Does CBG Get You High?

This Is What the Research Tells Us

Does CBG Get You High? This Is What the Research Tells Us

If you’ve consumed cannabis in any form, whether low-THC hemp products or high-THC marijuana goods, you likely understand the hype behind this natural wonder. This plant, which humans have been enjoying for centuries, seems to have a tendency to provide the body with exactly what it needs, even if you’re not sure what your body might need at the moment.

But despite its long list of natural benefits, one continues to stand out above the rest—that euphoric high. Mainly a trademark of marijuana goods, we know that getting high is one effect of the compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But what about the other hundreds of compounds in the plant? Does a compound like CBG get you high? Is CBG psychoactive?

The answer might surprise you. Read on to find out.

What Is CBG?

Cannabigerol (CBG) has more in common with THC than you might think. Known as the “mother of all cannabinoids,” it’s technically THC, cannabidiol (CBD), and some of the other main cannabinoids in their early stages of development.

When the cannabis plant is still young, many of its cannabinoids are CBG. It’s only after the plant is exposed to light and heat that CBG converts into THC, CBD, and other active compounds.[1]

So since it eventually becomes THC, the compound that we know imparts a high, is CBG psychoactive?

Is CBG Psychoactive?

The answer might not be what you’re expecting.

Yes, like THC, CBG is psychoactive. But, CBG does not get you high. 

Here’s what we mean. Something is psychoactive if it affects the way your brain and nervous system work. That’s not as scary as it sounds. Coffee, for example, is psychoactive.

Because the active compounds in cannabis, AKA cannabinoids, act on our nervous system through our Endocannabinoid System (ECS), they’re all considered to be psychoactive. However, they’re not all intoxicating. And that’s the category CBG falls into.

CBG is psychoactive, but it’s non-intoxicating, meaning CBG does not get you high.    

How Does CBG Work?

Like the other cannabinoids in cannabis, CBG interacts with our ECS. Our ECS is an internal communication system that exists to keep everything in the body in balance. It has two main receptors, CB1 and CB2, that cannabinoids can either bind to or block.

CBG partially binds to both receptors, but it seems to prefer CB2. For comparison, THC can stimulate both, but it prefers CB1. And CBD isn’t too interested in either, but it can block CB2.[2]

Because CBG interacts with both ECS receptors, as well as our serotonin receptors and a few other systems in the body, evidence shows it may provide a ton of medicinal benefits, although we know for sure that a euphoric high is not one of them. More research is still needed, but studies suggest the benefits of CBG may include:

  • [Reducing anxiety]
  • Boosting mood[3]
  • Easing discomfort[4]
  • Soothing nausea[5]
  • Decreasing inflammation[6]

How To Use CBG

If you enjoy the therapeutic benefits of cannabis but prefer a non-intoxicating option, or if you’re in need of relief but don’t want to be high during the day, CBG might be exactly what you’re looking for. Rodent studies show it’s more potent than CBD [7], and it won’t impart the sometimes-paranoia-inducing high of THC.

Qiwi CBG cigarettes are an easy way to quickly enjoy the benefits of CBG. Rolled in additive-free rice paper and containing no additives, no pesticides, and no tobacco, they’re one of the cleanest smokables on the market. So you can still enjoy the classic cannabis consumption method of smoking and all the perks the plant has to offer without losing your head in the clouds. Plus, when you smoke Qiwi CBG cigarettes, your body will experience the benefits of CBG almost instantly thanks to your lungs’ easy access to your bloodstream.

As if cannabis needed another reason to be all the rage.




Angela Schweers
October 9, 2021