Cannabigerol (CBG) is a type of cannabinoid obtained from the cannabis plant. It is mostly known as the mother of all cannabinoids because they are derived from cannabigerol acid (CBGA), an acid form of CBG.
Cannabinoids acids often break down directly into a final component like CBD, CBN, or THC. Instead, the function CBGA has is to synthesize other cannabinoid acids and acting as a parent to break down into THCA (tetrahydrocannabinol acid) and CBDA (cannabidiol acid). Finally, the THCA turns into THC and CBDA into CBD.
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- How CBG Is Made
- How Does CBG Make You Feel
- Is CBG Legal
- Is CBG Safe
- Does CBG Make You High?
- CBG vs. CBD
- Cannabinoids Explained
- Acidic And Non-Acidic Cannabinoids
- Cannabinoid Receptors in the Body
- Benefits of CBG
- CBG for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- CBG for Glaucoma
- CBG for Huntington’s Disease
- CBG for Fighting Cancer Cells
- Antibacterial Properties of CBG
- How to Use CBG
How CBG Is Made
CBG is derived from young cannabis plants as they contain a higher amount of CBG than fully developed plants. When a plant fully grows, it only contains up to 1% of CBG compared to higher quantities of other cannabinoids like 25% of CBD or 30% of THC. This happens because most CBG is converted to CBD and THC as the plant grows and develops.
Due to the difficulty of obtaining a high amount of CBG, cannabis growers have experimented with cross-breeding and genetic manipulation to help cannabis plants produce more CBG. Some strains like White CBG, Super Glue CBG, and Jack Frost CBG are specifically cultivated to produce higher quantities of CBG.
How Does CBG Make You Feel
Upon consuming cannabigerol in whatever form you choose, it will interact with receptors throughout your body and boost the endocannabinoid system (ECS), encouraging homeostasis. That way, it maintains and regulates vital body functions like breathing, heart rate, appetite, digestion, mood, sleep, etc.
Although they are completely different, CBG shares some similarities with CBD, especially how it makes you feel. When you take CBG in a moderate yet high concentration, you can get a mild sense of euphoria as well as relaxation for both the brain and muscles. Its effects can promote sleep since it produces and induces a calming sensation.
Is CBG Legal
CBG is considered federally legal when produced via legal hemp plants containing less than 3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Is CBG Safe
Ever since CBG was discovered, scientists have studied its effects on humans. Yet, the only adverse reactions that have been observed are the most commonly reported from people who consume cannabis, such as dry mouth, appetite changes, and tiredness.
However, these side effects are associated with enormous amounts of consumption. The list of benefits that CBG has to offer is longer and has the potential to ease the symptoms of various chronic illnesses.
Does CBG Make You High?
Most people associate a feeling of euphoria or paranoia with “getting high” on hemp products. Sometimes this is just a placebo effect. People assume smoking any type of hemp will make them high, so they experience fake reactions.
However, some people are more sensitive to even small amounts of THC allowed in legal hemp flowers. Our body contains two types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. CBG works directly upon these two receptors, which divide as the following.
- Central nervous system (brain and spine)
- Vascular System
- Gastrointestinal Tract
- Reproductive Organs
- Immune System
- Bone Marrow
CBG works by binding both receptors where it is thought to strengthen the function of anandamide. This neurotransmitter plays a role in enhancing pleasure and motivation, regulating appetite and sleep, and alleviating pain. Unlike THC, CBG will not get you high. Moreover, scientists believe CBG can counteract and shut the ‘heady’ effects that many consumers feel when they experience a cannabis-induced high.
CBG works against the effects of intoxicating THC like CBD. It has also been proven that it can activate CB1 receptors like CBD, which lowers the intoxication of THC. This shows that if an individual takes cannabis with the full attention of CBG and CBD, it could control the intoxication and bring back clarity to the person.
CBG vs. CBD
It may be easy to get confused between these two cannabinoids as they share many similarities and act on the endocannabinoid system. However, the way they both work in the endocannabinoid system is different.
One of the most significant differences would be the percentage found in most cannabis plants. Most of them only contain 1% of CBG, while others grow to have 25% of CBD. Both CBG and CBD are non-psychoactive. They will not alter your state of mind as THC would. But, they can reduce the psychotropic effect of THC if you consume a cannabis plant.
