CBGa is the acronym for cannabigerolic (can-nab-bi-ger-rol-lic) acid, which is a natural compound found in the Cannabis Sativa L. plant.
CBGa develops primarily in the trichomes of female cannabis hemp and marijuana plants. The trichomes are the microscopic-sized, mushroom-like structures on the plant's flowers that produce cannabinoids. When these plants are in the flowering stage, the initial cannabinoid compound created is CBGa.
Confusion, Research & Evolution
For decades, CBG was mistakenly called the 'Mother of all cannabinoids' because CBGa had never been researched in depth. But in 1999, Japanese cannabis researchers proved that CBGa—not CBG—is the original source of all cannabis cannabinoids.
Another world-renowned cannabis researcher and organic chemist, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam (called the 'Father of cannabis science'), confirmed that CBGa is the precursor.
Dr. Mechoulam is best known for isolating THC, CBD, CBG, and several other cannabinoids 60 years ago (1963-1973), and he never stopped researching. He also initiated cooperation between cannabis scientific research teams worldwide (including the USA). Mechoulam and his selected groups of scientists spent decades studying the chemistry, pharmacology, and clinical effects of natural products (including cannabis). They made thousands of fascinating breakthrough discoveries about how cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) potentially affect various medical conditions.
The ECS works directly with CBGa to help your body achieve balance (homeostasis). It regulates your body's biochemistry and physiology—including learning and memory, mood, sleep, appetite, metabolism, immune responses, reproduction, growth, and development.