CBG – What it is and Why YOU should try it!

Hey everyone, WELCOME to the Bio Hacking Academy. I’m your host and educator, Joshua Porch, and today we’re going to be discussing CBG. The CBG I’m going to be referring to here today comes from legally grown industrial hemp, and is fully compliant with federal regulations here in the USA. This video is intended for viewers 18 years or older and does not endorse or condone any illegal or dangerous activity. 

So, with that out of the way, I’m first going to explain briefly what CBG is (for those of you who don’t already know what it is) and then I’m going to dive into the chemistry of how it works, what affects it has on the body and mind, and how YOU or someone you know can take advantage of CBG and use it to enhance your (or their) quality of life!

So, to start, CBG (in it’s naturally occurring acid form called CBG-A) is the primary compound present in all cannabis plants up until the last few weeks of the Flowering phase, which is also known as the last few weeks before the buds have reached maturity and are ready for harvest. CBG-A is then converted into THC, CBD, or other minor cannabinoids, most of them in their acid form. However, new varieties of industrial hemp have been developed which are intended to produce CBG almost exclusively, and the plant is harvested at the ideal time for CBG content.

Now, the CBG remains in it’s acid form (CBG-A) until the plant material goes through the process called “Decarboxylation”, also called “Decarbed” for short. When the hemp is cured and dried, some of the CBG becomes decarbed, but most will remain in the acid form until it is heated, through baking in an oven at the right temperature for the right amount of time, vaporized or smoked. I will try out CBG in it’s natural, acid form and make a separate review on it. But for this review, I’m talking about regular CBG. 

Ok, so what does CBG DO? Well, first I need to ask, have you ever tried CBD before? Do you know what it feels like? If you answered yes, then try to imagine a combination of CBD and Valium, or CBD and Lavender. That is what CBG feels like in your body, but CBG simultaneously gives you a clear headed, energized mind.

If you’ve never tried CBD before and don’t know what it’s like, well then you can just think of CBD and CBG as producing a very relaxing tingly sensation on your skin, and the experience is sometimes mildly euphoric, but not always. 

Now, on to discussion of what it’s good for.

Most people who use CBG consider it excellent for reducing anxiety and depression, even more effective for those health problems than CBD. In my personal experience, it offers better pain relief than CBD but less than Delta 8-THC or Kratom. I will make a video about Delta 8 soon, and I’ve already written an article about Delta 8 on my website, and I did a Kratom review video several months or more ago.

I find CBG most beneficial mid day and in the evening, but not immediately before bed. CBG can make you slightly sleepy, but for the most part it is mentally energizing until it starts wearing off. I think CBG would be great to use right before working on projects, homework, computer work, watching videos, writing, or any other activity that requires sustained focus and maintaining a calm countenance throughout.

I have also found that mixing equal parts of CBD and CBG is a wonderful combination, providing many of the same benefits of regular THC/Marijuana, while avoiding most of the negative side effects that often come from THC. Now, so this is a well balanced review, I will give some warnings, and then I’ll share some good, trustworthy sources of CBG products so that you can get some and try it for yourself. 

I really don’t have that many warnings about CBG. However, since it does increase activation of the GABA receptors, it can slow breathing and should not be combined with other sedatives in most situations. CBG also increases endorphin release (though activation of the CB2 receptor) and this may cause drowsiness, so don’t take CBG before driving, operating heavy machinery, or doing any other activity which could be dangerous without proper alertness. If you choose to do so anyway, you do so at your own risk and not at my advisement. CBG may also lower blood sugar levels and may also lower blood pressure, so keep that in mind if you choose to try CBG. 

Now, let’s talk about some good quality CBG products and where to purchase them.

