If you’re familiar with hemp-derived cannabinoids, you’ve likely heard of a minor cannabinoid that’s beginning to see a surge in popularity: CBG.
Due to limited past research and the limited availability of the cannabinoid in general, it’s only been in the past several years that we’ve uncovered more information about CBG and how it can work to benefit us.
With any hot new product, consumers may find themselves questioning the best way to make use of CBG and how to properly consume it. Today, we are turning the focus to CBG oil, diving into the cannabinoid, and sharing how you can make the most of this emerging compound!
- CBG is a non-psychoactive, minor cannabinoid gaining popularity in the hemp-derived cannabinoid industry.
- Research on CBG is still limited, but the available studies show its potential to help treat a number of specific symptoms.
- Like other cannabinoids, CBG can be taken in oil form, by capsule or in an edible product like a gummy.
What is CBG?
CBG is often dubbed the “mother of all cannabinoids” because it is the chemical precursor to other major cannabinoids like CBD and THC. Young cannabis and hemp plants are rich in CBG, though those cannabinoids eventually convert to CBD and THC later in the plant’s life cycle, leaving low amounts in most mature plants.
This is part of the reason CBG remained under the radar for so long, but new breeding methods have made it easier to maintain more CBG in later stages of a plant’s life cycle.
CBG is also non-psychoactive.
While studies have found that CBG may help to reduce intraocular pressure, inflammation, treat symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases, stimulate appetite, reduce cancer cell growth, and hold antibacterial properties, more research is needed to confirm exactly how CBG interacts with our bodies.
Different Types of CBG Oil
You will also see a number of different terms associated with CBG oil and other cannabinoid oils:
Full Spectrum CBG Oil
Full spectrum CBG oil maintains the highest amount of compounds present in the original plant, including terpenes, major and minor cannabinoids, flavonoids, and more. This helps to encourage the entourage effect, which is the idea that plant compounds can provide enhanced results when they synergistically work with one another.
Bear in mind that full spectrum oils still contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3% by dry weight). While it is not enough to get you high, it is possible to test positive on a drug test if you’re consuming full spectrum oil.
Broad Spectrum CBG Oil
Broad spectrum CBG oil is like full spectrum, in that it maintains the many compounds in the original plant. The main distinction is that it contains no THC. This may be a good option for those who are hesitant about taking products even with trace amounts of THC for any given reason while still enjoying the benefits of those other cannabinoids, terpenes, and more.
Isolate products are a “pure” version of the cannabinoid, without any other compounds. A CBG isolate contains only CBG, with no other cannabinoids, terpenes, or plant compounds. With this type of oil, you will solely enjoy the benefits of CBG without any other compounds present. Some producers sell CBG isolate combinations with CBD as well.
How to Take CBG Oil
There are a number of different methods to ingest CBG oil, and CBG oil comes in a number of different product forms, like capsules, gummies and vape oils.
This method is ideal for quick and efficient absorption, placing drops of oil under the take, waiting for it to absorb, swallowing the remainder, and allowing it to enter your bloodstream directly.
For this method, start by shaking the bottle. Then, calculate the dropper dose for you and place that number of drops under the tongue, then hold it for one to two minutes. This will ensure that the oil absorbs as quickly as possible, as any oil swallowed will be absorbed through the digestive tract. Sublingual administration typically takes effect between 15-30 minutes after taking the oil.
Mixing with Food and Drinks
You can also simply add CBG oil it to your favorite foods or drinks, consume it in a pre-made gummy product, or cook with it. You’ll want to use the same amount you would use in a dropper (unless you’re planning ahead for multiple doses over time).
Some folks prefer to simply swallow the oil directly, though this method may cause compounds to lose bioavailability through ingestion. This depends on a number of factors, like the quality and pH consistency of the product. This method also delays the onset of effects.
CBG oil can also be applied topically or added to lotions and balms, though you’ll want to ensure you apply it generously.
Storing CBG Oil
Ensuring you properly store your CBG oil is also important to maintain its integrity and maximize potency and effectiveness. Be sure to keep the CBG product away from light and high temperatures, as these elements can accelerate the breakdown of the oil. Storing oil in a dark cupboard or the fridge are both common options.
CBG Side Effects: Can You Take Too Much CBG?
While you can’t overdose on CBG, you’ll still want to stick to a moderate dose before gauging if you need more.
Regarding CBG side effects, one survey found that reported effects included dry mouth, sleepiness, increased appetite and dry eyes. Admittedly, research on CBG use and its side effects is still limited.
There are different options for consuming CBG oil. While there are still many unknowns regarding CBG and its benefits for humans, many consumers are already reaping the benefits and incorporating it into their wellness routines.
If you’re looking to give CBG a try, check out our CBG gummies!
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