“It has not been as well studied, but it’s a very interesting molecule that might well prove to be superior to CBD and THC in some cases.” – Dr George Anastassov.
The excitement around CBG – the new cannabinoid on the block – is clear in the cannabis industry. And that is now trickling down to us regular folk who have already found so much relief in CBD over the last few years.
As CBD fast became mainstream, the same is expected of CBG. So with that in mind, this article will tell just what CBG is, its benefits, and where you can buy it in the UK.
What is CBG?
CBG is short for cannabigerol, which is one of more than 120 identified cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant.
CBG is the non-acidic form of cannabigerolic acid (CBGa). This is because it is actually the parent molecule from which other all cannabinoids are synthesised, including THC and CBD.
Benefits of CBG
As the precursor to all cannabinoids, it makes sense that CBG offers huge therapeutic potential. It also makes it of great interest to researchers and consumers alike.
A non-psychotropic compound, CBG shows promise as an antibacterial agent (it can even treat MRSA) and an anti-inflammatory – possibly more potent than CBD.
Cannabinoids like CBD and CBG work together synergistically – along with the other minor cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids present in cannabis extract – to produce an effect that is bigger than is the sum parts were applied separately.
This phenomenon is known as the entourage effect, and it’s why full or broad-spectrum (THC-free) products are superior than those made with isolated cannabinoids.
Why is CBG more expensive?
Although interest in CBG is increasing, it’s still notoriously expensive to produce.
In fact, it takes thousands of pounds of cannabis to create small amounts of pure CBG. This is largely due to most hemp varieties containing only tiny concentrations of CBG.
Having said that, hemp farmers and breeders are working on ways to increase CBG content – like harvesting early – and CBG-rich strains are becoming more common.
In the U.S, CBG hemp flower can be bought legally online in all 50 states as long as it has less than 0.3% THC.
Extracted from Colorado-grown hemp – which is generally far superior to EU hemp – this unique product from Aura CBD is a cut above the rest. It contains high concentrations of CBD along with CBG (a minimum of 2.5%) to make a more effective product.
Aura has decided to use MCT oil (from coconut) as the carrier oi. MCT is a highly absorbable oil that has been shown to aid weight loss, increase muscle mass and lower cholesterol. It is among those following a ketogenic diet.
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Their oils also have high amounts of CBD along with CBG. The carrier oil is a mix of organic hemp seed oil and MCT oil.
This is one the best CBG oil products in the UK thanks to its 1:1 ratio of CBD to CBG. A 10ml bottle contains a nice 500mg of each cannabinoid, as well as a range of minor cannabinoids and terpenes.
It has been made from EU-grown hemp and the carrier oil is hemp seed oil.
This oil from Herts Hemp contains 500mg of CBG and CBGa. I really like this product as CBGa – the precursor to CBG – may in fact be more effective than CBG. Combining the two, however, could be especially powerful.
Hemp seed oil is used as the carrier oil, while the full-spectrum hemp extract also contains other naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes to provide the entourage effect.
Suspended in hemp seed oil, this product con contains 300mg of cannabinoids including CBG, CBGa, CBD and CBDa. It’s great value for money and ideal for those who benefit from low doses. It’s also a great introduction to CBG so you can see if it’s for you.
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