What You Should Know About CBG (Cannabigerol)

What You Should Know About CBG (Cannabigerol)

You probably have heard of CBG, cannabigerol candles, and wondered what they were. Here is your answer. Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of a hundred less known cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. A quick internet search may yield tones of information on CBD, THC, and ‘a hundred other cannabinoids’ but little details on the hundred others.  CBG has shown considerable promise to treat glaucoma, inflammations, fighting cancer, and so on – more on that later. CBG is a cannabinoid, and before we can effectively zero in on it, we need to understand how cannabinoids work.  

What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are organic compounds that are found in Cannabis Sativa. They are found in different percentages in different strains of marijuana with cannabidiol (CBD) and delta -9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) being the predominant ones in natural strains. 

However, researchers are now able to develop strains that are dominated by any cannabinoid they choose. Cannabinoids are divided into several different classes. 

  • Cannabicyclol  (CBL)
  • Cannabielsoin (CBE)
  • Cannabitriol (CBT)
  • Cannabigerols (CBG)
  • Cannabinol (CBN)
  • Cannabichromenes (CBC)
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) 
  • Cannabinodiol (CBDL) and
  • Cannabitriol (CBT)
  • Cannabidiol (CBD)

I expect you are wondering what the difference between these cannabinoids is and on what basis they are categorized? That is a good question, and the answer follows. 

Cannabinoids are typically classified on how psychoactive they are. While CBD, CBG, and CBC are non-psychoactive, THC, CBN CBDL, and CBT have varying degrees of psychoactivity. Cannabinoids may change from one form to another due to exposure to oxygen or other elements. 

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), for example, when exposed to oxygen, reacts with it to form cannabinol (CBN). CBN is not only non-psychoactive, but it counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC.    

Research on the effects of cannabinoids on the body is only beginning with most of the focus having been invested in CBD and THC

While research on these cannabinoids is ongoing, researchers agree that their effect on the body is generally positive. The positive impact of different cannabinoids is the reason why full-spectrum hemp extracts are preferred over isolates.

When cannabinoids and other compounds found in hemp are used together, they produce the so-called entourage effect, which enhances the positive effects of the cannabinoid that is dominant in the product.      

What is CBG?

CBG is the cannabinoid from which the marijuana plant synthesizes all other cannabinoids The fact that all other cannabinoids begin as CBG creates the possibility of finding the therapeutic attributes of all cannabinoids in cannabigerol. This attribute has made the cannabinoid quite fascinating to consumers and researchers as well.  

How does CBG work?

Having learned what CBG is, it would be surprising if your next question was whether or not CBG is water or oil soluble. It is more likely you want to know how it works. Here is your answer.  

Like other cannabinoids, CBG connects with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) through CBD receptors.  It interacts with both CB1 and CB2 receptors, and that enables it to affect both the brain and the body. Once it combines with the receptors, it works to restore homeostatic balance. 

The fact that CBG works through the endocannabinoid system means that it affects every part of the body where the ECS is found. The endocannabinoid system is the most widely distributed organ system in the body. Its wide distribution allows CBG to connect with many different parts of the body.

There is still a lot that is yet to be understood about this cannabinoid. Still, a look at its potential health benefits will enable you to see why many medical marijuana stakeholders find it so fascinating.   

CBG’s Potential Medical Benefits

CBG shows the possibility of being active in numerous physiological systems to manage a host of health challenges. The following is a list of some of the conditions and physiological systems it works on.

  • The eyes have many cannabinoid receptors that allow CBG to connect with and act on it. Once it connects with cells in the eye, CBG reduces intraocular pressure, which damages the optical nerve to cause glaucoma.

Its ability to treat and prevent glaucoma is further enhanced by the fact that it has neuroprotective properties that enable it to protect the optical nerve from damage. With these attributes in view, it is advisable for people who are genetically predisposed to glaucoma to take CBG as a preventive measure regularly.

  • CBG’s neuroprotective effects have further shown promise in reducing brain nerve cell degeneration. Such protection helps the body to keep Huntington’s disease at bay. Degeneration of brain nerve cells causes the condition.
  • One of the most exciting discoveries about CBG is its apparent capacity to fight cancer. In some of the animal experiments, CBG has displayed the ability to inhibit the receptors that facilitate the growth of cancer tumors. The test in which this discovery was made involved colorectal cancer in mice. This characteristic means that CBG can arrest the growth of cancer, which would enable doctors to remove the tumors without having to worry about cancer metastasizing.
  • Other areas in which CBG has shown potential for medical effectiveness include in fighting drug-resistant bacteria and appetite stimulation. Besides these, CBG also can control bladder contractions, which makes it useful in the management of bladder dysfunctions.

Some medical marijuana companies are already producing CBG, and it can be sent to you by mail, in case you are wondering.

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Dwight K. Blake Written by: Dwight K. Blake

Dwight was a Mental Health counselor at Long Island Psychotherapy & Counseling in Westbury, New York for more than 15 years. He believes that CBD is the prime solution to this mental illness and more-- with proper research, medical acknowledgment, and application.
Through his work at AmericanMarijuana, together with the rest of the team, he wishes to provide everyone with genuine results and high-quality product reviews for everyone to enjoy for free.

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