CBG or cannabigerol is one cannabinoid compound (out of 100+ cannabinoids) extracted from a plant in the Cannabis genus group. Also called a phytocannabinoid, CBG occurs naturally in the cannabis plant. Though not as popular or as heavily studied as CBD (cannabidiol), CBG is similar to CBD as they both target CB1 and CB2 receptors in the human body.
Let's get this out of the way quickly. CBG is non-psychoactive and non-psychotropic meaning that it will not give you that "high" feeling.
Yes. Cannabigerol is federally legal when it comes from a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC. In the U.S. CBG is derived from hemp rather than cannabis to meet those requirements. CBG is also not a controlled substance under international law and should be allowed in most cases.
CBG is known as the mother of CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in that the acidic form of CBG called CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) gets converted into CBDA and THCA in the plant, both of which respectively become CBD and THC upon some aging, drying and heating of the cannabis plant itself.
NOTE THAT THIS HAPPENS IN THE PLANT! Our bodies will not convert CBGA and CBG into CBD or THC since, well, we're not plants.
Cannabigerol in the cannabis plant is typically found in a concentration of 1% of total cannabinoids. Though, some hemp strains have been modified to contain up to 10% CBG. In any case, harvesting CBG is expensive and requires a lot of biomass to produce CBG isolate. CBG is typically much more expe
In Battle Balm, we use a 8:1 CBD to CBG ratio. That is a high concentration of CBD to CBG. From our research, we've found CBG to be highly effective in binding to CB1 and CB2 receptors, even more so than CBD.
Using CBG in conjunction with CBD targets the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and it's CB1 and CB2 receptors. The combined power of these two phytocannabinoids creates an entourage effect which modulate pain receptors as well as act as anti-inflammatories.
CBG has been found to alleviate pain, which is the main reason we use it in our Battle Balm CBD product line. But not only that, CBG has antimicrobial and anti-cancer properties. Some studies have also shown CBG to have neuroprotective properties, i.e. an ability to protect nerves from damage.