Cannabigerol, or CBG, is an up-and-coming cannabinoid attracting attention across the cannabis scene for its energy-boosting effects. While the research is still early, some promising evidence indicates that CBG can invigorate users and even reduce pain.
In this article, we are exploring CBG for its focusing, energizing, and pain-relieving potential, and what to consider before trying your next CBG product.
- CBG is a minor cannabinoid that is the chemical precursor to THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids.
- CBG works on CB1 and CB2 receptors to produce energetic and focusing effects without psychoactivity.
- The research is limited, but early signs and consumer reports claim that CBG is helpful for boosting energy, sharpening focus, and pain relief.
What is CBG?
Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It’s the third-most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana or hemp, but it’s still considered minor due to its relatively low concentrations compared to CBD or THC.
CBG is the chemical precursor to THC, CBD, and several other cannabinoids and is often referred to as the “mother cannabinoid” because of this. The cannabis plant naturally creates CBG, and it’s found more abundantly in younger cannabis plants because it hasn’t yet been converted to other cannabinoids. As plants age and are exposed to light and heat, their CBG concentration diminishes.
How Does CBG Work?
Our bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS) interacts with CBG and other cannabinoids, which help us achieve homeostasis among several physiological functions. While evidence has yet to unearth exactly how CBG operates on the body’s ECS, early reports suggest that CBG can improve mood and reduce the sensation of pain without the same psychoactive effects as THC.
These studies show that CBG binds to the same CB1 receptors as THC and interacts with CB2 receptors throughout the body. Some evidence indicates that CBG’s interaction with the body may counteract the psychoactivity of THC. However, its presence may prolong THC’s stay in one’s system, even though the latter’s potency is diminished.
CBG seems to interact with the CB1 receptors in the brain in ways that increase focus and reduce feelings of fatigue. CBG isn’t intoxicating (like THC) and instead works on the brain without causing any sedative or euphoric effects. While studies are lacking, some speculate that when CBG binds to CB1 receptors, it increases the amount of anandamide in the body. Anandamide is the body’s natural version of THC, enhancing focus and motivation while reducing pain.
CBG’s ability to work on CB2 receptors also makes it a promising anti-inflammatory, capable of reducing pain via blocking anandamide reuptake.
CBG for Focus
Using CBG for focus has gained traction in recent years. Consumers have anecdotally reported that taking CBG allows them to naturally improve focus and concentrate on tasks when motivation is lacking.
The stimulating aspects of CBG may be helpful for accomplishing your to-do list when you need a little focusing boost.
CBG for Energy
In the same vein as using the cannabinoid for focus, many people are starting their day with CBG in the place of or as a complement to their morning cup of coffee. CBG reportedly takes the edge of anxiety (caused by caffeine or otherwise) but still leaves users feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.
CBG for Pain Relief
Some early studies suggest that CBG has analgesic or pain-relieving properties. Its interaction with CB1 receptors can help regulate the sensation of pain, while its work on the body’s CB2 receptors targets inflammation and pain at the issue site itself.
The Bottom Line
We’re just scratching the surface of the untapped potential CBG offers cannabis consumers. Early signs and anecdotal reports have exposed CBG as an exciting instrument for sharpening focus, managing low energy levels, and even lessening one’s pain experience during the day.
While CBG occurs in low quantities in the cannabis plant and may be cost-prohibitive to some, these products may be transformative for those seeking natural, targeted wellness.
Check out our CBG gummies at the Evn store, formulated to target pain relief and promote a balanced focus.