What is CBG and Where Does It Come From?
Article by Kelly Mcloughlin
Edited by Britt Foster
What is CBG? This is hands-down the most frequent question we hear these days at FlowerChild. People have heard all about CBD and THC, but what exactly is CBG?
CBG, or Cannabigerol, is the parent molecule of the cannabis plant from which all other cannabinoids are derived from. A cannabinoid is an active compound of the cannabis plant; it’s a building block. CBG is the first building block. It is often called the “stem cell” of the cannabis plant because the plant uses it to create CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids.
CBG is showing some amazing and almost miraculous health benefits.
Cannabis vs. Hemp vs. Marijuana
Cannabis has been used for thousands of years. Back in the day before it became illegal, cannabis was well known by most people and widely prescribed by doctors. In order for the US government to outlaw it, they essentially had to turn it into something else, something no one would recognize. They created the “Mexican devil weed” called Marijuana by taking the two most popular names in Mexico, Mary and Juan, and hyping people up about how terrible and evil it was. Therefore, the very same cannabis that doctors had been prescribing became the feared and outlawed Marijuana and was scheduled as an illegal drug.
Today, Marijuana is still illegal in some parts of the United States and refers to cannabis containing high levels of THC. Hemp, on the other hand, is legal and refers to cannabis containing les sthan 0.3% THC.
What Exactly are Cannabinoids?
THC, CBD and CBG are compounds, aka cannabinoids, found in the cannabis or hemp plant. According to Wikipedia, there are over 483 different compounds found in cannabis and more are being discovered every day.
THC is the most famous cannabinoid and is the one that gave cannabis a bad rap. THC is a minor hallucinogen and is famous for the intoxicating high it produces. It is the cannabinoids people refer to when they speak of recreational cannabis, being “stoned”, or when you see those “don’t smoke and drive” ads at the movie theater.
So the cannabis plant can be likened to a tomato plant, there are hundreds of different varieties and those varieties can be hybridized to make even more varieties or strains of cannabis. Some are high in THC, some high in CBD and there are many combinations of the two cannabinoids.
Maybe 5 years ago people started recognizing the health benefits of CBD. Now people are hybridizing the plant to create strains that are high in CBD, CBG and other cannabinoids because they are realizing the amazing healing benefits and anti-inflammatory properties that these cannabinoids possess.
Major Cannabinoids and Minor Cannabinoids – What is CBG?
THC and CBD are considered major cannabinoids that means you can have a plant that is mostly CBD or a plant that is mostly THC with small amounts of other (minor) cannabinoids present. Up until last year (2018) CBG was considered a minor cannabinoid, meaning that it was only found in small quantities within the plant, people were lucky if they got 2-4% CBG from a plant. The reason being is that CBG is only produced as the plant is growing, once the plant hits maturity that CBG is converted to either THC or CBD or a combination thereof. Well last year that all changed. Our brilliant scientist growers in Oregon hybridized a cannabis plant to be around 16% CBG at maturity (FYI: that number is high) with small amounts of THC and CBD. The plant tests at below 0.2% THC so is also considered hemp.
What is CBG Doing Differently?
CBG has many of the same anti-inflammatory properties that CBD has. It tends to be less sedating and more energizing. I find people are taking CBD at night to enhance sleep and they are taking CBG in the morning for energy and focus. The pain relieving properties differ from person to person, some find the CBG to be more effective with combating pain and for helping with any type of gut issues.
The biggest take that we have noticed is that it is having profound results within the autism and ADD/ADHD communities.
As you can see from this survey that was taken on a Facebook group catering to autism, the CBG is having amazing results with mood, a huge increase in communication, anxiety and focus and look at the social interactions – WHAT? Is CBG kicking CBD’s butt? I think so!
It is also helping chemo patients by stimulating the appetite, more so than CBD does.
These cannabinoids are showing profound relief in people, everything from autism to arthritis , seizures to cancer and everything in between. It seems to work for just about anything. How? You ask. Well it all has to do with the endocannabionoid system that runs through our bodies.
Additional CBG Information
Now that you have a better understanding of what CBG is, you may have additional questions regarding its uses and benefits. Follow the links below to find out more, or contact us with any additional questions you may have: