The Cannabinoid 'CBG'

What is the Cannabinoid ‘CBG’

Let’s talk about another lesser-known cannabinoid. Cannabigerol, also known as CBG, is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid typically most abundant in low-THC and high-CBD hemp strains. CBG was first discovered in 1964 in Israel. Like THC, CBG reacts with the cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system. 

Since CBG is the precursor to both THC and CBD, it is known as the ‘Mother of all Cannabinoids’. 

CBG, however, acts as a buffer to the psychoactivity of THC by working to alleviate the paranoia sometimes caused by higher levels of THC.

Is CBG legal?

CBG isn’t banned by any UN convention nor is it scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act in the USA.  CBG does, however, fall into a grey area of law, where the 2018 Farm Bill federally legalized hemp and its derivatives, including hemp extracts containing no more than 0.3 percent THC. CBG oil qualifies as a hemp derivative if it doesn’t contain more than the legal limit of THC. 

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CBG Effects

CBG is processed by the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is made up of molecules and receptors in our bodies that are responsible for keeping our bodies in an optimal state regardless of what’s going on in our external environment.

Our body contains two types of cannabinoid receptors—CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found in the nervous system and brain, while CB2 receptors are located in the immune system and other areas of the body.

CBG works by binding to both receptors where it's thought to strengthen the function of anandamide, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in enhancing pleasure and motivation, regulating appetite and sleep, and alleviating pain. Unlike THC, CBG has no intoxicating effects, so it will not give you a high.

Benefits of CBG

CBG has the following benefits:

  • Anti Inflammatory - CBG appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it could potentially help in managing the symptoms of many different chronic diseases such as IBS & Crohn’s Disease.
  • Neuro-Protective - Multiple studies have shown that CBG helped to improve motor deficits and preserve neurons in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s, and MS.
  • Antimicrobial - The antibacterial or antimicrobial effects of CBG have been tested in several laboratories. It contains significant properties that can help fight against MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus.
  • Appetite Stimulation - In a recent study, researchers showed that a form of CBG was a very effective appetite stimulant in rats. This may lead to a novel non-intoxicating therapeutic option for cachexia, the muscle wasting, and severe weight loss seen in late-stage cancer and other diseases.
  • Better Sleep - Since CBG helps in alleviating mood it thus enables a person to sleep better and timely. It is known to cure many sleep disorders such as insomnia. Despite direct treatment of sleep disorders, CBG helps in treating many other disorders which contribute to the lack of sleep. By putting a person’s mind and energy at ease.

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CBG has been found to act on very specific physiological systems and problems, and results for medicinal use are promising.

Endocannabinoid receptors are prevalent in eye structures, and CBG is thought to be particularly effective in treating glaucoma because it reduces intraocular pressure. It is a powerful vasodilator and has neuroprotective effects to boot.

CBG was also shown to block receptors that cause cancer cell growth. 

How to incorporate CBG in everyday life

CBG is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in hemp that can positively affect the human body. CBG Isolate products are available in the market, but consumers may find products that include CBG blended with CBD are much more commonly available. Take advantage of CBG and 8 other cannabinoids in our full-spectrum Full Altitude blend. Our products are always full-spectrum, allowing all 8 cannabinoids and terpenes to work in conjunction for an all-rounded effect. 

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You can use CBG in the same way as you would CBD, add it to your morning coffee/tea or hold it under your tongue. Whichever method you prefer, you’ll reap the benefits of this therapeutic compound.