3 Key Differences of CBG & CBD

3 Key Differences of CBG & CBD

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CBG and CBD are compounds found in the cannabis plant with numerous overlapping benefits. The differences lie in availability, sourcing, and how these different compounds interact with your pets’ systems.

CBD, CBG, Hemp Oil, Cannabidiol: there are so many terms used—seemingly interchangeably—when discussing hemp products for pets, but do they all actually mean the same thing? Let’s explore 3 key differences between two of the most commonly used: CBD and CBG.

Both CBG and CBD are compounds found in the cannabis plant (out of more than 100 cannabinoids). CBD and CBG have much in common, including numerous overlapping benefits.They differ in their formation, availability and how the molecular makeup of each compound interacts with our pets’ systems.

Ven Diagram describing differences & similarities between CBD and CBG

1. Source

In the cannabis plant, all cannabinoids exist in an acid form. Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGA) is the chemical precursor to many cannabinoids, often referred to as the “mother” of all the other phytocannabinoids. As cannabis plants go through their life cycle, heat (often from the sun) is applied to the plant. CBGA breaks down into THCa, CBDa, and CBGa. Afterward, these compounds transition from their acid form to their more stable oil counterparts (THC, CBD, CBG), allowing the product to interact with your pet’s endocannabinoid system.

2. Availability

Because CBG is the precursor to other cannabinoids, there is only a short window in which CBG exists in high concentrations within most hemp plants. CBD, on the other hand, is often much more readily available, making it easier and more plentiful to source.

Our CBG oils and feline chews are sourced from a strain of hemp that is specifically grown to be rich in CBG throughout its life cycle, rather than only as a young plant. This allows us to provide high-quality CBG options for your companions!

3. Interaction

Each of these compounds interacts with cannabinoid receptors in your pets differently. While CBG binds directly to cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, CBD interacts indirectly. This suggests that one may be more suitable than the other to treat certain ailments. Sometimes, a plan utilizing both CBD and CBG may be the key to achieving your desired results.

In the end, it’s worth exploring your options—and even trying a little trial and error—to find which product, or combination of products, provides maximum positive outcomes for your furry friend.