People love cannabis and hemp but not all of them are looking to get high. Some are just using the plant for therapeutic or medicinal benefits. This is why we have seen such a large growth in the CBD market and led to people becoming interested in CBG and CBN. Which also led to some confusion that they were all the same compound.. lets break it down!  

In general all can:  

  • Improve sleep 
  • General Pain Relief 
  • Reduction in Anxiety and depression 

But, CBD, CBG, and CBN are NOT the same thing. Each compound has things it does exceptionally well. In this article, I will cover the differences and what you should be using each one for. So, kick back, fire one up, and let’s learn about some weed stuff. 

CBD (Cannabidiol) 

This is almost every nonrecreational enthusiast’s introduction into the world of cannabis and hemp. There are CBD advertisements everywhere. Most people have a general idea of what CBD can do, so I will keep this short and tell you what it does best. Of the things all three compounds do to some extent, CBD is the best for general pain relief. It works well with dealing with broken bones and arthritis. I remember this by thinking of vitamin D (good for bones). That separates it from our next two compounds and don’t worry I have a fun wat to remember them too. 

CBG (Cannbigerol) 

CBG for my money may be the most important compound in the plant. CBG is the mother compound of the plant. From CBG, all other cannabinoids are formed. Besides giving us all the compounds we love, CBG shines on its own. Of the things all three compounds do, CBG is best for reduction in anxiety and depression. In fact, it aids in many types of brain functions. It increases focus and alertness, it is beneficial when combatting migraines, and has shown signs of improving memory function. Click here to get help with staying focused ASAP! 

Personal opinion but, the thing it does best is reducing nerve pain. I suffered from sciatica, and CBG changed the game for me.  If you struggle with mental health and/or nerve pain, skip CBD and go directly to CBG. Sorry, you won’t pass go or collect $200, but it will save you a lot of time and money. When I think of CBG, I think of G for good morning and then do jazz hands. 

CBN (Cannabinol) 

CBN is the compound most people are looking for when they buy CBD because most people turn to hemp or cannabis medicinally to help sleep. CBN is an oxidized form of THC. After oxidization it loses its psychoactive effects but keeps its sedative effects. It is a near perfect sleep aid with natural receptors in your body to accept it and a healthier alternative to other sleep aids. It also works well on inflammation and aches, but it will make you drowsy. If taking CBN, I always recommend it before bed. That’s why when remembering the CBN, I think of the N for night night or nap time. Click here to get to your sleep support. 


If you are struggling with a medical problem and are unhappy with pharmaceutical options, a hemp-based alternative may be right for you. Don’t be shy to ask your doctor about these compounds. Trust me, they’ve heard it before. Do your own research into the compounds and see if anyone else has had success treating your ailment. People who love the plant love to help each other. The more people who realize the plant is beneficial for other things than getting high the better off we will all be. 

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