For anyone looking to buy CBG, reputable companies like Medterra and CBDistillery sell tinctures that combine CBG and CBD, Lazarus Naturals sells a CBG-only isolate oil. (CBDistillery also sells pure CBG isolate powder for buyers to create their topical products or add to food and drinks.) Peak Extracts sells one of the most comprehensive lines of CBG products. Along with CBD offerings, the Oregon-based company sells lotions, ointments, tinctures, and even high-quality chocolates that include CBG, CBD or CBN.
Being hard to extract means many companies haven’t invested in producing and selling CBG, but its promise has proven alluring enough for some to begin adding it to their lines. As the “mother,” CBG could be more powerful, or at least offer a more comprehensive range of benefits, than other cannabinoids. At the very least, manufacturers believe it has creates a powerful “entourage effect” when combined with CBD. This effect refers to cannabinoids working in conjunction with one another—be it THC and CBD, CBD and CBN, etc.—and enhancing the individual properties of each.
Cannabinoids are simply the compounds found in cannabis. There is a huge range of estimates as to how many cannabinoids are in cannabis, since most exist at such low levels that scientists have historically had difficulty detecting them. Most estimates put the number of cannabinoids at somewhere over hundred, including some that state there are more than 140. With most still unknown, the main focus over the years has been on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD.
Delta-8 THC has become trendy in the past year, given its availability in hemp, which makes it possibly legal in states where recreational marijuana is illicit. It reportedly offers a relaxing effect similar to its Delta-9 counterpart, though without as much of the “high” effect that some users find too intense. Meanwhile, Delta-10 THC operates on the opposite side, giving a mild “high” and less of the relaxing effects. Consumers may have also come across THCV, which has the intoxicating effect of Delta-9 in larger doses, but its limited quantities in cannabis plants makes it less attractive from a seller’s standpoint.
So which should you add to your everyday wellness routine? You don’t have to pick just one! In fact, taking them together may even maximize the benefits they provide you.
CBG products are rare because it’s a compound that’s challenging to extract from the plant. Thankfully, new exciting research findings have sparked a race among cannabinoid firms to discover ways to extract CBG more efficiently.
You’ll also want to avoid companies who partake in making irresponsible medical claims about their CBN, CBG, and CBD products. It’s also a good idea to choose manufacturers who are members of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA).
While CBD, or cannabidiol, doesn’t have a particular nickname like CBN and CBG, it’s among the most widely understood and researched of all cannabinoids. First identified by researchers in 1940, CBD is widely used by people across the world to promote overall balance in the body and support wellness.
What is CBD?
Like CBN, CBG has a direct “lock-and-key” effect upon cannabinoids receptors, particularly CB1 receptors. It appears that CBG’s influence on the endocannabinoid system enhances the expression of Serotonin, the “feel good hormone.” It’s why CBG has been tagged as a potential mood enhancer, among other beneficial effects. CBG also shows promise in treating glaucoma, because of the way its influence on cannabinoid receptors reduces intraocular pressure.
CBN was first identified by scientists in 1940. Since then, researchers have learned that CBN has a direct effect on cannabinoid receptor sites. CBN interacts with CB1 receptors to promote sedation and relaxation. It also directly interacts with CB2 receptors to encourage more optimal immune system function. CBN also seems to have some antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, suggesting it could play a neuroprotective role.
Despite the similarity in their abbreviations, CBD, CBN, and CBG each interact with cannabinoid receptors and thus influence the endocannabinoid system in unique ways. If you find yourself confused, not to worry! We’ll break down how they differ from each other, and explain how those differences present you with some opportunities to support your own health.
What is CBN?
While CBN is not at all intoxicating and won’t cause any likeness of euphoric-type effects of THC, it’s light sedative properties make it a great choice to use at nighttime to ease into a good night’s sleep and then wake up energized. In fact, researchers have found evidence that using 5 milligrams of CBN compares in its relaxing effects as 5-10 milligrams of Valium (diazepam).
CBG, short for cannabigerol, has several nicknames. It’s been called the “Rolls Royce of cannabis,” the “stem cell cannabinoid” and even the “mother of all cannabinoids.” While it’s been historically ignored for more popular cannabinoids like CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), new research has unveiled it too has unique benefits that deserve to be recognized.
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid similar to CBD, though this compound interacts with your body through very different mechanisms than CBD. Initial research has indicated that CBG acts as an agonist of the CB1 and CB2 receptors without causing any intoxicating effects. CBG may also act as a GABA reuptake inhibitor. This means that CBG may have a relationship with both neuropathic pain and inflammatory pain. The main benefits attained through use of CBG include:
Cannabichromene (CBC) is “newer” to the cannabinoid scene as far as research is concerned, but has shown great potential as a medical supplement thus far. While its effects feel very similar to CBD when ingested, the chemical structure of the CBC is unique and offers it the capability to affect the body in a different way than CBD. So far, research has linked CBC with the following medical benefits:
Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. It does not cause an intoxicating “high” like THC does, and according to the World Health Organization, it “exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” Several benefits of CBD use include:
Cannabinol (CBN) is currently only attainable by deriving it from CBD through a chemical conversion. While more structurally similar to THC than CBD once it reaches its final form, CBN lacks the psychoactive effects of THC which could allow more patients to utilize it without fear of intoxication or impairment. Some of the potential benefits of CBN include:
A mature cannabis plant contains hundreds of different compounds which can be further divided into categories of either flavonoids, terpenes, or cannabinoids, with each of these having different properties and effects on the human body. Two of the most prevalent compounds in medical marijuana are THC and CBD, with THC causing the intoxicating “high” that many people attribute to marijuana use.
While CBD has grown to be the most popular non-intoxicating cannabinoid in recent years, there are also several similar compounds which exist that have shown to benefit the human body as well.
At Remedy Pain Solutions, we strive to provide our patients as many natural treatment options as possible, including these compounds we have been discussing in this article. We have a full line of organic, medical-grade CBD products that are available for our patients at our Marina Del Rey office location. If you are suffering from pain and inflammation, schedule an appointment with one of our specialists at Remedy Pain Solutions to discuss what natural options might be available to treat your symptoms so you can return to pain-free life.