CBG - Cannabigerol: What is it, and What is it Good For?

Updated: Jan 26

There are more than 100 known cannabinoids. Akin to macro and micro nutrients or major and trace minerals, cannabinoids too have major and minor categories. Roughly 5-10 of the known cannabinoids in raw flower are classified as "major". Among this list lies CBGa (cannabigerolic acid), CBGva (cannabigerovarinic acid), and CBG (cannabigerol). The scientific names are not very important, just note that the first two cannabinoids are in their acid forms (pre-decarboxylation).

First discovered by Raphael Mechoulam in 1964, research on CBG - unlike some other cannabinoids - is somewhat plentiful. The findings have thus far been promising. Animal studies have shown potential antibacterial, ant-inflammatory, and neuro-protective properties; ability to combat anxiety and depression; and as treatment for intestinal and bone cancers and bladder infections. CBG and its acidic counterparts are often referred to as the "mother of all cannabinoids". It is typically