The closer we look at hemp, the more we find valuable compounds to appreciate. While CBD (cannabidiol) products may have taken centre stage, another cannabinoid may be just as important: CBG (cannabigerol). Here is a closer look at the Mother Cannabinoid, the potential benefits of CBG, and more.
What is CBG oil?
CBG oil is a product made with cannabigerol, one of about 100 cannabinoids found in plants from the Cannabis Sativa family, which includes hemp. Cannabigerol is often called the “Mother Cannabinoid” because the acidic form of CBG, cannabigerolic acid (CBGa), forms all other cannabinoids as the plant grows and matures.
In other words, cannabis is high in CBGa from the start. This acidic cannabinoid forms other molecules, including cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa). These acidic cannabinoids eventually decarboxylate into CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids.
CBG vs CBD
CBG and CBD are comparable because they both come from cannabis plants, are both cannabinoids, and even share some of the same noteworthy properties when it comes to therapeutic value. Additionally, neither CBD nor CBG is intoxicating. However, the two cannabinoids do also differ in a few ways.
For one, CBG is not as concentrated in a fully mature cannabis plant as CBD. This is why CBG oil products sometimes are slightly more expensive than CBD oil. CBG has not been as extensively studied as CBD, but some of the preliminary research does show that CBG offers unique therapeutic properties compared to CBD, specifically when it comes to targeting things like bladder dysfunction and abnormal cell growth.
What are the benefits of CBG oil?
While CBG has not been well-studied to date, this cannabinoid may offer promise for its therapeutic value just the same. Some of the most noteworthy properties of CBG include:
So far, many of the studies done on CBG have been on animals. While human studies are in their early stages, many anecdotal reports from CBG oil users claim the cannabinoid helps with everything from pain and discomfort to stress and sleep.
How do you take CBG oil?
CBG oil can be taken via ingestion or sublingual dosing. Ingesting the oil delivers the CBG to the digestive system where it is broken down and processed by the endocannabinoid system. By contrast, taking the dose under the tongue and holding it in place for about 30 seconds, delivers the cannabinoids to your bloodstream and endocannabinoid system faster. You may start to feel the effects in as little as 10 to 15 minutes.
How much CBG oil should you take?
Unfortunately, dosing CBG oil is not completely straightforward with one dose that works for everyone. How much you need can vary depending on body chemistry, why you are taking the CBG product, and even whether or not you are using a full-spectrum CBG.
Just like with CBD oil, it is best to start with a lower dose and adjust in small increments until you feel like your dose is adequate for you. The general recommendation is to start with something like 20 to 40mg of CBG per day. Adjust the dose by 5 to 10mg at a time.