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What is CBG?

What is CBG?

There are 112 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, all of which can be extracted to create a wide range of CBD Oil products. Among these cannabinoids is cannabigerol (CBG), which many consider to be the ‘mother of all cannabinoids’ or the ‘stem cell’ of the cannabis plant. Global experts are still studying the ways this compound interacts with the body and the effects it can produce.

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Where does CBG come from?

Similarly to CBD, CBG is extracted from the cannabis plant. It’s typically less prevalent within the plant in comparison to other well known cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. CBG is usually extracted from younger cannabis plants as the concentration of CBG is higher than in plants that are fully developed.

How does CBG relate to CBD?

CBG is known as the mother of all cannabinoids because it’s where many of them originate from. Both CBD and CBDa begin as CBGA (CBG in acidic form) and as the plant develops, plant enzymes convert most of the CBG into other cannabinoids. This is why the CBG concentration is typically lower in more developed plants, and higher in younger ones.

In many strains of fully developed cannabis plants, there’s around 20-25% CBD, in contrast with around 1% CBG. CBG is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning that like CBD, it doesn’t cause a ‘high’. While some of the effects that CBD and CBG produce in the human body are similar, research has shown that CBG seems to create some different benefits.



How does CBG work?

Everyone’s experience with CBG is different as it entirely depends on each individual’s unique response to it entering the system. As with other cannabinoids, CBG is able to interact with the endocannabinoid system in the body due to the similarity between endocannabinoids (produced by the body) and cannabinoids (produced by the cannabis plant). 

While scientists still don’t fully understand this system, evidence suggests that it plays a role in regulating a variety of bodily functions, such as mood, sleep, and digestion. The human body creates endocannabinoids which bind to different receptors to signal that there’s a required action, such as a response to inflammation.

Different cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system’s receptors in different ways. For example, CBD is thought to prevent the breakdown of endocannabinoids, while THC binds to the receptors. While CBG is similar to CBD in that it doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects, it’s also similar to THC in that it binds to the endocannabinoid receptors. This leads some people to believe that CBG has the potential for increased efficacy.

What do Simply CBD customers think of CBG oil?

At Simply CBD, we’re proud to offer products that contain CBG, including combined CBD/CBG vape liquids and a CBG oil that also contains CBD and CBDa. The CBG oil comes in a 20ml bottle and has a strength of 3%, while the vape liquids come in 10ml bottles and have a strength of 2%. 

Here’s some of the feedback we’ve received from customers who use our CBG oil:

“With the excellent information on Simply CBD I worked my way through the process of starting on CBD oil, and having gradually tried one or two I discovered that 2 drops of CBG with CBD and CBDa at night gives me a sound deep night's sleep and helps enormously with anxiety.”

“I've been using CBG oil for quite a few years now and I was very pleased to see that Simply-CBD started selling it. Personally, I find that the CBG is good for pain relief, it really takes the edge off and it really helps with my cluster headaches, I used to inject for them but since using CBG oil they have gone.”

“CBG oil must have amazing anti inflammatory properties, my breathing capacity has been greatly improved, my white finger symptoms also have all but disappeared, amazing product that I shall continue to use.”

Is CBG difficult to produce?

Due to the fact that CBG requires the cannabis plant to be harvested sooner and is found in such low concentrations once the plant is fully developed, it can be difficult and expensive (view our article where we cover how to determine the value of a CBD product) to produce CBG products. This has led to experimental cross breeding and the exploration of CBG rich strains of cannabis, among other research into simplifying the production and extraction of CBG. 

As this cannabinoid becomes more popular and more experiments and research are conducted in this area, it’s likely that experts will be able to find ways to make CBG more readily available.