What Is Full-Spectrum CBG Oil?

Published February 24, 2022
What Is Full-Spectrum CBG Oil? - Secret Nature

When a hemp extract is full-spectrum, that means it contains the entire spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes present in cannabis flower. Just as CBD oil can be full-spectrum, so can CBG oil, and full-spectrum CBG oil offers benefits that are both familiar and unique. In this guide, learn what full-spectrum CBG oil is, and find out how to use it for specific purposes.

What is full-spectrum extract?

Cannabis and hemp flower naturally contains hundreds of different compounds. These compounds include cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and various other classes of plant-derived chemicals. Full-spectrum hemp extract contains all of these compounds with nothing removed—that means it also can contain up to 0.3% THC.

That’s the only potential downside of full-spectrum hemp extract, though. Otherwise, keeping all the components of hemp flower as intact as possible is highly desirable. That’s the reason, for instance, that live resin terpenes are all the rage right now—since they’re extracted directly after harvest, these ultra-fresh terpenes aren’t subject to the oxidation that naturally harms cannabis compounds over time.

Does full-spectrum extract contain CBG?

Yes, all truly full-spectrum hemp tinctures contain at least some concentration of CBG. Most full-spectrum CBD tinctures, however, only contain very small concentrations (<1%) of this rare cannabinoid. To fully enjoy the effects of CBG in the form of a full-spectrum tincture, you’ll need to choose a tincture that is specifically labeled as containing high concentrations of cannabigerol.

What is cannabigerol (CBG)?

Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in hemp flower. Some strains of cannabis and hemp contain higher concentrations of CBG than others, and over the last few years, breeders have succeeded in producing strains of hemp containing more than 15% CBG. In terms of effects, CBG is very similar to CBD, but this cannabinoid has a few unique benefits that have begun attracting attention from the international scientific community.

What is CBG tincture?

A CBG tincture is simply an oral tincture that contains high concentrations of CBG. These tinctures vary significantly in terms of the types of CBG extract and other ingredients they contain, making it highly advisable to thoroughly study the lab tests of any CBG tincture you’re considering before you make a purchase. CBG tinctures can contain anywhere from 150mg to 5,000mg CBG per bottle, so careful dosing will provide the most rewarding experience.

CBG oil vs. CBD oil

The only major difference between CBG oil and CBG oil is the dominant cannabinoid. In all other respects, these two hemp tincture variants are essentially identical—though formulations vary significantly among manufacturers. In fact, many tinctures that contain CBG also contain CBD, erasing the differences between CBD oil and CBG oil in a blended fusion product.

Is CBG stronger than CBD?

Users generally do not report that CBG is stronger than CBD, but they also don’t indicate that it’s weaker than CBD. The effects of these two cannabinoids aren’t directly comparable—both CBD and CBG have unique effects that must be experienced firsthand to be truly understood. One way in which CBG and CBD are undeniably similar is that neither cannabinoid will get you high.

How does CBG oil make you feel?

Users generally report that CBG oil makes you feel very similar to the way CBD oil usually makes you feel—relaxed and calm. Where CBD often makes you feel excessively relaxed or even sleepy, users often indicate that CBG has a more energizing or focusing effect, providing a sensation of mental clarity that can pair excellently with sativa terpenes. Some CBG users even indicate that this cannabinoid relaxes their muscles and provides a mild sense of euphoria that doesn’t quite cross the threshold of intoxication.

Does CBG make you feel sleepy?

Even though CBG can often have a focusing effect, users often report that taking too much of this cannabinoid can result in sleepiness—just as is the case with CBD. As a result, many CBG users use this cannabinoid for sleep, often in combination with CBD and other cannabinoids. Keep in mind, though, that there isn’t any research indicating CBG helps with sleep yet.

Is CBD or CBG better for sleep?

