When you think of hemp or even cannabis, what are the first things that come to your mind? Most likely, you probably think of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and, of course, our favorite cannabinoid, CBD (cannabidiol). After all, those two compounds grab the most attention because they’re the most popular. But, did you know that cannabis and hemp plants are made up of hundreds of lesser-known cannabinoids, along with other compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids? One of these lesser-known cannabinoids is called CBG, or cannabigerol, and although it’s not as popular as it’s more well-known cousins, it is grabbing the interest of more and more consumers.
It’s not found in large quantities in the hemp plant, but there’s enough to make it worth discussing, which is why, today, we’re going to focus on a new cannabinoid. Today is all about CBG, or cannabigerol.
CBG: The Basics of Cannabigerol
Why is it that you don’t hear about CBG so much? First of all, CBG is a precursor to all of the other popular cannabinoids that receive all of the attention. In other words, it does all of the hard work but receives none of the credit. Think of it this way, CBG-A, which is the acidic form of the cannabinoid CBG, eventually breaks down when heated to become all of your other favorite cannabinoids, including CBD, THC, CBG, and even a few you’ve really never heard of before like CBC or cannabichromene.
CBG itself is considered to be a minor cannabinoid. That’s because there’s so little of it found in most hemp plants — no more than 1 percent or so. When the CBG-A is broken down, certain enzymes send it towards what scientists call cannabinoid lines, which determine if it becomes CBG, CBD, or THC (or other minor cannabinoids like CBC).
We know this all sounds very dry, but it is crucial. In fact, due to heightened consumer interest in CBG, researchers are finding new and innovative ways to extract higher yields of the compound, whether through cross-breeding strains or finding optimal times to extract it. The more researchers learn about this cannabinoid, the more they find out how it can benefit you.
Which leads us to our next topic…
How Can CBG Benefit Me?
Although scientists haven’t been studying CBG nearly as long as THC or CBD (and they haven't been studying CBD or THC that long either), they’ve learned a lot in a short period. What we know about the endocannabinoid system or ECS) and how it helps to keep us balanced and in a state of homeostasis has helped immensely. For example, we know that cannabinoids work in conjunction with the endocannabinoid system, helping it to amplify or boost a variety of the body’s different functions. CBG is another phytocannabinoid tool that we can possibly add to the toolbox.
Moreover, we know that CBG or cannabigerol acts on both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, just like CBD and THC. However, just like CBD, it does not have any psychotropic properties. For anyone looking to boost their daily routine with something that keeps their head clear, CBG may be just the thing for which you are looking.
There’s been a lot of preliminary research into CBG, all of which looks promising, although much more still needs to be done. So it’s essential to be wary of any company or website that oversells on the promises of this new cannabinoid, for as much as we’ve learned, there’s still so much that we still don’t know.
One researcher who was interviewed in Women’s Health Magazine put it best recently:
"CBG [research] is in the early stages," the researcher told Women’s Health Magazine. "More robust research and data is needed and lowering the cost of extraction would help unlock the keys to CBG's future adoption if these early indications are true."
How Does CBG Differ from CBD?
Some of you are probably wondering how CBG differs from CBD? Aside from the difference of one letter, these two compounds do have their own distinct benefits. From what we know so far about both of them:
- CBG and CBD do not cause a psychotropic high, unlike THC
- They both interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body
- There’s more research on CBD than there is on CBG
- CBG is a parent compound to CBD
- CBG may have a more direct effect than CBD
- CBG may be more effective than CBD in certain circumstances
Of course, we once again stress that more research needs to be done so we can learn about CBG. However, we do know that it is safe and that, anecdotally, from those that have used it, it does appear to be effective. In fact, many of those that use CBG product seem to love them.
What Do I Need to Know When Purchasing a CBG Product?
Purchasing a CBG or cannabigerol product is much like purchasing a CBD product. You want to find a reputable manufacturer (we recommend Diamond CBD). Look for a company that uses all-natural hemp products that are organically grown, preferably on non-GMO farms. Be aware of the extraction methods used, as you want a products procured from only the cleanest extraction process.
And, as always, you want a product that has been independently tested by a third-party lab. We can’t stress this one enough. Stay away from any fly-by-night company that just appeared on the market, or any gas station CBG products. Be sure that you can examine the company’s lab results and that they can produce a certificate of analysis on-demand for you to review. It’s the only way that you can guarantee that you’re purchasing a product that’s both safe and of the highest quality.
Try Whole Flower CBG White Flower from Hemp Delight
If you’re looking to explore this new world of CBG or cannabigerol, look no further than Diamond CBD’s Hemp Delight Hemp Flower CBG White Flower. It’s a whole flower, back-to-basics CBG product teeming with the rustic scent of lemon and diesel. You can experience a full spectrum plant that’s filled with terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids, all of which are centered around CBG. Hemp Delight’s white flower CBG is a sativa strain exploding with hints of citrus, kush, diesel, and cilantro. It’s the ideal introduction to this new and fascinating cannabinoid that you’ll enjoy like no other.
And now you can enjoy it with friends too because Hemp Delight’s Whole Flower CBG White Flower comes in an 8oz. jar filled with 7 grams of our best CBG whole flower. It’s enough to pass around and turn any evening into a magical gathering with friends. So try Hemp Delight Whole Flower CBG White Flower today and see what cannabigerol can do for you.