What is CBG? (or, cannabigerol)

July 31, 2023 Bud Love Team
What is CBG? (or, cannabigerol) - Welcome to a deep dive into the world of CBG (cannabigerol), a lesser known but highly promising cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant

Welcome to a deep dive into the world of CBG (cannabigerol), a lesser known but highly promising cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. At Bud Love, we believe in harnessing the full potential of nature’s gifts, especially CBG. In this article, we invite you to explore the remarkable benefits of CBG and how Bud Love mixers can enhance the experience of cannabis.

Unveiling CBG: A Multifaceted Cannabinoid

Cannabigerol (CBG), sometimes called “the mother cannabinoid” because all other cannabinoids are derived from it, occurs naturally in the cannabis plant. While more prominent cannabinoids like THC and CBD often steal the spotlight, CBG has gained attention for its unique properties.

  • CBG is considered a minor cannabinoid because it is found in much smaller quantities compared to cannabinoids like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). It is typically present in the plant in concentrations of less than 1%.
  • CBG is often referred to as the “mother cannabinoid” because it is the precursor to other cannabinoids. In the early stages of the cannabis plant’s growth, CBG is synthesized and then converted into other cannabinoids like THC, CBD, and CBC (cannabichromene) through enzymatic processes.
  • Unlike THC, CBG is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not produce the characteristic “high” associated with cannabis use. This makes CBG an attractive option for individuals seeking the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids without the psychoactive effects.
  • CBG is often found in full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD products. Full-spectrum CBD products contain a range of cannabinoids, including CBG, while broad-spectrum products contain multiple cannabinoids except for THC. These products are believed to produce an “entourage effect,” where the various cannabinoids work synergistically to enhance their therapeutic effects.
  • Due to its low concentrations in cannabis plants, extracting CBG in large quantities can be challenging and expensive, which is something Bud Love has spent significant time to study and perfect.

Potential Therapeutic Benefits of CBG

CBG holds immense promise as a therapeutic compound. Preliminary research suggests that CBG may offer a variety of potential benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory effects: CBG has shown potential as an anti-inflammatory agent. A 2013 study published in the journal Biochemical Pharmacology found that CBG reduced inflammation in a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease. Another study in 2017, published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, indicated that CBG could inhibit inflammation in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis.
  • Neuroprotective properties: CBG has been investigated for its potential neuroprotective effects. A 2015 study published in the journal Neurotherapeutics suggested that CBG may protect neurons in a mouse model of Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder. It showed promise in preserving striatal neurons, which are affected in Huntington’s disease.
  • Antidepressant and anxiolytic effects: Preliminary research suggests that CBG may have antidepressant and anxiolytic properties. A 2016 study published in the journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior found that CBG had an antidepressant-like effect in mice subjected to a forced swimming test. Additionally, a 2019 study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience indicated that CBG had potential anxiolytic effects in mice.
  • Anti-cancer properties: CBG has been studied for its potential anti-cancer properties. Research published in the journal Carcinogenesis in 2014 suggested that CBG could inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells in mice. CBG appeared to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and reduce the formation of tumors.
  • Antibacterial effects: CBG has demonstrated antibacterial activity against certain bacteria strains. A 2008 study published in the Journal of Natural Products showed that CBG had antibacterial properties against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This suggests its potential in combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Enhancing the Entourage Effect

One of the key reasons CBG is of great interest is its role in the entourage effect. When CBG is combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes present in the cannabis plant, it creates a synergistic interaction known as the entourage effect. This collaboration maximizes the potential benefits and overall experience of consuming cannabis.

Here’s how CBG contributes to the entourage effect:

Modulation of receptor activity: CBG can interact with cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) in the ECS. By binding to these receptors, CBG may modulate the activity of other cannabinoids that bind to the same receptors. This interaction can influence the overall effect of the cannabinoids, potentially enhancing their therapeutic benefits.

  • Enzyme inhibition: CBG has been found to inhibit the activity of certain enzymes in the ECS, specifically the enzyme called fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). FAAH is responsible for breaking down anandamide, an endocannabinoid that binds to CB1 receptors. By inhibiting FAAH, CBG may increase the levels of anandamide, prolonging its effects and potentially enhancing the overall cannabinoid experience.
  • Increased bioavailability: CBG may improve the bioavailability of other cannabinoids. Bioavailability refers to the degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream and becomes available for the body to use. CBG may enhance the absorption and utilization of other cannabinoids, allowing them to have a more pronounced effect.
  • Synergistic effects: CBG, along with other cannabinoids and terpenes, may have synergistic effects when combined. This means that their combined action may produce stronger or more diverse effects than individual compounds alone. The unique combination of cannabinoids and terpenes found in different cannabis strains can contribute to the entourage effect and create a more comprehensive therapeutic experience.
  • Bud Love has discovered that CBG complements cannabis to alter and enhance the effect, including a more happy and social buzz with no anxiety or paranoia, and the ability to get just as buzzed with less cannabis or THC.

Bud Love and CBG

At Bud Love, we embrace the power of CBG and incorporate it into our herbal mixers. By blending CBG with rich botanicals and complementary herbs, we create a dynamic blend that enhances the entourage effect, allowing you to experience the full spectrum of benefits that cannabis has to offer.

A Customized Experience: Bud Love’s CBG-infused herbal mixers provide a platform for customization, allowing you to curate your ideal cannabis experience. Whether you seek relaxation, creativity, or a boost of energy, and whether you want a strong or more mellow buzz, our blends can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Explore the versatility of Bud Love’s mixers and their potential to improve the effects and aroma of your favorite cannabis strains.

Promoting Well-Being and Balance: The inclusion of CBG in Bud Love’s herbal mixers goes beyond enhancing the recreational aspect of cannabis. CBG has the potential to contribute to overall well-being and balance by supporting various bodily systems. By incorporating CBG into our blends, we strive to provide an elevated experience that promotes a sense of harmony and holistic wellness.

As our understanding of the cannabis plant evolves, CBG emerges as an important cannabinoid with tremendous therapeutic potential. Bud Love celebrates the benefits of CBG by infusing it into our herbal mixers, ensuring you have access to a customized, enriching cannabis experience. Discover the power of CBG and join us on a journey of well-being, balance, and enhanced enjoyment with Bud Love’s CBG-infused blends.

Remember, always consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating any new substances into your wellness routine.

––This article comes to you from the Bud Love team.