Many cultivators, consumers, and researchers of cannabis have been baffled by the amount of uses cannabis truly has, where it’s THC or CBD that’s directly giving aid. Now many consumers are very aware of what THC does for them, as it’s psychoactive so THC is going to heavily impact Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorders, and many mental ailments. But what helps soothe physical ailments?
The Power of CBD
CBD is a chemical compound found in most cannabis strains, whether in small amounts, or sometimes higher amounts, CBD is responsible for aiding in physical ailments such as swelling, pain, headaches, migraines, arthritis, seizures, skin spots, and many more ailments. There is also evidence to suggest that CBD for anxiety is an effective treatment of this ailment.
Now, these ailments are only aided by CBD when typically combined with THC, as we’re finding the human body utilizes both CBD and THC in the pain-relieving process for many of these ailments. Many patients who use CBD notice different effects whether it’s orally ingested, vaporized or topically applied. It is possible to make both THC and CBD vape oil at home! Topical applications for example may have more on-sight effects, such as less pain to the applied area, reduced swelling in that joint, or reduced pain for surgical incisions. Whereas ingesting or consuming CBD will help more intestinal pains, sciatic nerve pains, or muscle pains and spasms.
When vaporized, however, many users have experienced relief in both physical ailments and mental ailments, as many CBD concentrates or flowers have a small percentage of THC along with it, which allows the psychoactive component to help aid in mental ailments as well.
The Rise of CBG
At some point in time smoking in 2020 you probably have heard the names CBD, CBG, or THC at some point, I mean I hope you’ve heard at least THC. THC, CBD, and CBG are cannabinoids that all come from the acidic form of CBG known as cannabigerolic acid or CBGA. When CBGA loses its acidic compound during the plant’s growth stages it creates one of three unique compounds, CBCA, CBDA, or THCA, among minor traces of CBG and about 120 or more unique cannabinoids in smaller trace amounts. When cannabis is harvested it is processed into the more commonly known compounds such as CBD, THC, or CBC for use in many end products.
We are focused on the compound CBG that is found in very small amounts within cannabis or hemp, less than 1% of the harvested weight. CBG is often referred to as “The Mother of All Cannabinoids” as it has been discovered to cover a wider list of medical ailments, however, it’s the most expensive cannabinoid to extract. It requires billions of pounds of biomass to obtain such a small amount, as CBG is present in less than 1% by weight of most harvested strains. CBG has also been shown to increase anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid that helps regulate the immune system, sleep, appetite, and mood. CBG may even alleviate certain negative THC effects such as paranoia or anxiety due to genetic differences or overconsumption in THC-sensitive people which is about 25% of the population. CBG is an absolute breakthrough in medical science, however, it is incredibly hard to extract and incredibly expensive.
So how exactly does one extract CBG?
CBG is most prevalent in younger flowering plants, around the 6 to 8-week marker. This means if taken at this time and harvested earlier you’ll have higher amounts of CBG to access. Once harvested CBG is extracted through a chromatography process that uses superfluid liquid solvents, like CO2 or ethanol, to extract the cannabinoid. During the extraction process, hemp is dissolved in the solution, which draws the cannabinoids and terpenes out of the plant. The solution is then evaporated with heat under a vacuum to remove all the gas and leave a high purity CBG concentrate behind.
Make sue you check out this week’s PotCast, while a little different as it is not directly related to growing, you will still learn about some key elements especially as it pertains to the medicinal properties of cannabis