If you’ve come this far, you probably know a thing or two about Cannabidiol (CBD). As you can read in our previous blogs, this substance is one of the many found in hemp plants; of which the extracts and oils appear to have a beneficial effect on our well-being. Though there is more to hemp than just CBD, proven by the ‘stem cell’ of cannabinoids: Cannabigerol (CBG). A very special compound, mainly responsible for the effects of our CBG oil.
CBG from hemp
The hemp plant is a truly intriguing organism, as it possesses many hundreds of active ingredients. Though some experts, like our experienced and valued farmer, go as far as to say there are more than 1500 active components in hemp. Some of these we know as terpenes, the aromatic compounds that determine wether a certain extract or strain will lift you up or calm you down. But those are not the most interesting substances found in hemp extracts. Because what it is actually all about in hemp, are its cannabinoids - like CBD and CBG.
CBG, much like CBD, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Meaning it will not induce a high or stoned feeling; like THC (the best known cannabinoid next to CBD) can. Though what some might not know, is that THC and CBD were both CBG at one point. As CBG is thought to be the precursor of the two famous plant substances, and is sometimes even dubbed as their ‘stem cell’.
Accordingly, this means that CBG is more present in plants that are harvested early; rather than late-harvested hemp plants. As during the last weeks of the flowering phase, the cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabigerol-acid (CBG-a) are slowly converted into THC or CBD - depending on the cultivar. And while the concentration of CBD, CBC, THC and CBN increases at that point - CBG-levels go down in return. So to reach a high level of CBG in an extract, hemp plants need to be harvested earlier than usual.
CBG oil - full plant mix of CBG and CBD
Though CBG oil by Dutch Natural Healing contains more than just CBG. As the combination of different cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant is believed to provide a better effect; than the ingredients would provide when isolated. This is what we call the ‘entourage-effect’, a synergy between the cannabinoids and other active ingredients.
Where CBG differs from CBD, is that it does not interact with the same cannabinoid receptors as CBD oil does. So it also interacts with the body differently - causing other effects than CBD alone. CBG is mainly believed to offer a calming effect, as it relaxes the nerves in the body. And some consumers report CBG oil helps them sleep better, providing realistic and more importantly, positive dreams. In that perspective, CBG might also help people battle nightmares, for example.
Despite that research on the matter is relatively scarce, preliminary studies show promising results when it comes to the health benefits of CBG. As it is believed that CBG has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, is a strong antioxidant and stimulates appetite. And with so many possible effects from CBG, imagine the benefits you’ll experience from a 1:1 combination of CBD and CBG as found in Dutch Natural Healing CBG Oil: