CBG is a cannabiode called Cannabigerol. Cannabigerol is one of 100 cannabinoids naturally derived from the cannabis plant. It is the very first cannabinoid that the plant produces, and is therefore also referred to as the stem cell of the cannabis plant.
Many are already familiar with CBG's cousin: a cannabinoid called CBD (Cannabidiol). For example, CBD has the power to relieve pain, reduce anxiety or stress, inhibit inflammation and promote neuroprotection. CBG and CBD contain subtle differences and a perfect combination. Below you can read the origin, effect and use of CBG.
How does CBG exist?
In the initial phase, the cannabis plant produces CBGA by reacting to enzymes and vegetable acids. CBGA, or cannabigerolic acid, is responsible for the production of all cannabinoids. As a result, CBGA acts as a 'mother cannabinoid' for CBD, CBC and THC.
At a later stage, decarboxylation takes place due to the presence of heating, less oxygen intake and the age of the plant. This decarboxylation ensures that CBGA is converted to CBG.
What does CBG do?
CBG binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors enhancing the functions of anandamide. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter produced by the body itself and known as the body's own THC. This is because it has almost the same chemical composition as THC.
Anandamide is thought to be responsible for influencing various functions including promoting happiness, motivation, regulating diet, regulating sleep and reducing pain. Despite having almost the same chemical composition as THC, anandamide does not contain any psychotropic effects.
Consuming CBG is beneficial for the receptors in the brain and nerves. This makes the use of CBG suitable for physiological functioning, mental instability, sleep and eating pattern regulation.
How do I use CBG?
CBG is usually consumed via an oil and can be combined well with CBD oil and/or THC oil. Shake the oil well before using. Use the pipette to place drops under the tongue. After you have dripped, keep the oil under the tongue for at least a minute. After that, do not drink any other liquids for 15 minutes.