The Basics Of CBG

Everyone has heard of CBD, a very common form of cannabis in today's culture, but one compound of cannabis that isn't as well known is cannabigerol, otherwise known as CBG. CBG taking on the market in an upward trajectory. This guide will help you understand where it comes from, its benefits, and how to purchase it. 

Analysis of CBG

When a cannabis plant is young it generates cannabigerolic acid (CBGA). Then as the plant grows, the CBGA will begin to break down into tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and cannabichromenic acid (CBCA). These acids will further break down to the compounds THC, CBD, and CBC.

Because there is so little CBG remaining when cannabis is harvested (less than 1%), it's not easy to collect and study. Still, one thing known about CBG is that, like CBD, it is not a psychoactive drug. Meaning, it doesn't give you a high like THC. Also like CBD, CBG counters the effects of THC, reducing the high. Yet, unlike CBD and more like THC, CBG causes the "munchies."

Uses of CBG

The knowledge of CBG growing since it's being studied now more than ever. CBG has several health benefits.

Treating Glaucoma  

THC has been used in the past for treating glaucoma, but now CBG is filling its place because it has the same positive results without the "high." 

Reducing Inflammation 

CBG acts as an anti-inflammatory, making it a muscle-relaxant, reducing skin inflammation, and easing conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and colitis.

Killing Bacteria  

CBG works to kill drug-resistant bacteria that pharmaceutical antibiotics can't kill.

Halting Neurodegeneration 

CBG hinders neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington's disease and Lou Gehrig's disease, by halting the expression of genes that lead to brain deterioration. 

Fighting Cancer 

CBG can help fight cancer as it slows down the reproduction of some types of cancer cells, inhibiting tumor growth.

Choosing a Dispensary

When choosing what dispensary to buy from, your main factor will likely be proximity. In some cases though, you can purchase cannabis online. Either way, it's wise to make sure that the dispensary you are purchasing from has high-quality CBG, with as little THC as possible. You want the product to have strong potency and no contaminants.

Safety is another factor to consider. Most shops will have a guard present to protect both the business and the customer. Adequate security is a good thing for a shop to have and shouldn't make you concerned. Another aspect of safety is regarding the products themselves. Buy from a licensed distributor. They will be required by law to follow health and safety standards for growing, production, and handling within the shop. 

Now, while CBG is just starting to take off, you can purchase some and be ahead of the curve.

If you're looking to buy CBG, reach out to a local dispensary.