There are many studies examining the variety of cannabinoids in the marijuana (cannabis) plant and cannabigerol (CBG) is one of these compounds. Read on for more info on this “parent cannabinoid!”
Many people are now very familiar with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) and their effects. However, often referred to as the “stem cell” cannabinoid, cannabigerol (CBG) is not as commonly known for being a compound of the cannabis plant. When CBGA (the acidic, inactive form of CBG) is broken down, it becomes the base molecule that some other cannabinoids form from, including the ever-popular THC and CBD compounds.
Unlike CBD, which has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors and acts mostly through indirect interactions with the endocannabinoid system, CBG is thought to elicit its therapeutic effects directly. It does so through interaction with the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the brain.
Researchers have also observed CBG working as a buffer to THC’s psychoactive properties. This means that it is non-psychotropic and may have a wide range of promising potential applications.
Although, CBG is thought to have similar effects as CBD. It has its own properties that work in harmony when coupled with CBD and other cannabinoids. As with many of these compounds, it works by interacting with the bodies endocannabinoid system to help support overall balance. In terms of supplementing with CBG as you would with CBD products, the largest stumbling block as a common therapeutic treatment is the cost of its production. Dubbed “the Rolls-Royce of cannabinoids”, CBG is thought to be the most expensive to produce. Regardless of this hurdle, researchers are excited to begin linking the CBG compound to a variety of uses, including:
- In the treatment of glaucoma, through its vasodilator and neuroprotective effects.
- The decreasing of inflammation, as seen in animal models of inflammatory bowel disease.
- In the treatment of Huntingdon’s disease, again due to its neuroprotective effects.
- The inhibiting of tumour growth, particularly in animal models of colorectal cancer.
- The eradication of drug-resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
If you’re interested in trying CBG, you’ll be happy to hear that if you’ve tried whole plant CBD oil or broad-spectrum products, then you’ve probably already tried it. This is because the full-spectrum extracts from the hemp plant tends to maintain as much of the natural plant matrix and possible. When you purchase products from our online shop, you can rest assured that what you see on the label is exactly what you’re buying. Our products all contain less than 02% THC (i.e. have no intoxicating effect).
Lastly, be sure to speak to your medical providers about how much CBD or CBG you should be dosing with for your particular treatment or supplement plan. Ideally, you should always start low and then increase your dose over time. This is the best way to ensure the desired effects are maintained. Find out more about us or consult our CBD glossary for more information on our products!