WHAT IS CBG?

CBG (Cannabigerol) is one of the newer cannabinoids to hit the market and companies and people alike are scrambling to make products and put it into their daily health routines. But, honestly what exactly is CBG?

Here we will take a deeper dive into the cannabinoid and discuss:

  • Where does it come from
  • What does it do
  • How can I use it

Where does CBG come from?

CBG, or Cannabigerol as its scientifically known, comes from the cannabis plant typically in quantities around 1%. For comparison in some hemp plants CBD content can be as much as 20%, which means to produce the same amount of CBG it takes around 20x of hemp biomass just to yield what we can with CBD. This means that it is an intense and frankly costly process for the cannabinoid.

For further context CBGA (Cannabigerolic Acid) is the parent compound to what enzymes break down into CBDA and THCA. Heat and ultraviolet light is what changes CBGA into the most commonly known compounds THC and CBD. Consequently more THC found in the plant means less CBD and CBG (and vice versa) Hemp plants are the best at producing larger amounts of CBG because of the low THC found in those plants.

What does CBG do?

Now onto the good stuff, why should I care about CBG and what can it do for me? There are a wide range of studies on CBG and it’s health benefits and this is the chief reason among all that people and companies are scrambling to get ahold of this compound. Some of these health benefits include:

  • CBG has been shown to help with treating glaucoma in that it reduces intraocular pressure
  • Effective in decreasing inflammation in Irritable bowel disorder (IBD)
  • Huntington’s Disease, a progressive neurodegenerative brain disease has been shielded by CBG slowing down the neuron’s rate of decay.
  • CBG has been shown to be an effective agent in fighting the blocking the receptors in Colon Cancers that lead to growth.
  • Antibacterial properties, CBG has been found to help fight MRSA which is spreading throughout the world and currently accounts for more deaths than AIDS.

I’ll link studies to each of these health claims, I’ll warn you though they are very “sciency” and use a lot of big words. But we won’t let you down and not provide you with some good resources that you can impress your friends with later.

How can I use CBG?

So far CBG is primarily used in tinctures and oils, but there are some interesting medical companies that are working to put into medicated ointments and creams. 

Typically we’ll see these products with a 10:1 to 20:1 ratio of CBD to CBG and this is due to both the high cost of CBG and the synergistic benefit of utilizing both cannabinoids in concert with each other.

CBG Works Cited:

Antibacterial Properties https://oregoncbdseeds.com/appendino2008.pdf

Antibacterial Cannabinoids from Cannabis satiWa: A Structure-Activity Study J. Nat. Prod. 2008

Glaucoma https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19112869

Possibilities of applying cannabinoids’ in the treatment of glaucoma  2008;110(7-9):314-7.

IBD https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23415610

Beneficial effect of the non-psychotropic plant cannabinoid cannabigerol on experimental inflammatory bowel disease. Biochem Pharmacol. 2013 May 1;85(9):1306-16. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2013.01.017. Epub 2013 Feb 12.

Huntington Disease https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25252936

Neuroprotective properties of cannabigerol in Huntington’s disease: studies in R6/2 mice and 3-nitropropionate-lesioned mice. Neurotherapeutics. 2015 Jan;12(1):185-99. doi: 10.1007/s13311-014-0304-z.

Colon Cancers https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25269802

Colon carcinogenesis is inhibited by the TRPM8 antagonist cannabigerol, a Cannabis-derived non-psychotropic cannabinoid. Carcinogenesis. 2014 Dec;35(12):2787-97. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgu205. Epub 2014 Sep 30.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This product is not for use by or sale to persons under the age of 21. All products listed on this site are Non-THC or THC is less than 0.03%. This product should be used only as directed on the label. It should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing. This website is not offering medical advice. Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications. A Doctor’s advice should be sought before using this and any supplemental dietary product.

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    Wow, I never knew that CBG could help you with the symptoms of glaucoma and irritable bowel symptoms. My grandmother has been struggling with eye problems, and we are looking for a natural treatment to help her. I will let her know about the benefits of CBG to help my grandmother with her problems.

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