What is CBG?

Posted on July 22nd, 2019 to Uncategorized by

Why is CBG the Next Big Thing?

By now, everyone and their brother has been made well aware of the purported healing properties of CBD. While science and research are validating all these claims—so are the anecdotes of your friends and families experiences with this particular cannabinoid. 

Your friend’s dog no longer has arthritis, and your co-worker’s anxiety has been magically quelled all thanks to CBD. 

To date, cannabidiol is touted as being the heavy hitter when it comes to the medicinal benefits of cannabis— but lurking in the corner is a unicorn known as Cannabigerol (CBG). 

That’s right. You’ve already learned about CBD and THC—now it’s high time you learned about your CBGs.  

The cannabigerol molecule ball
A 3D model representing the Cannabigerol or CBG molecule. This molecule is a pre-cursor to THC and CBD.

CBG Breakdown

Like all plants, cannabis is comprised of several different chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. All animals(except insects) have an endocannabinoid system that is designed to react with cannabinoids in order to put the mind and body in a healthy state of equilibrium. 

A magnified close-up trichomes on a cannabis plant
A close-up of the trichomes which contain the highest concentrations of THC, CBD, CBG, and other compounds found in a cannabis plant.

While there still needs to be a lot more testing done regarding the benefits of CBG, we have discovered there are indications with in-vitro rat studies that show CBG may be beneficial in treating neurodegeneration, colitis, and cancer. 

Since CBG is not found or produced in large quantities, it does make it difficult to test. Technically, CBG is the precursor to THC and CBD—oftentimes being referred to as the stem cell of cannabinoids. 

This means when the inactive, acidic form of CBG (CBGA) is broken down—it becomes the base molecule that forms THC, CBD, and CBC. 

dog with cannabis above his head
CBG has been found to have many health benefits. Even our furry friends can benefit from CBG as they have from CBD.

What Are The Benefits of CBG?

Early studies have found CBG could be a valuable treatment for several conditions because it has the power to act as an: 

  • Antibacterial 
  • Analgesic (pain reliever) 
  • Anti-inflammatory 
  • Anti-convulsive (prevents seizures) 
  • Sleep Aid
  • Antidepressant
  • Anti-proliferative (inhibits cancer cell growth)
  • Brain stimulant 
  • Bone stimulant 
  • Appetite stimulant 

Keep in mind the studies regarding this cannabinoid are still in its infancy—but this is a great indication it has the power to heal just as well if not better than CBD does. 

How Do I Consume CBG?

If you enjoy or use cannabis in its entirety by smoking or eating it, you’ll naturally be ingesting a little bit of CBG. However— most THC strains contain very little CBG (less than 1%) which is why we don’t recommend using normal weed strains if you’re wanting to reap the CBG rewards.

A woman smoking a joint
You naturally consume CBG whenever you smoke cannabis, but in small amounts.

That said, high CBD strains contain much more CBG than most THC strains you’ll find in dispensaries, but make sure to ask your local budtender for more information regarding what  CBD, CBG, and THC heavy strains they carry. 

Since we know cannabinoids are more synergistic and provide more benefit when used together compared to isolate products, your best bet would be to find a good quality full-spectrum CBD oil that contains all the natural terpenes, cannabinoids, and acids of the cannabis or hemp plant.

Will CBG Get You High?

No. In fact, the only cannabinoid that will get you high is THC, and there are no known side effects when CBG is taken in therapeutic doses. Keep in mind the keyword is “therapeutic doses”.  Experiencing negative side effects can happen if you consume too much of anything—including water. 

A woman sleeping on a couch
CBG alone won’t get you high or cause you to pass out on the couch like THC does.

Final Hit 

If you’re seeking treatment or looking for medicinal benefits that come with a low risk of side effects—we can’t think of a reason not to try CBG. 

However, the only dependable way to ensure you’re consuming CBG would be to purchase a quality full-spectrum CBD oil or CBD heavy strain that naturally contains more CBG compared to high THC strains and products. 

The more we learn about the many medicinal benefits of this amazing plant, the easier it will be to be able to find and utilize all the components of the cannabis plant. To dive deeper into the “Mother of Cannabinoids” read this article from Hemp For Fitness.

As a local Colorado dispensary, words can’t describe how honored we are to be a part of the ever-growing cannabis industry that is slowly but surely helping people live happier and healthier lives— one day at a time. 

For more information about the potential benefits associated with CBG—check out the video from our friends over at PrimeMyBody below! 

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