Cannabinoid receptors and how CBG binds/reacts with them
CBG benefits over CBD
What is CBG?
CBG is shorthand for cannabigerol. This compound is one of many that are known as cannabinoids. In general, most commercially available cannabis strains are high in THC, ( the psycho-active compound in cannabis) but low in all other cannabinoids, including CBG. However, some breeders have created high CBG strains, such as Royal CBG Automatic , which possesses an average of 6-8% CBG.
How Is CBG Produced?
During the flowering stage, cannabis plants produce small structures on the exterior of flowers, called trichomes. These structures play many different roles for the plant, such as pest prevention and management, moisture retention, and UV ray protection. The ability to accomplish these tasks can be attributed to the physical structure of the trichome, but is more often attributed to the cannabinoids that they produce. At the beginning stages of cannabinoid production, the cannabinoid CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) acts as the precursor for THCA, CBDA, and CBCA, among many other cannabinoids. CBGA starts as the most abundant cannabinoid, then eventually becomes minor as it gets converted. To obtain high amounts of CBG in the final product, the grower can go down two routes; either harvest very early in the flowering stage, which will stop the CBGA conversion from happening, but will result in poor yields, or grow seeds such as seedsman CBG #1, or CBG force, which have been genetically selected to avoid the conversion of CBGA.
How Does CBG Affect The Body?
CBG is a non-psychoactive substance. Meaning that when used ( smoked, ingested, or applied topically), it will not get you ‘high’. In most cases, the effects that come from cannabinoids are due to how they react with the endocannabinoid system. The most commonly reported use for CBG is for depression and anxiety management. As CBG reacts with the body, it has the ability to help regulate mood and stress. Another widely reported use for CBG is management/ reduction of chronic pain.
CBG Over CBD
Currently, CBG is considered to be a better option for anti-inflammatory purposes compared to CBD or THC. Those affected by glaucoma have reported a reduction in intraocular eye pressure. CBG is also a great option for fighting insomnia. Taken before bed, CBG can have a powerful relaxing effect that can help put you to sleep and keep you asleep until the morning.
Growing your own CBG can be a rewarding and cost effective way to get your daily dose. Whether you grow for medicinal purposes or for recreational use, Multiverse Beans has a few strain recommendations for you:
- CBG Force Photo – known for large yields and a stealthy terpene profile, this strain is an all around well balanced cbd strain.
- CBG#1 – With a profile of 16.9% CBG and flavors of tangy berries and a hint of citrus, this strain is a great choice for anyone needing something that can really knock out symptoms of pain while having a great and unique taste.
- Royal CBG Automatic – This strain contains about 6-8% CBG, but has only 0.08% THC. If you tried cannabis for pain relief in the past, but the high THC content caused unwanted effects, then this is the strain for you. All of the benefits with none of the drawbacks that are caused by THC.