Everything You Need To Know About CBG
Cannabigerol (CBG) is considered the parent cannabinoid to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). CBG does not make you feel “high” or “stoned.” On the contrary, CBG may counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. CBG interacts directly with the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, and has been shown to fight inflammation, pain, nausea and even slows the proliferation of cancer cells.
Early studies links CBG to a host of potential therapeutic uses, such as:
- Treating glaucoma, though its vasodilator and neuroprotective effects.
- Decreasing inflammation, as seen in animal models of inflammatory bowel disease.
- Combatting Huntingdon’s disease, again through its neuroprotective effects.
- Inhibiting tumor growth, in animal models of colorectal cancer.
- Killing drug-resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
The Three Reasons To Why CBG Is So Hard To Find?
- Growers need to cultivate a larger volume of plant to acquire a significant volume of CBG.
- The cultivation of CBG requires a larger amount of plant material since the quantity is so sparse. Mature cannabis strains naturally contain an extraordinarily low concentration of CBG; often less than 1 percent by weight. It takes thousands of pounds of biomass to create a small amount of CBG isolate.
- Growers need to cultivate the plant earlier in its flowering cycle.
- To get higher yield of CBG within cannabis, breeders need to extract the chemical 6 weeks into the 8-week flowering cycle of the plant. The longer the cannabis plant matures, the less CBG there will be in the plant.
- The equipment needed to extract CBG is expensive.
- The chromatography apparatus used to isolate and purify CBG extracts also needs to be as precise as possible, to not necessitate using even more raw cannabis or hemp material than is absolutely needed. The cost of this high-performance chromatography apparatus is high.
It’s because of these factors that CBG is thought to be one of the most expensive cannabinoids to produce, so much so that it has been dubbed “the Rolls-Royce of cannabinoids.”
Is CBG the Next CBD?
CBD is still a hot topic within the cannabinoid community. However, the excitement around CBG is ramping up, and its unique effects on the endocannabinoid receptors make it a cannabinoid with huge potential health benefits. As more research and information is provided within the cannabis community, CBG and its beneficial effects is sure to make headlines. Stay Tuned!