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What is Cannabigerol (CBG)?

So, we've talked about THC, CBD, and a variety of other cannabinoids, and now it's time to pay tribute to Cannabigerol or CBG. In this guide, we explain:

  • What is Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • What does CBG do and how does it work?
  • What is the difference between CBG and CBD?
  • How is Cannabigerol produced?
  • Where can CBG be found?

What is Cannabigerol (CBG)?

What is Cannabigerol (CBG)

Cannabigerol is a cannabinoid that occurs in low concentrations in marijuana plants. CBG is unique because when CBGA (the acidic, inactive form of CBG) breaks down, it becomes one of the three main cannabinoids: THCA, CBDA, or CBCA. It is the decarboxylation of these cannabinoids that produces the effects that cannabis consumers generally talk about.

What does CBG do and how does it work?

CBG is a unique cannabinoid, and research is still underway to understand exactly how it works and what it does in the human body. We know a few things and it all starts with the Endocannabinoid System in the human body. It includes a system of receptors called CB1 and CB2. It's believed that CB1 receptors are primarily in the nervous system and the brain, which is why one might feel intoxicating effects when THC binds to CB1 receptors. CBG seems to primarily bind to CB2 receptors, which are found in the body and the immune system. It is also thought that CBG at increased doses might prevent other molecules from binding to CB1 receptors.

How is Cannabigerol produced?

Generally, young cannabis plants produce the most Cannabigerol. The more developed the cannabis plant is, the less CBG it may have. There are also some cannabis strains that are bred for higher CBG content. Because CBG can be converted into CBD and THC, breeders have not always focused on the CBG content, but as more research comes out about this cannabinoid, breeders have started to cross and manipulate the genetics of their cannabis plants to produce CBG.

Where can CBG be found?

To start, you might want to look out for specific strains like Auto CBG-Force, Auto CBG Nectar, and CBG Zerodue. There are some CBG products, including CBG flowers - Bio Hanf CBD Blüten 6 % CBD - Cheese 2 g or CBG oil, that contain CBG alongside other cannabinoids.