Is CBG The New Cannabinoid On the Block?
No, the ‘G’ in CBG is not a typo.
Short for Cannabigerol, CBG is one of the 120+ chemical compounds existing naturally in the cannabis plant (cannabinoids).
I have heard about CBD and THC, how come I am hearing about this just now?
Often considered a ‘minor’ cannabinoid, CBG only makes up about 1% of total cannabinoids. However, experts claim that Cannabigerol is one of the most abundant cannabinoids in the hemp plant’s early growth stages.
As more evidence comes to light, it’s becoming clear that CBG is the precursor to some of the most prevalent cannabinoids, including CBD and THC (Think of a producer and an actor in a movie, they both play important roles, but how famous is the producer?) More research about CBG is being done. A growing body of evidence suggests that CBG could also be used on its own to help with certain health conditions.
Interesting? Join us as we take a closer look at this new kid on the block!
CBG, CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids; how do they relate?
As mentioned, cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. They are the reason you feel how you feel after taking cannabis products.
Other compounds found in the cannabis plant include terpenes, fatty acids, flavonoids, etc., but in today’s article, we will focus on cannabinoids.
Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), both CBG and CBD (Cannabidiol) have no intoxication effects. In other words, they won’t get you high.
CBG is the Precursor to other Cannabinoids
According to Perry, M.D., a medical cannabis expert, and a board-certified anesthesiologist, the cannabis plant contains only small quantities of CBG. This explains why it’s less understood as compared to its sisters THC and CBD.
He continues to explain that CBG is the precursor to CBC, CBD, and THC.
This means that without CBG (often known as the stem cell), even the popular CBD and THC won’t exist.
Experts explain that CBGA, the acidic form of CBG, is broken down and transformed into a base molecule from which other cannabinoids form.
This explains why CBG is more prevalent in young hemp plants before its transformation into CBD, THC, CBC, etc.