Hands holding hemp plant
Kelly

Kelly

In love with everything and anything CBD

- Fullerton California

How CBG can help you in these 7 ways

By now, most people are familiar with both THC and CBD, the commonly found compounds in cannabis plants, both hemp, and marijuana.

However, did you know that there are other similar compounds found in cannabis? Cannabigerol, or better known as CBG, is one of these lesser-known cannabinoids present in all cannabis plants. 

Unlike THC and CBD, CBG is not present in large quantities, usually less than 1% in cannabis strains, and is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Similar to CBD, it is believed that CBG could counter some of the adverse effects of THC. Some of these negative effects of THC are common amongst those sensitive to cannabis, which include paranoia and anxiety. 

However, THC and CBD start as CBG—it’s the chemical parent of both THC and CBD, which plays a pivotal role in the biochemistry of all cannabis plant.

This process begins at an early stage of the cannabis plant when the CBG acids react to ultraviolet light or heat and become the cannabinoids we know as THC and CBD. 

This process is known as decarboxylation, in which heat is applied to the acidic form of these cannabiniods (CBGA, CBDA, THCA, and CBCA) transforming them into their more familiar forms of CBG, CBD, THC, and CBC.

After this process, these compounds are now in their active state and can provide all the therapeutic benefits within the cannabis plant.

How does CBG work?

As mentioned, CBG helps make CBD, so while they’re both cannabinoids, their different compounds serve different purposes and may help treat various ailments.

Both CBG and CBD are considered non-psychotropic, meaning they won’t alter your state of mind or have unwanted secondary effects. Studies suggest that CBG may counteract the effects of THC to decrease the psycho-activation.

Aside from being identified as having remarkable anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, CBG helps regulate a wide range of bodily functions, which include appetite, sleep, mood, and the immune system. 

Research even suggests that CBG has helped in reducing the intraocular pressure in the eyes, offering relief to patients who are suffering from glaucoma.

So how does one get CBG?

Not as easy as purchasing CBD or THC, that’s for sure. CBG can cost five to six times the cost of CBD since it is a challenge to supply.

For growers, harvesting any amount of CBG requires cutting the cannabis flower early before it matures. This process alone is inefficient for most growers since they would be committing their entire crop to just one cannabinoid. 

Traditionally, the best way to experience CBG and any other cannabinoid through cannabis flowers (hemp or marijuana) or by purchasing full-spectrum products.


Why is this?

As the cannabis plant matures, CBG has already converted into the other cannabinoids, and less than 1% is available.

Keep in mind, when shopping for full-spectrum products, they will contain small traces of THC and the other cannabinoid compounds, so there is a heightened therapeutic effect. 

Although it is still near impossible to find concentrations of CBG, the future does look bright as more successful research continues to push CBG into the spotlight.

As the cannabis plant matures, Cannabigerol has already converted into the other cannabinoids, and less than 1% is available.

Keep in mind, when shopping for full-spectrum products, they will contain small traces of THC and the other cannabinoid compounds, so there is a heightened therapeutic effect. 

Although it is still near impossible to find concentrations of Cannabigerol, the future does look bright as more successful research continues to push CBG into the spotlight.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest