07 Nov Can Pets Have CBG?
CBG or cannabigerol is not a new cannabinoid but it’s been getting a lot of attention lately. For humans, CBG hemp flower is taking the market by storm. It’s a little bit more expensive, and we’ll get into why. But the before that, we’ll answer the question we’re going to answer is can pets have CBG?
What is CBG?
CBG is much like CBD – it’s not intoxicating. Many call it the precursor to CBD and THC since it can convert to these cannabinoids as it breaks down. The key to obtaining CBG is to harvest hemp or cannabis plants early so that the concentration of CBG is higher.
Once hemp and cannabis plants reach full maturity, the CBG levels drop dramatically and become almost nil once the cannabinoid conversion process begins. Once cannabinoids convert, you’ll be lucky to see 1% CBG left in a plant.
What are the Effects of CBG?
In preclinical data, what is known is that CBG does not produce intoxicating effects. From that data, it’s suggested that CBG may support better responses to inflammation, pain, altered moods, spasms and anxiety. The effects are described as mild and calming.
This cannabinoid is not known to have any adverse reactions in pets. Some pet cannabinoid product manufacturers are offering CBG oil for pets. It is not intoxicating and anecdotal information from its use in pets shows promise. No signs, so far, point to CBG being dangerous for pets.
Before giving your pet any cannabinoid product, whether it is derived from hemp or cannabis, we suggest speaking with your vet first.
CBG and CBD have similar properties and react similarly to each other in the body.
How CBG is Obtained
Cannabigerol is found only in small concentrations in full-cycle harvested hemp and cannabis plants. Plants need to be harvested prematurely and processed quickly to prevent the cannabinoid from breaking down and converting into CBDA and THCA. With the cannabinoid being so temperamental, it is a little more expensive to purchase. When harvested at the right time, CBG’s concentration in a hemp plant could be as much as 94%.
CBG can be extracted the same way that CBD and THC are extracted from hemp and cannabis plants. The extract can be combined with other cannabinoids, like CBD, terpenes and natural ingredients to make a tincture. Tinctures can be taken orally, used topically or added to your pet’s food. It is important to pay attention to the ingredients in pet CBG and CBD products to ensure that your pet does not have an allergy, sensitivity or other issue with any of the ingredients. Reading the ingredients list also helps you ensure that there are no additives, chemicals or preservatives in the product.
Preclinical data is all we have to go by as actual clinical trials on CBG have not taken place. CBG products for pets are emerging in the alternative pet medicine market. As with CBD, do your homework and make sure you’re buying a clean product that has had a full battery of tests determining that it is clean, pure and safe.