“White Tiger” CBG Hemp Flower – 20% CBG Sativa-Leaning Hybrid from Loud House Hemp Company. Select “White Tiger @ 20% CBG” from the drop down menu.

https://www.loudhousehemp.com/1-oz–28-grams-small-high-cbd–cbg-hemp-flower-b128.html

CBG Kief from Loud House Hemp Company. Select “CBG Kief” from the drop down menu. 

https://www.loudhousehemp.com/cbd–cbg-kief.html

CBG Oils

CBG oil from Flower Child CBD Company (the only full spectrum CBG oil I could find anywhere). This one, WordPress is saying has an error with trying to embed the link, so copy and paste the URL into a new tab if it does not appear as a clickable link for you, so that you won’t lose your place here on this page…. stupid WORDPRESS! If the link does work, please still right click it and select “open in new tab” so you won’t lose your place here.

“New Dawn” CBG oil from Industrial Hemp Farms. This appears to be a CBG isolate dissolved in an oil, and this will not be as effective as using Full Spectrum CBG, but it will be a pure CBG experience nonetheless. 

https://industrialhempfarms.com/buy-cbg-cannabigerol-oil/?fbclid=IwAR2lpuPP-zdX9tIu07yRuLrzB-dbmJ1MM-E376WUQdqjWWgtjRWGUtOaLVg

American Shaman and Extract Labs (along with most other results I found) offer oils that have CBD & CBG combined, usually in a 1:1 ratio. This may be a nice combo but they are not CBG alone. WordPress is ALSO giving me an error message with Extract Labs’ link (which is the second one below that just says “CBG Oil”, so if that one isn’t clickable for you, copy and paste it into the URL bar in a new tab so you won’t lose your place here on this page. If the link does work, please right click it and select “Open in New Tab” so that you won’t lose your place here.

https://cbdamericanshaman.com/cbg-oil?fbclid=IwAR0pl-zNaBlLBBK70U7XOMTS1uV-CpkPyM2rpdfs8dWy2GzhsK7R3tro7a4

Now I need to mention one more important point before I go… DOSAGE!  

In my opinion, CBG is more potent than CBD, but not everyone may agree with that. However, I think that 1 to 2 milligrams (mg) of CBG is a good starting dose for most people. If using a CBG oil, you can determine 1-2 mg by dividing the total number of milligrams of CBG in the entire bottle by how many milliliters (mL) of oil are in the bottle. This will tell you how many milligrams of CBG are in each milliliter of oil. Then, divide the number of mg’s of CBG in 1 mL of oil by 30, and that will give you a pretty close estimate of how many mg of CBG are in each drop, because most of the time, 30 drops from an eye dropper equals 1 mL of liquid.

I know that may sound like a lot of trouble to a lot of people, so to make it easier, just try 2-3 drops of your chosen CBG oil when first trying it out.

Alternatively, you can get a dry-herb vaporizer (like the Sutra Mini, which is an excellent choice) and use it to vape some CBG flower. The Sutra Mini can be found here: 

https://www.sutravape.com/sutra-mini-by-sutra-vape/

Most CBG flower on the market today is between 8% to 20% CBG. I would suggest everyone who decides to Vape or Smoke CBG flower to start off with 25 mg of flower, and see if that is good or if you need more. People who currently use THC will need to use a lot more CBG to feel it’s effects compared to people who only use CBD regularly or someone who does not use any cannabinoids regularly. 

If Vaping CBG flower, set the temperature on the Vaporizer to 430 F to make sure that ALL of the CBG gets vaporized out of the flower material and into your lungs. CBG’s boiling point or evaporation point is 428 F and while you can get SOME CBG at lower temperatures, most of it will not come out into the vapor until you reach at least 428 F.  

Alright, that about does it for this article. I hope you’ll be intrigued by this article and give CBG a try. If you do decide to try it out, come back to this video and let me know what you thought about CBG. 

Until next time, 

God Bless You, and Have a Great Day!

Peace!

– Joshua Porch, Founder and CEO of Bio Hacking Academy

What You Need To Know About Norepinephrine and Epinephrine – Your Friend and Foe

I’m sure you know me by now, but in case you just stumbled upon this, my name is Joshua Porch, and I’m the founder of Bio Hacking Academy. I’ve made it my mission to understand all that I possibly can about the human body so I can help myself and as many people as possible to take control of their health, not just to help in the fight against disease and ailments that are so common to the human race, but to help people fine tune their bodies to supercharge them into the highest performers possible!

