What is CBG?

All things Cannabis are a building giant in the UK and has turned out to be the biggest health and well-being trend of (maybe) all time. Who knew Cannabis was so good for us?!

You may have heard about CBD & THC, but have you heard about CBG? Well, there is a growing trend of companies producing and selling CBG oils & CBG pastes online. From what it looks like online, CBG is very quickly becoming the second wave of cannabinoid hysteria and is gaining huge amounts of popularity online.

Let us draw out what is CBG? Where does it come from and what does it do?

ECS 101

It is important to discuss our body before we discuss anything to do with CBG as a compound. As you may be aware, the Endocannabinoid System is a bunch of receptors which are scattered throughout the body where cannabinoid attach. The ECS is essential for maintaining healthy bodily function and maintaining our internal balance. Everything from protecting us from invaders to just about everything else (even homeostasis). There are hundreds of cannabinoids that our body uses: Endocannabinoids (produced inside our body) and Phytocannabinoids (plant-based cannabinoids).

The research into cannabinoids is still very light, so there is little understanding as to why cannabinoids attach to the receptors, and what they actually do. There is lots of research into CBD and THC, but there is very little into CBG. While there is plenty of anecdotal evidence which suggests that CBG oils and pastes are better than the CBD alternatives for anxiety and relaxation, we don’t know for sure why.

CBD vs CBG?

Now you know what CBD is, what is CBG? CBG stands for Cannabigerol which (like CBD) is a phytocannabinoid found in cannabis. The cannabinoid is not psychoactive and has been linked to a number of positive health outcomes- most noted online the reduction of anxiety. We really do not know much about GBG in terms of its medical benefits, but anecdotal evidence is rife online (particularly on platforms such as reddit where cannabinoid discussion is open)

An interesting fact about CBG is that it is fairly hard costly to produce. The reason for this is down to the fact that CBG is the precursor for every other cannabinoid in existence and there is only a very small amount of it found in a single plant. The CBGa compound is broken down (by decarboxylation and synthesis) when exposed to heat, ultraviolet light or as the plant ages. Most of the time, GBG is almost immediately used up to produce CBD, THC or other minor cannabinoids. It makes it really hard to isolate and produce a steady and worthwhile amount of the cannabinoid.

Although this cannabinoid is found in tiny amounts in the plant, there has been a huge increase in companies producing cannabis strains which contain a high level of CBG. These strains are produced into products such as the CBG oil, CBG pastes and Isolates.  This could be a potentially exciting development in cannabinoid health products… although research into CBG needs to be completed. Below you can see the transformation from CBG to CBD & THC.

Benefits

Research into all of the known cannabinoids is currently underway so we do not know for sure what the benefits of CBG are full, and whether the claimed benefits can be substantiated. There are many who claim that CBG can help fight inflammation, pain, nausea and reduces the pressure in the eye caused by glaucoma. Others say that CBG can help with the symptoms of IBS and Crohn’s disease.

One benefit we keep reading from anecdotal evidence on places such as Reddit is around CBG’s benefits for anxiety- it seems as though many users report that they feel much more relaxed when using products which contains a high percentage of CBG. What is really interesting is that this experience is found across the board and shared by people who do not know each other. It suggests that CBG may be key to helping people deal with a range of mental health issues- this maybe explains the growing popularity of the cannabinoid.

For certainty, science shows that CBG attaches itself to the CB2 receptors of the Endocannabinoid system and appears to block compounds from attaching to the CB1. Which could suggest that, much like CBD, CBG can counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. We also certainly know that CBG is an important part of the entourage effect – where cannabinoids work together. So enjoying CBG with a range of other cannabinoids is shown to be very beneficial. There are more than a few CBD products that also contain large amounts of CBG.

Where Can I Buy CBG Oil or CBG Paste?

There are hundreds of companies who sell CBG oils & pastes, including many from the UK. While CBG products are still new on the market, there are some that are better than others. We are starting to review a whole range of CBG products to see how good they really are!

We would certainly recommend the CBG paste from Holistic Hemp Scotland which has come onto the market in Scotland. We managed to try out some of the CBG paste which was quite enjoyable. In honesty, we felt great after taking the paste in a very similar way to how CBD feels after you have taken a break. It was a new experience for sure. The flavour wasn’t too strong and the paste was nice and liquidy.

We know that Pharmahemp from the Netherlands also produces a range of CBG oils that have a great reputation – Herts Hemp and Browns CBD are also retailers of CBG.

Harry

Harry is the primary writer at CBD Bible. He has been writing about CBD for more than 5 years and has had his writing featured on a number of high-profile publications. Find him on Twitter @CBDBibleUK