What is CBG and what does it do?
CBG, or cannabigerol, is one of the newest cannabinoids to receive international and consumer attention. If you’ve read anything about CBD you’ve most likely run across other cannabinoids like CBG (cannabigerol), CBC (cannabichromene), CBN (cannabinol), and precursors of these cannabinoids like CBDA, CBGA, and CBNA.
First to the forefront of mainstream, CBD has garnered international attention and even been put into clinical trials for pharmaceutical applications. CBG (cannabigerol) is a lesser-known cannabinoid however its popularity is beginning to catch on with the mainstream due to many factors that lead to great potential for increased health and wellness.
Why is CBG becoming more popular?
As one of many minor cannabinoids (ie.produced in smaller quantities compared to cannabinoids like CBD), CBG is a naturally occurring compound present in the hemp plant. It was first discovered by researchers in the 1960s. Since then, we’ve come to understand that CBG acts like a “mother cannabinoid” – as in all other cannabinoids are created from CBG.
Much like stem cells, the potential for therapeutic or practical applications is creating a groundswell of scientific interest – and consumers are beginning to demand it, too! So much so that the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) announced intent to research CBG and other minor cannabinoids to discover the real-world uses.
As one of the many non-intoxicating compounds of the hemp plant, the potential health benefits and use in daily life are very promising. At WOW Organics, we’re in research and development of our own CBG products to soon offer new, best in class, options for your beauty and health needs.
How does CBG work in the body?
Since the body of available is still growing, CBG still has much to reveal to the hemp and scientific community. What is known about CBG is that it interacts with the endocannabinoid system by binding to the body’s CB1 And CB2 receptors. Also, early research shows that it interacts with one of the body’s naturally occurring cannabinoids, anandamide, to potentially boost anandamide’s actions within the body.
The most important thing to remember? CBG is non-intoxicating and may yield therapeutic benefits without any mind-altering side effects. Most of our customers simply want products that work and allow them to live the life they already live, albeit with a greater sense of health and wellness. Products that contain naturally occurring cannabinoids like our line of CBD products allow our customers to experience that increased sense of health and wellness.
How is CBG created within the hemp plant?
As the hemp plant matures it begins to produce trichomes, the milky white and clear crystals on the outside of the plant. Then, a cascade of events begins to trigger production towards athe three major cannabinoid lines.
At the very top of that cascade, is CBGA. This precursor acid then converts into CBG or other precursor acids such as CBDA, CBNA, CBCA, and other minor cannabinoids.
As the plant matures, levels of CBG are decreased as they convert into one of the three major cannabinoid lines, THCA, CBDA, and CBCA. It’s for this reason that cultivators of CBG harvest their crops earlier than if they were seeking higher yields of CBD or other cannabinoids.
How is it different than CBD?
Since CBG is believed to be the “mother cannabinoid” that propels the creation of all or most other cannabinoids, they have similar effects. It’s believed by most within the hemp and research community that cannabinoids best work synergistically to enhance, regulate, and produce effects within the body through a process known as the entourage effect.
In addition, it’s believed:
- Both CBG and CBD have a number of therapeutic effects
- Both CBG and CBD are non-intoxicating, free of the mind-altering effects associated with THC
- Both CBG and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system
Why is CBG oil more expensive than CBD?
Since CBG is found in minimal amounts of fully mature hemp plants, it often takes thousands of pounds of biomass (harvested hemp plants) instead of hundreds of pounds of biomass to produce equivalent volumes of CBD oil.
Many hemp growers have to make a choice when growing their crops. Do they harvest early and ensure higher CBG yields or do they harvest later and ensure higher yields of CBD and other cannabinoids? As consumer demand continues to increase, you’ll see more products hit the market to meet the demand
WOW Organics partners with best-in-class growers that produce their own CBG seeds and harvests to ensure CBG oil is available in ample supply. Their longstanding history of producing quality seed and harvest allows us a consistent and high-quality supply to ensure our customers and community have only the best products available to them.
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