How To Make Cannabigerol (CBG)

Dec 20, 2019 | Product Education

CBG is found as a naturally occurring cannabinoids that can be extracted from cannabis plants. CBG is thought of as a minor cannabinoid because it is generally found in less than one percent of most cannabis strains. The main reason for this is because CBG is the “precursor” cannabinoid from which all other cannabinoids found in the plant develop. In other words, CBD, THC, and a host of other cannabinoids are created from this basic structure known as CBG.

There is an enzymatic process that takes place in the plant, where specific enzymes break down CBGA, or cannabigerolic acid, and direct it toward one of three main pathways towards becoming a more advanced cannabinoid.

When CBGA is exposed to ultraviolet light or heat, it can transform into the cannabinoids THC and CBD in most cases, but in certain strains CBGA is immediately converted to THCA or CBDA. In these strains, more THC means less CBG and CBD, and vice versa.

Scientists can extract higher levels of CBG from budding plants by harvesting them at the optimal extraction time. This is usually about six weeks into the eight week cycle when the plant is flowering. Currently, in an attempt to gain higher CBG yields, breeders are experimenting with genetic manipulation and cross-breeding

CBG Extraction

CBG oil is generally extracted via the CO2 process. If you are unfamiliar with the explanation process you can see our blog post on it here. This process entails extraction and distillation of oil from the materials of a high CBG plant. This procedure is preferred by most producers due to its stability and reliability.

After extraction, CBG oil can be used to produce other products. Crude CBG oil can undergo further separation of the CBG molecule from the other plant waxes and components of the oil using a certified solvent. The solvent is completely vaporized away using special lab equipment. This extraction of pure CBG is the purest CBG product that is available in the current market. If you are in the market for CBG oil or CBG isolate click the links to see our related product pages.


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Christopher Visser

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Christopher Visser

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