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.
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.
How Does CBG Work?
The endocannabinoid system is full of molecules and receptors responsible for keeping the body in an optimal state, and it processes CBG. Our body has natural endocannabinoids, which Cannabigerol imitates.
Scientists are still studying the effects of CBG on humans, but they have found significantly few adverse reactions. The most commonly noted as still relatively mild but might include:
- Dry Mouth
- Appetite Changes
- Weight Changes
However, most side effects are associated with more significant amounts of consumption. Start small, and the likelihood of experiencing a negative side effect is significantly limited. Cannabigerol only shows adverse effects when you take an excess of 300 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.
For example, if an individual weighs 180- pounds, he would have to take 54,000 milligrams of CBG to show adverse effects. So, a person of 180-pounds has to consume only 25 milligrams to feel calm and relieved.
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.