What is CBGA? (Cannabigerolic Acid) – Benefits & Facts

Posted on November 30th, 2023 to Acidic Cannabinoids by

Recently, acidic cannabinoids have gained a significant portion of the spotlight when it comes to cannabinoids. While there has been a substantial amount of discussion surrounding cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), CBGA may be a new acidic cannabinoid to a lot of people. Nevertheless, CBGA could be one of the most important cannabinoids found in the cannabis family of plants, and could also hold important beneficial value much like its non-acidic cannabinoid form: cannabigerol (CBG).

What is CBGA, and what does CBGA do? Find out the answers to these questions and more about CBGA in this comprehensive guide.

What Is CBGA?

CBGA stands for cannabigerolic acid, which is the acidic precursor of the well-recognized cannabinoid CBG. CBGA is one of the most prominent naturally occurring compounds found in hemp or cannabis. In fact, CBGA is commonly referred to as the “stem cell cannabinoid” or “mother cannabinoid” because CBGA is the first cannabinoid the plant makes, and is then converted into the other primary acidic cannabinoids as the plant grows and matures.

For example, a portion of the CBGA becomes CBDA and a portion converts into THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid). The remaining CBGA after all other cannabinoids have developed becomes CBG, which is why most commercially available cannabis only contains very small amounts of CBG when plants are harvested at maturity. CBGA also becomes CBG when heated, which triggers a process called decarboxylation.

A Look at CBGA Effects

Much like CBG, CBD, and even other acidic cannabinoids like CBDA, CBGA is non impairing and not an intoxicating cannabinoid. Therefore, at a typical dosage range, the majority of people report the effects to be similar to CBG. For instance, a lot of people claim that CBGA induces a noticeable sense of emotional calmness and helps reduce those “fight or flight” feelings that are often associated with stress. Many also find that CBGA is energizing.

The top-level effects of CBGA can also vary depending on what type or product you are using or how it is used. For example, a CBGA oil may help you feel calmer and more focused, but a topical product made with CBGA may offer effects related to the relief of physical discomfort and aches.

Potential CBGA Benefits

Research into CBGA is in its early stages. Preliminary studies have found some noteworthy benefits of CBG, and it can be postulated that CBGA may offer some of those same benefits. For reference, CBG has been shown to potentially:

  • Support the immune function*
  • Reduce pain and soreness*
  • Relax and calm physical worry *
  • Increases energy*

The Benefits of Pairing CBGA with CBG and Other Cannabinoids

Pairing CBGA with CBG and other cannabinoids may also offer some benefits, but we need more research to better understand the potential of these combinations. We do know that pairing CBG with CBDA has been shown in one study to enhance the absorption of CBDA. Some acidic cannabinoids are also more biologically active than their non-acidic counterparts. For instance, CBDA has a greater rate of absorption than CBD. While we can’t say for certain just yet that CBGA will hold that same value, there is a probability for that to be the case.

One acidic cannabinoid pairing that has gained some interest is CBDA and CBGA, which can be found in Healer’s CBDA+CBGA Oil Drops. Likewise, Healer Vitality Gummies contain a 1:1 ratio of CBDA and CBGA. This pairing may be beneficial for:

  • Support immune function*
  • Reduced stress*
  • Enhanced energy levels*
  • Decreased issues with pain and soreness*

Pairing CBG with CBGA may also enhance the overall effects of CBG. For example, Healer CBG Oil Drops contain a 6:1 ratio of CBG to CBGA because the combination of the acidic and non-acidic cannabinoids may provide an enhanced experience and greater relief. Additionally, Healer Relax Gummies contain the same CBG:CBGA ratio.

Who Should Consider CBGA Products?

CBGA products may provide a positive experience for individuals who:

  • Have tried CBG alone without satisfactory results
  • Are on a CBDA regimen and looking for enhanced effects
  • Are looking for a cannabinoid regimen to help with aches or worry

By contrast, if you are already taking CBDA or CBD and you are happy with your experience, CBGA may not be the most positive addition to your cannabinoid regimen. Some studies have suggested that CBG (and possibly CBGA due to its relationship to CBG) may alter the effects of CBDA or CBD. Additionally, CBGA may not be as effective for issues like nausea as something like CBD or CBDA.

Find Your Most Effective Cannabinoid Regimen with Healer

When you make the decision to try CBGA or other acidic cannabinoids, it is vital to trust an established, reliable brand. Healer hemp products are created under the authority of a renowned physician, Dr. Dustin Sulak. Dr. Sulak is a leader in the field of cannabinoids as medicine, and truly a pioneer in helping patients see results with the most reliable cannabinoid products. Be sure to take a look at the full collection of CBGA products made with CBGA and other hemp-derived cannabinoids at Healer.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.