For many years, THC was the only cannabinoid that was widely available. Then CBD came along, becoming the only non-intoxicating compound available. With the success and boom of the CBD industry, it wasn’t long before other non-intoxicating cannabinoids were being discovered. Both CBG and CBN are now starting to come to the fore in the cannabis industry around the world, and for good reason.
Cannabigerol, or CBG, is a chemical constituent of the cannabis plant that is slowly beginning to rival CBD in popularity. Originally only available in tiny concentrations, growers have been able to selectively breed CBG dominant plants that can contain upward of 15% of the compound. Like CBD, CBG is non-intoxicating and the two cannabinoids appear to be very similar in their makeup. There are a few subtle differences however. For example, CBG is currently being studied for its potential digestion and antibacterial qualities. CBD on the other hand does not appear to supply either of these benefits.
Potential medical benefits of CBG:
- Treatment of glaucoma through its vasodilator and neuroprotective effects.
- Decrease of inflammation as seen in animal models of inflammatory bowel disease.
- Treatment of Huntington’s disease, again due to its neuroprotective effects.
- Inhibiting tumor growth, particularly in animal models of colorectal cancer.
- Eradication of drug-resistant bacteria such as MRSA.
When looking at the structure of CBN(Cannabinol ), it is actually more similar to THC than it is to CBD, or any of the other non-intoxicating cannabinoids actually. That said, CBN is still very much a non-intoxicating compound and could potentially have medicinal benefits that set it apart from other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Because research into CBN is still in its infancy, and because CBN is actually derived via a chemical conversion process that transforms CBD into CBN, high concentrations of the compound are not currently available.
Potential medical benefits of CBN:
- Similar to CBG, CBN has been researched for its possible antibacterial qualities. A 2008 study showed that CBN was able to eliminate certain types of MRSA bacteria.
- A 2004 study found that CBN was able to delay the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a type of neurodegenerative disease and scientists believe that CBN could be useful as a general neuroprotective agent.
- CBN appears to increase one’s appetite. Scientists therefore suspect that CBN could be extremely useful as an appetite stimulant and serve as the perfect replacement for THC.
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