When CBD or CBG is used in its pure form, it should never result in a failed drug test since there is no THC present. However, for products that contain trace amounts of THC, such as Full Spectrum Hemp products, you should proceed with caution. It is very rare, but also, very possible.
If failing a drug test will have serious consequences or implications for you or your job, you should definitely choose either a broad spectrum or pure CBD product option as there is no detectable THC content within these products.
What To Know Before You Buy
When it comes to purchasing cannabinoid products, it is easy to become overwhelmed by choice as well as all of the various terms and definitions.
Here are some important things to know before purchasing:
Pure CBD/CBG products contain the cannabinoid in its isolated form. The hemp plant undergoes a number of purifying processes that leave behind the desired cannabinoid in its purest form. These types of products are known as CBD Isolate and CBG Isolate, respectively.
Broad spectrum products contain most, but not all of the compounds in the cannabis plant. Broad spectrum products do not contain THC.
Full spectrum products contain all of the compounds of the cannabis plant, offering all of its natural benefits. These compounds often work best collectively, a cannabinoid-team-effort known as the Entourage Effect.
Reputable CBD or CBG products should have been tested by an independent laboratory. Before making any purchase, find out whether the company has had their products third-party tested by reading the lab report yourself. Any trustworthy cannabis company should have such reports readily available showcasing them both on individual products pages as well as a dedicated “lookup” page for all certificates of analysis.
Places You Shouldn’t Buy From
There is significant concern regarding the purity and safety of both CBD and CBG products, especially when not purchased from reliable sources. The FDA warns companies that are illegally selling CBD. These companies should be avoided.
Why do people buy CBD and CBG products?
According to Dr. Doner, Chief Medical Officer for Cannabidiol Life, cannabinoid-specific products are intriguing to first-time buyers and are considered a “must-have” for hemp-product advocates for the following reasons:
- A natural alternative since hemp products are derived from nature
- Unwanted effects or undesirable results were experienced after taking OTC products, medications, and prescriptions
- Thought to be a healthier alternative in comparison to the synthetic ingredients and addictive chemicals found in most over-the-counter remedies.
- Hope for a better tomorrow and a higher quality of life.
Which is better for anxiety, CBD or CBG?
Both CBD and CBG can be effective in reducing stress and anxiety-related symptoms. CBG has been presumed to work better when it comes to anxiety due to the way it works as a GABA reuptake inhibitor. GABA reuptake inhibitors are known for their use in treating the symptoms of anxiety.
HOWEVER! Since there are no definitive comparable studies in this regard, we must go with Cannabidiol (CBD) as it is the more reliable, science-backed option.
Is CBD or CBG better for sleep?
CBG has not been researched as extensively as CBD, especially in relation to its effects on sleep and treating sleep disorders such as insomnia. For that reason, a definitive answer is difficult to give. However, a 2019 study on the effects of CBD on anxiety and sleep has yielded evidence suggesting that CBD has a calming effect on the central nervous system that could help those who have trouble with sleeping.
For these reasons, a full spectrum CBD product is the more popular choice.
Should I buy CBD or CBG products for pain relief?
CBD products because CBG doesn’t have enough credibility yet.
CBD has been tested A LOT more than CBG and thus, it is the more reliable option. It is important to note that both PubMed and the NIH, offer promising study results showing that both CBD and CBG could be helpful for pain relief.
According to the NIH website, CBD has been noted as a promising option for pain relief due to its interactions with the endocannabinoid, inflammatory, and nociceptive systems which are linked to the ability to feel pain.
According to a 2008 study, CBG may display more GABA uptake inhibition than CBD. It also noted that CBG has strong analgesic anti-erythema and lipoxygenase blocking properties, making it a good candidate for treating pain and inflammation.
When considering a CBG or CBD product, it is important to act under the guidance of a trusted medical professional.
Just because you can find hundreds of thousands of people around the globe who have experienced life-changing, positive results from taking cannabinoid-infused products for a specific health concern, disease, or disorder, it doesn’t make it a medical fact.
In order to have the best chance at receiving any benefits from CBG or CBD products, we believe it’s a good idea to research the company you intend to purchase from.
Ask yourself the following questions:
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