Why You Should Combine Delta-8 with CBG
As more and more US states – as well as countries across the world – have legalized cannabis products, and the stigma surrounding these plant-derived compounds has decreased, a growing number of studies have emerged detailing the incredible benefits of cannabinoids to our health, sense of wellbeing and quality of life.
Two of the cannabis plant derivates experiencing a huge surge in popularity at the moment are Delta-8 (THC) and CBG – for good reason. When combined, these two compounds result in a huge range of positive effects for the mind and body, especially when taken via a tincture.
What is Delta-8?
Delta-8 is a form of THC – tetrahydrocannabinol – a psychoactive compound and one of the hundred known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
Cannabinoids such as Delta-8 interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS)– a cell signalling system in our bodies that influences everything from our mood to our sensitivity to pain, to how well we sleep to our motor control and from our fertility to our metabolism.
Cannabinoids influence our ECS by binding to the receptors present in our nervous system, influencing various physiological and cognitive processes in our bodies.
Though Delta-8 is a psychoactive compound, it’s thought to be about half as potent as it’s illegal counterpart – Delta-9 – from which it is separated by a small structural difference, having its double bond on the 8th carbon atom along the compound’s carbon chain structure, rather than the 9th. Hence, Delta-8.
What does it do?
As mentioned before, Delta-8 is a psychoactive compound, meaning those who consume it will experience a high – a feeling of euphoria, lightness and overall goodwill.
Moreover, a number of studies have indicated to the health benefits associated to Delta-8, such as nausea management, improvement of sleep – in both the time taken to fall asleep and the quality of sleep obtained – and reducing anxiety.
However, these effects are amplified when combined with other cannabinoids such as CBG.
Overall, those who have tried both the Delta-8 and Delta-9 varieties of tetrahydrocannabinol have attested that the Delta-8 provides a less debilitating, less intense psychoactive effect than Delta-9.
This makes it a more suitable variation for frequent use, as it shouldn’t prevent you from doing the things you want or need to do with your day and it may even help you, as Delta-8 receptor interactions have been found to boost motivation.
What is CBG?
CBG – or cannabigerol – is a lesser known cannabinoid. In its acidic form, it’s the precursor to a number of other cannabinoids, including THCA, CBDA and CBCA.
CBG is less known than its other cannabinoid counterparts – such as THC and CBD – largely because it’s a rare compound, accounting for around 1% of the dry weight of the cannabis plant. In contrast, much higher percentages of THC and other cannabinoids are found in herb.
Despite this, CBG is quickly increasing in popularity and demand due to its innumerable benefits, many of which are backed by both anecdotal evidence and emerging scientific research.
What does it do?
As mentioned previously, cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, by binding to different receptors in the nervous system. CBG, in particular, binds with two of these receptors – the CB1 receptor and the CB2 receptor.
When CBG binds with the CB1 receptor, it encourages the body to increase production of the neurotransmitter ‘anandamide’, which can boost feelings of happiness, motivation, and even improve quality of sleep.
Cannabigerol also binds to CB2 receptors found in the immune system and gastrointestinal (GI) system, where they are thought to support immunity and improve the health of aspects of the GI system. In 2013, a study was conducted that found CBG can reduce inflammation of the colon and improve intestinal problems.
Studies have also shown that CBG has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties is also thought to protect against certain cancers.
Why combine the two?
When CBG and Delta-8 are consumed at the same time – which you can achieve using a tincture, a liquid solution you can take orally or dropper onto food or drink – you’re able to simultaneously experience the benefits of the two.
So, while benefitting from the many probable health benefits of both the Delta-8 and CBG compounds, you can also enjoy the subtle, temporary, psychoactive effects of the Delta-8 THC variant, which allows you to capture that incredible euphoric high.
More than this, cannabinoids work together in the body’s endocannabinoid system, which cause the numerous positive effects of each compound to be amplified. This means that your mood is boosted, sleep improved and health enhanced more than if you were to ingest either compound alone.
Lastly, while THC compounds such as Delta-8 have sometimes been associated with feelings of anxiety and paranoia by some users, evidence suggests that that cannabinoids such as CBG can reduce this effect; they work antagonistically to psychoactive compounds in the body, reducing their influence on the receptors involved with producing anxiety responses.
This phenomenon is known as the ‘entourage effect’, which describes the advantageous outcome of having multiple cannabinoid compounds enter the body at once, working together to achieve the most beneficial effect overall.
Using a Delta-8 and CBG tincture is the most efficient way to achieve this effect as the cannabinoid compounds are dissolved in the tincture to allow the perfect dose to be taken with each administration.
However, as with any product derived from the cannabis plant, you should always make sure that the product you opt for has a Certificate of Analysis (COA), as this means that an accredited lab has analysed the product and determined the chemical makeup of the product.
This is crucial as it offers transparency about what you’re actually consuming and you can check that the product doesn’t contain higher than acceptable levels of heavy metals or pesticides.
So, if you want to experience an incredible high while reaping a ton of mental and physical benefits, then consider trying out the CBG and delta-8 tincture, which you can do in the time it takes to squeeze liquid from a dropper.