If you’re a health junkie or you’re up to date on some of the latest holistic health trends, you might have heard of CBG. But like any relatively new discovery, there are many questions around the properties, effects, uses, and safety of CBG.
Let’s answer some of your most pressing questions regarding this innovative, powerful ingredient that’s pushing boundaries on how nature can heal.
What is CBG?
Let's break it down simply: CBG (Cannabigerol) is most commonly a cannabinoid – a naturally occurring compound derived from plants.
Cannabinoids and elements from the cannabis plant receive a lot of press in the medical world (both good and bad) because they contain some impressive (and sometimes “scandalous”) properties when it comes to interactions with our emotional, physical, and mental health.
CBG is the Original, Pure Cannabinoid
CBG is actually the acidic form and “parent” molecule of the other main cannabinoids CBD and the psychoactive compound THC. CBG has been famously coined as, “The Mother of all Cannabinoids.”
That means THC and CBD (along with all other cannabinoids) can’t exist without the initial formation of CBG in its raw form. This does not mean, however, that CBG contains THC or CBD.
In order for CBG to become something else, it must convert the raw, acidic form of CBG into CBD and THC cannabinoids. If the CBG is extracted prior to that conversion, it remains pure and potent with no psychoactive properties present.
This creates an incredible opportunity for a healing plant without the legal implications of psychoactive side effects.
Why Do Cannabis Plants Cause So Many Confusing Questions?
We all know the age-long debate over cannabis plants that contain psychoactive compounds is one that can leave you feeling quite confused.
- Which cannabis plants contain psychoactive components?
- Is there a difference between what medical cannabis plants produce vs. non-medical plants?
- Is cannabis the same as marijuana?
- Which cannabinoids are legal?
- What’s the difference between THC, CBD?
- What are the CBD effects? Will using CBD get me high like THC?
And now with the addition of another cannabinoid, you’re presented with even more questions:
- How to CBG and CBD differ?
- How is CBG used? Are CBG oils a thing?
- How does CBG work?
- What is CBG and what are the effects of CBG?
Don’t worry. We’ll cover all those questions and more.
But first, it’s important to note that while most common cannabinoids (THC and CBD, but especially CBG) are often sourced from the cannabis plant, that’s an outdated concept now.
Today, cannabis plants are not the only way to produce and extract cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are actively being found in other plants and sustainable production sources like carrots, citrus, and ginger.
What is CBG Good For?
Now that you have a little more background on what CBG actually is, how it’s created and how it differs from other cannabinoids, it’s time to talk benefits.
Some of the most notable uses of CBG include:
- Reducing inflammation
- Helping supplement a healthy appetite
- Calming irritation and redness
- Fighting cancer-causing cells
- Fighting bacterial infections
- Supporting some of the body’s essential functions for optimal health
How Does CBG WorK?
CBG works perfectly in the human body because it fits into the framework of how our endocannabinoid system functions. CBG molecules link with the cannabinoid receptors our bodies already use to regulate many processes.
The endocannabinoid system in the human body is wildly important for regulating brain function, endocrine function, and immunity.
The endocannabinoid system also actively assists in the secretion of hormones related to reproductive functions and stress, among other things.
CBG molecules interact with the cannabinoid receptors already present in our bodies to optimize performance and regulate healthy functions.
There’s a lot of heavy science behind it, but for now, that should help you understand how CBG works and all of its capabilities.
Is CBG Legal?
Yes, like some other cannabinoids, CBG is completely legal, provided that it is derived from a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC.
THC has psychoactive effects and is the most important factor in legality because it contains psychoactive properties that are potent above 0.3%.
So, CBG is only illegal if it’s derived from a hemp plant containing more than 0.3% THC.
And here’s the deal: a hemp plant containing more than 0,3% THC is designated as marijuana.
As you probably already know, marijuana is considered a controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act, which has legal implications.
The short of it: CBG sourced from marijuana (a THC-heavy plant) is illegal, but also not common in things like skincare products.
You’ll want your CBG to be derived from a source containing less than 0.3% THC, which shouldn’t be too hard to find, especially since, again, you can find ad extract CBG in other sources, such as sugarcane.
After years of development and biotechnology, the sugarcane plant has become an incredible and sustainable source for CBG.
The sugarcane also takes THC and psychoactive properties out of the picture, for a simplified healing, nourishing solution – the way nature intended.
At Terasana, we’ve formulated a revolutionary process through sustainably-sourced sugarcane fermentation to create pure, clean, and functional CBG. Zero legal implications, all the benefits of a cannabinoid compound.
It’s a game-changer.
Why You Maybe Haven’t Heard of CBG Before
CBG is expensive to extract and produce, generally speaking. Since it’s derived in the early stages of the plant life of hemp, harvesting becomes expensive.
You have to spend time, labor, and money to plant more cannabis plants, harvest them early, trash the remains, and start over.
