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CBG Oil- Everything you Must Know

CBG oil - Everything you must know

Everything You Must Know About CBG Oil

We’ve spent a considerable amount of time recently discussing how our legal – Okay,  almost-legal status of cannabis, thanks to the pro-marijuana movement, has given rise to many compounds like THC, CBD, CBN and more recently CBG.

As CBG and 100+ other compounds in cannabis continue to explode in popularity, more states and localities are taking action to support the legitimate uses of the plant. Innovative brands across the country are experimenting with CBN, CBD and CBG oil, which is still in its infancy as a product, and research into the benefits of cannabis extractions is increasing across all forms of medical research.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health recently announced an initiative that is making cannabis research, development, and understanding its effectiveness as a top priority for their community. (NCCIH, nccih.nih.gov)

So, as a consumer, we now know there is growing acceptance of the uses of cannabinoids, however how these compounds affect our body still remains mostly shrouded in mystery. Many people don’t necessarily enjoy the psychoactive effects of THC for example. So if you prefer not to have those effects and opt for CBD that is derived from hemp with a very low quantity of THC then let me introduce you to CBG, or otherwise known as Cannabigerol.


What Exactly Is Cannabigerol (CBG)?

Cannabigerol is one among nearly 120 identified cannabinoid compounds found within the leaves and flowers of Cannabis Sativa plant. It is said to be the building block for other commonly used compounds such as CBD, THC, THCa, CBN, CBC, THCv, CBDa. The cannabinoid receptors (CB1) and (CB2) are activated with these various cannabinoids.

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It appears to inhibit certain neurotransmitters, including gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin, and noradrenaline, as well as increase levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide. Studies show that the ability of cannabidiol to inhibit certain neurotransmitters may have a therapeutic benefit in the management of relieving stress and improving health and wellness overall.


Deep Dive Into How CBG Works!

Cannabigerol is the active chemical in cannabis and is one of the most potent alpha2-adrenoceptor agonists and moderately potent 5HT1A receptor antagonists [1], which are mainly associated with neuromodulation. For those who aren’t familiar with the term neuromodulation, it is the ability of a particular receptor to change as a result of nerve stimulation.

Since CBG mimics the function of CB2 or CB1 ligands to block receptors, it’s theorized that CBG would have a similar effect to other CB2 and CB1 antagonists, while also having a shorter half-life. This would also give it an increased tolerance for long-term use and an increased likelihood of success.

In layman’s terms: Due to this similarity and potential for success, it can be effective in maintaining a healthy state. 


Why Is CBG So Expensive?

Thanks to its ability to stimulate anandamide, CBG, as a non-toxic compound, can help people with managing stress and improve their mood. Anandamide is the naturally occurring bliss molecule in the human body and is the neurotransmitter that has been found to increase happiness and promote positivity in the mind.

However, notwithstanding all the potential health benefits and ever-increasing consumer demand, there’s one major hurdle that both companies and consumers must face: the CBG is an expensive compound to produce – in fact, it’s so expensive that it’s often heralded as the ‘Rolls-Royce of cannabinoids’.

According to James Rowland – CEO of Steve’s goods:

‘Creating small quantities of CBG isolate requires thousands of pounds of biomass. The reason being most hemp only contains a fraction of CBG compared to nearly 20% CBD content’. (Steeve Goods, steevegoods.com)

Hemp can produce naturally in the form of cannabigerolic acid,  but it is considered to be a minor cannabinoid due to the fact that the percentage is so much lower than CBD. 

However, it is still attainable to extract CBG on a larger volume but the process is very expensive and complicated. 


Potential Benefits Of CBG Oil

Potential Benefits Of CBG Oil

 

1. Known To Be Effective for Discomfort in the Body

Maybe it is time for you to ditch that bottle of ibuprofen at your house. A great natural alternative is using CBG oil which may be able to soothe tired and achy muscles. You can use a salve with CBG in it and rub on parts of your body or take a tincture daily to maintain a healthy state. 

2. CBG Oil May be Useful Against Skin Irritations

CBG has proven to be very useful when it comes to improving your skin. This means that through further research, this compound could be used as a topical to improve the appearance of your skin. The best method would be a salve or cream and apply to the area as needed for best results. Many topical products come with added herbs that have added benefits but you may also react depending on your sensitivity, it is best to seek a qualified health practitioner for advice. 


What is the Difference Between CBD and CBG

Well, essentially the chemical structure of CBD and CBG are different but there is still much more studies to be done to determine the beneficial properties of this plant. CBD and CBG are very similar in nature when comes to experience the benefits, but we are still just scratching the surface. It is always good to keep in my mind of the entourage effect, by considering all the cannabinoids, terpenes etc… that work together to increase its potency and effectiveness. 


Where can you get CBG Products?

As technology and research are accelerating in the cannabis industry we are finding more ways to produce and extract various forms. CBG is the precursor to all other cannabinoids mentioned above.

There are many options as to the kind of CBG you can receive very similar to CBD.  You can purchase a concentrated amount of CBG in a tincture

You can also buy CBG in an isolate powder, in a salve, high CBG strain flower, in a combination of other cannabinoids. There are many other methods very similar to consume CBG as you can with CBD as you can see. 

 

References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20002104

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