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September 28, 2020

Meet the Entourage: CBG

CBG has been heralded as the most exclusive cannabinoid for its myriad potential health benefits. This week we investigate the hype and break down why it’s so expensive and hard to find.

While CBD and THC dominate the conversation about the health benefits of cannabis, there are actually more than 100 other cannabinoids that play a vital role in hemp products. Each of these compounds has their own powers, which are enhanced by the presence of the rest of the “family”. This is called the Entourage Effect. In the latest installment of our Meet the Entourage series, we introduce you to the stealth superhero, CBG. 

What’s the hype? 

Cannabigerol (CBG) is often referred to as the “cousin” of CBD as they are descended from the same molecular compound, CBGA. Like CBD, CBG is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid (it won’t get you high) and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The excitement around CBG, in particular, stems from the range of promising studies it has helmed and, as a result, the long list of yet-to-be-proven claims ascribed to it. Some of these potential uses include: 

Reducing inflammation associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Treating bladder dysfunctions

Slowing the progression of neurodegenerative conditions like Huntington’s Disease 

Treating Glaucoma

Fighting bacterial infections like MRSA 

Inhibiting tumor growth in rats with Colorectal Cancer 

Why aren’t we all guzzling CBG? 

While these data are promising, it is important to note that many more studies and clinical trials are needed to prove any of these impressive claims. Moreover, because of the difficulty in producing the compound at scale, your standard bottle of CBD oil contains only very small concentrations of CBG. Here’s why.

Recall that CBD and CBG are derived from the same “mother” compound, CBGA. As the hemp plant matures, CBGA converts to the three major cannabinoids, THC, CBD and CBC. After this process occurs, any leftover CBGA becomes CBG, resulting in a relatively low ratio of CBG to CBD under normal circumstances. This means that much more hemp biomass is required to produce an ounce of CBG isolate than an ounce of CBD (in fact, almost 20 times as much). This explains the high price and relative scarcity of CBG products on the market. 

What’s the verdict?  

There is no doubt that CBG holds incredible promise in the medical field and we will definitely be keeping an eye on the studies as they come in! In the meantime, while there are some expensive CBG-isolate products on the market, we recommend taking advantage of CBG in its natural habitat: amongst the entourage of cannabinoids found in hemp. Broad-spectrum CBD tinctures, such as Remedio’s 2000mg Drops, contain CBG and over 100 other cannabinoids that work together to enhance their respective powers. Enjoy!

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