Cannabigerol, also known as CBG, is a type of cannabinoid that comes from cannabis plants. Because other cannabinoids can be derived from CBG’s cannabigerol acids (CBGA), an alkaline form of CBG, this is why it is often called the mother of all cannabinoids.
Other common cannabinoids found in cannabis plants include Cannabidiol(CBD), as well as tetrahydrocannabinol.
CBG is rare and costly because of this. CBG is enjoying increasing popularity because of all the potential benefits it offers.
How CBG Is Made?
CBG is extracted from young cannabis plants as they have more CBG than fully mature plants.
The white CBG strain(Super Glue CBG), has higher CBG levels than other cannabis strains. These strains are specially cultivated to produce greater quantities of CBG.
CBGA is the acidic form of CBG, which is what CBD and THC are.
CBG concentrations in fully grown plants will be very low. This is because most CBG has been converted to CBD or THC by the time the plant was developed.
Because it’s difficult to get CBG, cannabis growers have experimented with genetic manipulation and cross-breeding to produce more CBG.
How CBG Works
CBG is processed in the body’s endocannabinoid systems. The endocannabinoid is a collection of molecules and receptors within our bodies that keep our bodies in a good state, regardless of the external environment.
CBG mimics endocannabinoids in our bodies.
Cannabinoid Receptors Within The Body
CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors are the two types of cannabinoid hormone receptors found in our bodies. CB1 receptors are found within the nervous system and brain. CB2 receptors, however, are found in various areas of the body such as the immune system.
CBG is thought to act by binding to both receptors. This strengthens the function of anandamide, which is a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure and motivation, appetite regulation, pain relief, and sleep regulation. CBG is not psychotropic and will not give you a high of THC.
CBG Could Have Many Benefits
CBG is similar to CBD and has been used for pain relief without the psychoactive effects of THC.
CBG may also be therapeutic, according to research. Unfortunately, there are not enough human studies to prove this.
A few promising animal studies have shown that CBG could eventually prove to be beneficial for the following therapeutic benefits.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, (Ibd)
Inflammatory stool disease (IBS) is a condition that causes persistent inflammation of the bowel. It can be fatal and it affects millions.
Researchers created inflammations in mice’s colons, similar to IBD, and then gave them CBG. CBG was found effective in reducing inflammation and the production of nitric dioxide. It also decreased the production of reactive oxygen species in the intestines. CBG should therefore be considered for clinical experiments in IBD patients.
Huntington’s Disease is a brain condition that results in the death of nerve cells.
CBG was found to be neuroprotective, protecting nerve cells in the brain from damage. It is also a neuroprotectant, protecting your brain’s nerve cells against damage.
Fighting Cancer Cells
Researchers studied the effects CBG had on colon cancer-prone rats in a 2014 study. CBG was found to be effective in inhibiting the growth and growth of colorectal tumor cells as well as blocking cancer cell growth receptors.
They recommended that CBG should be used translationally for the treatment and prevention of colon cancer.
How To Use CBG
CBG can be used as an oil. CBG oil is the best way to reap its benefits. CBG oils, however, are expensive and scarce.
Broad-spectrum CBD oils can provide some of the same benefits as CBG. Broad-spectrum CBD oils contain all of the cannabinoids found within a cannabis plant, except for CBG. It doesn’t contain THC.
Combining cannabinoids can enhance their effectiveness through a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.