What is CBG and How Do You Use It?
As cannabis is becoming more accepted in parts of the world, there is more and more interest in CBD and the lesser known cannabinoid, CBG. More people are using these products to deal with situations where modern medicines and treatments have not been effective. It appears to be the next big thing in alternative or natural remedies. If you are reading this, you too are probably wondering about the potential of CBG to replace CBD and THC in popularity.
Primer on Cannabinoids
First, let us do a little primer on cannabinoids for those who are not familiar with them.
The human body has cannabinoid receptors that work with the cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Cannabinoids are the dozens of tiny compounds found in cannabis plants.
Two of the most widely recognized cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the psychoactive part of the plant, and CBD is the non-psychoactive part, meaning it doesn't get you high. In total, there are 113 of these compounds identified in cannabis. These are naturally occurring compounds and not synthetically induced. Recently, there has been more interest in the potential benefits of CBG, the lesser known compound.
What are Phytocannabinoids?
These compounds are referred to as Phytocannabinoids. CBG is a phytocannabinoid that is considered to be the precursor of Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Meaning, that you can’t have either one, without it. There can be no THC or CBD without CBG.
One interesting fact is that of all the 113 cannabinoids, THC is the only one with psychoactive properties. It’s the only black sheep in the family, so to speak. The remaining 112 cannabinoids are the non-psychoactive variety, including CBG.
Hemp is a type of cannabis plant that contains little to no THC. It’s like the cousin to marijuana. Some states have legalized marijuana, but not all states. However, hemp (the source of CBD) is a legal form of cannabis and is legally grown in the U.S. It might seem a little confusing at this point, so let’s clarify that THC and CBD come from the same type of plant.
Hemp is a type of cannabis grown specifically for agricultural purposes because it produces fiber that is used for making rope, clothing, tarps, and has many more uses. It is non-psychoactive and can be used in oils, tinctures, food products, and topical creams. Where the issue comes in is that there is only a small amount of CBG in hemp, so it takes more hemp to extract enough CBG to be useful. So it is more expensive to produce than CBD oil.
How To Use CBG
Like CBD, CBG Oil is not regulated by the government authorities (The FDA). As since it is not approved by the FDA, we can not confirm the complete safety of the product, despite the fact that most experts believe it is safe for human consumption since it is a natural substance. We face the same problem with THC and CBD, humans have been consuming these products for many years, but we lack the scientific proof that they are safe and effective as an alternative to traditional medicines.
Because of this, there are no standard recommendations for dosing. It is mostly trial and error. You start out with a small amount and see how you feel with it, and if it seems like it is not enough, raise the dose the next time until you get satisfactory results. It is best to start out with a Full Spectrum CBD extract:
Start With Full Spectrum CBD Extract
Full Spectrum CBD extract includes small amounts of all the cannabinoids, including CBG. And remember, it is a non-psychoactive compound and will not produce a high of any kind. CBD extract is closely monitored for consumer safety, it may be a good way to build up your CBG tolerance before trying more concentrated versions of CBG alone.
Choosing a Product
When choosing a CBD extract, look for products that have third-party lab testing. The testing performed by third party labs is often more accurate, and they are very strict in their testing processes. They have a better reputation for quality and look better from a consumer perspective. If requested, most companies will include a free copy of this report with your order.
It is always recommended to try products slowly to see how your body reacts to them. Since everyone is different, and no two people’s reactions will be the same, try small amounts of each and note your reaction to both.
After trying a Full Spectrum CBD product and letting your body adjust to it, try some CBG flowers. CBG flowers are a natural product, picked from the plant in its natural form. To ensure that you get the freshest, best flowers, try for a premium-level bud. It always helps to try different forms of products because you may find that you prefer one over the other. After trying both products, you may discover that you prefer the flower over the CBD extract and vice versa.
When It Comes to Dosing For CBG
CBG is still a relatively new product, so it is probably best to go with the advice on the product labels.
Here are a few suggestions for dosing:
- Follow the dosage instructions in the product label.
- Begin with a low dose and work your way up.
- Cut back on the dosage if you experience any side effects.
- Write down your experience in a journal.
There have been no reported side effects with CBG, and no evidence there will be any in the future. The best advice would be to use the suggestions above for dosing.
Potential Benefits of CBG
Research on the subject of CBG is limited, since it is relatively a new product and it takes time to become more well-known. However, studies have been done that suggest CBG may well offer a host of benefits. It has been linked to the following benefits:
A 2013 study conducted on mice showed improvement in inflammatory bowel syndrome.
Reduced the effects of acetylcholine-induced contractions of the bladder in a 2015 study.
CBG has shown to act as an inhibitor of THC-induced paranoia.
Reducing intraocular pressure as a way of treating glaucoma.
As you can see, CBG has the potential for being a great substance for treating a lot of conditions. As time goes by and more research can confirm these benefits, CBG and CBD products will prove to be highly beneficial products to have on hand. For the time being, these results are promising, but we still have to wait for the scientific proof.