The CBG Rundown | Discover Marijuana

Do you have a favorite cannabinoid? WholesomeCo pharmacist Kylee Shumway’s favorite is cannabigerol (CBG). Shumway recommends CBG for all of her patients.

Zion Pharmaceuticals Chief Science Officer, Blake Smith, says CBG is a precursor molecule in the cannabis plant. During plant growth, most of the CBG the plant produces is converted to THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids.

CBG is a versatile cannabinoid, useful in treating pain, inflammation, and for elevating mood. It’s a great cannabinoid for beginners, because it provides therapeutic effects without causing a “high,” as THC does.

Medical cannabis users often seek products with equal parts of THC and CBD. Using multiple cannabinoids together creates what’s called the “entourage effect,” by which the cannabinoids enhance each other’s effects.

But the entourage effect doesn’t require equal parts of each cannabinoid in order to work. In fact, Smith recommends products with a ratio of one part CBG for every five parts of CBD.

Talk to your local cannabis pharmacist if you’re interested in incorporating CBG into your treatment plan.


Tim Pickett, PA-C is a Medical Cannabis expert and the founder of Utah Therapeutic Health Center. As a Qualified Medical Provider, Tim works directly with patients in need of Medical Marijuana recommendations and treatment plans. Salt Lake City Weekly readers voted Tim Utah’s Best Medical Cannabis Doctor (QMP) in its “2021 Best of Utah mind and body” edition.

Blake Smith is the Chief Science Officer at Zion Pharmaceuticals and an expert in the biochemistry of cannabis. Blake has a keen understanding of cannabinoid compounds and their effects on the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Kylee Shumway is the Pharmacist in Charge at WholesomeCo, a Medical Cannabis pharmacy in Bountiful. Her interest in cannabis medicine also began in college, when an organic chemistry professor sometimes mentioned the compounds in marijuana.

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Published December 24, 2021

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