When it comes to natural medicines, the little known hemp extract that’s considered by some users to be even better than CBD is starting to trend among holistic medicine practitioners in the wellness industry.
It has been gaining attention for its potential health benefits and unique properties that set it apart from other cannabinoid compounds like CBD. Today, we’ll learn more about the hidden potential of Cannabigerol and explore its differences and similarities compared to its more popular cousin, cannabidiol.
Cannabigerol, or CBG, is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, specifically hemp. It is often referred to as the “mother cannabinoid” because it serves as a precursor to other cannabinoids like CBD and THC during the plant’s growth process. As the plant matures, most of the CBG gets converted into these other compounds; hence it typically occurs in much lower concentrations than CBD or THC. It is for this reason that extracting significant amounts of pure CBG can be challenging and expensive.
CBG is considered a “minor cannabinoid” that can be found, along with other cannabinoids such as CBN, in quality full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oils. But new manufacturing processes have made it possible to isolate cannabigerol from other cannabinoids and compounds, yielding what is referred to as a pure CBG isolate powder. This highly concentrated CBG powder can be blended with carrier oils similar to CBD and results in highly potent CBG oils with concentrations of cannabigerol that far exceed the naturally occurring levels found in traditional CBD oils (source: https://www.cannabiva.com/product-category/zero-high-oils/pure-cbg-isolate-oil/).
Users of CBD oils have found that boosting their daily intake of cannabigerol with the addition of a pure isolate CBG oil may provide additional support for common health concerns.
CBG stands out from other cannabinoids due to its unique ability to interact with both CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system that are responsible for cell-signaling and regulating bodily functions like mood, sleep, and appetite.
Recent studies exploring the potential health benefits of Cannabigerol (CBG) suggest that this little-known hemp extract may offer a range of advantages over other cannabinoids like CBD.
One of the most promising aspects of CBG is its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation plays a crucial role in many chronic diseases and conditions, including arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and multiple sclerosis (MS). By reducing inflammation, CBG could potentially help alleviate symptoms associated with these conditions and improve overall quality of life. Its anti-inflammatory properties have also been reported to help with skin redness and other skin conditions, especially when combined with natural face moisturizers.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBG also appears to have potent antioxidant effects. This activity has been observed in vitro, potentially providing protection against free radical-induced damage associated with aging and diseases.
Clinical studies suggest that CBG may play a significant role in the entourage effect of hemp medicines. Combining different cannabinoids can lead to synergistic effects where each compound enhances the other’s actions. For example, CBD has been found to increase CB1 receptor density which could make it more effective when combined with other compounds like CBG or THC. When used alongside CBD or CBG, THC may help reduce some negative side effects associated with excessive activation of cannabinoid receptors by THC alone (e.g., anxiety). Another lesser-known cannabinoid called cannabichromene (CBC) also appears to have complementary properties when combined with others such as CBD and CBG; this might further enhance their overall effectiveness for certain health concerns such as stress, anxiety, sleep difficulty, pain, and cognitive support.
How To Use CBG
CBG is non-toxic, non-psychoactive, and well tolerated in those who use it. Side effects are rare and may include dry mouth, tiredness, or dizziness, especially if taken in extremely high amounts.
Taking CBG responsibly is suggested, and first-time users should begin with a low dose of between 3mg and 8mg of Cannabigerol daily.
Dosage can be increased if your body responds well and can be increased slowly over a period of days or weeks.
According to the Cannabiva CBG Dosage Chart, you should not exceed 0.3mg of cannabigerol per pound of body weight daily. This would be considered the maximum strength dose and taking more than this amount is only suggested when under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
Finding the Right CBG Product For You
Cannabigerol is a readily available minor cannabinoid found in most full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oils, but its concentration is quite low in comparison to cannabidiol. There can be anywhere from 25 – 100 times more cannabidiol in a dose of CBD oil than there is cannabigerol.
For some users, the lower amounts of CBG in these traditional oils is sufficient to experience its benefits.
However, for those looking to increase their regular intake of CBG, adding a pure CBG oil isolate or a CBG isolate powder may be a great solution. Concentrations of CBG oils range from starter doses of 3mg and 8mg, all the way up to 83mg of CBG.
The product you choose will depend on your therapeutic goals and body weight, so be sure to review a CBG dosage chart for recommendations on target amounts for your specific needs.
After learning about Cannabigerol (CBG), it’s clear that this little-known hemp extract has many potential health benefits. CBG may offer more promising results than CBD for certain health concerns and likely plays an important role in the entourage effect that combines other cannabinoids like CBD, CBN and CBC into a single dose.