You’re a part of a huge wave of people in search of the benefits, wondering where to buy CBG (cannabigerol). Great!
Generally speaking, Americans have learned two extremely important facts about cannabis over the last decade:
- A diverse set of compounds – cannabinoids – exist in the cannabis genus, that from the standpoint of the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), are healthy supplemental nutrients.
- These compounds or nutrients and their acidic forms – CBD/CBDA, CBN/CBNA, CBG/CBGA, THC/THCA, etc. – can be derived from both Marijuana (psychoactive) and Industrial hemp varieties (non-psychoactive) of the plant.
Since cannabis prohibition took off in the 1930s, American culture’s been going through the entire plant’s microbiology step by step. First, THC was the star and remained in the spotlight for quite some time because we lacked scientific understanding. Then suddenly CBD hits the scene and completely blows the cannabis story wide open, just after we tiptoed into the 21st century. Demand for THC created the funding and social push to really research and explore non-psychoactive CBD, CBN, CBG and others. In turn, the market for industrial hemp-derived CBD in the U.S. is projected to eclipse the THC (Marijuana) industry! As we head into 2019 and the 2020’s, looks like CBG’s going to generate massive demand.
Yep, I’m callin it, cannabis (both MJ + Hemp) = trillion $$$ industry in western nations by 2030.
Which brings us to your initial question: where to buy CBG? The answers are quite similar to where to buy CBD? Let’s briefly go through them, then we’ll chat a bit more about CBG itself via Q & As.
Buying CBG Option #1: Legal Dispensaries
As if someone flicked a switch, I’ve noticed the dispensaries in my town (Pacific Northwest) offering a variety of ‘CBG + THC’ products derived from cannabis-marijuana strains – primarily flower and different types/delivery systems for oils, extracts and concentrates like this one:
Nice, sativa-based, so for folks like me the spray tincture won’t make you feel tired or drowsy or tempted to go on a ‘Netflix & Chill’ binge. Perhaps it’s derived from a strain like Mickey Kush which is a 75% sativa-cross between Sweet Irish Kush and Jack The Ripper with decent percentages of CBG. Hard to know without getting in touch with the supplier.
Notice the 100mg of THC? That makes it impossible/illegal to buy online at this point in time. What you’re really getting in this product is a marijuana-based concentrate from a sativa-dominant strain that’s POSSIBLY been bred to have higher than average CBG percentages. It’s likely full spectrum, so complete with the range of marijuana terpenes and some green tea extract.
That’s great for myself and folks with access to dispensaries carrying these locally-made products, but I can think of a handful of reasons why someone needs the second option.
Buying CBG Option #2: Legitimate Online Sources
CBG hasn’t quite gone mainstream yet, sort of like where CBD was in 2010. Thus, and you might already have gone through this, when searching around online for CBG you’ll be shown all kinds of content about CBD instead. As though Google’s going, ‘CBG?’ due to lack of content like what you’re reading out there. It’s frustrating. And, there isn’t a huge amount of online sources yet either.
The only source I’m aware of right now, outside one or two other online stores offering CBG concentrates or isolates is www.HempforFitness.com where you can get CBD:CBG Capsules made in their own labs in Illinois using imported industrial hemp extracts from Europe.
Hemp for Fitness was founded in 2012, and since then has primarily focused on full spectrum industrial hemp concentrates for CBD. However, recently, they’re among the first brands in the entire nation to truly invest in CBG (they also offer CBN capsules for herbal sleep aid help) to make it more widely available. Things’ll be different a year from now, but that’s the truth.
Along with the natural plant extract in their capsules, they also offer CBG Isolate in Crystal Form – so highly concentrated and different from plant-based full spectrum. We’ll go over the differences momentarily, but here’s what it looks like:
Those right there are your options as of late 2018 when you ask yourself where to buy CBG. In terms of sources it’s either marijuana, industrial hemp, or isolate crystals. When the product is coming from a retail dispensary, it’s likely to be CBG + THC concentrates from marijuana strains. When you purchase cannabis plant-based concentrates online, often referred to as ‘full spectrum,’ these will be derived from industrial hemp cultivars with naturally higher CBG percentages.
Cannabigerol Q & A’s
To be prudent, we felt we should try our best to honestly answer some of the common questions people are asking us regarding CBG. As mentioned, it’s still pretty new on the American cannabis scene.
“What’s the difference between ‘full spectrum’ CBG products and CBG isolate crystals?”
Great question. Most people assume the crystals are the result of ultra-lab magic or toxic processes. Nope. Similar to making 99% pure CBD isolate, you simply take the full spectrum or more refined plant concentrate with specific cannabinoids, and further refine it often via basic chromatography – for example using sand, liquid, and pressure to remove excess plant materials like resin or other cannabinoids. What this leaves you with after liquid is evaporated are the ‘isolated’ cannabinoids. Some isolates are indeed synthetic though, so make sure to ask your provider if they aren’t clear. In essence, Full-Sprectrum = Plant Concentrate, while Isolates are just that…isolates without ANY of the entourage effects or synergy with other plant compounds.
“How should I use CBG?”
