Why CBD Users are Turning to Hemp-Derived CBG Products
A Gallup poll initially published in 2019 revealed that nearly 14 percent of US adults had tried CBD, confirming twice as many CBD users as the year before. With growing consumer enthusiasm for the health and wellness potential of this non-intoxicating cannabinoid, market analysts predicted that 35 percent of the population would be using CBD products by 2024.
But CBD trends seem to be shifting in ways market analysts may not have factored into their initial projections. As awareness of the therapeutic potential of CBD continues to grow, so does consumer interest in the complementary effects of some of the many lesser-known cannabinoids found in whole-plant extracts. In response, innovative CBD companies are offering a range of products featuring the potency-maximizing potential of CBG.
What is CBG?
CBG is the commonly used abbreviation for cannabigerol. Like CBD (cannabidiol), there are two potential sources, marijuana and industrial hemp. Cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), often called the “mother” of all cannabinoids, is the first cannabinoid synthesized in the plant. As crops mature, natural plant enzymes, heat, and sunlight combine forces to convert cannabigerolic acid to cannabidiol, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and CBG. As CBD concentrations increase, the amount of CBG in the plant declines.
Why CBD Users are Embracing CBG-Infused Products
Most people start using hemp-derived products after learning how CBD and the many other plant-based cannabinoids in natural hemp extract interact with the receptors of the largest regulatory system in their body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Many are intrigued by the fact that individual effects depend on which essential processes are restored to balance (homeostasis) through ECS support.
While not studied as extensively as cannabidiol, CBG is shown to deliver many of the same potential benefits, including similar analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and neuroprotective properties. However, preliminary investigations suggest that CBG is far more potent. Although the trace amounts of CBG in whole-plant extracts contribute to the overall effect of CBD products, many CBD users report that products made with higher concentrations of CBG deliver even more of the effect they are looking for.
Hemp-Derived CBG Products Were Once Much Harder to Find
The oil extracted from the stems, stalks, and flowers of industrial hemp typically contains high levels of CBD and only trace amounts of CBG. Although CBG appears to be the more potent of the two cannabinoids, there was a time that hemp-derived CBD products with more than trace amounts of CBG were nearly impossible to find. That’s likely because of the high cost of harvesting thousands of pounds of mature hemp plants to isolate only a small amount of CBG.
But a lot has changed in a relatively short amount of time. Today, innovative companies are planting seeds that yield higher concentrations of select cannabinoids, modifying the timing of their harvest, and taking advantage of advances in extraction technology. Now that it’s easier and more cost-effective to isolate individual cannabinoids, more companies are meeting and exceeding consumer demands with a range of products enhanced with the potency-maximizing potential of CBG isolate.
Could Hemp-Derived CBG Products Be Right for You?
ECS signaling regulates nearly every essential function in your body, from your moods, emotions, and stress responses, to sleep cycles, memory, and pain perception. That’s likely why so many people are reporting favorable results using hemp-derived tinctures, capsules, topicals, and edibles for so many seemingly unrelated concerns, improved focus and clarity, better sleep, less discomfort, stress-relief, and more.
Although the evidence supporting the therapeutic potential of CBD, CBG, and other plant-sourced cannabinoids is based on lab tests, animal studies, and a small number of clinical trials, numerous CBD users are investing in products enhanced with higher concentrations of CBG to maximize the therapeutic potential of their hemp-derived products. However, hemp-sourced health and wellness products may not be right for everyone.
If you have a medical condition or take medication, you should discuss your interest in using hemp-derived products with your doctor before adding their health and wellness potential to your daily routine. Although CBG and CBD are non-intoxicating and generally well-tolerated, cannabinoids can interact with several prescription and over-the-counter medications.