CBD and THC are the two most known cannabinoids. However, there are over 100 different cannabinoids in the hemp plant with each of them having different properties. CBG (cannabigerol) has been gaining attention for its therapeutic benefits. So what is CBG?
What is CBG?
CBG is a cannabinoid, a naturally occurring compound that is present in the hemp plant. CBG oil is derived via extraction from the hemp plant. This extraction is often mixed with a carrier oil (such as MCT oil) and may also include other cannabinoids, terpenes and other phytonutrients.
When mixed with a carrier oil the product is often a tincture or topical product. CBG can also be made into a powered form for capsules or edible products.
There are two categories of cannabinoids, the first one is major cannabinoids and the second is minor cannabinoids. Both CBD and THC are major cannabinoids. While CBG and CBN are minor cannabinoids. Major cannabinoids are abundant in the hemp plant and minor cannabinoids are less abundant.
How does CBN Work?
Cannabinoids like CBG work in part by interacting with the human body’s own receptors within what is known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Other cannabinoids such as CBD or CBN work in a similar manner.
There are two main cannabinoid receptors throughout your entire body that constitute our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS helps regulate and balance all types of bodily functions. Your ECS chemically influences your state of mind and physical wellbeing.
The two prominent cannabinoid receptors within the ECS are named CB1 and CB2. It seems that CBG mostly binds with the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. When CBG interacts with these receptors, it activates a response and produces physiological changes.
How is CBG formed within the hemp plant?
All cannabinoids start out as cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) but after the cannabinoids are exposed to enzymes, ultraviolet light, oxygen and heat they make various changes during the plant’s life cycle. CBGA is the acid that CBG comes from.
As the hemp plant matures, natural enzymes transform the CBGA into THCA, CBDA, or CBCA. But when CBGA is exposed to heat (decarboxylated) it will transform into CBG.
CBG is a lower quality cannabinoid that is usually found as less than 1% of the hemp plant. To get the most CBG out of the hemp plant, farmers extract the CBG in the early stages of the flowering. Because the amount of CBG in a plant declines as the plant ages.
How much CBG oil should I take?
Everybody is unique and will respond differently. Therefore, the amount of CBG you take may differ from that of others. It is recommended to take CBG every 4 to 6 hours (minimally twice a day). Remember to start low, and go slow when first beginning CBG.
Gradually increasing that amount slowly over the course of a week only if needed. Do not increase your dose more than three times in one week. Only increase your dose of CBG as needed until positive benefits are apparent.
Do not exceed the maximum recommended dose in a 24-hour period unless otherwise directed by a qualified medical practitioner.
Monitoring your CBG intake will help you determine your individual response to it in the safest and most comfortable manner.
Facts about CBG
- CBGA provides the original material for other cannabinoids such as CBD and THC.
- CBG does not have any psychoactive effects and doesn’t interfere with the nervous system.
- CBG interferes with THC by decreasing its effects and helps reverse some of the negative effects.
Research into CBG is relatively new but CBG studies suggest that it offers a number of benefits. Click here of you want to give CBG a try, we have a 30 day money back guarantee.
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