About CANNABIGEROL (CBG)
THC and CBD are already very well-known and health-proven Phyto-cannabinoids which occur naturally in the hemp plant. Cannabigerol, CBG for short, is another cannabinoid from the hemp plant which has equally positive properties. It also has great potential, but is not really known yet. In this article, we explain what exactly CBG is, how it works and what health benefits it has.
CBG – Another Great Ingredient in Hemp
CBG is an ingredient found in hemp. Like around 100 other cannabinoids, it can be extracted from the hemp plant. CBG is formed from the CBG acid and CBGA and develops further to THC and CBD. It serves as the basis for the important ingredients, namely Cannabidiolic acid, Cannabichromenic acid and Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. CBG occurs primarily in young and immature cannabis plants. The older the plant gets, the less CBG it contains, since the CBG then forms THC and CBD. Cannabigerol can practically only be obtained from young hemp plants, since the highest proportion is present here.
Even if CBG is not yet well known, it has numerous advantages and health effects. Nevertheless, it can have a very positive effect on certain complaints. This cannabinoid should be given significantly more attention.
How is CBG made?
Cannabigerol is mainly found in young plants that have reached an age of around 6 weeks. In order to produce CBG, this can also be obtained from hemp seeds, whereby only a very small proportion can be found here. The cannabinoid is extracted from food hemp by a special extraction method. Ultimately, it is mixed with hemp seed oil, an ideal carrier oil with an excellent fatty acid pattern, to form the CBG oil.
What is the difference between CBD and CBG?
Cannabigerol is practically the precursor to CBD. This means that a large proportion of CBG is found in the young cannabis plants, which is then converted to CBD under the warmth of sunlight as well as during the drying process. Even though CBG is the precursor to CBD, there are some differences in the effects. Although these are relatively low, they mean that you have to weigh up whether your CBD or cannabigerol (CBG) is better for you.
For example, CBG has a very positive effect on problem skin, sleep and mood, but is less useful for complaints with the digestion or for pain treatment. CBG is said to be useful for eye complaints, such as glaucoma. This is because cannabigerol can lower the intraocular pressure, causing the tear fluid to drain. In the case of CBD, this has not yet been found in the studies. CBG should also be used to support nausea. In contrast to CBD, CBG is also said to promote appetite. In general, however, it is certainly advantageous to add both Phyto-cannabinoids, because together they are particularly effective due to special entourage effects. My Insomnia Fix offers products with a combination of these two star-cannabinoids for ideal effects. The ‘Xen Blend’ contains both CBD and CBG.
Application of CBG
Cannabigerol is often used for people with skin problems and eye problems and sometimes chronic pain. Due to the antioxidative effects, it protects and cares for nerve cells. Since CBG is a natural remedy, there are usually no side effects. It also does not make you addicted. According to various studies and user reviews, people with eye problems and chronic pain are convinced of CBG. It is used in many different ways, but it is best to drop it under the tongue. CBG has a somewhat bitter taste of its own compared to CBD oil. Moreover, you can apply it to the affected area topically as it has been proven particularly useful for skin problem.
Dosage of CBG Oil
As with CBD oil, you should check the label for dosages of CBG in the oil. Here too it is important to start with a small dose, which can then be gradually increased. This way the body can slowly get used to the cannabigerol and there are usually no side effects.
Does CBG oil have Side effects?
If the CBG oil is used properly, side effects rarely occur. If the dosage is too high, you may experience nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
Various doses have been tested in studies and the maximum therapeutic dose is 300 mg CBG per kilogram of body weight. This means that a person weighing 175 lbs. can take up to 24 grams of CBG. This corresponds to around 5 tablespoons, which usually no one eats. Because here too, a lot doesn’t always help a lot. If you are taking the right doze, you do not have to worry about any side effects. The ‘Xen Blend’ contains 8mg of CBG per dropper (plus about twice as much CBD) so you could take it twice a day without any problems.
Storage of CBG Oil
CBG oil should always be stored away from light and high temperatures. It is important to ensure that the container or vial is always tightly closed after use. This is the only way to ensure that the oil cannot oxidize. You also have to consider that CBG is enriched with a carrier oil. This usually has an expiry date. Depending on which carrier oil was used for the CBG oil, the CBG drops should be used up by the date mentioned.