A quick introduction to CBG
In a market that is saturated with CBD or cannabidiol [ka-nuh-buh-dai-uhl], you are probably starting to notice something called CBG being noted in ingredients and marketing along with CBD products. It’s imperative to know exactly what you’re putting in your body and why, so let’s discuss what CBG is and why it’s important.
CBG the Chemical
CBG stands for cannabigerol [ka-nuh-bi-jer-uhl] and is unique from CBD, THC, and CBN which is why on labels you will sometimes see “CBD and CBG.” This indicates the product you’re looking at has both CBD and CBG because the two chemicals are not the same.
Cannabigerol is not as bountiful as its relatives CBD or THC. But due to the amazing medicinal and therapeutic potentials of CBG, researchers are working on creating strains of cannabis that produce more CBG than the plants do naturally.
CBG is different from CBD and THC because it functions as the base molecule that the other cannabinoids stem from. For this reason, some refer to it as a “stem cell,” or even the “mother cell”. All cannabinoids begin their life cycle as CBGA, or Cannabigerolic Acid, and progress into other cannabinoids, including CBG. CBG is only a small portion of what the cannabinoids evolve into however, which is why it’s less plentiful than its siblings.
CBG is similar to CBD in that it interacts with the same CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body. Those receptors are waiting for endocannabinoids, or cannabinoids created by our body, which are released when we need to do something like sleep, reduce our anxiety, or repair tissues. Introducing CBG or CBD ourselves is an act of introducing phytocannabinoids [fight-o cuh-nabba -noids], or cannabinoids that are created by plants like marijuana and hemp, to perform the acts our body might be struggling with.
The CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies are there to receive cannabinoids both endo and phyto. CBG is therefore received naturally and easily by our bodies with mild side-effects in studies thus far.
The Effects of CBG
So why should we take something that our body is already producing? Well, why do we take melatonin or anti-depressants? Because our bodies are hardly ever in perfect balance. CBG, like CBD, is a natural aid for your body that may help in achieving more balance.
CBG has so far been studied in conjunction with anti-inflammatory properties, but it is especially intriguing what this chemical may do for the human mind. Studies have been conducted that show CBG affects neurological activity more than CBD does, which may aid in sleep-deprivation, anxiety, and pain management. It has even been linked to dopamine levels in the brain, which means it is very likely that CBG may help fight depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Another interesting fact about CBG is that it may work even better when taken in conjunction with CBD. The two have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and CBG tends to be able to impact neurological activity and the nervous system more than CBD. The Endocannabinoid System is located throughout the entire human body, making us all open to cannabinoids all the time, and therefore also their therapeutic properties.
And finally, CBG is being studied as an energy booster because test subjects have shown and reported boosts in energy when taking CBG. This also means that unlike CBD, which may create a sedation effect, CBG may do quite the opposite. So this chemical could potentially be a natural way to get through that last leg of your day with refreshed vitality!
CBG in the Future
Many trials are on deck for research into the short and long-term impacts of CBG. For now, we are seeing exciting patterns in animal studies including CBG’s ability to help prevent cancer, as CBG hinders abnormal cellular growth in animals. We are even seeing it function as a successful antibiotic in animal studies!
Buying CBG Today
We recommend that you consult your doctor before you introduce any CBD or CBG products to your body. Once you’ve done that, choosing the CBG product for you isn’t always easy. Since CBD and CBG is largely not FDA approved yet, there is a lot of sub-quality products circulating right now.
We suggest that you inspect the Certificate of Analysis on each product carefully. Be sure that you know what’s in the product before you ingest it. If something looks suspect, trust your gut and move along!
Another challenge with CBG right now is that since it occurs in such small quantities naturally, it can be expensive trying to purchase a product with a high-CBG concentration. Hopefully this will even out as science becomes better at creating cannabis that have higher CBG content.
And finally, we at High Peaks are very excited to announce that we have our own CBD and CBG tinctures now available! These three flavor options are equal parts CBD and CBG, giving your body everything it needs to find its peak!