by Chris Black
While you may already be familiar with THC and CBD, lesser-known CBG (cannabigerol) has captured the attention of scientists and consumers alike for its promising potential. Also known as the root cannabinoid, CBG is a precursor cannabinoid that converts into other commonly known cannabinoids following genetic triggers and the flowering phases of cannabis.
Since CBG quickly transforms into other cannabinoids early in the hemp flowering phases, most traditional growing practices result in final products offering low concentrations of CBG. Fortunately, modern breeding techniques have evolved to reduce the amount of CBG that converts into other cannabinoids, resulting in CBG dominant strains that are quickly becoming a mainstay among hemp enthusiasts looking for a reliable alternative to CBD.
How CBD & CBG Interact with the Body
While both CBD and CBG are non-psychoactive cannabinoids (they won’t get you high) and interact with similar receptors in the body, the resulting effects are noticeably different. Despite sharing CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors, the unique molecular structures of CBD and CBG lead to differing therapeutic interactions. Interestingly, many of the receptor interactions oppose each other, and in many instances, actually, balance each other out. Some of the noticeable differences include:
- Appetite Stimulation: CBG has been shown to stimulate increased appetite, while CBD has been shown to reduce appetite in rat laboratory testing. Used in tandem, there is no noticeable increase or decrease in appetite.
- Absorption Rates: Thanks to nano-micellation and increased bioavailability, CBG has been shown to absorb faster than CBD. Nano-micellation CBG products quickly enter the bloodstream, and efficiently bond with the cannabinoid receptors after bypassing the blood-brain barrier.
- Psychological & Physiological Interactions: Although highly subjective depending on the user’s experience, CBG is more of a mood uplifter with calming or stabilizing qualities, while CBD is known to have a more energizing body experience.
How is the CBG Cultivation Process Different from CBD?
It all begins with the careful selection of a CBG dominant strain. Cultivated by a professional CBG company from seed to harvest, modern breeding strategies result in CBG flowering with up to 15% concentrations of the good stuff. Unlike CBD hemp plants that only have trace concentrations of CBG, the specially bred CBG flowers are carefully harvested and processed into refined extractions that are designed to absorb rapidly for faster therapeutic relief.
There are many other steps involved in the professional production of CBG cannabis, but when prepared properly, the result is a pure, safe, and potent tincture that offers a world of potential. While many of the beneficial effects of CBG are still being explored, all of the scientific research to date supports CBG as a uniquely promising candidate for a variety of potential health benefits.
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