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It’s really amazing, when you think about it, how many potentially useful compounds come from the cannabis plant. Beyond those well-known ones — THC and CBD — are a variety of others. Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of them.
Through Arbor Vita8’s superior extraction process, and knowledge in plant genetics and the hemp industry, we can assist you in maximizing your CBG yield.
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CBG is special when it comes to the cannabis plant. It appears early on in the plant’s growth, which is why it’s hardly around once the plant flowers. Even as a minor cannabinoid, CBG may contain useful medical benefits. This makes it yet another cannabinoid worth extracting for use in everyday products.
CBG’s acidic, inactive form, CBGA is actually the mother of most of the cannabinoids we know well. Undergoing certain chemical processes, as the cannabis plant matures, CBGA becomes the base molecule for most of the big six. This includes CBD, CBC, and even THC. Without CBGA, and CBG, hard at work during a plant’s growth, the hemp industry wouldn’t be what it is today.
The cannabinoid also functions a little differently than its “children.” CBG acts on a different set of targets outside of the endocannabinoid system than CBD and the other well-known cannabinoids. When it’s at work, CBG may increase anandamide within the body, which helps regulate the immune system, sleep, appetite, and mood. CBG may even help counteract the negative effects of certain cannabinoids, likely decreasing the sense of paranoia and anxiety that may come with ingesting THC.
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The Benefits of CBG
As with most cannabinoids, CBG shows promise as a potential treatment for a variety of health issues. Acting alone, or combined with other cannabinoids, studies and research are linking CBG to some very promising areas of medical support.
Even more, research is still being conducted to look at other uses for CBG. It could serve as an effective antibacterial agent and appetite stimulant to name a few other ways the compound may work.
When you typically harvest a cannabis plant, there are only very small amounts of CBG left. By the time the plant flowers, the CBGA has already transformed into CBD, and other cannabinoids we know a little better. This means CBG is only found in about one percent of a mature hemp plant.
To get as much the most CBG from a plant as possible, the trick may be to harvest before the plant flowers. Getting to the plants while still in their budding phase, there’s naturally more CBG to extract. The trick is deciding that’s what you’d like your hemp crop to produce. It requires advance notice since once you harvest, there’s no turning back to extract other cannabinoids.
With CBG in such small amounts within mature hemp plants, new cannabis strains are entering the market with the promise of higher yields. These include specially-engineered strains like Mickey Kush, Magic Jordan, and Allen Wrench.
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Extracting CBG happens in pretty much the same way as with other cannabinoids, through a chromatography process. This is where the processed hemp is separated into two parts — the cannabinoids and terpenes you want to keep, and the rest of the plant matter. What’s left is full-spectrum hemp oil that will contain multiple cannabinoids. During further refinement, you’re able to reduce the ingredients within your oil to one specific compound, like CBG.
Once you arrive at extraction, you have the option to select which process will work best for you. There are a few widely-used options, each with its own set of pros and cons. At Arbor Vita8, we use solvent-based extraction with ethanol. This allows us to keep the hemp safe as it goes through extraction, all while using a process that’s better for the environment. Not only is our ethanol food-grade safe, but we can reuse it, releasing less waste.
To extract cannabinoids using ethanol, the first step is to dissolve the plant matter into the solvent. This separates the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant matter. The solution is then evaporated to remove all the liquid and gas. What’s left behind is a pure concentration of CBG.
To preserve potency, after extraction, store CBG away from direct sunlight and at room temperature. From there, your extract can go into a number of different products. You can find CBG as crystals to melt under the tongue or sprinkled into a smoothie. It’s also made into tinctures, vape oil, or pre-rolls.
As with most cannabinoids, CBG shows promise as a potential treatment for a variety of health issues. Acting alone, or combined with other cannabinoids, users are sharing some very beneficial experiences with CBG. From a medicinal perspective, CBG research is looking into if:
Even more research is still being conducted to look at CBG’s potential. It could serve as an effective antibacterial agent and appetite stimulant based on current user feedback.
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For hemp farmers looking to try their hand at harvesting early for CBG extraction, Arbor Vita8 is here to help. We’re a combination of industry experts, a high-end facility, and top-notch equipment. This allows us to help you create the best extract possible. From CBG to CBD, and everything between, our fully-automated, ethanol-based extraction process means a cleaner product for you, generated in a more efficient and environmentally-friendly way. Contact us today to learn more.