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For those new to the sprawling world of CBD oil, you may not know that ‘CBD’ itself is actually only one molecule of many that are contained within full and broad spectrum products. CBD, or cannabidiol, is undoubtedly one of the most famous cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (the other more infamous being THC), but there are actually 147 in total – many of which have also been shown to have huge promise in studies.

CBG is one such cannabinoid that has garnered well-deserved attention over the past year. Unlike the CBD molecule, which has been shown to support the endocannabinoid system (ECS) by encouraging increased synthesis, release and longevity of its activating endocannabinoids. CBG, on the other hand, has the ability to directly activate ECS receptors, therefore allowing it to effectively stand in for our own endocannabinoids – potentially good news for anyone with a endocannabinoid deficiency.

Confused? There’s no need to be. We’ll fill you in on everything you need to know about CBD, and why you might benefit from adding it to your daily routine.

What is CBG?

CBG, or Canabigiol, is what’s known as a ‘minor cannabinoid’. This means it is naturally present in lower levels in the cannabis plant (CBD tends to be highest in hemp, THC in marijuana), although some cannabis strains are now specifically bred to contain high levels of CBG but it rarely exceeds more than 1%.

However, recent research has revealed that CBG may have an awful lot to offer, so CBG oils are now being formulated to bring this cannabinoid to the forefront.

3% CBG Enhanced Oil

CBG and the Endocannabinoid System

First, a mini explainer on what the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is:

We all have an ECS. In fact, all animals do, and have done for millions of years. Since it’s discovery in the 90s, we have gone on to realise that it’s perhaps the most important physiological system, as it’s job it to regulate all other systems and bodily functions. In short, it’s our in-built homeostatic regulator. Without it working as it should, nothing else works either.

The ECS kicks into gear when activated by neurotranmitters called endocannabinoids, which are created on demand to bring the body back into balance. Many factors can have a negative impact on the body’s ability to produced appropriate endocannabinoid levels, such as chronic stress, poor diet and and lack of quality sleep. When this occurs, just about anything can go wrong, so it’s vitally important to get your ECS going again.

CBD oil can help with this, due to the way the CBD molecule inhibits the enzyme that breaks endocannabinoids down, resulting in higher levels for longer when they are produced. However, there are cases where endocannabinoid levels are so low, or the ECS is so ‘offline’ that something that can actually stand in for endocannabinoids until they are being synthesised properly again.

THC is one cannabinoid that can do this, which is partly what makes it such a valuable medicine, but unfortunately this molecule is only legally available on prescription and has the side effect of making you feel high. But there’s another option: CBG.

CBG is a legal cannabinoid that also directly activates the ECS, providing many of the same actions as THC but without getting you stoned.

What do the studies say?

Although CBG oil is a novel food supplement, like CBD oil, the CBG molecule is being extensively explored as a potential therapeutic agent that might be used to combat multiple conditions in the future.

Some studies have shown that CBG may actually have even more potent anti-inflammatory properties than both CBd and THC, while other findings suggest impressive neuroprotectant actions means CBG could play an important role in the future treatment of in Parkinson’s, Huntington’s  and Neuroinflammation. There’s also evidence to suggest CBG may also increase GABA levels, again, more than CBd or THC, which is something that often plays a key role in seizure control, muscle spasticity, sleep conditions and anxiety disorders.

Of course, we’re not suggesting the over-the-counter CBG oils should be considered a treatment – they’re not. But with further research and a deeper understanding of appropriate dosing, it seems likely that the CBG molecule will be utilised further in the future.

As CBG is a naturally minor cannabinoid, it’s one the scientific world is a little less familiar with (in comparison to the abundance of studies looking into CBD and THC). But, with results being so positive so far, it’s understandable why so many people are now trying out CBG oils for themselves – and loving the experience!

“After thinking about using CBD oil for months I didn’t really know where to start. I looked on Instagram and saw this company, I sent a message to them and gave Kate a ring. Kate asked me lots of questions and recommended I try the 3% CBG enhanced CBD Oil. I’ve been taking it for almost 4 weeks, just 2 sprays under the tongue & can honestly say my anxiety is so much better, I’m sleeping better & my joints are aching a little less.
I’d recommend to anyone & will keep taking it”

Sara Green reviewing the 3% CBG on Trust Pilot

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