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  • by Nicola Boulton September 15, 2022 5 min read

    What Does CBG Feel Like?

    Does CBG make you feel high? What are the factors that affect how you feel CBG? How do CBG products make you feel? The article explains what CBG feels like by providing the answers to the above question.

    Cannabigerol (CBG) is an active chemical compound found in the leaves and stalk of the cannabis Sativa plants. It is extracted from marijuana and hemp plants for commercial and medicinal use. Furthermore, the plant compound is in small amounts even though it is considered the mother of other cannabinoids due to Cannabigerol acid (CBGA). Marijuana plants contain enzymes that convert CBG to THC, while the hemp plant converts the CBG molecules to CBD. The most famous CBG product is gummies which are a bit expensive compared to CBD products due to their demand. All in all, the most popular question asked by newbies to cannabis products is how the compound will make them feel.

    Does CBG Make You Feel High?

    Most cannabis products have been reported to cause users a euphoric and intoxicating sensation, especially products containing traces of THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive compound that binds with brain receptors to induce highness in users. Wang et al. (2018) explained that although at the older stage of the hemp plant, CBG is converted to THC, it is normally a non-psychoactive cannabinoid like CBN, which won't alter your brain cognition functions like memory. However, it does not mean that it has no noticeable effects on body functions. High doses of CBG products can make you feel like you are floating, whereby your body feels in motion without affecting the brain's cognitive functions.

    What Are the Factors That Affect How You Feel CBG?

    CBG Plant Type

    You already know that pure CBG can't make you feel high, but cases have reported that eating CBG gummy bears have psychoactive effects. This is because when CBG is extracted from marijuana, in most cases, it contains 3% traces of THC making you feel a bit high. Fortunately for hemp lovers, hemp-derived CBG products make your body feel calm and relaxed without the risk of psychoactive effects.

    How CBG Is Made

    The compound is found in younger cannabis plants because of its higher concentration of cannabigerol acid. Therefore, in most cases, companies extract the compound in younger industrial hemp plants (6-8 weeks old) before it is converted to other cannabinoids. The CBG, in this case, is 90% pure and, when consumed, makes you feel relaxed and focused. According to Borrelli et al. (2013), CBG is present in less than 1% of weight in most cannabis strains, meaning that you will require many plants to manufacture a viable quantity of CBG oil. A chemical chromatography process is introduced whereby it converts THC and CBD compounds to CBG. Using solvents like alcohol, the cannabis plant is dissolved in the solvent for a few hours, where the superfluid draws the other cannabinoids and terpenes out of the plant isolating CBG, CBD, and THC. A genetically engineered chemical is added to anti-age the CBD and THC molecules convert them to CBG. However, the CBG oil extracted in this manner is not pure and has a natural, unpleasant taste. The feeling is due to traces of chemical residue and degraded THC content.

    CBD Oil Content

    Most CBG products come in traces of cannabinoids since manufacturers tend to mix the cannabinoid with CBD oil types. The most used type is the full-spectrum which makes the CBG product have powerful entourage effects produced by other cannabinoids like terpenes. When taking the full-spectrum CBG, you may experience muscle relaxation, a decrease in anxiety, and sleep. Another common oil type used is CBD isolate, which is pure and makes Cannabigerol products tasteless and odorless. Fortunately, CBG efficiently motivates you and increases your focus and energy levels.

    How Do CBG Products Make You Feel?

    Energetic, Focused, and Motivated

    CBG products such as CBG gummy bears are popular in improving your mood. They increase your body's energy levels by converting stored fat into glucose which is broken down to energy by metabolic process. Furthermore, the cannabinoid interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors, such as CB2 receptors, by binding with them to reduce the brain neurons' inflammatory activities, thus increasing your focus and concentration.

    Relaxed and Sleepy

    Most people who experience trouble falling asleep use cannabis products like CBG oil, CBD, and CBN to help them feel calm and relaxed. Navarrro et al. (2018) stated that CBG binds with CB2 receptors making your body feel more relaxed. At the same time, it also binds with CB1 receptors in the brain to decrease the production of cortisol, thus reducing high stress and anxiety levels.

    Increases Appetite

    Munchies associated with CBG are healthy since they increase the craving for nutritious foods such as vegetables. THC is also known to stimulate appetite but makes you crave junk foods like sugary and fatty dishes. When CBG is consumed orally, it is known to reduce digestive tract inflammation and reduce the release of the hormone leptin, decreasing appetite. Furthermore, it increases the production of ghrelin which makes you feel hungry and stimulate your brain to crave foods with high estrogens like dried fruits, seeds, and vegetables.

    Reduces Pain

    Clinical studies conducted in 2014 about the relation between CBG oil and glaucoma disease showed how the compound is useful in treating pain and pressure in the eye of the affected person. When consumed in higher doses, it can interact with body receptors responsible for pain management to combat chronic irritations like back pain, stomachache, sciatica pain, jaw pain, and joint pain. 

    Possible Side Effects

    Increases Anxiety

    According to Dawidowicz et al. (2018), some CBG products may contain traces of psychoactive compounds like THC and HHC due to extraction methods and manufacturer reputation. It makes you feel an increase in fear and tension when you consume these products. Moreover, overdosing on the product can also cause some factors of anxiety and make you feel emotionally incapable, thus self-denial. Learn more about the truth about cbg isolate


    If you take CBG products for the first time, expect to feel dull and dizzy. It is because your body system is trying to adjust to the interaction between the cannabinoids and body receptors. Alternatively, dizziness can be caused by a higher dosage of CBG or overdosing. Learn more about how is cbg made?


    CBG is safe to use, but more research must be conducted to determine that fully. It is found in larger quantities in younger cannabis plants. Additionally, most people using CBG agree that it has a calming and energizing feeling. It provides a feeling of relaxation and mental sharpness more than most cannabinoids. It also increases your munchies for healthier and more nutritious foods.

    Additionally, CBG is popular because it does not have any psychoactive effects. However, overdosing on the supplement may make you feel dizzy or increase your anxiety. So, it is important to consider your dose and other factors like plant type before buying any CBG product.


    Borrelli, F., Fasolino, I., Romano, B., Capasso, R., Maiello, F., Coppola, D., ... & Izzo, A. A. (2013). The beneficial effect of the non-psychotropic plant cannabinoid cannabigerol on experimental inflammatory bowel disease. Biochemical pharmacology, 85(9), 1306-1316.

    Dawidowicz, A. L., Olszowy-Tomczyk, M., & Typek, R. (2021). CBG, CBD, Δ9-THC, CBN, CBGA, CBDA, and Δ9-THCA as antioxidant agents and their intervention abilities in antioxidant action. Fitoterapia, 152, 104915.

    Navarro, G., Varani, K., Reyes-Resina, I., Sanchez de Medina, V., Rivas-Santisteban, R., Sanchez-Carnerero Callado, C., ... & Franco, R. (2018). Cannabigerol action at cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors and at CB1–CB2 heteroreceptor complexes. Frontiers in pharmacology, 9, 632.

    Wang, Y. H., Avula, B., ElSohly, M. A., Radwan, M. M., Wang, M., Wanas, A. S., ... & Khan, I. A. (2018). Quantitative determination of Δ9-THC, CBG, CBD, their acid precursors, and five other neutral cannabinoids by UHPLC-UV-MS. Planta Medica, 84(04), 260-266.

    Nicola Boulton
    Nicola Boulton

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