CBG Breakdown

There is more and more research and understanding being developed and discovered about cannabis (hemp) each month. Along with this exploration, the public information regarding CBD and it’s efficacy has grown as well. It was only a few years ago that the vast majority of people did not know of CBD’s existence, let alone its value. Although many have now heard of it, there are still so few that truly understand its value and place in our world. CBD is a derivative of another, even less understood, cannabinoid called CBG (cannabigerol). 

CBG, or more specifically CBGa, is the first cannabinoid that the cannabis plant produces. All other cannabinoids (CBD, THC, CBC, etc.) originate in the plant as CBGa. CBGa is the acidic form of CBG before it is activated or decarboxylated through a process of time and heat into CBG. Depending on the genetic expression of the plant, CBG is converted into either THC, CBD, or CBC. When the enzymes that cause this transformation are not present, then the CBG is not converted and instead builds up in the plant. These are the types of plants (Type IV Cannabis) that our whole plant, full spectrum CBG comes from. This is an important distinction from other forms of CBG out there. A lot of the current CBG available is extracted from either a high-THC or high-CBD plant that happens to contain a slightly higher amount of CBG than other plants. Due to the high content of either CBD or THC, in order to make a CBG dominant product, the CBD or THC is removed. During this process, most of the other hundreds of constituents that naturally occur in a whole plant, full spectrum extract, are removed. Thus, there are currently very, very few CBG extracts out there that are truly comparable to what you will find in our products. 

CBG has several similarities to other cannabinoids. Like CBD, it has effective anti-inflammatory properties along with analgesic (pain-relieving) effects. These qualities make it a potential option to address chronic conditions of pain and inflammation. It also has strong affinities for the brain, digestive system, and nervous system, which cannabis in general is known for. Most cannabinoids have some efficacy as an anti-bacterial constituent, but research points towards CBG being a much stronger anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent than the other cannabinoids. Lastly, CBG is unique in that it has a mildly stimulating/uplifting effect compared to the usually relaxing/calming effects of CBD. Therefore, it has greater potential to be used in the morning and during the day for individuals who experience too much relaxation or grogginess from CBD. It has also been reported to help with focus.

CBD and CBG can be used in synergy with one another. You can see how CBD and CBG can be very balancing for each other. Using them together can help individuals to address a wider variety of concerns. Additionally, CBG also offers a second mode of action in tackling unwanted experiences that CBD, on its own, is not fully addressing. Overall, many individuals who are currently benefiting from CBD would also benefit from using CBG in conjunction with their current protocol. 

Individuals have reported using CBG for a wide variety of conditions. These include autism, ADHD, chronic pain and inflammation such as arthritis or crohn’s, cancer, depression, anxiety, and many more.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions regarding this information!

 

By: Jerrik Keller

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