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 hemp 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.
Is CBG Psychoactive?
Cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) will make you feel elevated. They change how neurotransmitters send messages throughout your endocannabinoid system (ECS) and alter your perception.
CBG is not a psychoactive cannabinoid; the effects of CBG won’t be psychoactive effects. Using CBG will not create a similar experience to the side effects of THC. Many people use CBG as a part of their daily wellness routine before tending to other tasks.
Whenever you start a new supplement or change your wellness routine, it’s better to do it on your day off. You want to know how you’ll be affected by changes and understand how your body will react. CBG is very unlikely to cause any effects that would impact your ability to drive, work, or study, but it’s still a good idea to take a beat and assess the way you feel.
How is it different than CBD?
No two cannabinoids are exactly alike. The hemp plant produces each cannabinoid to perform a different function, and cannabinoids aren’t interchangeable. There are more than 100 known cannabinoids, each with its own potential benefits and effects. We’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg in the process of discovering how each cannabinoid differs.
CBG and CBD are similar in that they are both non-psychoactive and have soothing 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 works by interacting 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:
- Supporting proper immune function
- Soothing feelings of tension and discomfort
- Supporting digestive health
- Supporting eye health
- Supporting overall emotional wellness
Researching and studying cannabinoids can be difficult for reputable labs. They need a lot of funding and the proper permits to set up high-quality studies. We know a lot about CBD, but even that research has only just started. As interest in CBG grows, research will likely expand. Scientists might just take a while to get what they need to move forward.
Can You Use CBD With CBG?
Every cannabinoid is different, and that’s why they work together so well. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a major cannabinoid and the most abundant cannabinoid in most hemp extract products. All full-spectrum hemp extract products contain minor cannabinoids like cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabigerol (CBG).
These cannabinoids function as a natural team, which may be part of the reason CBD wellness products have the potential to be so beneficial. The entourage effect theory states that cannabinoids, terpenes, phytonutrients, and other naturally occurring compounds in the hemp plant are designed to work together. They bolster each other’s potential and act in unison to deliver the full wealth of benefits.
If you’re using full spectrum hemp tincture or gummies, you already use CBD and CBG together. You’re just using a little less CBG. Some hemp products include additional CBG to shift the balance of the effect profile. If you’re interested in the potential benefits of the Entourage Effect, it’s a good idea to use CBG and CBD together.
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.
The Wrap-Up on CBG
CBG is a unique cannabinoid. It’s different from CBD, although its differences aren’t yet completely understood. The world of cannabinoid research hasn’t been able to catch up to the general public’s growing interest in using cannabinoid products as a part of their wellness routine. If you’re interested in the benefits of CBG, try it and see how it works for you.
Here at Blue Forest Farms, we’re obsessed with CBG and truly believe it will change how we interact with health. 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.
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- Pharmacological Aspects and Biological Effects of Cannabigerol and Its Synthetic Derivatives – PMC
- A comparison of the ocular and central effects of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabigerol
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