Is CBG Safe To Smoke?
A Beginner's Guide To Smoking CBG

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If you’re doing your homework on CBG before trying it, it’s probably because you want the health benefits of a natural remedy with minimal harmful side effects. So the idea of smoking something to achieve that goal is very counter-intuitive. 

Everyone knows how detrimental cigarette smoking can be, and you’re not interested in the intoxication most people associate with smoking marijuana. 

This leaves you wondering, ‘is it healthy or even safe to smoke CBG?’ 

The good news is that smoking and vaporizing CBG appears relatively safe, given the early research we have to go off. However, there tend to be more state-level restrictions on smokable hemp products in the U.S.

So, if you’re still tentative about smoking and vaping this non-psychoactive minor cannabinoid, there are plenty of other ways to take CBG and enjoy its potential health benefits.

This article is your go-to resource to understand how CBG works, whether it’s safe to smoke it, and the other ways to ingest it.

What Is CBG and How Does It Work?

CBG (cannabigerol) and its precursor/acidic form cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) is the ‘parent cannabinoid’ that produces the other cannabinoids in cannabis plants. As hemp plants grow, CBG yields over a hundred other compounds, including CBD and THC. 

Although CBG creates THC in cannabis plants, CBG itself is non-psychoactive, so it does not make the user intoxicated or ‘high.’ 

The Endocannabinoid System

Science attributes the lack of high and therapeutic benefits of CBG to how it activates the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The human body’s endocannabinoid system balances a range of functions, such as sleep, appetite, pain and inflammation, and feelings of motivation and pleasure. 

CBG interacts with both types of receptors in the ECS regardless of how you take it, including smoking, vaporizing, eating, and absorbing it through your skin. The ECS’s CB2 receptors connect to the immune system, while CB1 receptors connect to the nervous system, including the brain.

This is the secret behind everything CBG does and does not do in your body and mind. That includes how CBG most likely contributes to energy and cognition improvements without causing psychoactive effects like the THC high.

Is it Safe to Smoke CBG?

In most cases, yes, it is safe to smoke CBG. Whether you vape it, use pre-rolls, or smoke CBG hemp flower through another means, cannabigerol from low-THC (0.3% or less) hemp plants will not be intoxicating.

In fact, CBG and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids have so many therapeutic benefits some researchers have actually recommended smoking cannabinoids for certain conditions.

This may be because cannabinoids tend to have greater bioavailability when patients smoke them, meaning the body absorbs the compounds more readily than administering cannabinoids topically or orally.

But isn’t it harmful to inhale smoke of any kind?

If you’re wondering whether smoking cannabinoids like CBG is harmful in the same way as smoking cigarettes, the answer is no. 

CBG and other cannabinoids have remarkable anti-carcinogenic properties. This cancer cell-fighting effect could explain why there is no evidence to suggest that smoking cannabinoids increases the risk of smoking-related cancers. 

Therefore, for most people, smoking CBG is safe compared to smoking cigarettes and safer than smoking standard marijuana with psychoactive effects.

Smoking CBG Safely

However, that does not mean smoking CBG is 100% risk-free. Like any other supplement, side effects are possible when taking CBG in any form. When smoking CBG, users may expect a degree of local airway inflammation or irritation. 

So some people may want to avoid taking CBG this way, such as those with asthma, emphysema, COPD, or any other condition of the lungs and airways.

Additionally, experts do not consider it safe to smoke or otherwise consume cannabinoids like CBG while pregnant, breastfeeding, or underage. And smoking anything habitually and/or long-term increases your risk of respiratory/pulmonary problems.

To minimize the risk of adverse events from smoking CBG, only do so in moderation, avoid cannabis and hemp products while pregnant, breastfeeding, or underage, and take CBG a different way if you can’t tolerate airway inflammation for medical reasons.

Following these guidelines, you don’t have much to worry about. If you’re still feeling tentative, check out the databases for adverse events from medicines. Reporting of adverse events from cannabigerol appears to be extremely rare.

CBG Products You Can Smoke

Smoking and vaping are effective methods of cannabinoid delivery to the body. So depending on the person, this could be a helpful means of taking CBG. Here are the available options.