In past videos I’ve covered Serotonin in depth, I’ve covered a bit about Dopamine, and I’ve shared lots of info regarding CBD. One neurotransmitter that is not discussed often enough however is Norepinephrine, along with it’s metabolite Epinephrine. These neurotransmitters play a large role in many of the trickier aspects of physiology and psychology that the majority of mankind do not understand too well. Norepinephrine and Epinephrine can be your friends and your foes, depending on the circumstances. There are even some occasions where they can serve as both at the same time. I’ll explain how in just a little bit.

You see, one aspect of the human experience that has always remained elusive to me is why people act the way they do when they get angry, why people lose control under certain conditions, and why some people have a better stress tolerance than others… that is to say, why some people take so much longer to get angry than others even when they are in the exact same situation.

The answer to this is complex, because there are a multitude of factors that affect people’s behaviors and responses to situations. Someone who’s had a bad day already filled with 15 different stressful events prior to the current one will be a lot more likely to fly off the handle than someone who’s had a great day so far and just now experienced their first stressful event of the day. But why does it work that way? Why does the body become less tolerant to stress as the day goes on (usually)?

Norepinephrine and Epinephrine play a key role in this!

You see, when a stressful event happens, the body releases Cortisol… that’s why it’s called the “stress hormone.” Truly, Cortisol is not the stress hormone but it’s the main one. Cortisol causes Dopamine and Serotonin to be released into the blood stream and throughout the brain. However, the Serotonin is quickly depleted, and the Dopamine is converted into Norepinephrine. While Dopamine provides the initial motivation for focusing on the problem and trying to figure out how to solve it, once it gets broken down into Norepinephrine, the body shifts more to a state of “fight or flight.”

When this happens, the Norepinephrine makes the person into a tough, grouchy productivity machine. The Norepinephrine makes a person become aggressive and ready to fight, and it’s designed to make the person act in such a way as to hopefully intimidate any would be troubling people or animals into being afraid and not messing with them. When the problem that’s occurring has to do with a vehicle, object or some other thing where there isn’t an interpersonal threat, then the effect of the Norepinephrine becomes more of a hindrance.

The Norepinephrine is then converted to Epinephrine, which raises blood pressure even more and puts a person in a bit of a frenzied state. It is a large contributing factor that makes people get road rage, “slow computer rage”, “video game rage” etc. It’s one of the main contributors to people’s veins bulging and their face turning red when some problem is really aggravating and it won’t go away or seems unsolvable/unfixable. 

So, the reason that people who’ve been through 15 stressful events already in a given day lose their temper easier than someone who has only experienced zero, or one, or two stressful events thus far in the day is because every time a stressful event happens, the body builds up levels of Norepinephrine and Epinephrine which take time to go down. In addition, the body becomes depleted in Serotonin, Dopamine, GABA and other happiness/pleasure related compounds. When many stressful things happen over and over, and close together, the body builds up higher and higher levels of Norepinephrine, Epinephrine and Cortisol levels while being depleted of the “happy” chemicals. This creates a perfect storm that our society has not yet reached the state of learning how to deal with properly.

Unfortunately, our bodies don’t recognize that the flood of stress hormones and neurotransmitters (which includes Cortisol, Glutamate, Dihydrotestosterone, Estrogen and more) is harmful if the perceived threat is an inanimate object, electronic device, machine, or a line of cars in front of us where no matter how mad we get, we can’t make the people in front of us move when we want them to. The excess Cortisol and Glutamate that happens in the brain during extreme or prolonged stress disrupts the Pre Frontal Cortex where critical thinking, logical reasoning and emotional stabilization occur.

So, what most people don’t realize is that when someone loses their temper and says something they later regretted and they swear that they didn’t mean to say it, they usually aren’t making up an excuse, they’re giving a 100% honest answer about something that their body chemistry made them do that was totally out of their control… and they had no way of foreseeing it or stopping it from happening. It is this lack of proper understanding of how the body works that causes so much unnecessary dysfunction and quarreling within families, among law enforcement and judicial officials, paramedics, psychiatrists, etc.