Consider rosemary extract, or any other herb humans have been using since herbs were literally the only form of ‘medicine’ we had (tens of thousands of years). Cannabis, or at least industrial hemp in our opinion, isn’t a medicine in the western sense so there’s no universal method of dosage similar to pharmaceuticals. Your body’s unique, as is your endocannabinoid system and neurological/psychological makeup. The most logical route is to start small, with a minimum mg dosage in capsule or edible form (typically 5-30mg) and see how your body reacts. Go from there. Ask around, research online, Contact Hemp for Fitness, browse relevant forums, etc.
“What is CBG good for?”
We’re unable to say anything that could be considered a medical claim. Cannabis plants produce cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, which is the chemical precursor to the three main phytocannabinoid lines: THCA, CBDA, CBCA. It’s also known as the Stem Cell Cannabinoid, so it’s obviously going to have similar supplemental values. It’s non-intoxicating, non-addictive, and non-psychoactive. The most common benefits anecdotally, some of which are now supported within current medical literature are as follows (a sort of mixture of the benefits people experience using THC and CBD):
- Analgesic – Pain Relief
- Antibacterial – Slows or Inhibits Bacterial Growth
- Anti-convulsive – Seizure & Convulsion Reduction
- Anti-proliferative – Cancer Cell Growth Inhibitor
- Bone Stimulant
- Brain Cell Stimulant – Promotes Neural Growth
- Appetite Stimulant
“Does CBG work well with other cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, or THC?”
Absolutely. CBG is known to amplify the effects of other cannabinoids it’s combined with – like within the plant in nature. All phytocannabinoids work synergistically together to produce unique impacts they can’t manage alone, and yet there are circumstances where isolate-levels of certain cannabinoids are proving beneficial. In dispensaries, you’ll often see cannabis products that sport CBG levels all fancy-like, but don’t be fooled, that’s the natural amount the strain they extracted the THC from produces! No reason to put a higher price tag on that. Online though, when we’re talking full spectrum CBG extracts, you’ll often find them with CBD because industrial hemp naturally produces more CBG than marijuana.
“Is CBG better than CBD or other cannabinoids?”
Try not to think of cannabinoids in terms of better or worse. There really are no phytocannabinoids in their natural state that are technically ‘bad’ for the human body. Excess amounts? Sure. Although the overdose levels of even THC are far beyond the reach of anyone but people that work in large manufacturing facilities or labs or make some insane concentrate from home that causes psychotic THC-induced episodes of anxious mania. As with anything else outside moderation…but again, anyone seeking to supplement their ECS with cannabis products should examine themselves and their needs, then experiment as any other human being has with herbs throughout our long history on this planet. If you have access to a cannabis specialist that’s legally able to give ‘medical advice’ consult with them! Regardless, if it’s marijuana, they’ll start you at low dosages in the beginning with a variety of different strains and terpene profiles. With industrial hemp, you start with smaller CBD/CBG percentages/dosages and progress according to how your body responds.
“Does CBG produce any negative side effects?”
Because it’s non-intoxicating, non-addictive, and non-psychoactive, right off the bat it’s pretty safe. Here’s the truth, there is no way to predict how someone’s body will use any cannabis product! That being said, there’s no widely known negative side effects when used is a responsible and therapeutic manner outside extremely unique physiological complications – like any other herb. Generally speaking you want to avoid consuming more than 300mgs per kilogram of body weight. What does this mean? It means if you weighed 180lbs, you’d have to guzzle roughly 54,000mgs of CBG to get into serious trouble. Most speak highly of the 10-30mgs range, which is a couple drops from a tincture, a single capsule, etc.
“Can CBG help address general or specific ECS deficiencies?”
This is a great question and increasingly coming up as our understanding of the human endocannabinoid system evolves. However, there are many challenges when we talk about officially diagnosing ECS deficiencies. I wrote about it in our article entitled, “Wait, Cannabinoid Deficiency?” Chances are a good percentage of us are dealing with it to a certain degree, especially when medical issues/symptoms arise. When you add the fact CBG is the ‘stem cell’ cannabinoid, it may turn out to be the most beneficial of them all. Time will tell.
“What are the ideal ratios of CBG + CBD?”
There’s no universal answer to this question, when being asked by an individual. Again, don’t forget that CBG is known to amplify the effects of other cannabinoids. In time, general dosages will be ironed out for certain issues but ultimately everyone’s endocannabinoid system is slightly different and unique to them. Start small. Be smart. Consult any physician you can.
“Isn’t CBG found in all plant-based cannabis products?”
Yes. Generally speaking, most marijuana strains naturally contain 0.1 to 1.0%, while industrial hemp has double the amount, 0.2 to 2.0% (highest in immature cannabis plants while forming). Very recently newer strains of both are being bred to keep up with increasing demand for CBG. The hemp’s coming out of specific places in Europe and states like Colorado and Oregon.
Wrapping Up: Where to Buy CBG?
Personally, if a good friend came to me wondering where to buy CBG, I’d tell them to give Hemp for Fitness their attention to see if it’s a good fit. I’ve tried their products and been helping out as a content writer for the brand for close to 5 years now. Beyond that though, they’re among the first sources you can find outside legal marijuana dispensaries. They offer both capsule and isolate forms for both private people as well as startups or other companies looking for a manufacturer of CBG. Hope this helps clear things up a bit!