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CBG Oil [How to Use It, Where to Buy It, and The Plethora of Potential CBG Benefits]

With cannabis-derived components in reasonable abundance, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the product options available in the market. Let alone with the functions that each product can perform.

CBG oil is one of the most novel cannabis-derived products on the market today. Hence its popularity and the increasing interest in its properties.

The question now stands:

What is CBG oil, and what benefits can it have on overall health?

What is CBG Oil?

Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of 113+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBG is known as the precursor to other more popular cannabinoids like THC and CBD because all other cannabinoids originate from CBG-A, the raw (acidic) form of CBG.

What is cbg oil?

CBG is non-psychotropic and is abundant in some industrial hemp varieties. [2]

CBG-A is a naturally occurring component found in cannabis, which then breaks down to form other cannabinoids. However, CBG is a relatively scarce cannabinoid usually found in no more than 1% content in a fully grown hemp plant, explaining the pricing on high-quality CBG oil.

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds created within the cannabis plant through natural processes and external influences like temperature changes. While cannabinoids are considered the main components of cannabis, they are not the only ones. Along with cannabinoids, you may find circa 400 additional features that include terpenes and flavonoids.

Cannabinoids like CBG may interact with these and other cannabinoids to provide different effects on the body. The uses of CBG oil are similar but not precisely the same as that of CBD oil.

What Is the Difference Between CBD & CBG?

What Is the Difference Between CBD & CBG?

CBG is the precursor or ‘mother cannabinoid’ to all other cannabinoids. But the main difference between them is that CBG is said to interact directly with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) located in the brain.

CBD has been shown to have a low affinity for cannabinoid receptors and interacts with the ECS in a mostly indirect manner.

While this may sound negative for CBD, it is not.

“The ability of cannabidiol to behave as a CB2 receptor inverse agonist may contribute to its documented anti-inflammatory properties.” [1]

So, the way they interact with the ECS is essentially different. Additionally, CBD is much more abundant in hemp, which makes it much more commercially viable.

CBD and CBG are both non-psychoactive components found in cannabis, and their potential benefits on the human body remain similar.

CBG Benefits & Potential Effects on Health Conditions

CBG has been associated with the following benefits accomplished by binding both ECS receptors:

1. Regulating Appetite

2. Enhancing Pleasure & Motivation

3. Modifying Sleep Patterns

4. Pain Alleviation

CBG c alleviate symptoms of the following health conditions:

1. Inflammatory Bowel Disease: 

By reducing inflammation, CBG may help reduce the discomforts caused by IBD. [3]

2. Glaucoma: 

Medical cannabis has been used as a treatment for glaucoma with positive results for decades. Researchers believe that other cannabinoids different from THC could play a role in treating medical cannabis in glaucoma treatments. [4]

3. Bladder Contractility: 

non-psychotropic cannabinoids links to positive effects on bladder function, among which CBG proved to be one of the most efficient. [5]

4. Neurodegenerative Conditions: 

A 2015 study on the neurodegenerative CBG properties showed promise using cannabinoids as a potential therapy for neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington’s Disease. [6]

5. Bacterial Infections: 

CBG was investigated among four other cannabinoids in a 2008 study that suggested that CBG could have a potent antibacterial effect against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). [7]

CBG Side Effects

If taken in appropriate doses, CBG has not been shown to have side effects. Like CBD, CBG has only side effects when taken in unstable doses that exceed the consumer’s tolerance level.

CBG Side Effects

CBG could potentially interact with other medications, but the information available on this subject is scarce. If you are taking prescription or over the counter medicines regularly, it’s best to consult with your healthcare provider before taking CBG oil in any amount.

How to Choose the Right CBG Product

Because CBG is a rare item and the knowledge around it is just as limited, the best way to purchase CBG oil is by using licensed retailers to ensure your safety. At Hemmfy, you’ll be able to find an extensive range of CBG oil products from market-leading brands that comply with all the safety and quality standards needed to be sold in the U.S. legally.

The best way to choose the right CBG oil for your needs is to consult with a licensed healthcare professional.

Nevertheless, here’s a few tips that will point you in the right direction when choosing a CBG oil:

1. Buy from trusted brands & retailer

2. Check for third-party lab testing

3. Look for strain-specific products

4. Look for full-spectrum based oils

How to Take CBG [The Right CBG Oil Dosage]

The appropriate dosage of CBG will depend on the consumer's tolerance and the specific condition being treated. CBG dose is a decision best made by a licensed physician who can assess your situation and provide a customized recommendation.

How Does CBG Work?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) comprises receptors that interact with the naturally created endocannabinoids in the body. These interactions result in key multi-faceted body functions. 

CBG works on the body by interacting with the same ECS receptors and is thought to have a similar effect on receptors as endocannabinoids do. CBG is believed to modify endocannabinoids' roles on receptors and alter the behavior of the receptors themselves.

Conclusion

CBG oil has often been associated with CBD because of its non-psychoactive profiles. However, CBG oil is its product that may provide similar but also different effects on the body than CBD.

The potential benefits of CBG on the body vary from appetite regulation to pain relief. Still, the appropriate dose of CBG for each individual will vary depending on the consumer's specific condition and tolerance. Choosing the right CBG product and taking the right amount of CBG oil is best addressed by a licensed physician who knows the person's situation.

Hemmfy articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them.

The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.

 

References

[1] Thomas, A., Baillie, G. L., Phillips, A. M., Razdan, R. K., Ross, R. A., & Pertwee, R. G. (2007). Cannabidiol displays unexpectedly high potency as an antagonist of CB1 and CB2 receptor agonists in vitro. British Journal of Pharmacology, 150(5), 613–623. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bjp.0707133

[3] Borrelli, F., Fasolino, I., Romano, B., Capasso, R., Maiello, F., Coppola, D., Orlando, P., Battista, G., Pagano, E., Di Marzo, V., & Izzo, A. A. (2013). Beneficial effect of the non-psychotropic plant cannabinoid cannabigerol on experimental inflammatory bowel disease. Biochemical Pharmacology, 85(9), 1306–1316. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bcp.2013.01.017

[4] Cross, J. (2006). MEDLINE, PubMed, PubMed Central, and the NLM. Editors’ Bulletin, 2(1), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1080/17521740701702115

[5] Pagano, E., Montanaro, V., di Girolamo, A., Pistone, A., Altieri, V., Zjawiony, J. K., Izzo, A. A., & Capasso, R. (2015). Effect of Non-psychotropic Plant-derived Cannabinoids on Bladder Contractility: Focus on Cannabigerol. Natural Product Communications, 10(6), 1934578X1501000. https://doi.org/10.1177/1934578x1501000653

Simon Cartagena

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