Whether you’re a cannabis aficionado or a total newbie, you’ve probably heard of THC and CBD. But have you heard of CBG? This lesser known cannabinoid is starting to take both the hemp and medical world by storm, as more and more research comes out regarding its therapeutic potential. Today, we’re going to talk about CBG and why it’s the cannabinoid to keep your eye on.
What is Cannabigerol?
CBG, or cannabigerol, is one the many phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Like CBD, it is not psychoactive and may actually counteract some of the psychoactivity of THC. However, CBG is typically present at much lower levels than other cannabinoids, which is why we are just now unlocking its therapeutic potential. Hemp breeders have started selectively breeding to increase CBG levels in their strains, while extraction professionals have determined the optimum extraction window for CBG.
CBG has been accurately dubbed “the mother of all cannabinoids.” To explain, all cannabinoids are derived from CBGa or canabigerolic acid. Cannabis plants contain enzymes that break down CBGa and convert it into the acidic form of each major cannabinoid. When exposed to heat and light, these acidic cannabinoids become the cannabinoids we are familiar with like CBD and THC.
What is CBG Oil?
CBG Oil is quite similar to CBD oil in that its concentrated CBG diluted with a carrier oil, like hemp oil or coconut oil. It can come in various strengths, concentrations, and blends. CBG oil is often mixed with other cannabinoids to create hemp products with unique effects.
CBG Oil can be used in a number of applications. It can be taken by itself or even added to your favorite beverage. To maximize the efficacy of CBG oil, we recommend holding the oil under your tongue or swishing around your mouth for at least 30 seconds. Blue Forest Farms has CBG Oil available for purchase here.
How is it different than CBD?
CBG and CBD are similar in that they are both non-psychoactive and have anti-inflammatory properties. That being said, research on CBG is fairly limited because it naturally occurs in such small amounts. As the hemp industry has grown, there has been an increasing amount of research into CBG but it still doesn’t compare to that of CBD. Nevertheless, scientists have uncovered some of the rarer cannabinoids’ unique capabilities.
What are the benefits?
Like CBD, CBG interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to trigger a response. However, CBG directly binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors while CBD tends to work more peripherally. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating processes like mood, digestion, and inflammatory response just to name a few. When talking about the benefits of CBG, it’s important to remember that research is still in its infancy, so we cannot be 100% sure of the cannabinoid’s effects. Despite this, initial research has sparked the interest of the hemp industry as well as medical professionals. Preliminary research suggests that CBG may have a number of potential applications, like:
- Fighting antibiotic resistant bacteria
- Reducing Inflammation and Pain related to Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
- Slowing the growth of tumors
- Reducing eye pressure caused by glaucoma
- Regulating Mood
On top of that, CBG has also been found to possess neuroprotective qualities, meaning it can help preserve neuronal structure and/or function. These results suggest that CBG may be beneficial for people with Huntington Disease or Parkinson’s.
How can I incorporate CBG into my daily routine?
While full spectrum CBD products may contain some CBG, it’s typically not enough to fully enjoy the cannabinoids therapeutic effects. If you want to fully experience the effects of this rare cannabinoid for yourself, consider incorporating a CBG oil into your routine. It can be taken at any time of day. However, customers have reported uplifting effects, so it may be better suited for morning or daytime use.
Here at Blue Forest Farms, we’re obsessed with CBG and truly believe it will change the way we interact with illness. While research is just beginning, we’re confident in this compound’s therapeutic potential and are thrilled to be able to share it with our community.