High CBD Vs CBG Flower : Which Is The Best Craft Hemp Flower
CBD Vs CBG | Full Guide
The best part about craft hemp flowers is their ability to be completely distinct from one another in phenotype, genotype, and effects.
Recently, CBG flower strains have become increasingly popular on the online hemp market. CBG flowers offer a variety of unique attributes that are different from regular CBD strains. However, they also share many common effects and characteristics—sometimes creating confusion for new hemp smokers looking to buy.
In order to clear things up, we at DLO have composed a full craft hemp flower guide to dissect CBD vs CBG flower strains. Additionally, we’ll also share our top picks of the most premium CBD and CBG strains that you can buy inexpensively online.
First things first: what is craft hemp flower? And what separates craft hemp flowers from regular hemp or traditional cannabis strains?
To answer this in short, a craft hemp flower (sometimes called artisan hemp or CBD flower) is a type of hemp that is specially cultivated to replicate cannabis without the THC.
Usually when people hear about hemp, they think of industrial hemp: a type of hemp that’s grown to manufacture products like clothes, rope, etc. Although technically smokable, industrial hemp doesn’t contain very much CBD, THC, or terpenes.
Craft hemp flower, on the other hand, is more closely related to cannabis than industrial hemp. In fact, craft hemp flowers are grown by selectively breeding cannabis strains to reproduce lower amounts of THC and higher amounts of CBD. After several generations of these flowers are grown, the end result produces CBD-dominant hemp flowers that replicate the phenotype, aroma, and smoothness of cannabis—but without the THC high.
Additionally, because craft hemp flowers contain less than 0.3% THC, they’re no longer considered cannabis by legal definition. This makes artisan hemp legal on a federal level (via 2018 US Farm Bill), making organic CBD much easier to acquire for those who need it. Although, we always recommend double-checking local and state laws for any potential caveats.
What Is CBG?
As mentioned, craft hemp flowers are selectively bred to contain high amounts of CBD. However, this selective breeding process can also be used to reproduce high amounts of other cannabinoids like CBG.
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a minor cannabinoid found within hemp and cannabis. This means that CBG is naturally less present than major cannabinoids like CBD or THC. But by selectively breeding hemp flowers higher in CBG, rare and exotic strains can be cultivated that emphasize this unique cannabinoid. Strains like these—especially true organic ones—are incredibly rare and hard to find.
CBD Vs CBG Flower Strains
Everyone knows about CBD and its ability to reduce pain, inflammation, anxiety, and more. But not everyone knows about CBG’s ability to produce similar effects—arguably at an even greater degree.
Below are some of the differences between CBD vs CBG flower strains.
Medicinal And Therapeutic Effects Of CBD Vs CBG
CBD, one of the most famous cannabinoids found within hemp, is best known for its medicinal properties. Before the popularity of artisan hemp, medicinal marijuana strains high in CBD were the go-to for those dealing with pain or chronic health conditions. Thankfully, nowadays artisan hemp allows you to naturally consume CBD without getting stoned or high.
CBD works by activating the cannabinoid receptors within the body’s central nervous system. These receptors (CB1 and CB2 receptors) help to regulate pain, appetite, mood, immune function, and dopamine to name a few.
By stimulating these receptors, CBD can help to:
Treat epilepsy and reduce the risk of seizures
Treat Parkinson’s disease
Assist with sleep disorders
Treat depression and anxiety disorders
Slow the growth of cancer cells
Although more research needs to be done to fully utilize the potential of CBD, these are just a few of the benefits that some people have reported.
Just like CBD, CBG also has many of the same benefits. However—because CBG is the parent cannabinoid of CBD—it’s somewhat stronger at stimulating your cannabinoid receptors.
Some studies suggest that CBG may be even more effective than CBD at treating certain chronic disorders such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and multiple sclerosis. CBG is also known for being particularly effective at reducing anxiety and improving sleep.
Another way to look at which one is better is by comparing the side effects; overly high doses of CBD and CBG can both cause you to have a cottonmouth and feel tired. But CBD can also cause diarrhea, whereas too much CBG can lower blood pressure.
CBD Vs CBG For Relaxation
Which craft hemp flower is better for general relaxation? Well, as far as relaxation goes, they are both powerful but in their own ways.
CBD may be better for relaxation by uplifting your mood. Compared to CBG, CBD can help increase focus while keeping you in good humor. Conversely, CBG is often better recommended for reducing anxiety and stress, which relaxes you in a different way.
Both cannabinoids share more similarities than differences when it comes to relaxation. Both can cause “body highs” that relax your muscles, reduce overall stress, and boost your dopamine levels.
CBD Vs CBG : Which Is Better?
In the end, the difference between CBD vs CBG comes down to personal preference and desired effects. Although they have many of the same effects and benefits, CBG is somewhat stronger in specific aspects.
But what about taking both at once? Thankfully, full spectrum products do just that.
Full spectrum craft hemp flowers contain many of the major and minor cannabinoids found within hemp. Unlike isolated products, full spectrum ones allow you to combine the potency and benefits of both CBD and CBG. This is optimal for therapeutic and medicinal purposes, as well as for enhancing relaxation through the entourage effect.
Here at DLO, we grow all of our hemp products using natural growing methods and techniques that result in full spectrum flowers. To make your search for the best CBD or CBG flower easier, we’ve listed two of our favorite strains below.
Best High CBG Craft Hemp Flower
Lavender: The best high CBG flower on Earth.
As mentioned earlier, high CBG strains are incredibly hard to cultivate—and thus, equally hard to find on the market. But at 14% CBG, Lavender has one of the highest concentrations of CBG on the market. For comparison, most organic craft hemp flowers only have 1% CBG at most.
In addition to having high amounts of CBG, Lavender also has an exceptional smoothness and phenotype. With dense and sticky buds, it’s somewhat reminiscent of the OG cannabis strain “Forbidden Fruit.” Also, as the name suggests, it has floral lavender aroma that’s additionally relaxing.
Although CBG is great for helping you sleep, Lavender is sativa-structured. This means it won’t grog you down too much, making it a great CBG strain for both daytime and nighttime use.
Alternatively, you can also buy Lavender as easy-to-smoke, pre-rolled CBG flower joints.
Best High CBD Craft Hemp Flower
Not interested in CBG and just want traditional, high CBD hemp? We’ve got that, too.
Kimbo Kush contains one of the highest concentrations of CBD on the market: 17%. As an indica hemp strain, it’s incredibly effective at giving mind and body CBD highs, helping you sleep, and keeping you chilled out and relaxed. It also contains exceptionally high amounts of THCA, CBCA, and some amounts of CBG—further enhancing the entourage effect.
Named after the late MMA star Kimbo Slice, Kimbo Kush is also reminiscent of the cannabis strain of the same name. It has a frosty, trichome-covered phenotype and a unique terpene profile that gives it an earthy, gassy flavor that’s similar to vanilla coffee.
Because it’s so potent with CBD, we don’t recommend this nug for novices. Similarly, we don’t recommend it for daytime smoking, either (but if you do smoke it during the day, it pairs great with coffee).
Final Thoughts on CBD vs CBG
When it comes to CBD vs CBG, the only true winner is you. Although CBG may be considered by some to be slightly stronger than CBD, much of it comes down to personal tastes and preferences.
It’s similar to the difference between whiskey and tequila: some people love both, some hate both, and some love one but not the other. Though, because CBD and CBG are more similar than unalike, you can’t go wrong with either.
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