What is CBGa?

CBGa, or cannabigerolic acid, is one of many minor cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant. CBGa is a foundational compound of the cannabis flower. In fact, you might think of CBGa as the “granddaddy” of cannabinoids. Why? Because CBGa is at the top of the cascade reaction that produces the three major cannabinoid lines:

• THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid)

• CBDa (cannabidiolic acid)

• CBCa (cannabichromenic acid)

What’s the difference between CBG and CBGa?

CBGa is an acidic precursor to CBG, which means that CBGa ultimately becomes CBG when the plant or concentrated extract of the plant is heated, cured, or dried. 

What is CBGa used for?

Early studies have shown that this cannabinoid is useful in fighting Cardiovascular Disease, targeting Colon Cancer, and addressing Metabolic Disorders. CBGa has shown analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-proliferative properties. There are also ongoing studies about the effects of CBDa and CBGa and how they don’t allow the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) spike proteins to replicate, which may prevent the virus from spreading as rapidly. (Check out the Oregon State CBDa and CBGa study for more information.)

Will CBGa get me high?

CBGa should not make you high. Unlike THC, the cannabinoid that produces a “high”, CBGa is non-psychotropic. It is true that there are trace amounts of THC in full-spectrum CBD products, but even these products are unlikely to make you feel high.

What is the entourage effect and how does it relate to CBGa?

The entourage effect argues the therapeutic benefits of cannabis are not solely the result of single cannabinoids such as CBD, but instead are influenced by the broader interactions between all cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, such as CBGa, CBN, CBC, and CBDa.

Which should I take, CBG or CBGa?

Some potential uses that are common to both CBG and CBGa are inflammation relief and cancer treatment. CBG has also shown potential in combating various conditions. These include glaucoma, bladder dysfunctions, neurodegenerative diseases, and bacterial infections. Besides cancer and inflammation, CBGa appears to have the potential to offer a future remedy for cardiovascular disease. CBGa may also be beneficial for slowing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) according to the Oregon State CBDa and CBGa study.


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