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Cannabinoid Clinic: CBGA

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

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CBGA molecular structure

What is CBGA?

Cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) has been dubbed the "mother of all cannabinoids" by researchers and journalists based on the pivotal and important role that it plays in the production of all major cannabinoids (and many minor ones). CBGA is a minor cannabinoid and an acidic precursor, meaning that it is responsible for manufacturing another cannabinoid that plays an important role in the plant.

CBGA has been dubbed the "mother of all cannabinoids" based on the pivotal role it plays in the production of all major cannabinoids.

CBGA results in not only its downstream isomer, cannabigerol (CBG), but arguably more importantly, it produces the acidic precursors for other major cannabinoids. For example, CBGA produces CBCA, CBDA, and THCA. These acidic precursors, under the right environmental conditions (things like UV light, oxygen, or heat), morph into cannabichromene (CBC), cannabidiol (CBD), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

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