Cannabigerol, also known as CBG, is one of the newest trends in the naturopathic community. CBG is often confused with cannabidiol (CBD) and is also an extract from cannabis and hemp plants that can be used for health reasons.
CBG is often concentrated in two forms: CBG oil and CBG bud. The oil can be taken orally or added to a drink while the flower is being smoked.
What is CBG?
Like CBD, CBG is a cannabinoid. This means that it is a chemical compound found in hemp and cannabis plants. Each cannabinoid affects the body in different ways.
CBG is interesting because it is the "mother cannabinoid" from which all other cannabinoids are synthesized. This means that CBG is converted into other cannabinoids, including CBD, THC, and many more. For this reason, high levels of CBG are found in immature hemp plants, and over time, CBG evolves into other cannabinoids.
Most cannabis and hemp strains have very low levels of CBG. Because research on CBG looks so promising, more and more breeders are trying to create strains that are high in CBG.
After all, CBG is not an intoxicating cannabinoid. Like CBD on its own, it cannot make you feel "high".
What are the benefits of CBG?
CBG needs further research before we fully understand it. Most of the studies on CBG have looked at the effects on animals rather than humans. However, current research is promising.
According to the research available on CBG, it can help with the following problems:
● neurodegenerative diseases
● Bladder dysfunction
● Nausea and vomiting
● Staph infections
● bad mood
However, the above research is inconclusive and so needs to be studied further before these potential benefits can be confirmed.
Why Use CBG Oil?
CBG oil is practical, easy to use and discreet: you can carry the oil in your cosmetic bag or purse.
CBG oil is particularly effective when you drip it directly under your tongue. Hold the CBG oil in your mouth for about 30 seconds to a minute and swallow it. This gives it time to get absorbed into your bloodstream through the tiny capillaries in your mouth.
Why use CBG flowers?
CBG flowers are hemp or cannabis flowers that contain high levels of CBG. They are used the same way you would smoke hemp or cannabis. You can either mix the CBG flowers with tobacco like a cigarette or smoke them straight, the healthiest way to vaporize them is with a vaporizer.
CBG isn't the only cannabinoid found in flowers: they almost always contain CBD, cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), and other cannabinoids. And cannabis contains THC too - enough to make you feel intoxicated.
Many people prefer to smoke hemp as it is a calming and relaxing experience. The routine of preparing your smoking material can be comforting in itself.
However, this method may not be suitable if you have a lung condition or if you currently have a respiratory condition such as bronchitis. All types of smoke can irritate your lungs. In addition, the smoke from CBG has a strong smell of cannabis and can lead to misunderstandings with other people.
Smoking CBG flowers and ingesting CBG oil are two popular ways to use CBG. Both methods have advantages and disadvantages, so it is up to you to decide what is best for you.
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