The market these days is buzzing with products containing CBD in one form or another. People are fully aware of the countless benefits CBD oil and other product can have on our mental and physical health (for the most part).
But CBD is not the only beneficial cannabinoid extracted from the hemp plant. Are you surprised by this revelation?
This, in fact, is true. Another effective compound that is now being identified and studied by scientists is cannabigerol (CBG).
What is CBG? And what is the underlying difference between CBD and CBG? Check out the content below to learn about these two components.
What Is CBD & Its Benefits
CBD is a well-known cannabinoid found in the hemp plant with a concentration level of about 10-16%. Being non-intoxicating in nature, it is widely used by infusing it in different products, including CBD oil, CBD gummies, and even CBD capsules.
CBD not only have neuroprotective properties but has the potential to provide relief in the following medical conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Skin problems, including rashes, acne, and eczema.
What We Know About CBG Its Benefits
Cannabigerol (CBG) is usually referred to as “The mother of all cannabinoids” or “The stem cell.” All the cannabinoids formed into the hemp plant are the predecessor of CBGA. The plant enzymes convert CBGA into more than 100 cannabinoids leaving behind small traces of CBG.
CBG is found in abundance in the flowering cannabis plant. However, once the plant reaches maturity, it has only 1% of CBG left, making it difficult for researchers to extract higher quantities of CBG.
Does CBG get you high? Just like its fellow cannabinoid CBD, CBG is also non-psychoactive, meaning it does not interact with your brain in a toxic way. The early phase of CBG study suggests that it has some amazing healing properties and can be used to cure the following medical issues:
- Prevent the growth of cancer cells.
- Useful in lowering the intraocular pressure related to the glaucoma condition.
- Helps reduce inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease.
- It can also assist in healing anxiety, cell degeneration, appetite stimulation, Huntington’s disease, epilepsy, osteoporosis, and MRSA.
CBD Versus CBG
Both CBD and CBG are non-intoxicating and can relieve your pain and stress. However, the underlying distinction between these two cannabinoids can be seen through the following points:
- Structural Composition
Looking at the basic structure of the two, we know that CBG is the precursor of all other cannabinoids. After a carboxyl group is removed from CBG, the structure shifts to create several other compounds, including CBD and THC.
- Form Of Interaction
Another major difference between CBD and CBG is their interaction with the endocannabinoid system. CBD interacts indirectly with the cannabinoid receptors, while CBG follows a more direct approach and actively interacts with the brain’s CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors.
CBG may be lurking behind in terms of research, but once it’s full benefits are unleashed, it will prove its actual worth.