Cannabigerol (CBG) is an interesting, non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. Most cannabis genetics contain only traces of it, and most are only available in small quantities in cannabis plants. Despite this, its properties have attracted the attention of both health experts and consumers.
From a scientific point of view, CBG plays a precursor role in the synthesis of other cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, and to synthesize the entire chemical composition of the plant. Recently, cannabinoids have become very popular in the mainstream supplement market for people and pets alike.
However, THC and CBD are only two of more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. As the popularity and niche of CBD wanes, Cannabigerol, and other cannabinoids, will emerge a staple of the industry to offer unique and concentrated benefits to the public. These non-intoxicating substances come from hemp and cannabis and have been touted as a safer and more effective alternative to THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
Although cannabis has been used for health purposes for thousands of years, scientists have only recently begun to identify the plant’s other compounds and to understand how cannabinoids interact with the body’s natural systems to promote well-being.
A theory introduced in 1998, known as the entourage effect, describes the potential amplifying effects that occur when consumed as a whole. Compared to the consumption of isolated CBD, the use of products containing multiple cannabinoids may prove to be more advantageous. Full spectrum cannabidiol products contain many, if not all, cannabinoids in the plants; including CBG and CBD.
The Mother of all Cannabinoids
First discovered in the 1960’s, CBG (cannabigerol) is considered the “mother of all cannabinoids” and was nicknamed this due to the fact that all cannabinoids start out as CBG; and then evolve into other cannabinoids. Even though the nickname started out one way, it’s quickly evolved because of CBG’s effectiveness.
Although all cannabinoids have largely the same properties, CBG seems to have increased antibacterial, antispasmodic and vasodilator effects – which is why we consider it to be the Mother of all Cannabinoids!
Benefits of CBG
Antioxidant properties. Scientific research from 2014 confirms that CBG’s antioxidant qualities can be used for treating neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s disease (HD).
Reduction in Intraocular Pressure, making it ideal for glaucoma patients.
Appetite stimulation, treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, and many other ailments.
Antibacterial properties of CBG have proven more effective than traditional CBD.
Side Effects of CBG
Similar to mainstream CBD, the side-effects of Cannabigerol are considered to be minimal to none. Of course, scientific research on CBG by itself has not been sufficient to prove whether or not CBG has any serious adverse effects.
If you use concentrated CGB, it’s important to follow the dosage guidelines provided by the manufacturer.
Challenges facing CBG Production
The problem facing growers and manufacturers today is the prohibitively expensive processes required to harvest CBG.
CBG naturally transforms into other cannabinoids during the growth process and only a small amount of it remains in the harvest, making it difficult and costly to extract it in large quantities or high concentrations.
It takes thousands of pounds of biomass to create small amounts of CBG. The creators of various cannabinoid strains have been working diligently to maximize this substance, as it’s assumed to be the next big craze in the market. Demand has already started taking off; proof of which is the fact you’re reading this article!
CBG is likely to be one of the next mainstream cannabinoid products, but is unlikely to replace others; we believe CBG will end up as an additional supplement alongside CBD, CBN, CBGa, THCa, CBDa, CBC, and more.