It’s no longer a secret that marijuana isn’t the only cannabis plant in the world. It often feels like marijuana has taken a side-kick role ever since we discovered hemp and everyone has been going head over heels for it.
Hemp is the non-psychoactive version of the Cannabis Sativa plant. And why is that?
Well, unlike Marijuana, Hemp is not particularly ‘strong with the force’ when it comes to THC. The translation of that into boring scientific lingo is; Hemp does not have a significant THC content.
If that still doesn’t mean anything to you, it all makes sense when you learn that THC is the ONLY psychoactive component found in cannabis. That goes for ALL forms of cannabis.
This has prompted the U.S. government to federally legalize Hemp crops and hemp-derived products.
Since its federal legalization back in 2018, hemp has been studied in detail by companies and laboratories across the world. Why you ask?
Well, if you were finally allowed to commercialize a product that has been illegal for ages, you would also want to know everything there is to know about it.
After years of careful research, we’ve found that hemp is a good source of another primary cannabinoid known as CBD (cannabidiol). But in recent years we’ve also found it to be a good way to harvest other cannabinoids.
There are over 113+ cannabinoids identified in hemp so far.
With that knowledge on hand, it is just a question of learning to extract them and produce finished goods from them.
One of the cannabinoids that has recently hit the shelves is Cannabigerol, commonly known as CBG.
Despite its increasing popularity, reliable CBG products are hard to come by. This is because creating high-CBG strains is expensive, takes a lot of time, and requires a high level of growing expertise. So you have to be extra careful when choosing your CBG products.
Very few brands have created high-quality, reliable, lab-tested CBG strains. If you’re on the market for cannabigerol and want to stay clear from low-level products, then visit Botany Farms’ website.
They have decades of experience growing cannabis and approach their craft like an art form, creating top-shelf CBG strains that really highlight the many benefits of this cannabinoid. Experience it with their popular strain, White CBG.
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In other words, just like CBD, cannabigerol (CBG) has a number of properties that do not come paired with ‘getting high’. Being non-psychoactive means that you get all the benefits expected from the component without abandoning your clear-headed state or feeling overwhelmed by the intoxicating effects.
This makes CBG the perfect option for consumers who want to reap the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of cannabis while remaining focused and operational. Which makes CBG the epitome of day-time smoking options.
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Multiple studies performed on mice specimens have shown that CBG could have anti-inflammatory properties. Subsequently, by reducing inflammation, CBG could also share the analgesic effects of other cannabinoids like THC and CBD.
This similarity could also be explained by the fact that CBG is considered the ‘mother cannabinoid’ to other cannabis-derived compounds, including THC and CBD. What this means is that all other cannabinoids come from a naturally occurring chemical breakdown of CBG that happens within the plant.
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As you would expect from a potent cannabinoid, CBG can have extremely effective and powerful mood-boosting effects. This belief is based on evidence that has linked CBG consumption to the production of Anandamide.
Anandamide is a chemical that interacts with the body, particularly with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), and is believed to play an important role in mood stabilization. While the real reason behind the mood-boosting prowess of cannabis has yet to be clinically determined, the anecdotal effects gathered from CBG consumers are promising.
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A few cannabis companies are quick to the gun when it comes to linking cannabis consumption to cancer-related benefits. While pre-clinical and clinical studies do not conclusively prove it, CBG consumption has been shown to alleviate some of the symptoms caused by some forms of cancer. This does not mean by any means that CBG will cure cancer, but it might help cope with some of the symptomatic reactions generated by it.
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To keep that discussion going, one of the most common cancer-related symptoms is appetite depletion or an overall change in it. CBG has been shown to help stimulate the appetite and if used right could be used to gradually control it.
This effect should not be confused with ‘the munchies’. CBG can stimulate and affect appetite behavior but it most certainly won’t leave you feeling like you could go through a bucket of chicken all by yourself.
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It’s not a secret that cannabis has been used for ages as an effective treatment for glaucoma. It turns out that CBG could have a huge part to play in that outcome.
Preliminary research shows that CBG may help relieve intraocular pressure, as you would expect from an anti-inflammatory substance. By doing so, CBG can reduce symptoms of pain caused by glaucoma and if properly prescribed by a licensed physician, could potentially be used as a tool to combat the ailment itself.
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Similar to how CBG can help regulate appetite, it can also do so with sleep patterns. CBG has been shown to soothe the mind and provide feelings of deep relaxation, prompting the body to enter a state of restfulness that motivates a good night’s sleep.
However, CBG is still a good day-time smoke and will never make you feel sedated. Feeling relaxed doesn’t mean you’ll feel sleepy, but if you so wish to tuck yourself into bed, a good time to do so would be after smoking a CBG-heavy joint.
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For a long-time, we’ve heard tell tales of how cannabis may impair your thinking abilities. While that is true with intoxicating forms of cannabis with a high THC content, it is not necessarily true for the non-psychoactive versions of the flower.
CBG has been shown to have neuroprotective properties that could shield brain cells from damage caused by external influences or internal deterioration processes. Brain degeneration is a condition everyone has to endure on some level as the body ages, well, it turns out that CBG could potentially promote neurogenesis; the growth of new brain cells. While how this is done is yet to be determined, research results seem promising.
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Cannabis-infused topicals have become a go-to for many consumers treating skin conditions or for users who take their skincare routine seriously. CBG is a great addition to your skincare regimen because it has shown antibacterial properties that could prove effective against common bacteria. Nevertheless, the antibacterial effects of CBG are not exclusive to topical application.
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Anxiety is an extremely common condition among Americans. While the anxiolytic effects of CBG still need to be conclusively proven, it is no secret that smoking weed affects anxiety.
When THC is involved, the effect of cannabis on anxiety could go either way because of the mental ‘high’ associated with marijuana. CBG soothes the mind and relaxes the body without the overwhelming effects of THC and has therefore been shown to have a positive effect on anxiety. Reducing and controlling anxiety spikes has been the case for many regular users.
The line that separates benefits from effects is a thing one.
One that must be drawn.
While CBG benefits refer to the potential advantage or profit (short-term or long-lasting) a person might gain from taking CBG. The effects of CBG refer to any change that happens as a result of taking CBG, regardless of whether the change is considered positive, negative, or neutral.
In the case of CBG, all the effects will steer away from psychoactive reactions or intoxicating outcomes.
CBG effects are not nearly as fun to learn about as benefits. But in some aspects, they explain why the benefits linked to CBG are, in fact, possible.
Most of the effects found in research are related to the way CBG may modify endocannabinoid signaling within the body, therefore, modifying or inhibiting the role of endocannabinoid receptors to the point where neuroprotective effects could be triggered.
The following some of the effects of CBG that are backed by research:
Now we’ve arrived at the easy-to-write part of the article. Not because I know this bit by memory, but because the choice is actually quite easy when it comes to brands and online options.
The choices you have are simple:
We say that the choice is simple because we’re unfortunately still going through a pandemic and ordering online has never been easier.
At Herb, we’re familiar with a wide variety of online stores & dispensaries, and our fair share of cannabis brands. Botany Farms CBG is one that stands out from the crowd because of the brand’s reputable experience crafting high-end non-psychoactive hemp flower.