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Cannabis 102: Welcome to CBG!

Posted by Thom Dyer on

Everything You Need To Know About The Cannabinoid CBG 

Welcome back! I hope things have been going well since we last met, and you have all been exploring the remarkable realm of CBD. Of course, doing all of your necessary studying here at Certified Hemp Hub (University).

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Last time we were together we were discussing CBD, what it is exactly and all of its many benefits. If you do not remember that lesson, then you can take a look at somebody else’s notes here! 

Well, It has been a long week of break but, the wait is finally over! I have called you all back in for another great lesson in Cannabis: CBG Addition. (Que endless amount of applause)

So, what is CBG exactly and how is it any different from CBD? Well, once again I ask you to take a trip with me and follow along as we find answers to those questions, and many more!

Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus welcoming her students on the the bus

 

Overview of What CBG Is

 

A black and white photo of the legendary punk rock venue CBGB

 

Wait, there is an extra B in that picture… CBGB was the classic rock club in New York City. What I am looking for today is CBG, another classic cannabinoid found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. (Excuse me for the lame joke, my mind cannot separate the absurd connection)

CBG stands for cannabigerol and it is yet another compound found in the cannabis sativa plant, just like the more popular THC and CBD. This is why many refer to CBG as a minor cannabinoid, but we at Certified U still love you buddy! 

CBG is still closely associated with CBD due to its non psychoactive behavior -meaning, CBG will also not send you to the moon when consumed. Like CBD, CBG helps reduce potential paranoia caused from consuming THC based products.

CBG is important for one very large reason: it is a precursor to THC and CBD. Without it, we would not have these two critical cannabinioids. What happens is, the compound cannabigerolic acid, or CBG-A, breaks down to form THC and CBD when heated.  

Phew, that's a lot of CBGs, CBCs, and THCs. 

 

A graph of the compund CBG and the other cannabinoids it creates

 

   

 What We Know So Far About CBG Oil

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So what makes CBG so useful to us? To answer that I will need to put on my Science Cap and use another person's words:

"While CBD has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors and interacts mostly with the endocannabinoid system on an indirect basis, CBG is thought to interact directly with the brain’s CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors." (Annie Lennon).

Endocannadinoids are also referred to as endogenous cannabinoids because they are naturally occurring without the use of cannabis. The human body has preexisting cannainoids to help regulate: sleep, appetite, mood, memory, and reproduction; it's no wonder why experts are trying to push for more medical uses of CBG and CBD. 

 

The chemical compound CBG

 

How CBG Can Help

CBG (which is properly pictured above this time) has also been proven to be very beneficial when tested on lab rats. 

Does that help me any? No.

To be honest, there just isn't a lot of current data on CBG; especially, when compared to the studies of THC and CBD. Medical researches have not yet taken the appropriate amount of time to study the potential of CBG. 

One of the reasons for little research behind CBG is because it is a much more difficult cannabinoid to produce. Because CBG-A is becomes broken down during the growing process, the plant itself contains very little of the compound - less than than 1%. So, farmers would have to harvest the plant early in order to maximize CBG output. 

This has made it a very expensive commodity. It is stated that CBG costs upwards of $20,000 per 2.2 pounds compared to CBD which is at $3,600 per 2.2 pounds. 

There are some very promising 'What ifs' in the industry, but nothing is guaranteed. Due to this lack in research, everything remains a hypothetical. Researchers believe that someday it will be as beneficial as CBD and just as ubiquitously used too; possibly when there is an easier way to obtain the product. 

What the scientific community can for certain is that CBG has positive anti-inflammatory effects and many believe this is its biggest selling point. But for now, we will refrain from mentioning those 'what ifs' for we simply cannot give definitive answers to its potential benefits. 

With more studies, we will get a better understanding of how CBG can become beneficial to the human body.

So why did we write about CBG today?  

Young actress looking confused from the TV show Full House

But, I hope you learned a ton and are just as excited as I am for the future of CBG and the future of medical science! We might not know exactly where the path will lead us, but we know it will take us to someplace special. 

  

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