If Your New Year's Goal Is To Kick Caffeine, CBG Could Help
If you needed a little extra coffee or caffeine to get through the year that was 2020, we can understand why. But, as we head in 2021, a lot of us are looking to form new habits to start the new year.
One of the most popular things to give up this time of year is Caffeine. Caffeine helps so many of us power through our days, but there can be a lot of negative side effects.
Caffeine can give people headaches, jitters, insomnia, and more. But, kicking the daily habit of caffeine can be next to impossible.
So today, we’ll walk you through some of the reasons why you should kick the caffeine routine and supplement it with a more natural alternative, CBG.
The Science Behind How CBG Is Formed
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Cannabigerol (CBG) are both Cannabinoids found naturally in the Hemp plant. They are produced at different stages of the plant’s life. As the young Hemp plant grows, it begins producing CBGA, or Cannabigerolic Acid.
The process continues as CBGA is then converted via enzymes, heat, and UV light into THCA, CBDA, and CBCA. Each of these precursors undergoes chemical changes to become (respectively), THC, CBD, and CBC.
From the CBGA that is left over after the process, a small amount becomes CBG. So while both CBD & CBG start out as CBGA, each cannabinoid is formed at a different stage of the hemp plants life cycle.
CBG is a non-intoxicating Cannabinoid found in Cannabis plants, including the Hemp plants use to produce Hemp oil. All strains of Hemp produce CBGA early in their life cycle.
Over time, the acid transforms into Cannabinoids, including CBD, CBC, THC, a small amount of CBG, and many more. Because of the low levels of CBG found in most strains, CBG is considered a minor Cannabinoid.
Negative Side Effects Of Caffeine
As an avid coffee drinker, I’m personally well aware of the negative side effects that caffeine can have one me. Caffeine tends to give me digestive issues, headaches, and I find it harder to fall asleep if I’ve had any caffeine in my system.
All of these negative side effects are far too common with caffeine. In an article by Healthline, they ranked 9 bad side effects of caffeine, and all 3 of my symptoms made the list. Other symptoms included are anxiety, insomnia, rapid heart rate, and addiction.
Caffeine can cause anxiety through its activation of our “fight-or-flight” hormone adrenaline. This hormone can cause shortness of breath, anxiousness, and can induce more stress into one’s life.
Insomnia is a rather obvious side effect of caffeine, because most people are consuming caffeine to wake them up/keep them awake. This inherent benefit of caffeine can also become the downfall once it’s time to go to sleep. And, because your body heals when you sleep, caffeine can cause your entire body to not function well.
The dependency that caffeine can create may be the worst side effect of them all. While research shows that caffeine can trigger certain brain chemicals in a similar way to cocaine, it does not create an addiction like these drugs do.
Rather, caffeine creates a psychological of physical dependency. If you’re an everyday coffee drinker, the days you try to skip coffee can cause you to feel extremely groggy, have a headache, or suffer other withdrawal symptoms.
None of these side effects sound all that pleasant, so maybe we should start considering other ways to add a little pep to your step?
3 Reasons To Switch From Coffee to CBG
#1 - CBG Is An All Natural Alternative - CBG (cannabigerol), is considered the “mother” of all Cannabinoids. This means all other Cannabinoids, like CBD or CBN, have been derived from CBG.
Because CBG is a Cannabinoid, and because our body naturally produces Cannabinoids, this means CBG can be considered an All-Natural alternative to Caffeine.
CBG, while still in its infancy in the commercial market, has been around for a few years now. In fact, the U.S. Government is well aware of CBG.
In 2018, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health announced they will be researching a host of Minor Cannabinoids, including CBG. This research is related to pain and nociception, and it’s very much welcomed with open arms as we need more scientific research in the category.
With this research, and the dozens of other studies going on, we’re getting closer to understanding exactly how these products react within our bodies.
So while we’re careful with what we say about any of our products, one thing is certain. These products are being studied because they’re working for some people, and we just need to understand why & how.
#2 - A More Measured Approach - CBG comes in a 30mL glass bottle with a tincture dropper. This tincture dropper allows the end user to measure out exactly how much CBG they’d like to consume, thus having more control over what you’re putting into your body.
With coffee, many times you may have a variance in how much you brew, how many grounds are used, or if there’s any additives like sugar or cream. All of these additional substances can compound issues created from the caffeine in coffee.
Now, with CBG, you’re able to better judge how your body will feel after adding a pick-me-up to your day.
You can better control for how much you need to take in the morning to get you started, or how much you take midday as a way to power through.
No matter what the reason for needing CBG, you’re able to repeat your serving size consistently.
#3 - Little To No Side Effects - The beauty behind the CBG Cannabinoid is in how our bodies react to it.
As with most things Hemp, we have to avoid making claims, but in general, CBG isn’t as “intense” as Caffeine.
Now, while we can’t say definitively what CBG will & won’t do, we can give anecdotal examples of what it’s like.
CBG seems to give people a more uplifted, energetic feeling, without being so overpowering that jitters kick in.
One user reported a “runner's high” type of feeling when they tried CBG for the first time. This means they had the uplifted feeling similar to how one might feel after a good workout.
In general, CBG can replace caffeine by giving you the much needed boost, without an overpowering stimulation that coffee gives some people.
Switching From Coffee To CBG Is The Perfect Way To Start 2021
As we’ve discussed today, CBG can provide some of the same benefits as Caffeine without the negative side effects.
Breaking the cycle of everyday coffee consumption can be extremely hard, but, if you’ve made it through the year 2020 you can handle this.
Many of us are wanting to improve minor aspects of our health, which leads to major improvements in our day-to-day lives.
There are a lot of new habits that will be formed to begin the year. Like working out, eating out less, or even drinking less coffee.
No matter your 2021 New Years goal, we’ll be here every step of the way to help you realize your dream of a healthy & happy New Year.
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