Plus, you’re only able to extract a minuscule amount of CBG from each plant since the plant isn’t fully developed. (We’re talking only 1% of the plant contains CBG).
This production process requires massive land use and money to source production. It’s ineffective, wasteful, and harmful to the environment.
At Terasana, we’ve found a sustainable and affordable way to produce CBG.
Our proprietary production uses sustainably sourced sugarcane and biotechnology to create CBG in a lab. And before you ask – no, lab-created CBG isn’t fake or synthetic – it’s simply derived from a different process but contains the same molecular makeup as CBG sourced from the cannabis plant.
That’s why we believe we’re bringing a revolutionary solution with our patented process, making CBG products affordable and accessible.
What’s the Difference Between CBG & CBD?
Usually, when someone is introduced to CBG, their first question is:
How is CBG different from CBD?
Luckily, it doesn’t require a super scientific answer: it’s pretty simple.
Both CBG and CBD have different molecule structures, neither of which have psychoactive properties, unlike THC.
CBG is the original source of CBD but can be extracted before it’s synthesized into the compound CBD.
So why choose CBG over CBD? It’s commonly argued that CBG is more powerful since it’s a precursor to all other cannabinoids. People want results, and CBG delivers.
Benefits of CBG
CBG’s biggest benefit over CBD: No THC present, ever.
Because of how CBG forms, it’s just not part of the equation. And for companies like Terasana, it provides an affordable, effective remedy for a variety of health concerns.
A solution derived from nature, without the complications of THC being a concern. Deleted from the conversation. (We’re not hating on THC, it’s just much simpler without it).
CBG in all forms (most commonly a component of a formula or a standalone CBG oil) covers a wide range of health benefits – notably specific benefits like antibiotic properties and appetite stimulation.
CBG also boasts a wide range of skincare benefits and both mental and physical benefits too.
At Terasana, we love CBG for its antibacterial properties when it comes to healthy and nourished skin. It’s the ultimate healer for unwanted blemishes, inflammation, and irritation. Paired with squalane oil to provide moisture and transport nutrients deep into the skin, you can expect healthy skin on a cellular level.
CBG is a much-needed addition to an efficient, simple skincare routine. It’s a proactive way to keep your skin happy, clear, and nourished.
CBG also acts as a powerful regulator for mental health.
Many find CBG oil can be used similar to CBD oils, calming anxiety and effectively relieving stress.
Stress, anxiety, and depression are all known to take a large toll on our physical and mental wellbeing. CBG oil could be the tool that finally helps you naturally treat and relieve your mental health concerns.
As always, consult your doctor or professional medical advice before relying on CBG oil or supplements if you’re struggling with a serious mental condition.
We’re happy to report that many benefits extend to the physical realm too. The physical health benefits of CBG are still being studied, but there are many promising results so far.
Studies show the effectiveness of CBG in reducing inflammation in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease, something millions of people (unfortunately) struggle within today’s society. In a study conducted with mice, significant data concluded that CBG had a positive effect on the symptoms and conditions associated with inflammatory bowel disease.
Other studies show CBG’s ability to fight nausea, stimulate appetite, regulate sleep, and even fight cancer-causing cells.
We’re on to something huge with this newly acknowledged cannabinoid. It’s not really new at all, but it’s finally finding its way into our vocabulary. As a society focused on health solutions, we’re only just starting to tap into its massive benefits for a healthy lifestyle.
How to Use CBG
Many people would love to benefit from the health properties of CBG, but don’t know where to start or may feel overwhelmed.
So if you’re curious as to how to start incorporating CBG in your life, allow us to support you on your health journey.
Here are some of the most popular methods for applying and administering CBG:
- CBG oil or tincture – in the format of a liquid application, CBG is potent and effective, especially consumed under the tongue. You can also mix it into food or drink.
- CBG crystals – in the purest form, CBG crystals come as a powder that can be melted under the tongue or blended into a smoothie or oil as a supplement.
- CBG supplements – Yep, CBG pills exist! You can add these to your daily supplement regimen in the convenient format of a pill.
- Topical CBG ointments and products – applied directly to the affected area, or as a general treatment, CBG ointments and topical application through a lotion or serum can heal the skin for targeted results through absorption.
Side Effects of CBG
While CBG is not a new compound, its use in a healthy lifestyle is somewhat new. Because of the overwhelmingly positive response from those using CBG related products, there has not been a lot of research performed on the side effects of CBG.
Though, some using CBG liberally have experienced tiredness, dry mouth, or a change in appetite.
It’s important to also remember that CBG as a skincare product offers a lower dosage and is unlikely to have these effects. Check out our blog on how to apply face serum for more reading on CBG effects and how you can incorporate it into your daily skincare routine.
CBG Products: What are you waiting for?
CBG is a potent and effective solution for many health concerns. Whether you’re looking to soothe anxiety, reduce inflammation, or create nourished, healthy skin, CBG’s got you covered.
And remember, your health is your decision, and it’s important to make choices that leave you feeling empowered and ready to own your health.