No doubt you’ve heard about CBD, but what about CBG?  

While it may seem as though these two compounds are almost identical, there are quite a few key differences between them. Understanding their individual properties will help you decide which oil is right for you and your situation.   

Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of 100+ cannabinoids found naturally in the hemp plant. It’s referred to as the mother of cannabinoids because the acidic precursor to CBG—CBGA—transforms into other compounds during the plant’s life cycle, including CBDA, the precursor to CBD. Due to its transformative nature, there is not much CBG present within hemp at any given time. Scientists have found, however, that they can extract much higher levels of CBG by pinpointing the right extraction time, which is about six weeks into an eight-week flowering cycle. (1) (2) 

Both CBD and CBG are used in the hemp products created by Highland Pharms.  

Why choose CBG? 

CBG works by binding to CB1 and CB2 receptors to produce different effects on the body. CBD does this too, but only indirectly. Essentially where these two differ the most is that CBG is thought to have the more direct pathway to activating these receptors in our bodies.  

Some who feel little to no effect from CBD may experience benefits from CBG oil. Everyone has a different genetic makeup and varying hemp extracts produce different results. It simply could be that CBG works better with their body chemistry. Experts believe it’s also possible to build a tolerance to certain hemp products after extensive use. CBG could be the change of pace your body is after. 

Highland Pharms sources their CBG from premium cannabis sativa plants grown in Colorado. They have partnered with the best growers in the country to ensure their CBG is carefully extracted at its highest levels. So, you can purchase with confidence knowing that their line of cannabigerol products contain extracts from some of the most quality-driven farms in the United States.  

What are the possible benefits of CBG? 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations prohibit us from making any claims about the ability of cannabinoids to cure or treat any medical conditions, nor can we guarantee any benefits.  

Instead, we suggest you read the reviews and experiences presented by hundreds of Highland Pharms customers. Research around CBG is still in its infancy, comparative to studies on CBD, however many experts believe that some health advantages of the cannabis sativa plant could be, in part, due to the presence of CBG. Some studies on the use of cannabigerol have been conducted on the following conditions: 

  • Staph infection 
  • Inflammatory bowel disease 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Huntington’s disease

It’s important to note that most of this research is still preliminary; much is still to be discovered about CBG and CBD.  

CBG may or may not be suitable for your health needs. The only way to know is to give it a try and keep an eye on the research being conducted. Before using CBG, please consult your general practitioner for personalized medical advice. (4) (5) 

Disclaimer: The information above is based on our independent research. While our team does everything in their power to provide accurate and current information from credible state-run websites and resources, we are not lawyers or legal experts. As such, none of the following information should be interpreted as legal advice. Content on these pages is provided for informational purposes only and those with legal concerns should consult experts within their state, such as the FDA.  


  1. “CBG vs CBD: What Are The Differences?” Source: https://www.analyticalcannabis.com/articles/cbg-vs-cbd-what-are-the-differences-312232 
  2. “What is CBG (cannabigerol) & what does this cannabinoid do?” Source: https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/what-is-cbg-cannabinoid 
  3. “Uncovering the Hidden Antibiotic Potential of Cannabis,” Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32017534/ 
  4. “Meet CBG: The New Cannabinoid on the Block”, Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/cbg-oil  
  5. “Cannabinoid-related agents in the treatment of anxiety disorders: current knowledge and future perspectives”, Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3691841/


Where do you get your CBG?

All of our CBG products are supplied by Highland Pharms, who derive it from all-natural, non-GMO cannabis sativa plants grown in the United States. They select only the best hemp strains and use gentle extraction methods to produce all items in their high-quality product range.

Can CBG provide any benefits if CBD doesn’t?

Although CBG and CBD bind to the same receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system, studies show CBG has distinct characteristics of its own. Thus, if CBD hasn’t worked for you in the past, CBG may be worth trying. It’s impossible to say whether or not CBG will work better than CBD, as all bodies respond differently to cannabinoids. The only steadfast way to find out is by trying it yourself.

Should I buy CBG or CBD?

Determining which cannabinoid to use generally requires trial and error. We recommend starting with one and monitoring your experience. You can always switch if you don’t feel it’s working for your body. Keep in mind that all of of the products we offer feature a mixture of cannabinoids, as they contain full-spectrum extract. So, while the main ingredient in our CBG tinctures is cannabigerol, they contain CBD as well. Similarly, our CBD tinctures contain low levels of CBG.
You should experience the benefits of both CBD and CBG in all of Highland Pharms products but depending on the product you choose, you may or may not be getting enough of the particular cannabinoid that best complements your body chemistry.

Are your CBG products full spectrum or broad spectrum?

Highland Pharms CBG oils contain both cannabigerol and full-spectrum CBD to give you the most complete product possible. Their capsules, on the other hand, contain CBG and broad-spectrum CBD, which is THC-free.

How much CBG should I take?

Many factors, from as age to weight and metabolism may impact how quickly and adequately your body processes cannabinoids. Thus, the amount of CBG you require to yield the desired effects will vary person-to-person.
We recommend starting with two CBG capsules per day—one in the morning and one in the afternoon or evening. You can increase the dosage to four capsules per day if needed, but it’s best to monitor your response first. For drops, we recommend commencing with 1-2 per day, before increasing to 3-4 drops the following week if you feel so inclined.

Does CBG have any bad side effects?

Other than the expected calming sensation, we have not received any reports of negative effects from the CBG products we sell. To avoid side effects, follow the product directions carefully and consult your regular physician before introducing new supplements to your system.

Can CBG interact with prescription medications?

If you have any concerns about the use of CBG in conjunction with prescription medications, it’s best to consult with your regular healthcare provider.

Is CBG legal where I live?

All CBG we sell contain less than 0.3% THC, rendering them federally legal in all 50 states and American territories, as well as in many countries around the world.