Breakthrough in cosmetics: Europe says yes to CBG in cosmetics

The CBG approved by Europe in cosmetics.

Cbg approved as a cosmetic by the european union: here are the details

At the beginning of 2021, another breakthrough was made in the world of CBD cannabis: cannabigerol, or CBG, was recently added to the list of ingredients permitted for use in cosmetics. 

This cannabis derivative is surely not well known (certainly less so than THC and CBD), but it can be used topically to bring numerous benefits to the skin.

Wondering which ones?

Here are the details of the matter, some more information on CBG and the cultivation of CBD weed from which it can be extracted.

CBG and cosmetics: new in Europe 2021

This year, the European Commission added CBG (cannabigerol) to the Cosing database, the list of cosmetic ingredients authorised in the European Union.

CBG approved as a body skin cosmetic.

From now on, therefore, we may find this substance in creams, lotions, and cosmetics of various kinds.

This change concerns the internal market, industry, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises.

This is big news for the world of legal hemp, which could only be reached thanks to a result of research that has been carried out on this little-known cannabinoid just recently.

If you’re wondering why CBG isn’t as well known as the more famous THC and CBD, the reason is that this substance is only detectable in percentages around 1% in the dried cannabis plant, numbers that didn’t attract attention until a few years ago.

Let’s see now what the characteristics of CBG are and why this substance has been welcomed by the European Union for use in cosmetics.

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Cannabis stem cell enters the world of cosmetics: characteristics, origins, and properties

CBG or cannabigerol is one of about 120 cannabinoids that have been detected in the cannabis plant. 

While CBG was previously virtually unknown, it has gained such prominence after becoming the subject of several studies that it is now referred to as ‘stem cell‘, ‘mother molecule‘, or simply as ‘mother of all cannabinoids‘. 


Because THC, CBD, and all other known cannabinoids are created from it through the action of certain enzymes.

Basically, when the CBG content is high, and that content of the other cannabinoids is low and vice versa, all because as the plant matures, this substance undergoes a transformation process.

But what are the effects of this molecule?

Why has cannabigerol been included in Cosing?

CBG is revealed to be a non-psychotropic cannabinoid – i.e. it does not alter the perception of reality when taken by humans – that has several anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties that have a beneficial effect on the skin.

Cannabigerol can interact directly with the CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors found in the skin, and only once it has penetrated the basal and subcutaneous layers, it is able to exert multiple actions.

Want some examples?

  • It is a sebum-regulating substance;
  • it promotes cell renewal and turnover;
  • it helps calm irritation and redness of the skin;
  • lightens blemishes;
  • helps to reduce blemishes.

But that’s not all… in general, CBG helps maintain healthy skin on the body and face.

CBG approved as a cosmetic suitable for sensitive skin.

Hemp cultivation to extract CBG: is one gene worth the other?

Although CBG was only added to the Cosing list at the beginning of this year, a solution has already been found to optimise crop yields.

Contrary to what was originally planned, it will not be necessary to use the still-young hemp plants in order to extract CBG before it turns into the other cannabinoids, new genetics have been developed. 

Just as legal marijuana genetics with low THC content came up, marijuana genetics that allow high levels of cannabigerol to be maintained even when the plant is mature, have also been devised in recent years.

This is excellent news for cannabis growers who have decided to focus on the production of this substance for the cosmetics industry.

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To conclude.

As you have read today, CBG, together with synthetic CBD and the leaves of the hemp plant, can be used to make cosmetics for skin care of the face, body, and hair.

It is a safe product, which has been approved by one of the strictest European bodies and will certainly soon be widely used in everyday skincare products.

Once again, hemp, the ancient plant with a thousand properties, offers many benefits, and, who knows how many more surprises it has in store for us.

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