CBG Flower

CBG flower is just what it sounds like. The flower portion is the most potent part of a high-CBG, low-THC hemp plant. Users take CBG hemp flower by grinding it up before smoking it via self-rolled papers or various pipes. 

This isn’t a super complex process, but it’s preferable for those who don’t mind taking the time and space to grind their own CBG flower and roll it into papers in the privacy of their home.

CBG Pre-Rolls

With CBG pre-rolls, the work is already done. The CBG provider has already ground the flower and rolled it into papers for you, so you have them ready to go when you need them.

This is convenient for those who don’t want to worry about the accessories, process, or clean-up of grinding and rolling CBG flower themselves. 

CBG Vape

Vaping CBG may be a bit less natural. The cannabinoid provider sells you a CBG vape cartridge so you can take the contents through your vape. Just read and research all the vape ingredients to ensure they’re safe.

Otherwise, experiments have shown that vaping cannabinoids like CBG is just as effective as smoking them and may be a safer cannabinoid delivery method than smoking.

Four Effective Ways to Consume CBG Besides Smoking

Smoking is just one of many options for consuming CBG. Here are the alternative routes of taking CBG. These CBG hemp products may have slightly fewer side effects, but it’s still crucial to observe dosage recommendations and take CBG in moderation.

Also, consider that these CBG cannabis products come in various CBG concentrations. 

  • Full-spectrum CBG includes all the other hemp plant compounds 
  • In broad-spectrum CBG, producers manufacture a full-spectrum by isolating each compound before re-combining them and sometimes excluding certain compounds like THC
  • Isolate CBG products contain no cannabis compounds other than CBG 


CBG oil tinctures are the most popular form of CBG. You have ultimate control over how much you take, and you can easily mix it with almost any food or drink.

CBG Gummies

Gummies are a discreet, convenient, and tasty vehicle for CBG. There’s just one step- chew and go.

CBG Topicals

Ideal for relieving aches and pains, apply CBG topicals directly to the ailing body part, and your body will locally absorb the CBG through your skin.

CBG Capsules

It’s just like taking a vitamin supplement, as easy and inconspicuous as gummies.

What Diseases Can CBG Treat?

Note that CBG is not yet an approved medical treatment for any disease. But preliminary studies and surveys make us optimistic about CBG’s potential for managing the following conditions:

Improve sleep and promotes a healthy sleeping cycle

Surveys indicate that 73% of CBG users prefer it as an insomnia remedy, while many individuals exhibit energy, attention, thinking, calmness, and sleep improvements.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

62% of those taking nano-processed CBD/CBG say it helps with IBS. In animal experiments, CBG demonstrated strong potential in treating inflammatory bowel disease by reducing colon inflammation.


CBG seems to effectively control the intraocular tension (eye fluid pressure) of glaucoma without causing eye discharge or redness.


CBG has been able to kill cancer cells, including oral epitheloid carcinoma, colon cancer, breast cancer, and aggressive, treatment-resistant glioblastoma.

Chronic Pain

CBG is a strong anti-inflammatory agent and analgesic. Of chronic pain patients who used CBG, 73.9% felt CBG offered better results than standard medicine. In another survey, 51.2% of those taking a nano-processed CBD/CBG combination were able to reduce or halt pain medication.

Helps with Depression and Anxiety

80% of those using CBG to manage depression self-reported better results than traditional treatments. The same was true for 78.3% of people taking CBG for anxiety. 63.2% of respondents to another study reported feeling calmer.

Increases Appetite

Animal studies show that CBG can significantly improve appetite, roughly doubling the overall food intake of mice.

Bacterial Infections

CBG has strong enough antibacterial properties to kill medication-resistant MRSA.

Autoimmune and Degenerative Diseases

CBG’s neuroprotective qualities may one day make it a helpful treatment for MS, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s disease.

FAQs About CBG Use

Can you fail a drug test for smoking CBG?

No. Cannabigerol is non-psychoactive and contains none of the THC drug tests try to detect. However, some CBG cannabis products, such as full-spectrum CBG, contain traces of THC that may appear on a drug test.

What is the best way to consume CBG?

It’s all about your preference, but the entourage effect means that combining the minor cannabinoid CBG with other cannabinoids like CBD emphasizes its effects.

Which type of CBG do you think would work best for you?

Now that you know how to safely smoke CBG and the other options available, which method seems best to you and why?

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