Where does CBG come from and what is it?
CBG is another cannabinoid of the cannabis plant, less commonly known than THC or CBD however, equally important as all cannabinoids are produced from CBG’s acidic stage. However, since CBG is found in incredibly low percentages in flower, it can be difficult and expensive to isolate. CBG is more readily available in cannabis plants that have lower levels of THC and higher levels of CBD or in cannabis plants that have not reached full maturity.
CBG is one of the few known cannabinoids that binds with both our CB1 and CB2 receptors in the Endocannabinoid System (most only bind to one.) Because of this, CBG can help to modulate the effects of THC. This means that CBG can act as a buffer between our receptor sites and THC, which helps to subdue negative side effects of THC such as anxiousness and paranoia.
CBG also supports our body in increasing it’s levels of anandamide, which is an endogenous cannabinoid that our bodies create on its own (even if you don’t consume cannabis!) Have you ever experienced a “runner’s high” after a workout? That’s anandamide!
Although research is still limited and emerging, CBG has shown potential for being a strong antibacterial, while also having the potential to help modulate appetite. More below on how CBG can be supportive!
Will CBG get me high and what are the benefits of it?
CBG is actually non-intoxicating. Meaning that you won’t receive a “high” in the sense that you would when consuming THC or another psychoactive cannabinoid. When you will feel the effects of CBG is when it works to combat any symptoms you may be experiencing. For example, CBG has been shown to be supportive for:
- Anti-inflammatory (reduces inflammation, which relieves pain stemming from inflammation)
- Anti-proliferative (slows the growth of cancerous cells)
- Antibacterial (fights against bacteria)
- Antifungal (destroys or inhibits fungi)
- Antioxidant (inhibits oxidation to prevent the production of free radicals that damage cells)
- Analgesic (relieves pain)
- An appetite modulator (helps to regulate appetite, has the potential to stimulate or suppress appetite based on what the body needs)
How do I know if CBG could be supportive for what I’m experiencing?
When it comes to each individual, some trial and error is always needed when it comes to discovering what combination of cannabinoids are best suited for your needs. However, CBG may be beneficial for:
Preventing the spread of cancer
How do I find my ideal dose of CBG?
As mentioned above, all of our bodies have their very own unique Endocannabinoid System, so it’s common to have to play trial and error in order to find your ideal dose.
As a general rule, a good starting point when trying any new product or cannabinoid, is to start with 2.5-5mg. You can always consume more, but you can never take away from what you’ve already dosed. If you find that you do need to consume more, dosing up by 2.5mg is the best way to discover your ideal dose.
How do I consume CBG?
Although new CBG products are still actively surfacing on the market, a few that are readily available include:
- Consumption method: topically on the skin
- Activation Time: 10-20 minutes
- Duration: 2-3 Hours
- Topicals do not typically reach the bloodstream and are great options for surface-level skin conditions
Full Spectrum RSO 1:1:1:1 –
- Consumption method: Sublingual, ingested, or applied topically (can be combined with a carrier oil such as coconut oil)
- Activation time: 1.5-2 hours
- Duration: 6-8 hours
- Containing equal parts of THC:CBD:CBG:CBN, this is perfect for those who are looking to maximize the “entourage effect.” Although important to start off with a small rice-grain size amount, this version of RSO offers the benefits of not just CBG, but of the others included as well (learn more about CBN here)
- Consumption method: Sublingual (under the tongue)
- Activation time: 15-30 minutes
- Duration: 1-6 hours
- Tinctures make for fast, easy, and discreet dosing
Find more CBG products, HERE, under our CBD section of the menu.