What is the best CBG flower? If you enjoy the therapeutic benefits of CBD, wait until you discover the additional benefits that CBG offers. CBG flower, and CBG in general, are lesser-known components in the cannabis world, but that’s slowly changing. Experts and consumers alike are uncovering the uplifting benefits of CBG.
CBG hemp flower is a uniquely relaxing crop. Come along with us as we unravel the intricacies of how CBG flower is grown, what it is, and why people are falling in love with it. By the end of this article, you just might be in love with CBG flower before even trying it!
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What is CBG Flower?
CBG flower is any cannabis strain that is dominant in cannabigerol (CBG). This simply means that there is more CBG in the flower than any other cannabinoid. Since CBG is most abundant in young plants, many CBG flowers come from hemp plants that have not fully matured yet.
CBG stands for cannabigerol. This compound is not to be confused with its close-companion, CBD (cannabidiol). Although CBG and CBD do share many similar qualities, there are some distinct differences between the two phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are natural plant compounds found in cannabis plants.
Hemp and marijuana are the two variations of the cannabis Sativa plant, but our focus here will be on hemp. Hemp is popular for its rich levels of CBD and extremely low levels (0.3% or less) of THC. Marijuana has higher THC levels. Small amounts of CBG are found in mature hemp, typically below ≈ 1%.
CBG hemp flower is specially cultivated to harness richer levels of CBG than the measly ≈ 1% in traditional hemp flower. Often, CBG flower will contain about 11-15% CBG, though some strains may have even higher concentrations. CBG flower typically has extremely low levels of CBD and virtually no THC.
How is CBG Flower Formed?
As we mentioned, young hemp plants have much more CBG than mature ones. This is because CBG starts as cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, which is the precursor to CBD and THC. As hemp matures, enzymes break down CBGA and turn it into cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA).
Most if not all of the original CBGA is lost as the plant ages — that’s why it’s typically found in such low levels in the modern hemp we’ve come to know and love. Although we can get CBG-rich hemp flower by harvesting the plants young, many hemp farmers won’t do so because it means sacrificing the valuable CBD within mature plants.
But, some farmers are willing to chop their crops early for the sake of CBG, while others have selectively bred strains to maximize the amount of CBG produced at full term. At Hollyweed, we only offer the best CBG strains that were genetically bred to produce high amounts of CBG.
Right now, CBG is not as well known as CBD. But as CBG gains therapeutic traction, more and more CBD/hemp companies are creating CBG products and promoting its benefits.
What Are the Effects of CBG Flower?
There are a few different varieties of CBG hemp flower available, and each of them provides unique effects, flavors, and aromas. But, they share several traits, as well. One of the most commonly reported effects of CBG flower is an uplifted, rejuvenated feeling.
CBG is particularly adept at clearing cobwebs from cluttered minds. Many people enjoy the somewhat motivational, energizing effects that CBG hemp flower provides. It seems to help push mental roadblocks away so that you can focus and enjoy creative and cognitive tasks.
Some varieties of CBG flower may also help stimulate appetite and ease upset stomachs. CBD hemp flower has many amazing, diverse effects that will vary for each unique consumer. However, CBG almost always promotes a feeling of balance, contentment, and clarity.
What Are the Benefits of CBG Flower?
In addition to the near-immediate beneficial effects from inhaling CBG flower, CBG has a range of potential longer-term benefits. Like some other phytocannabinoids, CBG takes effect in the body by binding to the cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a body-wide signaling system that influences bodily functions to maintain/restore homeostasis (the body’s natural equilibrium). Some of what the ECS regulates are mood, appetite, inflammation, pain responses, immunity responses, and much more. When you inhale CBG, it also binds to your ECS receptors and prompts it to balance your body’s functions.
Though further research is necessary to fully understand what CBG can offer, here is what we know so far.
- Intraocular eye pressure – Recent research indicates that CBG seems to bind quite well with the cannabinoid receptors in the eyes, which has prompted an evaluation of CBG as a remedy for ocular pressure. While research is still underway regarding CBG’s pressure-reducing abilities, the results thus far are promising.
- Stomach issues – Researchers have also investigated CBG’s effect on gastrointestinal distress, and the study yielded positive results. In the rodent trial, they observed that CBG reduced inflammation and in the colon. CBG also seemed to reduce nitric oxide in the gut, which is a good thing for anyone whose body might overproduce the gas (usually the case in people with inflammatory bowel diseases). Too much nitric oxide in the gut can lead to various bowel issues.
CBG has the potential to play a huge role in the future of natural therapeutic treatment. However, as we patiently wait for more conclusive research, we can still enjoy the soothing, uplifting, and balancing effects that we know it promotes.
What is the Difference Between CBG Flower & CBD Flower?
CBG and CBD flower typically look and smell quite similar, and they do promote some similar effects. So, how do you tell them apart? Once you get closer, CBG flower tends to be earthier in aroma and appearance than CBD flower.
