CBG is another non-intoxicating cannabinoid that is quickly sharing the spotlight with CBD. As CBD was several years ago, CBG is new to many people. People don’t really know much about yet, let alone what the different CBG delivery methods are. In this guide, we’ll cover it all.
What is CBG?
Before we get into CBG delivery methods, we’ll explain a little more about this cannabinoid first. CBG is the acronym for cannabigerol. There is an association (precursor) between CBG and THCA, CBDA and CBCA. The cannabinoid is found in both hemp and cannabis. There are now strains of hemp that have been bred to be rich in CBG, labeling them CBG flower.
Like CBD, it is found in higher concentrations in hemp than in cannabis. When it is activated (exposed to light or heat) it can become CBD or THC – but this only happens upon activation of the cannabinoid. CBGA, the non-active form of CBG, can convert to CBDA or THCA. Neither CBDA nor THCA are intoxicating.
CBG has great promise. It’s a valuable cannabinoid to the endocannabinoid system in multiple ways. Some trials have been conducted on mice to determine some of the potential of CBG, but research and science still have a very long way to go.
Some data does suggest that there could be efficacious value of CBG when it comes to eye health such as glaucoma. It’s thought that there could be suitable support to reduce intraocular pressure due to present vasodilator properties.
Efficacy is also possible where inflammation, such as IBS, is involved as well as brain nerve cell degeneration that is associated with Huntington’s disease.
In Europe, some research provided evidence that CBG has antibacterial properties.
Additional research points to potential efficacy of CBG for:
- Appetite improvement
- Inhibiting muscle contractions
- Improved bladder dysfunction
- Cancer cell inhibitor (especially in colorectal cancer cells)
Much still needs to be figured out when it comes to CBG.
CBG Delivery Methods
Now we’ll get into what CBG delivery methods are available now, as well as some that may come available in the future. Using the cannabinoid is still new, so the delivery methods currently available are somewhat limited. Greater quantities of isolated CBG are becoming available. You may see it marketed as CBG distillate, and some will just list it as CBG isolate.
CBG flower is hemp flower that has been bred specifically to have higher concentrations of CBG. This flower also contains other cannabinoids such as CBD, a compliant amount of THC (0.3% or less) and sometimes you’ll also find CBN (cannabinol). CBN is also non-intoxicating. When THC starts to break down, it converts to CBN. This is also why cannabis flower that sits around for a while might make you a little sleepier than it did before.
CBG flower isn’t available everywhere yet. It is important to review lab results prior to making a purchase. Lab tests are conducted on CBG products just as they are THC and CBD products. Make sure that the level of THC is compliant with state and federal law where hemp is concerned (0.3% or less). Also review the cannabinoid and terpene profiles noted in the results.
Other things to look for on a CBG flower lab test:
- No mold remediation has been required
- Passes heavy metals testing
- Passes mold testing
- Passes residual solvent testing
- Is compliant with fertilizer and other chemical restrictions (some states ban some pesticides and fertilizers)
- Has been certified with a live signature and not a stamp
- Has lab licensing information and contact information
- Batch numbers
- Date of acceptance of the sample
- Date the sample was tested
- Date the results are certified
Using CBG Flower
When it comes to this on of the CBG delivery methods, there are a few options. You can just grind up the flower and smoke it from a pipe, bong or in a joint. You can also use it in a dry herb vaporizer. It can also be made into CBG butter in the same way you’d make cannabutter.
All you need to do here is place equal parts of ground CBG flower and butter in a crockpot and set it to low. Leave it for 3 hours and then strain it through cheesecloth. Cannabutter is great over popcorn, tossed in pasta, just spread onto bread or toast – there are dozens and dozens of applications for cannabutter. This also leaves the door wide open for creativity in the kitchen while getting some of this valuable cannabinoid at the same time.
CBG Distillate or Isolate
CBG distillate is just that – only CBG. CBG can be isolated from other cannabinoids just as THC and CBD can. This allows manufacturers to create CBG only products such as tinctures, capsules and vape. Topicals that are CBG rich haven’t quite made it to the market yet.
CBG distillate can be used on its own but it can also be mixed with other cannabinoids to make various blends for varying intentions.
CBG and CBD are often seen together. The two complement each other well. CBN may also be added because this makes “three peas in a pod” when it comes to targeting support for some specific symptoms.
CBG isolated liquid can be used to make topicals. It can also be used in health and beauty products such as lip balm and facial creams.
The popularity of CBG is just beginning and it is speculated to be almost as popular as CBD in a short period of time. While the CBG delivery methods are somewhat limited right now, it’s merely because the focus is on CBD and completely learning its potential. Science is still trying to catch up when it comes to knowing more about the 120+ cannabinoids and terpenes that can be found in the cannabis plant family.