First THC, then CBD, and now CBG. The media’s spotlight is now shining on a new cannabinoid, and thousands are now wanting to learn more about what it is, and what exactly all the hype is about. However, due to its freshness and its newly attained popularity, there are still many questions regarding what it is and what it can offer. If you are one of the many wanting to learn more about CBG, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we will be answering all the frequently asked questions about CBG, so you can become on this Cannabinoid in no time.
What is CBG? | Is it the Same as CBD?
CBG (cannabigerol), is one of the 100+ cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp plants. CBG is considered a minor cannabinoid because it is usually present in low levels (sometimes less than 1%) in most cannabis strains. An interesting fact about this now popular Cannabinoid is that is is actually the chemical “parent” of both THC and CBD.
This Cannabinoid is considered the parent chemical of THC and CBD because it is responsible for synthesizing other cannabinoids. Explained simply, CBG starts out as, well, CBG and then is converted to THC or CBD— thus causing there to be very low concentrations of CBG itself, and higher concentration of other cannabinoids.
So, CBG is not the same CBD or THC. It is a unique type of cannabinoid and offers unique effects. A good way to understand the differences is comparing THC and CBD for example. THC causes psychoactive effects, but CBD does not due to the way it triggers the body. CBG is the same. It works in its own unique way.
Does CBG Offer Benefits?
Like other cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG still has not been researched enough for there to be concrete evidence to prove any benefits. However, there has been promising research that suggests it may offer users benefits in a natural way, which is a factor that has added to its popularity.
To understand how CBG can possibly offer benefits to the body, it is first important to understand how it works in the body. CBG works through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a built-in system that keeps the body in homeostasis The ECS also regulates a handful of bodily functions and even regulates moods and parts of the brain that are in charge of memory, etc.
Different types of cannabinoids trigger the ECS in unique ways. CBG has been shown to act on very specific physiological systems by triggering certain receptors in the ECS. Discovering yet another Cannabinoid that can impact the ECS in a positive way is one of the factors that has led CBG to become so popular.
The Pros and Cons of CBG
You may be wondering why, if there are so many cannabinoids, has CBG become the focus of the community. There is one primary factor that has led it to become the next big cannabinoid, and one of its biggest pro’s, and is that it does not cause any psychoactivity. Like CBD, CBG does not cause a high in users. This has made it more desirable for medicinal uses.
Another pro is the unique way it works in the body and triggers the ECS. As mentioned above, CBG acts on very specific physiological systems. This can mean that it can treat a larger number of more specific ailments or problems that other cannabinoids cannot.
When it comes to the cons of CBD, the two main cons are: the lack of research and the difficulty of its extraction. Because it is commonly found in low concentrations, extracting CBG in large quantities for medicinal use can be tricky (at least for now it is).