Both types of hemp flower and each unique strain have several unique qualities. There is one common distinction, though — CBD promotes a mellow calm while CBG promotes an uplifting sense of focus. However, this is not a rule but rather a note of many hemp flower consumers’ common experiences.
There are plenty of reports from CBG consumers that say it makes them sleepy. There are also tons of reports on CBD flower that say it makes people feel energized and clear-headed. Hemp flower tends to lend itself to what you’re already feeling or looking to feel — it’s an interesting phenomenon.
If you’re trying to get to sleep but nervous thoughts are keeping you awake, you can use CBG flower to clear your head so that you can drift off. If you’re trying to finish a term paper but your back is sore from your desk chair, you can take CBD to reduce your discomfort so you can focus.
Both CBD and CBG hemp flower are incredibly beneficial, therapeutic compounds. CBG does tend to promote more uplifted and creative feelings, but CBD can also do that for many people. When the two compounds work together, they enhance each other’s beneficial, balancing effects.
Is CBG Flower Legal?
Yes, CBG flower is completely legal! Per the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and its extracts are federally legal as long as they only contain 0.3% or less THC. This is to ensure that hemp and hemp extracts are non-psychoactive since THC (in MUCH higher concentrations) is psychoactive.
Trace amounts of THC is not enough to make anyone feel “high” or intoxicated. CBG hemp flower is perfect for daytime since your head won’t go into a fog. If your state has legalized marijuana, you may find CBG-rich marijuana strains that contains much more THC, which can be intoxicating.
Even though CBG flower is legal, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not fully approved it for medical use. This means that CBG is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As we mentioned, CBG is currently the focus of certain scientific and medical research.
What Are the Best CBG Flower Strains?
There are a few rockin’ CBG hemp flower strains out there and we’re here to fill you in on the best of the best! Come on, let’s get to know the ultra-uplifting CBG strains that people can’t get enough of.
The elusive White CBG flower is wildly impressive in multiple ways. Firstly, the buds… oh, the buds. White CBG is thickly coated in sticky white trichomes that you can see from a mile away. The trichomes played a role in this strain’s name, which has an earthy, slightly sour aroma and flavor.
Secondly, the effects! White CBG flower packs an impressive ≈ 13.63% CBG – think about that compared to most CBD flower with less than 1% CBG. White CBG’s breeders weren’t messing around when they created this strain. With that level of CBG, this hemp flower produces ultra-therapeutic effects.
Cheers! Mimosa CBG is a bright and uplifting CBG strain that helps instill confidence and focus. The buds are dotted with orange pistils and frosted with trichomes, resembling the colors of a real mimosa. But it doesn’t only look like everyone’s favorite brunch drink; it tastes and smells like it, too!
Mimosa CBG flower has an ≈ 11.96% CBG content that helps promote an easy-going mood, a settled stomach, and a tension-free body. Try inhaling Mimosa CBG to help you feel energized and engaged throughout your day.
Marathon CBG flower was named in honor of the late Nipsey Hussle, who inspires people to reach for their dreams and never stop. He once said that “the marathon continues” in reference to persevering through hard times. Marathon CBG is an excellent tool for those in pursuit of that same journey.
At 11.69% CBG, the Marathon strain offers centering, clarifying, and energetic effects. You might even feel like running a marathon after inhaling it! Although it’s more likely that you’ll want to invest your time in creative tasks like painting, drawing, writing, video games, photography, and more.
John Snow CBG
John Snow CBG flower is an awesome aromatic strain with notes of spice, citrus, earthiness, and classic kush. At ≈ 13.460% CBG, John Snow boasts the second-highest CBG content of our entire flower collection. Its light green, resinous buds are just waiting to provide you with peaceful relief.
Those who have tried John Snow CBG report that it snaps your head right back to where it’s supposed to be. When you’re not distracted by the stressors in your life, you can be fully present and aware of what’s going on in front of you. John Snow CBG can help you appreciate and engage with every moment.
Why Choose Hollyweed for CBG Flower?
Here at Hollyweed, our goal is to provide you with the best of the cannabis world. Being rare makes CBG valuable, yes, but that’s not why we’re so excited to offer it to you. Our CBG flower strains have us buzzing because of the exceedingly therapeutic benefits they promote.
We absolutely love CBD – it’s helped so many people already and will continue to do so — we’re sure of it. We’ve worked incredibly hard to cultivate the above four CBG-rich strains because we know that they can help so many people in so many ways.
Much like our CBD flower, all of our CBG flower is 100% organic. It also goes through independent third-party lab testing to determine its potency and quality. We don’t let anything slip by – no pesticides, no additives, and NO THC above the federal 0.3% limit.
Final Thoughts – CBG Flower
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions about CBG! CBG has sort of been flying under the radar, but we’re here to shine a spotlight on it. If you’re interested, try it and let us know what you think!