By now, cannabidiol (CBD) has become part of our everyday lexicon. CBD has also become part of many people’s everyday lives – in face creams, ointments, gummies, tinctures, and even sodas. Studies are being conducted almost as quickly as CBD products are hitting shelves to fully understand the benefits of CBD.
But what about cannabigerol, or CBG? Ever heard of it? Like CBD, CBG is a cannabinoid and one that is gaining on CBD in the popularity department.
CBD vs. CBG
CBG, like CBD, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning it won’t produce the feeling of “getting high” like the other well-known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), will. CBG is a small but mighty cannabinoid and is referred to as the “mother” of all cannabinoids.
This is because CBG is, quite literally, the parent of all cannabinoids, including CBD and THC. Both derive from the inactive, acidic form of CBG, known as CBGA. CBGA then breaks down and becomes the foundation from which CBD and THC emerge.
CBG is non-psychoactive and largely derives from hemp, which contains under 0.3% THC. Marijuana, on the other hand, contains over 0.3% THC and is still considered an illegal substance in several states across the U.S.
The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp legal at the federal level, mandating that industrial hemp grown in the United States must contain 0.3% or less THC in order to be deemed legal. Its legality at the state level, however, still varies, with each state having its own set of rules and regulations that stipulate how hemp-derived products can be manufactured and sold. Check out this article for some additional fun facts about hemp.
The Rolls Royce of All Cannabinoids
In addition to being known as the mother of all cannabinoids, it’s also referred to as “the Rolls Royce” of all cannabinoids. Each hemp plant contains minuscule amounts of CBG. Therefore, it takes enormous quantities of hemp to produce a tiny amount of CBG.
By comparison, one hemp plant can contain, at minimum, 18% CBD. Since CBG is only present in the hemp plant for a brief period of time before it converts to other cannabinoids like CBD, growers are also faced with a choice – whether to sacrifice their crop in order to extract enough CBG or allow the crop to mature in order to extract CBD, the cannabinoid with the most popularity and demand at the moment. Read on to learn more about what is CBD.
How Does CBG Effect the Body?
Like CBD, CBG interacts with the endocannabinoid system, the system in the body that helps maintain homeostasis in the body. The endocannabinoid system contains its own naturally-occurring cannabinoids that help regulate bodily functions.
Likewise, cannabinoids from the hemp plant, like CBG, interact with the endocannabinoid system to trigger the body’s natural responses at the cellular level.
The Future for CBG
As knowledge surrounding CBG increases, demand is also expected to go up. That could mean the already hefty price tag will go down, as well. This is good news for those who want to explore the world of cannabinoids beyond CBD. Want to learn more about other lesser-known cannabinoids? Read our blog post about other cannabinoids besides THC and CBD.
Move over CBD – CBG could become one more non-psychoactive cannabinoid to add to your arsenal.