CBG & Skincare

Tranquil Earth CBD: CBG & Skincare - Blog Post

Our muscle rub and body lotion are now reformulated to include CBG!

What is CBG? 

CBG is short for cannabigerol, one of the many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, like CBD and THC. These cannabinoids are divided into two categories: “Major” and “Minor”. Major cannabinoids are found in higher percentages of the plant; CBD and THC both fit in this category. Minor cannabinoids, on the other hand, are present in lower levels. Though CBG is a minor cannabinoid, it is often referred to as the “mother of all cannabinoids”. Because CBG and its acidic form cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) are the precursor for many other cannabinoids, including CBD and THC, it is often nicknamed “the mother of all cannabinoids”. CBG has been shown to be non-psychoactive and studies suggest no adverse effects or withdrawal symptoms have been detected so far in the human body. As research continues to develop, CBG could become a central component of new, natural therapeutic approaches. 

The Entourage Effect

The Entourage Effect 

CBD and CBG are just two of many different cannabinoids found in hemp, and there is a growing belief that the different compounds work most effectively together. This theory is known as the entourage effect. While there is currently no concrete evidence for or against this idea, CBD products are often labelled full spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate. Each form could provide different experiences and benefits. While an isolate product contains only CBD, CBG can be found in both broad-spectrum and full-spectrum products alongside other cannabinoids. Because the entourage effect posits potential synergistic effects, it’s possible that CBD and CBG efficacy is enhanced when combined. 

Hemp Plant

The Potential of CBG 

Cannabis and hemp plants have garnered more investigative studies in recent years due to the 2018 Farm Bill, though the plant “has been cultivated since ancient times, mainly for its fibers and oil, but also for its medicinal properties”. Similarly to CBD, studies suggest promising potential for CBG, but there is still more research to be conducted to make concrete assertions. Current analyses indicate a few key capabilities of CBG. While CBG’s range of possible uses is wide, we’ll be focusing on its use in skincare and topical products. 

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Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Some experiments have shown CBG to inhibit cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes. COX enzymes help create inflammatory chemicals such as prostaglandin, which are helpful in normal bodily functions, but can often cause pain and discomfort. Such experiments have shown CBG to “inhibit COX enzymes in a higher concentration range, compared to conventional anti-inflammatory compounds”, suggesting that CBG has anti-inflammatory properties. 

CBD & CBG Lotion

Antioxidant & Antibacterial Effects 

While other cannabinoids have been reported to exhibit antibacterial and antifungal effects, CBG has been “found to be among the most potent cannabinoids testing against antibiotic resistant strains”. Studies propose that CBG works with the human body’s endocannabinoid system by regulating “many processes within the body, including immune responses”. 

Recent studies have drawn connections between inflammation and oxidative damage. The body’s “inflammatory processes induce oxidative stress, reducing cellular antioxidant capacity.” In addition to its proposed anti-inflammatory properties, research suggests that CBG has antioxidant effects comparable to vitamin E. Antioxidants may work to “prevent or delay some types of cell damage,” and potentially lower risks of certain ailments, like heart disease.  

Effects on the Skin 

CBG shows potential in decelerating skin aging and in treating certain skin conditions, including acne. One analysis observed that “CBG and CBD were found to modulate several key genes for skin aging, hydration, and inflammation”. While both compounds seem to have potential anti-aging benefits, this particular study suggests that CBG may be more effective. In comparison to CBD, the results showed that CBG had more success in promoting collagen and elastin. Both are essential proteins in assisting skin smoothness and elasticity. According to the same study, CBG was found to significantly inhibit and reduce two primary forms of ultraviolet (UV) light, both of which can have negative effects on the skin including inflammation and photoaging. Furthermore, due to its suggested anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties, CBG could help combat acne, reduce the appearance of redness, and aid in other problematic skin conditions. 

As research continues to develop, CBG could prove to be a preventative tool against different conditions. When applied topically, CBG has shown the potential to be a promising addition to your skincare routine. Try CBG out for yourself with Tranquil Earth CBD’s new and improved Muscle Rub and Body Lotion! 

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