The Mother of All Cannabinoids: CBG

CBD and THC may account for the majority of the cannabis industry, but there are other cannabinoids such as CBG (cannabigerol) that may be taking a spotlight in the future.

In the cannabis world, CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) run the show. They are the two key cannabinoids that we have grown to know and love since their first discovery in the early 19th century. Though CBD and THC have certainly been the most studied compounds to date, advancements in science are showing us that they are not the only two in our reach.

More than ever before, cannabis consumers and producers are becoming more knowledgeable about cannabinoids and our endocannabinoid system. With this, we are beginning to learn more and more about the other cannabinoids and their different potential medicinal properties. One cannabinoid in particular: CBG.

What is CBG?

CBG (cannabigerol) is often referred to as the mother of all cannabinoids. This is because other cannabinoids (such as CBD and THC) are derived from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), the acidic form of CBG. It was first discovered in the 1960’s.

CBG is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. It is considered a “minor” cannabinoid, due to the very small percentage found within the cannabis plant. In most strains of the plant, only 1% of CBG can be found compared to 20 to 25% of CBD or 25 to 30% of THC. This means that consumer products derived from CBG are often rare and expensive. 

However, CBG is still extremely important. Why? Cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) is what converts into CBDA and THCA and these are the precursors to THC and CBD — the compounds we hold so near and dear.

Although scientists have been aware of CBG for decades now, there is still a lot of research that needs to be done before we can come to definite conclusions on the exact benefits of CBG. However, certain studies conducted on animals have given us a hint into how CBG may be able to help us humans. CBG’s main benefits seem to mirror those of CBD and CBN (cannabinol). Here are some ailments that CBG may have the potential to treat:

  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Crohn’s Diseases (IBD)
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Cancer

CBG also has appetite stimulating properties, which is vital for those suffering from loss of appetite due to various diseases, especially cancer.

If you’re planning on trying CBG and testing its effects on your endocannabinoid system, remember to only purchase from brands that provide a certificate of analysis from a reputable third-party lab, as well as, a full list of the product’s ingredients.

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