What is CBG?
Updated: Nov 13, 2022
What is CBG - and Why Should You Use it?
What is CBG and Why Should You Use it? With the ever-growing popularity of hemp-derived products like our CBD gummies and CBD topicals comes an inevitable evolution in cannabinoid-based products, including the rise of CBG products.
CBG has come to be known as the "Mother Cannabinoid" by many because it is the first cannabinoid that the hemp plant makes during its growth cycle. It is produced as CBGA, the acidic form, but for our purposes, we will refer to it as CBG.
Hemp creates 140-plus molecules inside the frosty-looking structures known as trichomes that grow on the outside of the hemp flower. During the growth cycle of the plant, its genetics tell it which cannabinoid to convert CBG into.
Hemp and Marijuana are both classified as cannabis hemp strains, however, Hemp is typically rich in CBD while marijuana genetics tell the plant to create large amounts of THC. Both hemp and marijuana start life-producing CBG and convert it to their predetermined cannabinoid during the growing cycle.
At first, Hemp growers were able to produce larger amounts of CBG by harvesting the plant early before it had time to convert to CBD. As the industry evolved the genetics were manipulated to develop hemp plants that created large amounts of this mother cannabinoid (CBG) at full maturity.
Why Use CBG - Some Potential Benefits of CBG
CBG has been shown to have a variety of potential benefits. Some of these benefits include:
- Antibacterial properties: One study showed that CBG was able to kill two strains of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: CBG has been shown to suppress inflammation in both laboratory studies and animal models.
- Antioxidant properties: CBG has been shown to scavenge free radicals and protect cells from damage in laboratory studies.
- Antianxiolitic properties: Many studies and a lot of anecdotal evidence suggests that CBG may help with anxiety and has worked well for our customers who have little to no improvement with CBD products.
- Irritable Bowel Disorder - Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Early studies indicate the properties inherent in CBG may help reduce several factors that influence Irritable Bowel Disorder, also commonly called IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Source
Psychoactive Effects of CBG
Because of the way CBG interacts with the Cannabinoid Receptors, it does not have the psychoactive effects more commonly ascribed to CBD. If you are looking for those psychoactive effects, that might be disappointing, but many individuals, including older people as an example, are looking for stress reduction, or anxiety reduction without "feeling the effects" of Hemp Derived extracts. For them, CBG may be a good option.
Not everyone wants to "feel" the psychoactive effect of using Hemp products. In fact, older people have told us this is often precisely the reason the AVOID Hemp products, because they don't want to "feel it in their head."
CBG and Blackhouse Botanicals
With the inclusion of CBG in our standard product offerings we increase the range of effects and the overall effectiveness of these products. Think shotgun blast. You might think, why would that be a better approach? Because everyone has a different tolerance and our endocannabinoid systems react differently to these wonderful little molecules so we create our incredibly effective products to work for the widest range of people and their symptoms.
Cannabinoids work like a lock and key with your CB1 and CB2 receptors and each cannabinoid attaches to these receptor sites a little differently than others. By manipulating the variety and amount of cannabinoids in Blackhouse Botanicals' premium products, we create something special that few companies in the industry can replicate. We give you a variety of CBD and CBG topicals and CBD edibles that include CBG, Delta 8 THC, and Delta 9 THC to suit a wider range of needs.