Opinion: CBG is a Performance Enhancing Drug

Jeremy Bouvet
Opinion: CBG is a Performance Enhancing Drug

The first time I tried CBG, it was a mistake.

A few weeks ago I went to pick up my usual CBD capsules from a local, the budtender mixed up the packages and I came home with CBG instead.

Rather than trek back to exchange them I decided to press forward, listen to the universe, and experiment with the trendy new cannabinoid. I tipped the bottle back and swallowed a few of the pearl-smooth capsules and headed out for my planned run. To give some context, I have tried a bunch of pre-workout supplements in the past, including the heart murmur inducing lime green concoctions. When I say CBG has the same intensity but in a cool way, I know that sounds ridiculous but its true. Once the blood started flowing and the CBG was settling in, my palms started to seed sweat. This wasn’t the usual venti-americano-with-an-extra-shot-on-an-empty-stomach kind of palm sweat I was used to. There was a stimulant whisper, sort of like Adderrall, but not as edgy. It was smooth and organic, a calm and flat body of energy waiting to be tapped in to, but only when I needed it. Other stimulants can feel like you’ve been dropped into the rapids and you’re at the very tippy-toes of your ability to stay above water - you’re on edge. For me, it doesn’t go away unless I push it out with an intense workout. Not to say there was a tingle with CBG but there was an edge. I could find a deeper well of energy if I needed it, it was right there to tap into. The focus wasn’t pupil dilating, furrow-browed intensity but it was still there. Just like CBD, which can have a sort of ethereal quality to it - its amazing for everything etc. but you don’t really feel anything.

After that awe inducing experience trying CBG while working-out, I decided to supplement my excel-crunching at work as well. I went for a lower relative dose to my first endeavour but it made no difference - CBG still felt like a superpower. I honed in on the columns and rows of my excel spreadsheet, tuning this formula and formatting that cell. When I found walls of mental energy or clarity forming, I could simply move past them like they didn’t exist. There was no wasted mental energy on whether I should take a break or switch tasks - I just kept moving through the task at hand. It almost seems like the capacity is already there and CBG just lets you tap into and channel it.


And, the problem with discussing supplements in this way is that they can seem like a panacea. The truth is there are no supplements or modalities that are going to change everything for anyone. They are called supplements for a reason - they are to supplement an already dialled lifestyle. Whatever that means for you specifically. Supplementation should be the final ingredient to the wellness puzzle you’re putting together. I will let you know what piece comes next for me.`

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