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What is CBG?

CBG is a non-acidic cannabinoid produced when heat is applied to the CBGa acid molecule. Its close chemical relatives are CBD, CBC, and CBN.

Researchers commonly call CBGa the stem cell from which all the other trace cannabinoid molecules are derived.  CBGa is our internal motherboard, programming immune responses in both humans and other mammals such as dogs, cats, and horses, to create enhanced homeostasis. Studies have shown this happens through it’s neuroprotectant properties and the ability to calm swelling when it occurs in the brain or the body.

What is the difference between CBD and CBGA?

Well, let’s first take a look at why they are similar. They are both cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant.

However, CBGa is considered the “motherboard” of all other cannabinoids because all cannabinoids come from it. CBG (canabigerol) is the activated version (through heat) of CBGa. CBD stands for cannabidiol and has a totally different molecular structure than CBG.

Also, CBGa can attach to both CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system (the system in the body that governs homeostasis) at the same time, while CBD can only attach to one at a time.

Is CBGA the new CBD?

We know. You just got done learning all about CBD and then this seemingly new term CBGa arrives. How Confusing.

However, CBGa is definitely not the new version of CBD, actually if anything, it’s technically the old CBD, since it’s a parent cannabinoid and CBD was CBG at an earlier stage of plant growth.

They are actually two different cannabinoids that form in the same plant – cannabis.


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