Haven’t heard of CBG, or more specifically, CBG oil? It’s pretty famous! CBG stands for cannabigerol, and this plant compound has been given the title of mother of all other phytocannabinoids with good reason!
What is CBG?
As the cannabis plant goes through its flowering cycle, CBGA (the cannabigerol acidic form of CBG) goes through an important process. Enzymes held within the hemp plant break down the Cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) into various other cannabinoid acids. The most common cannabigerolic acid forms are cannabidiolic (CBDA) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA).
The plant goes through a process known as decarboxylation, which means a heating or aging process. This process converts those acids to CBD, CBG, and THC. In short, this means that without CBG and that specific plant process, those popular cannabinoids such as CBD and THC would not exist. And without CBG, you wouldn’t get any CBD/CBG products such as gummies, balms, topicals, and vapes. Thanks, CBG!
CBG Oil vs. CBD Oil
Now you know what CBG is, and the process the cannabis plant goes through to make it, how is CBG different from CBD? Chemical structure aside, the main difference between CBG and CBD is how they interact with the cannabinoid receptors and enzymes inside the human body.
For example, CBG binds directly with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system. This is the system in charge of controlling many of the functions of the organs within the human body. CBD interacts with this system also but not as directly as CBG does.