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6/29/20 | Education

Is CBG the new CBD? Here’s what you should know.

Move over CBD, there’s another cannabis compound on the block. 

By now everyone and their grandparents (especially their grandparents) are well aware of CBD and its healing powers. While research is slowly validating these claims, CBD products continue to fly off the shelves. 

While CBD’s glory days are surely not over, it will have to begin to share its limelight with the new kid on the block, CBG.

Before we address CBG directly, though, it’s essential that we talk briefly about basic cannabis plant biology.

 

Basic Cannabis Biology: 

The cannabis plant, like all plants, is made up of several chemical compounds. Within cannabis specifically, these compounds are called cannabinoids (there are also terpenes, flavonoids, and more, but for the purpose of today’s lesson, let’s focus on cannabinoids). 

The human body has an endocannabinoid system designed to receive these commands and use them to achieve a health equilibrium. For the rest of this article, we’ll focus on a specific class of cannabinoids known as phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are produced naturally in plants. The other classifications of cannabinoids include endocannabinoids (produced in your body), and synthetic cannabinoids (manufactured in a lab).

 

Phytocannabinoids Defined:

Phytocannabinoids are chemical compounds that interact with the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 in your brain. THC is the most well-known cannabinoid because of its psychoactive effects. But other cannabinoids like THC, CBD, CBC, and, yes, CBG are gaining in popularity thanks to their powerful medicinal effects.

 

What Exactly Is CBG?

CBG (cannabigerol) is a non-acidic cannabinoid produced when heat is applied to the CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) molecule. Its close chemical relatives are THC, CBD, and CBC. 

CBG is found mainly in hemp products, and strains bred for high THC usually contain very low amounts of CBG (less than 1%).

 

What Is The Difference Between CBD and CBG? 

While they’re both cannabinoids, they’re different compounds within the cannabis plant. Additionally, they serve different purposes and may help ease different alignments.

Both CBG and CBD are currently considered non-psychotropic, meaning they will not alter your state of mind in a way that inhibits your day-to-day function and mental clarity. They can, however, alter your mind in a way that could potentially relieve anxiety or low mood. 

 

What Are The Benefits Of CBG? 

The benefits that CBG has to offer are closely tied to what it does in the human body. In the right dose, CBG has the potential to:

  • relieves pain
  • slows bacterial growth
  • reduces seizures and convulsions
  • reduces inflammation
  • aids sleep
  • raises mood
  • promotes bone growth
  • promotes neuron growth
  • increases appetite
  • And much more!

 

CBG: The New CBD 

The future certainly looks bright for CBG. While this cannabinoid has some catching up to do in terms of popularity to CBD, CBG is likely to gain prominence as more research gets published. 

 

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