What Is CBG and How is it Different From CBD?
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a type of cannabinoid obtained from the cannabis plant. It’s often referred to as the mother of all cannabinoids. CBG is the precursor to all other cannabinoids and it is synthesized first in the hemp plant. This is because other cannabinoids are derived from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), an acidic form of CBG.
Other more common cannabinoids obtained from cannabis plants include cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBG is found in smaller quantities than other cannabinoids in cannabis plants. In most strains of the plant, only 1-15% of CBG can be found compared to 20 to 25% of CBD or 25 to 30% of THC, dependent on the genetic strain of the plant. See chart below for an overlook of how CBG is produced and a visual of how the other Cannabinoids, including CBD, are all derived from CBG in the plants growing process.
This makes consumer products derived from the cannabinoid rare and often expensive. However, CBG is growing in popularity as a result of the host of potential benefits the cannabinoid has to offer.
Cannabigerol has shown potential in soothing inflammation, stimulating appetite, inhibiting cancer cell growth, and killing drug-resistant bacteria. CBG is further thought to help regulate mood thanks to its ability to boost anandamide, the body’s native “bliss” molecule, as well as act as a GABA reuptake inhibitor. which provides a range of benefits including mood elevation, anxiety relief, muscle relaxation, seizure relief, and more.
Like CBD, CBG has been used to combat pain without having the intoxicating effect of cannabinoids like THC.
Research shows that CBG can also have therapeutic effects. However, human studies on this are sparse and more research needs to be done in this area.
Some promising animal studies show that CBG might ultimately be found useful for the following therapeutic benefits listed below.
Inhibiting Cancer Cell Growth
Help To Regulate Mood
GABA Reuptake Inhibitor Which Has Been Known to Help With:
o Mood Elevation
o Anxiety Relief
o Muscle Relaxation
o Seizure Control
o Many Other Benefits
How to Use CBG
The most common way CBG is produced for consumers is as an oil, soft gel or topical applications. You can get the benefits of CBG by using pure CBG oil. However, CBG oils are rare and expensive.
The good news is that you can also get some of the benefits of CBG from using broad-spectrum CBD oils. Broad-spectrum CBD oils contain all the cannabinoids found in a cannabis plant including CBG, but it doesn’t include THC.
When cannabinoids are used together, they can increase the effectiveness of each other by a phenomenon called the entourage effect.
Check this CBG Topical application. CBG Sports Balm Stick
CBG vs. CBD
CBG is often compared to CBD because it shares many similarities and they both act on the endocannabinoid system.
Both CBG and CBD are non-psychoactive which means they will not alter your state of mind in the way THC will.
They can however reduce the psychotropic effect of THC if you consume a cannabis plant. One of the biggest differences between CBD and CBG is the quantity which is found in most cannabis plants. Most cannabis plants contain only 1% of CBG, but up to 25% of CBD.
The way CBG interacts with our endocannabinoid system is different from CBD. CBG binds directly to both CB1 and CB2 receptors and might be more efficient at delivering its benefits into our systems.
The production difficulties of CBG makes it very scarce. It’s much harder to produce than other cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Since CBG shares many similarities with CBD, manufacturers would rather produce CBD.
When CBG is produced, products derived from it are very expensive. However, CBG has a host of promising potential benefits and more research is being done into easing the production and availability of the cannabinoid.
What are Some Conditions People Use CBG For?
(Note: All Conditions List Are Anecdotal Uses and Response Based on Feedback and/or Unofficial Studies. We are making no claims to efficacy and / or Effect.) We are not making any claims or offering proof of effect. These are not approved by the FDA - We make no claim to its efficacy.
Edit: Any and all claims of benefit by conditions have been taken off this article due to regulatory restrictions by the FDA.
They suggested that the use of CBG should be considered translationally in the cure and prevention of colon cancer.6
In conclusion, CBG is an up and coming hero of the hemp plant with many benefits that have been studied as well as anecdotally identified. Many more medical and human studies are being studied and show exciting promise as to its usage and efficacy. As prices continue to decline and specific CBG genetics are being developed, CBG will become as popular and known as its CBD cousin.
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