged in tinctures that you take under the tongue. Known as a “sublingual” delivery method, oil tinctures are highly effective because they bypass your digestive system and absorb quickly into the bloodstream. That means sublingual CBD CBG oils can act faster and more effectively than edibles, for example.

That said, CBD edibles are extremely popular and found on almost every shelf of your favorite coffee shop and health food store. You can find CBD in nearly all goodies ranging from chips, to protein bars, to gummies, and even tomatoes.

On the beverage side, you can find CBD in waters, coffee, sodas and juices. CBD is also very common in topical products, from skin salves, to muscle rubs, to treatments and cosmetics.

CBG is less common in edibles and topicals than CBD. But you can find CBG in other popular hemp products such as:

  • Full spectrum CBD and CBG vape cartridges
  • High potency CBD and CBG capsules
  • Smokable CBD and CBG flower

CBD vs CBG: Are they legal?

CBD and CBG are federally legal as long as they are derived from hemp and not from its nefariously intoxicating cousin–marijuana. However, not all products are regulated equally. As of today, the FDA has failed to declare CBD legal in supplements, food, and drinks.

While the country waits for guidance, states like New York have moved forward with regulating products that contain hemp extracts like CBD. Late last year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that allows CBD and CBG in supplements, while requiring strict requirements for safety processing and testing. This bill does not include guidance on edibles and beverages.

At Medical Mikes, a New York based hemp company, we ensure all products are compliant with state and federal hemp regulations as they continue to evolve.

CBD vs CBG: How are they extracted?

CBD and CBG can be extracted from hemp using a variety of superfluid liquid solvents to draw them out of the plant and into a solution. The liquid solution is later evaporated, leaving the concentrated CBD and CBG behind. But not every method is as effective or natural as the next.

For example, butane solvents have been shown to leave toxic residue behind. That’s why the team at Medical Mike’s carefully sources high quality hemp CBD processors in New York, Vermont, and Colorado that use the most natural and effective hemp extraction methods. This allows us to obtain the cleanest, most potent CBD CBG products to launch in our new Reserve line.

Our upcoming full spectrum blend, which contains 1,000 mg CBD and 1,000 mg CBG will be extracted via CO2. CO2 extraction is one the most advanced methods because it produces the highest yields without losing hemp’s array of delicate compounds–including volatile terpenes. CO2 hemp extraction is also one the safest methods, because it doesn’t leave behind any residual solvents that are toxic to your body.

At Medical Mike’s, our number one priority is your health. That’s why we only source processors who adhere to the highest standards that customers like you expect.

CBD & CBG: Why take them together?

CBD and CBG products work well individually. But together in high concentrations, they produce synergistic benefits that you can’t get from one compound alone. This concept is widely known as the “Entourage Effect,” which theorizes that there’s a very important connection between cannabinoids and the way they communicate together with the ECS. In fact, cannabis researchers Hildebert Wagner and Gudrun Ulrich-Merzenich said when multiple cannabinoids combine in the body, they improve absorption of active ingredients and minimize potential unwanted side effects.

Bottom Line:
At Medical Mike’s be believe using CBG and CBD together in full spectrum products creates a dynamic solution that combines the benefits of both–All without getting you high. That’s a winning combination.

Want to learn more about Medical Mike’s upcoming Reserve Line of full spectrum hemp extract?
Contact us today.

5 Ways Hemp is a Sustainable Renewable Resource


Currently, our world is in the middle of an environmental crisis. With climate change wreaking havoc across the globe and causing distress for so many communities, people everywhere are looking for alternative, more sustainable lifestyle choices. Thankfully, we’re beginning to learn that hemp may be our saving grace. 

The hemp plant was federally legalized for cultivation back in 2018, though it has been around for thousands of years. During some of civilization’s earliest times, hemp was being utilized for building materials, paper, and so much more. So, why have we strayed from these sustainable times? Now that the plant is legal, appreciating its versatility is easier (and more important) than ever.  

Hemp Rope

Rope is one of the world’s most versatile fibers, with its strength and durability being utilized for a myriad of different reasons. Now, however, people are beginning to turn to hemp rope to use for building materials, clothing items, and so much more. 

