Many of us are already familiar with a famous supplement derived from the cannabis plant, CBD oil. CBD oil is produced with the extraction of CBD, and it is purported to help plenty of individuals with conditions such as inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, type 1 diabetes, and more. But while there is still a lot of hype about CBD and CBD oil, there is another compound that is quickly gaining plenty of attention as well: CBG and CBG oil. Many actually say that CBG oil may offer the same – if not more – benefits as CBD. So what is CBG oil all about, and how can you use it? What are its real benefits? Here’s your complete guide to CBG oil: what it is, its uses and benefits, and more.

What is CBG?

Just like its sister compound, CBD, CBG is another compound found naturally in the cannabis or hemp plant. Although CBG still isn’t as famous as other compounds such as CBD and THC, it has already shown up on the radar of many scientists, especially those who are looking for natural solutions for a wide variety of medical conditions. Here’s what you should know: CBG is actually referred to as the mother of cannabis or hemp cannabinoids, simply because scientists think that numerous cannabinoids begin as a form or kind of CBG. In the cannabis or hemp plant, the compound begins as CBGA or cannabigerolic acid, and this provides the key or primary material for the other cannabinoids in the plant. CBGA is then synthesised, producing CBDA, THCA, and many others. Once the compounds from the plant are heated, they drop the acid in order to become simply THC or CBD.

The process of synthesis occurs as the plant becomes older or matures, and this explains why the level of CBG naturally declines in the plant as it ages. The CBG oil supplement is derived through extraction from the plant, and the extraction is usually mixed with MCT oil or other carrier oils to produce a topical or edible product.

What can it do and how does it work?

Like the other well-known cannabinoids like THC and CBD, CBG can interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system.  It may well be that CBG binds or fuses with the body’s receptors (CB1 and CB2). It is a complicated process, for sure, but the main result is that CBG may be able to interact with the endocannabinoid system, which can cause a therapeutic or relieving effect in the human body. Here’s another fact that you should know: CBG is also non-psychoactive, much like CBD, which makes it different from THC as well.

What are its uses and benefits?

  • In a review done in 2010, it was discovered by researchers that CBG may have properties for pain relief, and whilst the same is the case for THC and CBD, there is certain evidence showing that CBG may be even better.
  • In the same review, it was also found that CBG may contribute to muscle relaxation. This means that CBG has potential when it comes to treating sports injuries as well as chronic pain.
  • Again, in the same review, CBG is thought to have anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties, especially since it has been shown that CBG has the potential to increase the anandamide levels in the brain, which can offer relief from anxiety.

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Text sources:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780124170414000242

https://bpspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1476-5381.2011.01238.x