CBD has taken the world by storm! This once humble product relegated to smoke shops and small health food stores can now be found almost everywhere. On top of that, almost everyone either knows someone taking CBD products or takes it themselves. CBD is now used by millions of people around the world and can be found in almost every store from the gas station on the corner to the big box beauty supply store in your neighborhood mall. CBD is certainly the star of the show when it comes to cannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant. However, there is a whole host of minor cannabinoids that have also been shown to have beneficial properties, especially when used in conjunction with CBD and others in what is known as the entourage effect. One minor cannabinoid, in particular, has been gaining quite a bit of steam lately. This is a compound known as cannabigerol, but is often shortened to CBG.
What is CBG Isolate?
CBG isolate is an ultra-processed and super-refined version of CBG extract and is 99% pure CBG. It is tasteless, odorless, and colorless which makes it an extremely versatile extract. Many products can be produced using CBG isolate without changing the color, taste, or smell. CBG isolate is produced from the crude CBG extract by using a variety of techniques. First off, the CBG crude oil is distilled into what is called a CBG distillate. The distillate is then put through a procedure where it is heated up and mixed with pentane. Once this mixture is homogeneous it is then cooled and CBG will then drop out of the solution as it cools down. CBG isolate is a fine white powder and has the appearance of freshly fallen snow. It can then be used as-is or used to create an almost limitless variety of CBG infused products. On top of that, a CBG isolate is 100% THC free making it an awesome option for those looking for a potent dose of cannabinoids with no THC.
What is CBG?
As stated above CBG is the acronym for a cannabinoid that is called cannabigerol. CBG is one of the six main cannabinoids that are found in the Cannabis Sativa plant better known as hemp. It is very similar to CBD in many ways from molecular structure to the fact that it is non-psychoactive and seems to help some similar conditions to CBD. CBG is in fact what is called a precursor cannabinoid. It is the basis for THC, CBD, and CBC. Depending on the enzymes present in the hemp plant the CBG will be converted into one of these three in varying quantities. However, some growers are now experimenting with crossbreeding and genetic manipulation to increase the hemp plant’s ability to produce CBG.
Benefits of CBG
Not much research has been done into the effectiveness of CBG although what little has been done has shown some great promise. Some studies have been conducted to test the healing abilities of CBG and the results have been very positive. One study measured the effectiveness of CBG when compared to other cannabinoids to inhibit muscle contractions in the bladder. This could mean that CBG might be a way to treat bladder dysfunction. It was also found to be an appetite stimulant in rats opening the door to non-psychoactive drugs for cancer patients suffering from cachexia. A European study showed CBG to be an awesome antibacterial agent, especially against antibiotic-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA.) Additionally, it appears to assist in the fight against cancer by blocking the receptors that cause cancer cell growth. CBG is also a neuroprotectant and has been found to protect neurons in mice with Huntington’s Disease. In other experiments using animals, it was found to decrease the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.
Where to Buy CBG Isolate?
As with other CBG products, it is always best to consider some of the following when looking for CBG isolate wholesale. First and foremost, it is a good idea to check if the company is GMP (good manufacturing practices) certified. This certification immediately lets you know that the particular manufacturer has met the standards set forth by governing organizations. Another critical factor to look out for is how the plants themselves were grown. It is always a great idea to look for facilities that practice organic, vegan, pesticide-free, and non-GMO policies. Furthermore, be sure to check lab reports as it can be a great way to determine if the company you are dealing with is reputable. When in doubt, do not be afraid to ask. Most self-respecting companies will make this information available either upon request or publicly on their website.