CBG stands for Cannabigerol, which is one of at least 85 known cannabinoids found in cannabis. It was first discovered in 1964 and was relatively unknown until recently. The CBG cannabinoid can be found in the highest concentrations in fresh/dried cannabis flowers and upper leaves. It is thought to modulate other cannabinoids to regulate potency, similar to how CBD works. In reality, CBG has been proposed as a new chemotype for industrial hemp lacking in cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. Here are how it is extracted and its uses.
How it is harvested
Hemp plants are incredibly fibrous, with stalks 30 to 50 percent CBD by dry weight. For this reason, producers can extract it by placing the plant under extreme pressure. High-pressure pumps push pure water through the plants at 240 pounds per square inch. The mixture is forced through a kind of stainless-steel wool where the mixture is heated, and liquid CBD drips out a tube.
The solvents used in the CBG extraction process are harmless CO2-based non-flammable liquids that occur naturally as gases. This method is also completely safe for the environment, and the concentrated CBD is free of harmful residues while retaining all the beneficial cannabinoids. This product is a pressed or distilled oil containing CO2 oil and sometimes a carrier, such as hemp seed oil. CBG products can be turned into other forms like wax, shatter, budder, isolate, and resin using the right equipment.
CBG oil is rich in CBD (and other cannabinoids like CBN and CBC) while containing hardly any THC. Due to this reason, it is particularly popular among medical marijuana patients who do not want their medication to induce mind-altering effects. At the same time, that means one can enjoy all the benefits of high-quality CBD oil without the legal risks, as long as it comes from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC.
Common uses of CBG products
- CBG is a non-psychoactive product but can be converted into one of the most psychoactive cannabinoids, THC, through decarboxylation (heating), similar to THCA, which converts to THC when dried/heated.
- It has medical benefits similar to CBD and is being researched for its possibilities. CBG oil is non-psychoactive and legal in most places, making it available to people who would not be able to ingest THC or CBD oils without getting high.
- CBG oil has been used to help with anxiety, depression, epileptic seizures.
There are several uses for CBG. However, it is important to research thoroughly before trying anything new.