CBGA

Cannabigerolic Acid

CBGA

Often called “the mother of all cannabinoids,” Cannabigerolic Acid sets the precedent for others as it is the way most cannabinoids first synthesize. As plants develop, the unique enzymes depending on the strain of the flower, convert the CBGA into different sequences of the cannabinoid precursors: tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), cannabichromenic acid (CBCA) and CBG (cannabigerol). When people refer to “raw” cannabis, cannabinoids in their acidic state is what they’re referring to. When lit with fire or cured, these compounds lose their acidic status and convert to THC, CBD, CBC, and CBG, through a process called decarboxylation. Through recent studies, we can see that the effects of CBGA are significant as it is not only anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and a pain reliever but also aides metabolism and heart health. As CBGA is a natural inhibitor in our body, studies found that it was effective in inhibiting an enzyme that contributes to oxidative stress, which causes many cardiovascular diseases. It can be helpful for a handful of stomach issues as CBGA activates receptors responsible for the stimulation of lipid metabolism, garnering attention from the weight loss industry as well. In many ways more than one, CBGA possesses abilities to regulate aspects of our relationship with cannabinoids and is worthy to note beyond its medicinal properties.