While this type of rope is just as durable as regular rope, it is significantly more sustainable. Hemp, in general, is biodegradable and compostable, so there’s absolutely no waste when you’re finished using it. Its fibers are extremely strong and able to withstand pretty extreme weights and tension, though it isn’t quite as flexible as regular rope. Regardless, hemp’s renewability makes it a clearer, more ethical choice. 

Hemp as a Fuel Source

With the number of cars on the road growing day by day, it’s becoming vital for us to find more sustainable alternative fuel sources. Right now, conventional gasoline fuel is one of the world’s leading contributing factors to climate change and air pollution. Though we’re seeing an influx of electric cars, there is still an overwhelming amount of fuel-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs that directly produce greenhouse gases when burnt. 

Biodiesel, on the other hand, is more sustainable, but this type of fuel source comes straight from food crops which can directly impact our food sources and availability. In a time where many are experiencing dangerous food deserts, options like biodiesel simply aren’t feasible. Hemp biofuel, however, may be able to solve this issue. 

Hemp biofuel or biodiesel is completely plant-based like traditional biodiesel, only hemp isn’t strictly a food crop. While hemp’s seeds can easily be enjoyed for nutritional value, this isn’t its main use, making it an ideal option for a fuel source. The plant is easily and quickly grown with little water and zero pesticides, making its production quite harmless to the environment. In fact, hemp produces far more oxygen than the typical tree, so the more hemp we grow to be used as biofuel, the purer our air becomes. 

Researchers are definitely not disregarding this idea, with tests being conducted to ensure hemp’s ability to produce viable fuel. One study conducted showed that 97% of hemp oil was able to be converted directly into biodiesel and demonstrated all of the typical characteristics of gasoline. With hemp finally being federally legalized, the continued research toward hemp as an alternative fuel source will only grow. 


Not only can hemp be used as a fuel source, but it can also be used as a durable, sustainable building material for homes and commercial buildings. Termed “hempcrete,” this biocomposite material can be used to create structures of all kinds without worrying about toxicity. Replacing potentially harmful insulation, hempcrete can be utilized to line walls of your home or business, all while being completely renewable and reliable. 

Hempcrete has various unique properties that make it edge its way ahead of traditional foundation-building materials. Building structures with hempcrete requires three times less heat to produce than concrete. Resistant to pollutants like mold, producing low-humidity, and effortlessly maintaining internal temperatures, hempcrete is an almost unparalleled building material. As a whole, hempcrete’s carbon footprint looks tiny compared to limestone concrete. 

Hemp Clothing

When comparing hemp to cotton, hemp’s sustainability is clear. Hemp fibers are some of the strongest on the planet, and when woven into fabrics to create clothing, the quality that these fibers produce is unmatched. Along with being more durable than cotton, hemp fibers are more insulating and absorbent. A little water is no issue for hemp clothing, and the dyes in the fabric stay brighter than ever before--even after a few washes. 

Though hemp may not be as comfortable as cotton during first wear, it becomes softer after each wash but doesn’t lose its shape. You won’t notice your shirts starting to stretch as they get worn; instead, they’ll only become more comfortable. Not to mention, you won’t feel guilty at all wearing hemp clothing, as their environmental impact is so insignificant: it grows quickly and without much water, grows densely, and even reduces soil pollution. 

Hemp Paper

Hemp paper is something that has been utilized for centuries. Because of its popularity at the time, as well as its incredible durability, the famous Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper, and it was continually utilized until the 1900s. As a document hoped to last seemingly forever, the use of hemp paper says a lot about this all-encompassing material. 

As you can imagine, hemp paper is also a more sustainable resource than traditional paper. With paper coming from trees that can take decades to grow and mature, the process has been, and continues to be, detrimental to our environment. Hemp plants, on the other hand, can be grown in huge quantities in a matter of months with ease. The combination of sustainability, durability, and versatility reminds us why hemp paper was so widely popular in the first place.

Hemp to the Rescue?

Utilizing hemp for all it has to offer can have a huge, positive impact on our planet. As we’ve learned, not only can the plant help reduce deforestation and carbon dioxide, but it may also be able to help our global warming as a whole. Incredibly, these are only some of hemp’s uses, with the plant being utilized in more ways than any other crop on the planet. The more that we use hemp as a renewable resource, the more our planet will thank us, providing us with a healthy, thriving world to live in. 


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