Based on the available evidence, we’d have to hazard a guess that CBD is better than CBG for sleep—though nobody knows for sure at this point. The only reason we’d take this position is that scientific research has been conducted into the potential benefits of CBD for sleep while we don’t have any hard data yet indicating whether or not CBG has any benefits for rest, sleep, or relaxation. Remember, however, that we don’t have any definitive results indicating whether either CBD or CBG is useful for insomnia or other sleep conditions.

What is CBG oil good for?

The usefulness of CBG has been studied for a wide variety of different conditions, but research into this cannabinoid remains significantly behind inquiries into CBD, which have been ongoing for considerably longer. Some of the areas in which scientists have investigated the medical potential of CBG include:

  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Microbial infections
  • Neurological conditions
  • Cancer

More than this cannabinoid’s potential therapeutic benefits, scientists are focused with considerably greater intent on the potential usefulness of CBG’s chemical precursor, CBGA, in cannabinoid synthesis. CBGA is the precursor of many popular cannabinoids, which has allowed it to steal some of the spotlight from its stabilized form.

Is CBG good for anxiety?

There’s no research yet indicating that CBG is useful for anxiety. Many users report, however, that CBG has a more euphoric or uplifting effect than CBD, potentially impacting anxiety by elevating mood. We’ll need to wait for research into CBG and anxiety to be published before we can say anything more.

Does CBG make you happy?

Many users report that CBG provides the mood-elevating effects they were missing from CBD. Not all CBG users report improvements in mood, but many people add CBG to CBD specifically to experience the mildly bliss-inducing effects this non-intoxicating cannabinoid is often reported to exert. If you don’t want to get high but CBD is still leaving you feeling flat, consider adding some CBG into the mix.

Is CBG an anti-inflammatory?

Not much research has been conducted into the usefulness of CBG for pain, but in 2021, scientists led by the legendary Raphael Mechoulam released research indicating that three synthetic CBG derivatives might be useful for inflammation. This research doesn’t pertain specifically to the type of natural CBG you can find in hemp, but questions are certainly raised about the source material whenever one of its chemical derivatives shows promise for a particular medical application.

What are the side effects of CBG?

CBG appears to have a similar side effect profile to CBD in most ways. As is the case with CBD, taking too much CBG could give you dry mouth, make you drowsy, or cause digestive discomfort. Both cannabinoids are considered to be thoroughly non-intoxicating, though, and research has concluded that the side effect profile of CBG is remarkably mild.

What happens if you take too much CBG?

If you ingest too much CBG at once, you might feel profoundly relaxed or experience digestive discomfort. One additional side effect that CBG and CBD share is reduction in blood pressure. If you already suffer from hypotension (low blood pressure), you should be very careful when using CBG, and you should consult with a doctor if you feel dizzy or out of breath after using this cannabinoid.

When should you take CBG?

Since CBG often has a more energizing effect than CBD, you might want to use this particular cannabinoid during the day. Many users indicate that CBG is just as appropriate for before-bed use, though.

Can you take CBD and CBG together?

Yes, taking CBD and CBG at the same time shouldn’t cause any pharmacological conflicts since nature designed these two cannabinoids to be ingested together. CBG and CBD are so ideal for each other, in fact, that they seemingly boost each other’s effects when ingested at the same time—the entourage effect appears to increase the effectiveness of cannabis and hemp compounds when they’re used together.

What strains are high in CBG?

These days, there are a lot of hemp strains that contain high concentrations of CBG. Madras CBG bud, for instance, is indoor-grown and contains more than 15% CBG. Breeders are getting better at producing high-CBG strains all the time, and the day is soon coming when CBG nugs will truly rival their CBD counterparts.

Will full-spectrum CBG show up on a drug test?

Using full-spectrum CBG products has the potential of making you fail a drug test for THC. That’s because any full-spectrum hemp product can contain up to 0.3% THC. Used in high enough quantities, that’s enough THC to accumulate in your system in sufficient quantities to show up on a drug test.

You can rest assured that drug tests do not commonly screen for CBG itself, however. Employers, authorities, and other entities are generally only interested in detecting the presence of illegal drugs, not non-intoxicating hemp cannabinoids.

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