CBG is the latest cannabinoid from the incredible hemp plant to make headlines with promising new human health benefits.
Like CBD, one of the most significant benefits of CBG Seeds is that it does not make you high. Although scientists do believe CBG can counteract and mute the ‘heady’ effects that many consumers feel when they do experience a cannabis-induced high.
What is CBG?
CBG, or cannabigerol, is one of the more than 400 cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other naturally-occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. But CBG holds a unique status being the precursor or ‘mother’ to all the other cannabinoids.
How does this work? Well, CBGa, or the acidic precursor to CBG, is the first cannabinoid product in a growing hemp plant. All the other cannabinoids are derived from CBGa, which is why CBG is often called the “mother cannabinoid.”
As a young hemp plant produces flowers and matures, the initial CBGa produced is broken down by natural enzymes into CBDa, THCa, and CBCa. Then as those compounds are exposed to heat and ultraviolet light, they convert into their stable forms of CBD, THC and CBC (cannabichromene), respectively.
Typically, most of the CBGa in cannabis plants is converted into these other forms of cannabinoids leaving just a small percentage (traditionally around 1 percent) of CBG in the final flower. This is why CBG is also called the “Rolls Royce” cannabinoid because it takes enormous amounts of biomass to isolate a small percentage of CBG.
However, as cannabis breeders began to select for different cannabinoids, they have learned to choose hemp strains that ‘turn off’ some of the naturally occurring conversion processes. Cultivar selection plus attention to an earlier harvest means now hemp producers are reliably producing high CBG varietals, including strains like Colorado Breeders Depot’s Jack Frost with 9.2 percent CBG.
Is CBG Legal?
CBG produced from hemp plants is federally legal since the passage of the 2018 farm bill. The bill defined hemp as the Cannabis sativa plant with less than .3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Any plants over .3 percent THC (the intoxicating cannabinoid in the cannabis plant) are considered ‘marijuana’ under federal law.
So, yes, CBG is considered federally legal when produced via legal hemp plants. It can be found via tinctures and oil-based products, or you can enjoy CBG via high-CBG smokable hemp cultivars.
There are many advantages of consuming CBG via smokable hemp flowers because you get the ‘entourage effect’ of all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids in the cannabis flower. But without the THC-high. Interestingly enough, even in high-THC, marijuana flower, CBG is a useful component as scientists believe it works to reverse the ‘headiness’ some people feel when consuming marijuana.
What Benefits Does CBG Provide?
Though it was initially discovered in the 1960s, CBG’s relative rareness has meant it is one of the minor cannabinoids that scientists are just beginning to explore. So far, however, they are finding many intriguing and promising health benefits from CBG.
Scientists believe CBG may help with:
CBG is exciting because scientists have discovered it works with our human endocannabinoid system it different ways than the other cannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system is a complex cell-signaling system identified by researchers in the 1990s. It regulates things like:
- Brain Function
- Reproduction and Fertility
All the cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the human endocannabinoid system. However, CBG appears to communicate directly with our CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain. This is different than CBD, which works through indirect interactions with the endocannabinoid receptors in our body.
CBG also appears to work as a buffer to THC’s psycho-activity and can help some people who experience paranoia when consuming THC.
Is CBG Safe?
As already noted, CBG does not produce the psychoactive effects of THC, but many people wonder if CBG is safe. Scientists are still studying the effects of CBG on humans, but very few adverse reactions have been observed.
The most commonly noted as still relatively mild but might include:
- Dry Mouth
- Appetite Changes
- Weight Changes
However, most side effects are associated with more significant amounts of consumption. Start small and the likelihood of experiencing a negative side effect are significantly limited.
What’s the Best Way to Consume CBG?
There is an increasing amount of CBG products on the marketplace, including tinctures and edibles, but we believe the best way to get the full benefit of CBG is by smoking premium grades and high CBG hemp flowers.
Smoking cannabis increases the bioavailability of the cannabinoids into your system. You feel the effects more quickly, and they are more concentrated than if you ingest or topically apply a product.
When you smoke hemp flower, you get the full benefits of all the cannabinoids and other naturals compounds in that flower working together. A positive experience many consumers swear by called the ‘entourage effect.’
Here at Colorado Breeders Depot, we are committed to providing high-quality, smokable hemp flowers for consumers. Please check out our selection of farmer-grown smokable hemp flowers, including our high CBG varietals.