CBG Isolate Powder
This CBG isolate powder is a pure cannabinoid extract flavored with terpenes from Birthday Cake hemp strain.
Known for its mood-boosting, inflammation-fighting, and get-to-work effects, CBG isolate powder can be taken either directly or added to food, drinks, joints, bowls, dabs, oils, or topicals. Many users stir it into their morning coffee to start the day off in a more productive, happier way.
The powder has a natural sweet flavor and sugary, earthy aroma thanks to added terpenes from the indica-dominant hybrid Birthday Cake strain. The complex terpene profile is headlined by Caryophyllene, which helps strengthen the pain-fighting and mood-elevating effects of the purified CBG.
Perfect for use in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings, CBG isolate powder acts as a powerful way to increase mental clarity and fight pain. While the majority of users report its usefulness in combatting daily body aches, researchers have shown that CBG is particularly effective against inflammations, eye issues like glaucoma, and gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.
It’s also a great pick-me-up. Scientists have found that CBG blocks the activity of a the 5HT1A receptor in the brain. This receptor is responsible to telling the brain to stop making more serotonin, the happiness chemical. CBG works by blocking that signal, allowing the body to increase its output of serotonin to produce happier feelings and more chipper moods.
What is CBG Isolate?
CBG or cannabigerol is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in both the hemp and cannabis plants. CBG isolate is created by extracting CBG directly from hemp plants and purifying it to remove the presence of all other substances. Isolate powder is easy to use on its own in in conjunction with other cannabis products.
CBG is often called the “mother of all cannabinoids” because it’s the precursor to all other cannabinoids. CBG is the first cannabinoid the plant produces, and as the plant matures, CBG is the compound that eventually become into CBD and THC through a process called oxidation. Think of CBG like the brain’s stem cells. It’s the raw material the plant uses to create whatever it needs.
Although most raw CBG is converted into other cannabinoids as its plant ages, small amounts remain. Usually, about 1% of the plant is CBG, although lately growers have been breeding strains that keep higher ratios of CBG as they mature.
On its own, CBG is not psychotropic and cannot produce a high when consumed or ingested on its own. CBG has shown the ability to reduce inflammation and modulate both serotonin and dopamine levels, which helps to regulate anxiety, mood, sleep, appetite, and pain. As such, it’s been effective at combatting the painful discomfort that comes from colon issues as well as reducing intraocular pressure from retinopathy.
In the body, CBG interacts with the brain in specific ways. In the brain, it interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. In the body, it interacts with the vagus nerve, which helps to control resting heart rate, digestion, mood, and sleep regulation.
How to Use CBG Isolate
CBG isolate powder can be used in a wide variety of ways, depending on what users want to achieve. On its own, it has powerful properties. When combined with other cannabinoids, CBG plays an important role in the entourage effect by strengthening the effects of other cannabinoids.
While many users report taking CBG in the morning, either stirred into a cup of coffee, straight under the tongue, or mixed into CBD oil, it can be taken at any time. Some users prefer to spoon a bit of CBG powder into a post-workout protein shake, sprinkle it into an after-work snack, or add a bit to an afternoon soda as a midday pick-me-up. Because CBG provides clarity and focus, it’s best avoided right before bedtime.
CBG is also effective when mixed into CBD or hemp oil. Many users even make their own CBG tinctures by combining isolate powder with a carrier MCT or coconut oil. Creating a personalized CBG oil allows users to adjust their dosage to the amount that works best for their needs.
Because CBG has well-documented digestive and gastrointestinal benefits, it may be most effective when ingested. CBG is gentle on the body and can be taken on an empty stomach, but many users claim to see more benefits when it’s combined with food.
CBG is also a popular addition to other cannabinoid products. A few milligrams of isolate powder can be dusted on top of bowl of packed flower or rolled into a joint. It dabbed on a dab rig or can be used to coat THC shatter for added benefits (see below).
CBG can also enhance the benefits of topical creams and lotion. Adding small amounts of CBG to water-based topicals may help skin infections heal faster, especially if the base topicals are hemp- or cannabis-based.
When starting to use CBG isolate, it’s best to take a small amount at first and gradually up your intake until benefits are felt. The best advice is to start with 5mg and increase by another 2 or 3 mg every day until you notice that your mental focus begins to sharpen or your pain lessens.
CBG has no serious side effects, is not intoxicating, and has not been shown to have addictive properties. There are concerns that CBG, like CBD, can interfere with certain prescription drugs — specifically those related to blood pressure — but research is limited. Concerned users should start with low amounts and wait at least two hours between taking prescription medication and using CBG.
CBG Isolate Benefits
On its own, CBG aids concentration and relieves pain and inflammation. It’s also an effective mood booster, a powerful antidote to depression, and can help people with ADHD increase their ability to focus. But its hidden power lies in how it amplifies or changes the other cannabis compounds it mixed with.
When CBD and CBG are combined, their effects blend marvelously. Taking the two together is more beneficial than taking either alone. The pair’s anti-inflammatory effects are strengthened, and the clarity that comes CBG counteracts the sleepiness that CBD can elicit. Many users report that mixing the two delivers heightened levels of good feelings as well.
Both CBD and CBG are non-psychoactive. Users will not get high when combining these two cannabinoids. A consensus of anecdotal reports from users indicates the best ratio of CBG to CBD is a perfect 1:1 complement, but individual results may vary. CBD and CBG are most easily mixed by taking a dropper of CBD oil and spooning in CBG isolate powder. The resulting tincture can be stirred, but it need not be dissolved in order to be effective.
Combing CBG with THC, however, is a different story. CBG works as a CB1 antagonist in the brain and central nervous system, which means that it can prevent it from interacting with THC. Practically, this means that adding CBG to THC flower will reduce the power of the high it creates.
CBG can also add a spike of energy and focus to THC strains that produce couch-lock effects. The offset can make the high experience more enjoyable for users who want the body relaxation effects of indica strains without the sedative feelings.
Many users report that CBG enhances the euphoric feelings of Delta 8 and Delta 9 cannabis strains, with some saying it seems to extend them as well.