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What is cannabigerol (CBG), and how does it work?

Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of over 114 different cannabinoids found in both the hemp and marijuana plants. Unlike cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBG is considered to be only a minor cannabinoid. In most strains, CBG is present as less than 1% of the total cannabinoid grouping. 

One of the ways that breeders are trying to get more CBG out of their plants is through genetic breeding of specific strains, including crossbreeding, to get plants with higher yields of this rare cannabinoid. Another way that breeders are getting more CBG from plants is to harvest and extract the CBG at extremely specific times when the CBG yield is higher. 

CBG is considered by many to be the mother cannabinoid. Why? Because CBG is the natural chemical precursor to cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, CBC, and CBN. Without CBG, we wouldn’t even be talking about THC or CBD. 

 

What Are the Potential Medical Benefits of CBG? 

While studies into CBG are only in the preliminary stages, scientists around the worldworldwide are very excitedextremely excited about this cannabinoid. However, more clinical trials are needed before we can make any definitive claims about CBG. Some of the areas of interest for CBG include: Mor

  • CBG for Eye Health – The endocannabinoid system (ECS) comprises a series of receptors that are spread throughout the body and all linked together. It’s because of this that cannabinoid delivery systems are so versatile. One area of interest for CBG is the treatment of glaucoma because of the way that CBG can help reduce intraocular pressure. 
  • CBG for Gut Health – In studies using mice, CBG was found to be successful in reducing the amount of inflammation which was characteristic of those suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBS). 
  • CBG for Cancer Treatments – Another very promising area for CBG is in the treatment of cancer. More specifically, CBG was found to block the receptors responsible for cancer cell growth. In one study using mice, CBG was shown to inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells, slowing the growth of cancer in the colon. 

There is no denying that scientists around the world are excited about CBG. Finding a natural solution to many of the conditions which are proving extremely difficult or even impossible to treat should be the highest priority for the medical community. 

Unlike THC, CBG isn’t psychotropic. What does that mean? It means that it won’t give you that ‘euphoric high’ that many products high in THC would. While THC has a lot of potentials to treat or assist with many medical conditions, the negative side effects such as anxiety, nausea, paranoia, and tiredness can be quite challenging for some people. 

It’s the negative side-effects of THC which are proving quite challenging. Still, there is one drug, Epidiolex, which has been approved by the US FDA for the treatment of seizures in various conditions that are resistant to many traditional pharmaceutical options. 

 

What Is CBG? – Conclusion 

Research into CBG and other cannabinoids is still in its early stages, and more clinical trials are needed before we can make any definitive medical claims. However, early studies look promising. If you would like to learn more about CBG or any of the other cannabinoid-based products that we stock, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Asé Pure Naturals

 

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