Discover the difference between CBD and CBG

Let’s learn about CBG oil! If you’ve made it this far, you probably know a thing or two about cannabidiol (CBD). As you can read in our previous articles, this substance is one of many found in industrial hemp plants, of which the extracts and oils appear to have a beneficial effect on our wellbeing. Although there is more to industrial hemp than just CBD. This is evidenced by the cannabinoid “stem cell”: Cannabigerol (CBG). A very special compound, mainly responsible for the effects of CBG oil.

CBG from industrial hemp (Hemp)
The industrial hemp plant is a really interesting organism, as it has many hundreds of active ingredients. Although some experts go so far as to say that there are more than 1500 active ingredients in industrial hemp. Some of these we know as terpenes, the aromatic compounds that determine whether an extract or variety will give you energy or calm you down. But these are not the most interesting substances found in cannabis extracts. Because in industrial hemp the most interesting substances are the cannabinoids – such as CBD and CBG.

CBG, like CBD, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. This means that it will not cause a ‘high’ like THC (the best known cannabinoid next to CBD) can. Although what some may not know is that THC and CBD were both CBGs at one point. As CBG is considered the precursor of the two famous plant substances, and is sometimes called the “stem cell”.

Consequently, this means that CBG is more present in early harvested plants. As in the last weeks of the flowering phase, cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabigerolate (CBG-a) are slowly converted to THC or CBD – depending on the variety. And while the concentration of CBD, CBC, THC and CBN increases at this point – CBG levels decrease in return. Thus, to achieve a high level of CBG in extract, cannabis plants need to be harvested earlier than usual.

CBG oil – complete herbal blend of CBG and CBD
Although CBG oil from Dutch Natural Healing contains more than just CBG. As the combination of different cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant is believed to provide a better effect than the components would provide if they were isolated. We call this the “entourage effect”, a synergy between cannabinoids and other active ingredients.

Where CBG oil differs from CBD oil is that it does not interact with the same cannabinoid receptors as CBD oil. So it also interacts with the body differently – causing different effects than CBD alone. CBG oil is mainly believed to offer a calming effect as it relaxes the nerves of the body. And some consumers report that CBG oil helps them sleep better, providing realistic and more meaningful positive dreams. In this perspective, CBG can also help people fight nightmares, for example.

Although research on the topic is relatively scarce, preliminary studies show promising results regarding the health benefits of CBG. As it is believed that CBG has antifungal and antibacterial properties, is a powerful antioxidant and stimulates appetite. And with so many potential effects from CBG, imagine the benefits you’ll get from a 1:1 combination of CBD and CBG as found in Dutch Natural Healing‘s CBG oil.

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