According to a 2019 Gallup poll, twice as many people said they were using CBD than the year before, with women outpacing men by 10%. Consumer interest is growing at such an astounding rate that market analysts predict 35% of the population will be using CBD within the next few years.1
What CBD surveys don’t seem to capture, however, is the growing enthusiasm for a number of other equally fascinating minor cannabinoids, particularly CBG. Once you know what CBG is and what the research shows about its considerable potential, you’ll understand why so many people are excited about our high-quality, fairly priced CBG products.
What Is CBG? – Understanding the Basics
CBG is the commonly used abbreviation for cannabigerol, one of the many cannabinoids found in the oil extracted from the stalks, stems, and flowers of mature hemp crops found in small amounts. The cannabinoid is shown to have many of the same potential health and wellness benefits as CBD, does not cause intoxication, and we wouldn’t have CBD without it.
The acidic form of CBG, cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), is the first cannabinoid produced in the plant. As crops mature, natural plant enzymes, sunlight, and heat convert CBGA to CBD (cannabidiol), CBG, CBC (cannabichromene), and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). As the CBD content increases, CBG levels decline. By the time plants are harvested, they contain ample amounts of CBD, but only trace amounts of CBG.2
Do CBG and CBD Work the Same Way?
CBG and CBD both work by interacting with the receptors of your endocannabinoid system (ECS), the largest regulatory system in your body. The impact of their interaction depends on which of the many processes regulated by ECS function might be restored to balance (homeostasis) through ECS support. While that ability to influence ECS receptors explains their similar health and wellness potential, CBD and CBG do not interact with ECS receptors the same way.
CBG binds with your ECS receptors; CBD has an indirect effect. But like other minor cannabinoids, the trace amounts of CBG in full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products help maximize their potency through an interesting phenomenon cannabis researchers call an “entourage effect.”
Although natural plant extracts contain ample amounts of CBD and only trace amounts of CBG, both cannabinoids demonstrate similar analgesic, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective potential. Despite both cannabinoids demonstrating similar properties, research shows that some effects of CBG are considerably more potent. 3,4
What Have Researchers Learned About the Benefits of CBG?
Like CBD, most of the evidence supporting CBG’s health and wellness potential is based on laboratory tests, animal studies, and a small number of trials. Although CBG has not been studied as extensively as its increasingly popular offspring, the available research suggests that CBG is a potent cannabinoid with considerable health and wellness potential of its own. To fully appreciate why so many people are interested in this lesser-known cannabinoid, consider the many possibilities revealed in the following research summaries.
Impressive Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Studies investigating the impact of individual cannabinoids seem to confirm CBG’s considerable anti-inflammatory potential. Based on test results involving animal models of intestinal inflammation, researchers predict that CBG could be helpful in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.5
Potential for Relaxing Vasoconstriction
Preliminary investigations also suggest that CBG helps relax constricted blood vessels, an effect that could be helpful for several conditions, including glaucoma. The results of a 1990 animal study seem to show that CBG helps reduce intraocular pressure and improved fluid output, benefits that prompted researchers to note the cannabinoid’s “therapeutic potential” for glaucoma.6
Possible Benefits for Brain Health
In lab tests investigating the neuroprotective impact of cannabinoids, researchers credited CBG for showing considerable therapeutic potential. The authors of the 2015 report believe their findings open “new research avenues” for further investigation while suggesting CBG could be helpful for the treatment of Huntington’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.7
Potent Pain-Relieving Potential
A recent Project CBD survey shows that 90% of CBD users claim that CBD reduces the severity of their pain by an average of 60%.8 While impressive, early research suggests CBG also stimulates a range of receptors directly involved in pain and inflammation. When comparing the two cannabinoids, preliminary studies show that CBG could be the more potent option.9,10
Why Are High-Quality CBG Products So Hard to Find?
Not all that long ago, it was nearly impossible to find CBD products containing more than trace amounts of CBG. Harvesting crops for a limited amount of CBG when the plants produced an ample supply of CBD just wasn’t practical. But with growing consumer (and scientific) interest in the complementary effects of several minor cannabinoids, some of the industry’s most innovative companies are overcoming the challenges of isolating individual cannabinoids and exceeding consumer expectations.
Although mature hemp crops contain very small amounts of CBG, at CBDistillery™, we’ve expanded our product line to include several CBG options by harvesting crops before CBG levels decline and investing in technological advances that make isolating and extracting individual cannabinoids far more productive. Now that isolating CBG is more efficient and effective, CBDistillery™ customers have even more pure, potent products to choose from.
Are You Ready to Experience the Full Potential of CBG?
If you’re intrigued by what you’ve learned so far, you may be pleased to know that CBDistillery™ offers three hemp-derived CBG products, two easy-to-use CBG + CBD Oil tinctures, and a pure, potent, CBG isolate powder. The following descriptions could help you decide which CBG product you might find the most helpful.
Relief & Relax CBG + CBD Oil Tincture 1:1 1000mg
Our CBG + CBD oil tinctures are a blend of full-spectrum hemp extract, CBG isolate powder, and a carrier oil. You can use your tincture to add hemp-derived cannabinoids to snacks and beverages, or use the cannabinoid-infused oil straight from the bottle. CBDistillery™ 1000mg CBG + CBD Oil Tincture gives you 500mg of each, a 1:1 ratio that delivers 17mg of CBG and 17mg of CBD per serving.
Relief & Relax CBG + CBD Oil Tincture 1:1 2000mg
If you want more cannabinoids per serving, our 2000mg CBG + CBD Oil Tincture is the way to go. We’ve kept the 1:1 CBG to CBD ratio the same, and each 1ml dropper gives you 33mg of CBG and 33mg of CBD per serving. For faster results, hold either tincture beneath your tongue for 10-20 seconds before swallowing so the cannabinoids enter your bloodstream quickly.
CBG Isolate High Purity Powder
Isolate powders are the most economical way to experience the health and wellness potential of hemp-derived cannabinoids. You can use our CBG Isolate High Purity Powder to add CBG to your favorite recipes, make your own CBG-infused topicals, or add the potency-maximizing potential of the cannabinoid to the CBDistillery™ CBD tincture you’re currently using.
Discover Why So Many People Trust CBDistillery™ Hemp-Derived Products
From the time CBDistillery™ was founded, we’ve been on an unwavering mission to deliver high-quality, fairly priced products, provide educational resources, and establish our company as a trusted industry leader. With more than 2 million satisfied customers and 26K+ verified reviews, you can count on CBDistillery™ to deliver the pure, potent hemp-derived CBD products you’re looking for. Our tinctures, softgels, gummies, topicals, and vape e-liquids, are sourced from naturally cultivated crops, third-party tested, and US Hemp Authority™ certified.
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