CBD is what most people are familiar with these days, but
with so many terms flying about it’s hard to keep your head on straight, so Dr.Ganja is going to break it down for you. CBD stands for CannaBiDiol as you well know, but there’s
plenty of other “CB_’s” that are very important compounds found in the hemp
plant that haven’t received much attention yet.
For example, in hemp there is CBC, CannaBiChromene, CBDVA, CannaBiDiVarinic Acid, and the
topic of today, CBG, CannaBiGerol.
CBG isn’t found in the quantities that CBD and THC are in
your typical marijuana or hemp plants; in fact, most strains contain less than
1% of CBG. However, before any THC or CBD is generated in a plant, all of these
compounds start from the granddaddy of them all, CBGA. The A in CBG-A just
stands for acid, and is a part of the compound that comes off when you add some
heat to it (such as when you smoke or
vaporize some herb) to simply become CBG.
The same thing goes for THCA and CBDA
if you’ve ever heard of those, these are THC and CBD but with an acidic group
attached to the compound and, with some heat or UV light, these go from THCA
and CBDA to THC and CBD.
So while the end product of a plant might not contain much
CBG or CBGA, it all started there. The process for cannabinoids, in a simple
form, goes like this: CBGA -> CBG -> CBDA or THCA or CBCA. Most plants go down the
first two pathways to yield CBDA and THCA (although some plant breeders these
days are creating strains that retain higher levels of CBGA). If you look at
lab results of many flower strains, you may see that the THC or CBD levels of
your plant are near non-existent while the THCA or CBDA is near 15%! That
doesn’t mean that your plant isn’t potent, just that it’ll take a bit of heat
to get it to convert to what you want, which isn’t a problem since you’ll be
lighting up soon anyway.
At this point you may be asking, are CBDA and CBD the same?
Do they do the same thing? How about CBGA and CBG? They are certainly not the
same, not chemically nor in terms of biophysiology. The non-acidic
cannabinoids, or the compounds without the “-A” like CBD and NOT CBDA, contain
the medicinal effects most are looking for. In chemistry, even minor
modifications like the removal of an acidic group has huge ramifications for
So to the really important stuff: will CBG get me high?
Absolutely not as CBG is non-psychoactive. Fortunately, CBG does have medicinal
effects that are similar in fashion to CBD, not THC. Scientific animal studies
have shown CBG to be effective for IBD or inflammatory bowel disease. Also, just
like with CBD, CBG has been found to have cancer fighting properties and additionally
acts to protect neurons from damage. What’s more and something a bit wild, CBG
has been shown to be a potent antibacterial, especially against resistant
strains of bacteria like MRSA! If you’re interested in some of these studies
you can find them: here
and here and here.
If we’ve piqued your curiosity enough and you want to try
CBG, you can find some in such products on the Dr.Ganja site as PhtyoFamily CBD & CBG Vape Cartridge 500 mg or PhytoFamily Full Spectrum CBD Syrup Green Apple
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