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What is CBG?
Karah KidgerFebruary 4, 2020

What is CBG?

CBG, also known as cannabigerol, is a cannabinoid which is being examined for its possible medical properties. The inactive (acidic) form of CBG, called CBGA, serves as the base molecule that other cannabinoids like THC and CBD are built upon and formed from.

As a cannabis plant matures, CBGA converts into cannabinoids like THC, CBD, CBC, and less frequently, remains as CBG. Unlike THC (which is most famous for its psychoactive properties), CBG will not leave you feeling intoxicated.

Wait… what's a cannabinoid?

A cannabinoid is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. There are a variety of types of cannabinoids which can help make up the molecular structure of any given marijuana or hemp plant, including THC, CBD and CBG, to name a few (there are over 110). Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system which was built to receive these cannabinoids to help regulate our endocannabinoid system.

How can CBG be most effective?

There are potential ways to increase the effectiveness of cannabinoids like CBG. It has been said that certain effects of this cannabinoid are boosted when consumed in conjunction or rotating with CBD and/or THC. These complementary cannabinoids can help make each other more effective. Some additional ways to “upregulate" our endocannabinoid system (i.e. increase how many receptors are in our brain to receive the cannabinoids) include: massage, aromatherapy, meditation, exercise, nutrition and supplements.

Which strains contain CBG?

Since CBG is thought to occur in earlier stages of plant development, it can be difficult to find strains high in CBG. Most CBG gets converted into other cannabinoids. Because most CBG converts into other cannabinoids as a plant grows, some scientists are experimenting with cross breeding strains which are shown to be less able to convert CBG into other cannabinoids.

They are also extracting CBG from cannabis plants that are not quite complete in their flowering cycles, before they have a chance to convert CBG into another cannabinoid. Some strains which have been said to test for high levels of CBG include Allen Wrench, Destroyer, Magic Jordan and Mickey Kush.

Karah Kidger
Raised by the ocean, refined by the mountains. Fueled by Mother Nature and laughter. What makes me happy: loved ones, skiing, cannabis, music, hiking, art, waves, adventures, paddling, the written word, a stiff drink, exploring.