You know about hemp and the many uses of CBD, including as a topical skin treatment, and for managing the symptoms of chronic pain and arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, anxiety disorder and insomnia. Now there’s a new compound in town and it’s called Cannabigerol. The newest of the over 113 identified cannabinoid compounds has made its way to market, and it has its own unique benefits. Here you will find more information about Cannabigerol that you didn’t know, as well as how CBG oil for sale compares to CBD oil products.
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What is Cannabigerol?
Cannabigerol is one of the cannabinoid compounds found in the plant genus Cannabis. It is considered to be a minor cannabinoid that exists in very low percentages.
CBG is often called “the mother of all cannabinoids” because it is the parent molecule for all other cannabinoids. Most CBG is converted into other cannabinoids during plant growth, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabichromene, and cannabidiol (CBD), which leaves about 1% CBG remaining. The main difference between the harvesting of CBD and CBG is that CBG is harvested while the plant is still young.
How Does CBG Work?
All mammals have what is called an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It is a biological network of neuromodulatory receptors that work to balance and regulate vital functions throughout the body. The ECS extends from the brain to the peripheral nervous system. It controls hunger, movement, pain, and mood among other important functions. “Runner’s high” is a popular example of the effect of the ECS. Taking low doses of CBD (25mg to 50mg daily) acts similarly to the body’s own natural ECS to produce non-drowsy sedative effects that relieve pain, tension, nausea, and anxiety among other everyday wellness concerns.
The endocannabinoid system processes CBG oil the same way it does other cannabinoids. CBG is most similar to CBD, which does not have any psychoactive properties. Like CBD oil, CBG is created with a pharmaceutical-grade extract and preserved in MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil.
Side effects of CBG
CBG oil is non-toxic, has no serious side effects, and does not interfere with medications, work, or other daily activities. Occasionally, CBG may cause side effects similar to placebo, such as dry mouth, a decrease in appetite, fatigue, drowsiness, and diarrhea.
What is pure isolate CBG?
There are two forms of CBG: full spectrum CBG and CBG isolate. The primary difference is that full spectrum CBG has all the cannabinoids, terpenes and other compounds that naturally occur in the plant at the time of harvesting. CBG isolate powder is typically 95%-99% pure CBG and contains virtually nothing else.
CBG isolate provides the most specific health benefits because of its purity. Anticancer, antibacterial, and antidepressant properties are just a few of the health benefits CBG promotes. It has a slightly different molecular structure to CBD that allows it to create a unique bond in the body’s ECS receptor sites. It is also acts as an antagonist, or blocker, when binding to receptors against nausea, while CBD is an activator in its anti-nausea effects. CBG also increases appetite unlike CBD, which typically decreases appetite.
Does CBG contribute to the entourage effect?
Yes, CBG contributes to the entourage effect when combined with other cannabinoids as well as terpenes. This translates to maximum results. Terpenes are fragrant phytochemicals like α-pinene, β-caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, limonene, linalool, myrcene, nerolidol, and phytol that contribute to the characteristic flavor and aroma of any high quality full spectrum CBG extract. The entourage effect comes from the combination of cannabinoids with terpenes, and it is especially useful for mood and anxiety disorders (think generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder).
Can I safely combine CBG Oil with CBD Oil or other hemp extract oils?
Absolutely! CBG and CBD are both present in the cannabis plant naturally, so it is perfectly safe to combine your CBG oil and CBD oil together to maximize your potential benefits. In fact, the combination boosts the effectiveness of each because of the entourage effect!
Is CBG Legal in the United States?
Yes, CBG is legal just like CBD. That’s because the 2018 Farm Bill (Agricultural Improvement Act) changed the cannabis regulations so all hemp-derived cannabinoids are legal so long as they are sourced form hemp plants that have no more than 0.3% THC by volume.