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You have no doubt noticed how popular CBD products are nowadays. It seems the American public is adopting new uses for the cannabinoid with each passing day. But did you know that CBD only accounts for 1 of over 100 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant?

Enter: CBG. The newest innovation in your cannabis wellness routine. 

CBG, a minor cannabinoid, is shown in preliminary studies to have similar health and wellness benefits to its molecular cousin, CBD.

In addition, harnessing this compound’s power is similar to CBD since most CBG products are conveniently sold as oils and tinctures.

This article will guide those unfamiliar with CBG: what it is, how to use it, and why you should. Read on to find out more!

What is CBG oil? 

Cannabigerol, or CBG, is yet another helpful cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. It may only make up less than 1% of most cannabis strains, but what helps CBG stand out is that it can convert into THC and CBD!

CBG is a precursor to other cannabinoids, like CBD, THC, and CBC. As the cannabis plant ages and is exposed to heat and UV light, it slowly breaks down and becomes another cannabinoid.

A few cannabis growers are looking to genetically modify hemp plants with a higher CBG content. Still, for now, most growers extract the CBG oil for sale purposes at a certain point during the plant’s growth cycle, when the compound is at its highest concentration.

Based on CBG’s association with cannabis, a reasonable question curious cannabinoid consumers may be wondering is: does CBG get you high?

The answer is, emphatically, no.

Similar to CBD, CBG has no psychotropic effects, so it will not give you a high.

Also, like CBD, CBG’s beneficial effects are administered through interactions within the endocannabinoid system (ECS), the system responsible for helping us regulate bodily functions and maintain homeostasis (the state of stability and optimal functioning).

CBG works by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors (also known as CB1 and CB2), endocannabinoids, and the metabolic enzymes that make up our ECS.

Cannabinoid receptors play a pivotal role in normalizing physiological processes like our mood, pain sensation, and hunger signals.

However, CBG seems to have different functions and health benefits than CBD. The main difference between CBD and CBG comes down to the research available.

While there has been a decent amount of research on CBD, there has not been a lot of practical research done on CBG.

That being said, as CBG becomes more popular, we can reasonably expect more studies to be conducted on it very soon.

How to Use CBG Oil

CBG is versatile enough to add to your snacks and drinks or apply directly to your skin. 

Similar to CBD oil, CBG oil can be administered sublingually under the tongue. Add a few drops under your tongue, and hold it there for about 30 to 60 seconds. Do this three times a day, and you successfully get your daily dose of CBG! 

This is an exceptionally efficient method since your tongue is capillary-rich and allows direct diffusion into the bloodstream by bypassing the digestive tract. 

You can also add CBG oil to your food or snacks daily to get your daily dose.

Many folks like to add CBG oil to their smoothies and shakes, for example. Since some CBG oil blends can be bland or unappealing for some users, they like to conceal the taste with other ingredients.

Another way to take Cannabigerol oil is by adding it to your morning tea or coffee or even their cocktails and juices.

CBG vape oil is another option for those that want to inhale their CBG. Using a CBG vape pen is also incredibly effective since this method allows the cannabinoid to enter the lungs, rapidly passing into the bloodstream after inhaling. 

Finally, some people like to take advantage of how easily CBG oil spreads on your skin after gently rubbing. Just apply a few drops to affected pain areas.

You can also infuse it with your lotions or balms and apply it topically. Doing this can help reduce pain and treat stiff, sore, and achy joints. 

What are the benefits of CBG?

So what is CBG oil good for? 

Although more definitive studies are still underway, CBG is proving to have similar benefits to CBD. 

For example, CBG seems to reduce inflammation, according to a 2013 study on mice.

Additionally, CBG might be partly responsible for medical marijuana’s efficacy when treating glaucoma. A study published in 2008 suggests that CBG might be effective in treating glaucoma because it reduces intraocular pressure.

A 2015 study examined how five different cannabinoids affect the bladder, concluding that CBG shows the most promise in treating bladder dysfunctions.

Another 2008 study suggests that CBG can kill bacteria, particularly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which causes drug-resistant staph infections. These infections can be hard to treat and fairly dangerous.

Finally, a 2016 study on rats suggested that CBG could stimulate the appetite. Appetite-stimulating chemicals could be used to help those undergoing treatments that make it difficult to eat.

CBG Oil Side Effects

Now, little is known about the potential side effects of using CBG oil. So far, it seems to be well tolerated by rats, but there is not enough research to say much about the potential side effects it might have on humans.

That being said, there is also not much known about how CBG might interact with over-the-counter or prescription medications and vitamins or supplements.

So if you take any medication, it is always best to check with your healthcare provider before trying CBG oil. 

Sources:

‘CBG vs. CBD: Detailed Breakdown and Best Products’ by Discover Magazine. 

‘What Is CBG—And Is It Different Than CBD? Experts Weigh In’ by Emilia Benton. Published July 2020. 

‘Beneficial effect of the non-psychotropic plant cannabinoid cannabigerol on experimental inflammatory bowel disease’ by Francesca Borrelli, Ines Fasolino, Barbara Romano, Raffaele Capasso, Francesco Maiello, Diana Coppola, Pierangelo Orlando, Giovanni Battista, Ester Pagano, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Angelo A Izzo. Published May 2013.

‘Possibilities of applying cannabinoids’ in the treatment of glaucoma’ by Krystyna Nadolska & Roman Goś. Published 2008. 

‘Effect of Non-psychotropic Plant-derived Cannabinoids on Bladder Contractility: Focus on Cannabigerol’ by Ester Pagano, Vittorino Montanaro, Antonio Di Girolamo, Antonio Pistone, Vincenzo Altieri, Jordan K Zjawiony, Angelo A Izzo, Raffaele Capasso. Published June 2015. 

‘Antibacterial cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa: a structure-activity study’ by Giovanni Appendino, Simon Gibbons, Anna Giana, Alberto Pagani, Gianpaolo Grassi, Michael Stavri, Eileen Smith, Mukhlesur Rahman. Published August 2008.

‘Cannabigerol is a novel, well-tolerated appetite stimulant in pre-satiated rats’ by 

Daniel Brierley, James Samuels, Marnie Duncan, Benjamin J Whalley, and Claire M Williams. Published August 2016.

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