If you are a fan of botanical infusions and edibles, you are probably familiar with several beneficial compounds and their therapeutic uses. However, there is one compound you may not recognize called CBG. CBG is not as recognizable as other botanical compounds. However, it features a unique set of medicinal properties.
What is CBG oil, and can you make it at home? With LĒVO, it is easy to explore the therapeutic benefits of this substance and add it to your routine.
What Is CBG Oil?
CBG is a cannabigerol, a specific type of cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. It is typically found in smaller quantities than other compounds like CBD and THC because it is only prevalent in young plants. Cannabis may contain as little as 1% CBG compared to 20-30% of other popular therapeutic compounds.
As a young plant matures and begins budding, enzymes and chemicals in the plant combine to create CBGA. CBGA is the substance where all active and medicinal compounds start. As a plant nears the end of its growth cycle, it absorbs more UV light. As it takes in more and more UV light, the CBGA breaks down to form other compounds. A small amount turns into and remains CBG. Cannabis plants with high concentrations of other THC or CBD generally have lower concentrations of CBG. Plants harvested young have more CBG because the CBG hasn’t broken down into other substances.
CBG oil comes from young plants or botanical strains that yield higher productions of the compound CBG. Strains like White CBG and Jack Frost tend to have higher CBG concentrations than other flower.
Uses for CBG Oil
Although not as popular as other botanical oil infusions, CBG oil has several medicinal and therapeutic benefits. CBG works by interacting with two types of neuroreceptors in the nervous system and brain. By binding to these receptors, CBG compounds may help strengthen the function of anandamide. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that enhances pleasure and motivation. It also helps regulate sleep and appetite and may function to alleviate pain.
Ingesting CBG oil may be beneficial for individuals suffering from:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Inflammatory bowel disease is a catch-all term for two categories of bowel disease characterized by chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. IBD can cause abdominal pain, discomfort, fatigue, diarrhea, weight loss, and bloody stool. Initial studies indicate CBG may alleviate the symptoms of IBD by helping to reduce inflammation in the GI tract.
- Huntington’s Disease – Huntington’s Disease is a genetic disorder that causes the breakdown of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain. Sufferers can develop uncontrollable muscle movements and abnormal body postures. The disease can also impact a person’s behavior, emotions, and personality. Some research suggests CBG help protect the brain’s nerve cells from damage and improve motor function.
- Glaucoma – Glaucoma is an eye disease that can cause vision loss and blindness by damaging the optic nerve. The optic nerve sends information from the eye to the brain. Some forms of glaucoma manifest due to an increase in intraocular pressure. Some studies show CBG may reduce eye pressure and increase aqueous outflow, helping to maintain eye pressure.
Other therapeutic uses for CBG oil include:
- Antibacterial properties
- Appetite stimulant
- Potential cancer inhibitor for breast, gastric, and colorectal cancers
- Bladder dysfunction
There are generally no psychoactive compounds in CBG. Most studies conducted with CBG are animal-based studies.
Making CBG Oil Through the Infusion Process
Purchasing CBG oil at a specialty retailer can be extremely expensive. Again, CBG is in much smaller concentrations than other botanical compounds like CBD and THC. Since CBG comes from either young plants or cannabis plants with more naturally occurring CBG compounds, it tends to be more expensive to manufacture. The good news? You can create homemade CBG oil with your LĒVO infusion machine and a few simple ingredients.
For a homemade CGB oil infusion, you will want to select flower with higher concentrations of CBG. Some strains are known for containing more CBG than others. If you need help selecting flower tomeet your needs, talk with a trusted local retailer.
Next, you need to select a carrier oil. Infusion is the process of integrating the flavor and health benefits of a botanical into a carrier medium like an oil or fat. Olive, coconut, MCT, and avocado oils are great options for creating a homemade CBG oil suitable for culinary or topical use.
The process used to be complicated and time-consuming. However, making high-quality infusions has never been simpler when you employ LĒVO.
We’ll give you a short introduction to each of LĒVO’s machines, but for a more in-depth look and comparison between machines, you’ll want to check this out.
The LĒVO II is the world’s first automated infuser. It uses patented technology to prepare, dry, and activate herbs and botanicals for infusion. You get potent, high-quality oil infusions for a fraction of the cost.
The LĒVO Lux improves on the technology used in the LĒVO II and features enhanced dry and activate cycles. Like the LĒVO II, its precise time and temperature controls mean you get a consistent product every time.
The LĒVO C is best suited for consumers wanting to create large-batch infusions and small business owners. The LĒVO C also includes an activate mode, meaning you get a more potent product.
CBG Oil Recipe
- 7 to 14 grams of dried botanical
- 16 ounces of carrier oil
- For best results, grind your flower or botanical before infusion. Do not grind the material too fine. Particles can seep into your final product.
- Place the botanical in your LĒVO power pod. For a more potent infusion, try using the double pod method for the LĒVO II and LĒVO Lux models. Add dried herb to two pods and place both pods in the basin of your infusion machine.
- Run your machine’s activate cycle.
- Once the activate cycle is complete, add oil to the basin.
- Depending on your oil, set your LĒVO’s time and temperature settings. You can reference the LĒVO Calculator.
- When the infusion is complete, dispense your CBG oil into a clean and airtight container. Glass mason jars or bottles with airtight stoppers are a good choice.