Why CBG is the Mother of All Cannabinoids?
With the growing popularity of cannabinoids, it is important to note that none are quite like cannabingerol, which is more informally known as “CBG.” This unique cannabinoid is quickly coming into the spotlight.
But what makes CBG so special?
It’s possible that it’s special because of all its beneficial properties, because, without it, no other cannabinoids could even exist.
It’s true; that is why CBG is known as the “mother cannabinoid.” After all, other cannabinoids come from it. For that reason, in this article, we want to discuss the following points:
- What is CBG?
- How is CBG made?
- CBG oil?
- What the research says about CBG
- Summing things up
What is CBG?
CBG, or cannabigerol, is a cannabinoid, which is a group of closely related compounds that can be found in the cannabis plant family.
Like similar cannabinoids, CBG offers a whole host of properties; it is non-psychotropic, provides pro-inner balance, and contains a variety of health benefits. However, what makes CBG unique is that, unlike other cannabinoids, it has yet to show any side effects upon its consumption. As a result, why many people are choosing CBG over cannabinoids.
How is CBG made?
If you decide to eat a young hemp plant that hasn’t fully matured, what you actually end up with is CBG rather than CBD or other cannabinoids. The reason for this is because virtually all hemp plants contain some amount of CBG; however, as the plant matures, it starts to develop more traces of other cannabinoids, such as THC or CBD.
This is why CBG is referred to as the mother cannabinoid, since most of the great stuff you know and love about hemp start off as CBG.
Here’s how it works:
Plant enzymes in the cannabis plant convert olivetolic acid (an organic compound that is an intermediate in the biosynthetic pathway of the cannabinoid) into CBGa. This CBGa then converts into three possible cell lines: CBDa, THCa, or CBCa.
Olivetolic acid > cannabigerolic acid (CBGa) > CBDa > CBD
Though, under the right conditions, CBGa converts to CBG before it converts to those other lines. Then, as the other cannabinoids start to increase, CBGa starts to decrease. That is why younger, less mature hemp plants are important in the extraction process: because of the increased chance of gaining full-spectrum CBG.
As CBG’s popularity continues to surge, however, cultivators have discovered a new way to cultivate it: selective breeding. Some hemp cultivators have successfully developed new hemp strains that contain far more CBGa than normal.
Even so, CBG is still relatively rare and pricey compared to other cannabinoids. For this reason, industry experts have even dubbed it the “Rolls Royce” of the hemp world.
Regardless of sourcing, the most popular type of CBG product is the CBG oil/tincture.
CBG oil looks, smells, tastes, and works similarly to CBD oil. Like CBD, CBG oil users tend to feel less stressed, less anxious, and more like themselves. CBG oil also possesses some extra benefits that CBD doesn’t.
What the research says about CBG
Although CBG is still the new kid on the block compared to other, more popular cannabinoids in terms of research, one thing that has been determined is CBG’s central role in reducing inflammation.
Several studies have shown that CBG can reduce inflammatory markers throughout the body and brain. CBG may also reduce oxidative stress.
Another aspect to look at is CBG’s ability to regulate flow-dependent structures. This means that it may be beneficial for those with glaucoma or other eye health problems to consider CBG as a health benefit.
THC can also benefit those with eye health problems; yet, CBG might just be the only federally legal option for those with glaucoma.
Research has also led experts to believe that CBG is among the most diverse cannabinoids of all, capable of potentially benefiting those with osteoporosis, depression, IBS, and more.
Lastly, CBG’s antibacterial qualities mean it could also make for a great topical. One recent study confirmed that CBG may kill MRSA bacteria. According to this study’s authors, CBG is “marvelous at tackling pathogenic bacteria. [Our] findings suggest [a] real therapeutic potential for cannabinoids as antibiotics.”
Summing things up
Don’t forget that the available research is just the start. We wouldn’t be surprised if science uncovers far more benefits in the near future.
This does make us appreciate that the mother of all cannabinoids has such a broad umbrella of beneficial elements. Maybe it is time to make the change!
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