Unique Flower Power: CBD and CBG
While the star of the hemp plant is CBD, its leading compound, the reality is that within the flowers of the female hemp plant are a variety of unique compounds that each boast their own individual properties that can be quite useful to us. CBD is just one of over a hundred cannabinoids that naturally occur in cannabis, and this class of compounds is extremely fascinating in terms of the way in which cannabinoids interact with the human body.
As the hemp industry continues to grow and evolve, more and more enthusiasts are starting to explore other cannabinoids that occur in the plant. One cannabinoid that’s been getting a lot of attention lately is CBG. The hemp plant naturally contains far less CBG than it does CBD, but that doesn’t take away from its unique properties that make this compound worth exploring.
Now, let’s take a closer look into each cannabinoid and what it could offer to the body.
CBD vs. CBG: What’s the Difference?
Within the hemp plant, CBD is the leading compound, meaning that there is more CBD in the plant material than any other cannabinoid or other type of compound that occurs in cannabis. CBG is far lower on the list, which is part of the reason why it’s not as popular. Basically, it’s harder to isolate CBG from the plant material in an amount that’s truly useful, because it requires more hemp plants to produce. But, because of the growing popularity of hemp, more and more researchers are exploring non-CBD compounds in hemp to understand how they work and how they may be able to benefit us.
What’s important to know is that each cannabinoid has its own properties. Properties refer to the unique effects that a compound can offer to a person. CBD has largely been studied for its potential effects on stress and pain, and there are countless clinical studies available now on what this unique cannabinoid may be able to offer. There are less studies on CBG, because interest in the compound is fairly new, and, as stated earlier, it requires more time and money to produce a CBG isolate that can be analyzed by scientists.
Currently, studies are underway showing possible links between CBG and pain and inflammation levels throughout the body.
Due to the increasing popularity of CBG as independent from CBD and other hemp compounds, we expect to see more studies take place over the coming years. We hope that soon, we’ll have a much more detailed understanding of the unique potential that this cannabinoid has.
Cannabinoids and Your Body’s Endocannabinoid System
Another thing to bear in mind is that both CBD and CBG work with your body’s endocannabinoid system. This bodily system seems to perform regulatory actions on the body’s many systems and processes that we depend on daily. The endocannabinoid system utilizes cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body, and when they receive cannabinoids, chemical reactions take place that can regulate the function of crucial processes like sleep, inflammation, and mood. Each cannabinoid in the hemp plant works with the endocannabinoid system in its own unique way.
The Availability of CBD and CBG
So, most of us know how to find CBD, but what about CBG? As you would imagine, CBG-based products will be more expensive than their CBD counterparts due to the lower volume of CBG in the hemp plant. CBG isolates do exist, but they are relatively rare, largely due to a low demand and high manufacturing cost. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t access them if you wish.
Another option is going with a full spectrum hemp product derived from a CBG-heavy hemp strain. The strain of a hemp plant refers to its unique chemical composition produced by advanced crossbreeding techniques employed by the farmer. Some strains have higher levels of CBG than others, and more and more companies are choosing high-CBG strains, knowing that this cannabinoid is becoming more popular.
A full-spectrum hemp extract containing a higher level of CBG than average is probably ideal due to the entourage effect: Full-spectrum hemp extracts contain every compound found in the hemp plant as it occurs in nature. This means that you’re getting the complete variety of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoid and nutrients that exist in the particular strain from which the extract is derived. This allows the body to experience the natural synergistic properties of the hemp plant. When we consume the whole plant composition as nature intended, the effects of each compound may be multiplied.
Therefore, we recommend that you seek out this option. It will allow you to experience both CBD and CBG, as well as every other cannabinoid that is native to that strain.
Final CBD and CBG Flower Thoughts
Both CBD and CBG may be incredibly useful chemical compounds that are worth our consideration. While they are both derived from the same plant, each one may offer properties that are unique from the other. If you wish to explore what CBG is capable of, either opt for a CBG isolate or go with a high-CBG strain of full-spectrum hemp extract.