Featured Cannabinoid: Cannabigerol (CBG)
As our society becomes increasingly aware of the potential side effects of the various pharmaceutical medications humans are exposed to in order to treat a range of health conditions, we’ve experienced a push to begin replacing those harmful chemicals with a more natural remedy. One that shows great promise for treating a wide variety of conditions is cannabis and cannabinoids like CBG.
This wonderful plant boasts naturally occurring compounds capable of positively interacting with the human body, most of them with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) – a system of receptors and organs that exist to maintain homeostasis, or a sense of chemical balance, within the body. Learn more about one of the promising cannabinoid compounds: cannabigerol, or CBG.
What is a Cannabinoid?
Cannabinoid compounds are found throughout nature, including in the cannabis plant. In fact, the human body produces its own cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids. These compounds are thus named because they are structured similarly and can interact with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors.
When the receptors in the ECS interact with cannabinoid or endocannabinoid compounds, they stimulate them to send a chemical signal that affects the way the organs affiliated with the ECS regulate homeostasis-related functions like mood, sleep, pain perception, appetite, and more.
The cannabis plant produces these beneficial compounds within trichomes, or the tiny, mushroom-shaped hairs that coat the plant, giving it its frosty appearance. The densest of cannabinoid production occurs in the trichome heads.
Key among cannabinoid compounds are THC and CBD. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is widely accepted by the medicinal cannabis community for its potential to address medical concerns like inflammation, chronic pain, glaucoma, poor sleep, anxiety, and more. As a result, it is popular for its calming properties and is often used as a natural way to relieve aches and pains or de-stress. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is probably best known for its psychoactive effects. However, it, too, is capable of interacting with the ECS and has the potential to positively influence things like mood, nausea, appetite, and more.
What you may not know is that THC and CBD are only the beginning. There are actually over 100 other cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. While their structures are enough like the body’s endocannabinoid compounds to enable them to modulate the ECS, each cannabinoid compound is different and has unique effects.
An Introduction to CBG
Cannabigerol is an important but lesser-known cannabinoid found naturally within the cannabis plant. Every cannabis plant contains some CBG, but the highest quantities of CBG can be found in young cannabis plants; in fact, it's one of the first cannabinoids the plant produces. While cannabinoids like CBD and THC are formed after the cannabis plant has matured, CBG is the first cannabinoid that can be detected in the cannabis plant.
In fact, it breaks down throughout the plant’s life cycle to form other cannabinoids. CBG is affectionately known as the “mother cannabinoid” because all cannabinoids stem from CBG-a, the acidic form of CBG. Therefore, all cannabinoids are born from CBG.
Like the other cannabinoids, CBG also affects the functioning of the ECS to modulate some critical bodily functions and achieve homeostasis. Like CBD and THC before it, researchers are attempting to determine how CBG’s effects on the ECS can be harnessed to treat mental and physical ailments. Currently, it is a frequent accompaniment to CBD and THC in many therapeutic products.
Potential Benefits of CBG
Remember that medical research featuring CBG is just beginning, so we know only some of the potential benefits this cannabinoid may have. From what limited research is showing scientists so far, CBG may be just as powerful as CBD as a natural way to combat physical and mental health concerns.
Some of the most promising potential benefits of CBG include:
Comparing CBG to CBD and THC
From the research and potential benefits listed above, it may seem like there isn’t much difference between CBD and CBG. However, the two have a different molecular structure – though they are similar and have a similar molecular weight and mass. One crucial difference is that CBG interacts directly with the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the human body, while CBD appears to affect the ECS indirectly and modulate other cannabinoids’ interactions with these receptors.
Like CBD – and unlike THC – CBG does not produce the psychoactive effects that would cause users to feel a “high” as THC does. Interestingly, CBG is found in much lower quantities than either CBD or THC, especially in mature plants, and can be a bit difficult to gather for this reason. Despite its lack of abundance, it’s shown great promise as a therapeutic compound.
Like THC, CBD, and many other medications, the amount of CBG you should take to address your symptoms greatly depends on factors such as your weight, height, overall health, and whether you have used cannabis products in the past. You should also note that different products contain varying concentrations of CBG, and may also contain other cannabinoids like CBD or even THC. All of these factors can influence how much of the product you should take.
The general rule of thumb when beginning any new cannabis product is to start small, note the effects, and gradually take more and more until you reach the desired results. You may be able to achieve the best results by keeping a journal and noting your benefits and side effects with each dose. You can consider trying 2.5 mg. of CBG per day in a product that contains your other preferred cannabinoids.
The Numerous Ways to Take CBG
Right now, there are many different ways for you to take CBG, just like there are many different ways to take other cannabinoids. What product you should consider will vary with your personal preferences and your cannabis goals.
Some of the most common ways to take CBG include:
- Edibles – A favored way to consume cannabis, edibles provide long-lasting effects and no tell-tale odor. CBG edibles are often paired with THC for mood-enhancing benefits.
- Oils or tinctures – Another discreet way to consume, also often paired with THC. You can apply directly under your tongue for absorption through the thin skin there and directly into the bloodstream for the quickest results (otherwise known as sublingual application). You can also swallow it or mix it into any of your favorite foods or beverages.
- Flower – CBG can, of course, be found in cannabis flower, though in low amounts. Strains with CBG often provide uplifting benefits. If you're curious
While CBG edibles and tinctures are not yet available on MÜV shelves, you can ask your Cannabis Advisor for strains high in this minor cannabinoid. Using Certificates of Analysis, your cannabis guides can help identify the best option for your needs.
Interested in learning more about CBG? Check out our most frequently asked questions!
Find CBG at Your Local MÜV Dispensary
Now that you have learned a little bit more about the powerful potential of the cannabinoid CBG, it’s only natural to want to discover whether this crucial cannabinoid may help relieve your symptoms. Stop in any of our dispensaries located throughout Florida to explore strains high in CBG, and stay tuned for CBG-infused products coming soon.
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Content Manager for MÜV Florida and Contributor for Zen Leaf Dispensaries. A cannabis connoisseur with a passion for explaining the miraculous possibility of the plant, Swan began her journey with cannabis as a recreational user and quickly realized its positive impact on her depression and severe anxiety. She joined the cannabis industry as Receptionist and MedTender and witnessed first-hand the immense potential of the plant for a wide variety of ailments, deepening her passion for alternative medicine. Swan is dedicated to self-education on the plant and sharing its potential with all. She holds a Journalism degree from the University of Iowa.