To further complicate the issue, most people in the medical and psychiatric community don’t know how to treat or prevent anger appropriately. It happens to everyone, but this is in regard to people who get angry especially easily or more frequently than the average person. Certainly, their individual circumstances have a role to play in how often people get upset and why, but even then, if the right chemicals could be changed in the right way at the right time, people wouldn’t even get angry if someone spit a bunch of snot on their face or punched them in the nose, etc etc. It all comes down to keeping the stress hormones and neurotransmitters from getting too elevated, but that is where the problem lies.

You see, in order to prevent people from ever getting angry for any reason, the medical industry would have to figure out a way to create a medicine or medical device that was capable of preventing the anger inducing neurotransmitters and hormones from becoming elevated during a time of stress while at the same time not making those endogenous chemicals be too low during normal times of day that are not stressful. The kind of technology that would be required to accomplish this task simply doesn’t exist right now and quite possibly may never exist.

It is possible in theory that something which had the ability to be an allosteric modulator of each of the receptor cites for all of the neurotransmitters and hormones in question could accomplish this goal, but I don’t think it would ever be possible to create one drug which could have that effect on that many of the correct receptors simultaneously. If something like that was to be accomplished, it would have to be through a medical device.

The only possible conceivable solution I can think of would involve something similar to an insulin pump, some sort of implant or box which attaches to the body and has an IV or IM insertion point where a port would remain in place for the machine to inject the right drugs at the right time. With such a machine, it would have to constantly monitor many different levels of hormones, neurotransmitters and electrical activity within the body 24/7.

The machine would have to detect when stressful events were beginning to occur and continue monitoring the body throughout the stressful event, and the machine would have to inject the right kind of drugs at the right time in the right amount at the right diffusion rate in order to keep the body’s stress response at neutral, or in essence, eliminate the fight or flight response. This could of course pose several dangers if it was ever possible and real. 

First of all, the biggest danger would be if someone was about to be run over by a vehicle or was being chased by an animal, this lack of fight or flight response could result in the person not getting out of harm’s way fast enough. Secondly, if someone was confronted by another person who wished to physically harm them, the lack of stress compounds would make the victim unable to fight at a fair level, which would obviously increase their chances of being hurt or killed.

Finally, lack of stress compound elevation could make someone remain docile and non-confrontational towards someone who was trying to do something seriously harmful to that person on an emotional, financial or social level. There are just some times where sitting by and refusing to stand up against someone who is ruining your life by their ignorant, irresponsible or evil behavior might as well be a suicide sentence upon yourself.

While we ought to be as nice as possible for as long as possible, I believe that God Himself would not even want someone to allow their lives to be destroyed by someone who was trying to take control in ways which they don’t have the right, and who don’t really know what’s best for someone else’s life, even if they really think they know best. Such people sometimes need to be told off in order to keep your boundaries respected and your life as trouble free as possible.

Of course, technically cursing is a sin but I also believe that because God understands that chemical/medical factors can make someone lose control of their words from time to time, I believe that He takes that into consideration, especially if the person later regrets or apologizes for what they said. Even if you feel the need to apologize to someone or try to bury the hatchet, it may be best to keep your distance and lessen the frequency of your interaction with that person if you know that communication with them will often lead to worsening of your quality of life and undue stress that could otherwise be avoided… this even applies to family as unfortunate as it may be.

In closing, “Norepinephrine and Epinephrine play a key role in the management of stressful situations, but they also have benefits such as helping provide increased focus, motivation, physical energy, muscular performance enhancement, and more. While these compounds may sometimes bring about consequences that we wish we could avoid, without them we would be sitting ducks with no energy, virility, sense of self preservation or drive to protect our loved ones.

I hope you’ve found this article helpful and informative, and I hope that it clears away some of the mystery surrounding stress and anger. Please stay tuned, and until next time, take care!

God Bless!

Joshua Porch

Founder, Owner and CEO of Bio Hacking Academy