CBG binds directly to CB1 and CB2 receptors which can be more efficient when delivering benefits into our system. This cannabinoid is proven to reduce inflammation and production of nitric oxide along with other multiple uses.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that interact with the cannabinoids receptors in your brain, CB1 and CB2. There are multiple cannabinoids like CBD, THC, CBG, CBC, and so many more.
There are also other classifications of cannabinoids like endocannabinoids produced in your body, cannabinoids like phytocannabinoids made naturally in all plans, and synthetic cannabinoids that are manufactured in a laboratory.
Now, the cannabinoids in your body do not have the same effects as those found in cannabis, which means you can not get high from the endocannabinoids you produce. These endocannabinoids are actually responsible for keeping your body in a state of physical balance, mainly knows as homeostasis. Your body finds an equilibrium between temperatures, nutrition, fluids, and waste so that your cells do not die.
Acidic And Non-Acidic Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids come in two types: acid and non-acids. THC and CBD are non-acid forms, whereas THCa and CBDa are acidic forms.
Acidic forms are more usual in raw cannabis, while non-acidic form occurs in heated cannabis. So, for example, if you have THC a and CBDa and add heat, you will obtain THC and CBD. This process is known as decarboxylation and is made because the acidic form of each cannabinoid does not offer the same medical effects as the acidic ones.
Cannabinoid Receptors in the Body
The endocannabinoid system is made of molecules and receptors in our bodies that are responsible for keeping our bodies in an optimal state.
Our body has two types of cannabinoids receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are located in the nervous system and brain, while CB2 receptors are found in the body’s immune system and other areas.
CBG imitates endocannabinoid compounds that our body naturally produces and binds to both receptors, strengthening the function of a neurotransmitter and enhancing pleasure, motivation, regulation of sleep and appetite, and alleviating pain without producing psychotropic effects.
Benefits of CBG
Users state that they like smoking CBG hemp strains after a stressful day because it raises their mood due to its effects, and it leaves the person feeling relaxed and blissed out at the end of a long day.
CBG has been used to combat pain without the intoxication effects of cannabinoids such as THC. CBG possesses therapeutic effects, and researchers have found that it can reduce inflammation produced by nitric oxide. It can also be potentially helpful for the following diseases:
CBG for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
This common condition causes chronic inflammation in the bowel, and it affects millions of people all around the world. It is, however, incurable, but CBG is known for reducing its symptoms.
CBG for Glaucoma
Researches have found that by administering CBG to cats with glaucoma, the eye pressure reduces, and the aqueous humor outflow increases, which provides eye nutrition.
CBG for Huntington’s Disease
This condition causes a breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Scientists observed that CBG acted as a neuroprotectant, and it protects the nerve cells in the brain, preventing damage. It also improves motor deficits and preserves striatal neurons against 3-nitropropionic acid toxicity.
CBG for Fighting Cancer Cells
Studies have shown that CBG presents potential in blocking the receptors that cause cancer cell growth, inhibiting the growth of colorectal cancer cells. Researches have suggested that CBG should be considered translationally in the cure and prevention of colon cancer.
Antibacterial Properties of CBG
CBG has antibacterial properties, especially against methicillin, a resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacteria that causes staph infections and is drug-resistant.
How to Use CBG
There are various ways to consume CBG, but the most common way is oil. However, these are very 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.
There is an increasing amount of CBG products on the marketplace, including tinctures and edibles. There are also high CBG hemp flowers which can also allow you to get the full benefit of CBG by smoking it. Smoking cannabis increases the bioavailability of the cannabinoids in your system. You feel the effects more quickly, and they are more concentrated than if you ingest or topically apply a product.
Overall, if you have tried multiple CBD products and do not seem to work, CBG could be worth trying. If you have a low tolerance for THC, adding a little CBG can make your experience feel more even.
CBG can make smoking hemp flowers more effective and enjoyable for you. For instance, the tasty The White CBG strain will not induce drowsiness, allowing you to feel calm while staying focused and active. Visit our garden to see the CBG strains we have prepared for you.