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​CBD vs CBG – What is the Difference?

​CBD vs CBG – What is the Difference?

Jul 29th 2022

CBD vs CBG – What is the Difference?

Not all cannabinoids are created equal. In fact, each plant compound in the hemp plant has a slightly different chemical make-up, which means it responds differently in the body. CBD and CBG have similar properties, but they certainly are not the same.


Unlike their cousin, THC, both CBD and CBG do not have negative psychoactive effects. Basically, they won’t get you high, but they do have the propensity for boosting your mood. Here are some of the differences and similarities when comparing CBD vs CBG.

Growing and Harvesting CBD vs CBG

CBD is an abundant cannabinoid throughout most of the hemp growth cycle. CBG is more difficult to obtain and is often considered a rare cannabinoid and generally amounts to only 1% of the plant’s cannabinoid profile.

Early in the plant’s growth cycle, hemp produces the acidic cannabinoid precursor CBGA. As the plant matures, CBGA breaks down. The majority of CBGA converts into THC and CBD, while the remaining trace amounts of CBGA can be decarboxylated to create CBG. Decarboxylation is the heating process used to activate cannabinoids.

Molecular Structure of CBD vs GBG

CBD and CBG actually have the same molecular formula (C21 H30 O2) but they are arranged differently, which changes their shape. CBD and CBG don’t interact with receptors in the body in the same way because of the differences in their molecular structure.

Should You Use CBD and CBG together?

Consuming CBD and CBG at the same time could enhance the effects of each compound since they work differently. CBD works indirectly in the body, while CBG directly stimulates receptors. The blend of full-spectrum CBD in  Receptra's Seriously Relax Gummies for Stress with the added benefits of CBG could be the perfect mix of what your body needs.