What Is The Cannabinoid CBG?

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When you are looking for the right CBD oil, you may have seen that there is pure CBD options as well as full spectrum. Full spectrum CBD hemp oil has more cannabinoids in addition to CBD. One of the cannabinoids being CBG.

What Is CBG?

Cannabigerol (CBG) is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant like THC and CBD. This cannabinoid is non-intoxicating and is considered to be a minor cannabinoid because it is present in less than 1% of cannabis strains. What’s interesting about this cannabinoid is that THC and CBD both start out as CBG in the cannabis plant.

The cannabis plant produces CBGA which is eventually broken down by specific enzymes when the plant is exposed to ultraviolet light or heat which turns the CBGA into THCA and CBDA. If the strain of cannabis has more THC or CBD, it has less CBG and vice versa.

CBG And Glaucoma

Your eye structures have a lot of cannabinoid receptors that bind to cannabinoids. Studies have shown that CBG may be very effective in helping with glaucoma because of its ability to reduce intraocular pressure.

CBG And Inflammation

Cannabis has been well known for its ability to reduce inflammation, both THC and CBD have shown to cause a large reduction in swelling and pain. When studying inflammatory bowel disease in rodent models, CBG showed to also have anti-inflammatory effects.

CBG And Neuroprotection

Neurodegenerative diseases have also gotten a lot of attention from scientists researching cannabis. In 2015, a study with CBG showed that the cannabinoid has the ability to protect neurons in mice that have Huntington’s disease which is a neurodegenerative disease.

CBG And Cancer

Cannabis has been getting a lot of good publicity with its cancer-fighting abilities. CBG is just another cannabinoid that may aid the battle. Studies have shown that the cannabinoid CBG block receptors that cause cancer cell growth. CBG was shown to inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells in mice in the study.

CBG And Bacteria

MRSA, or Staph infection, is a big problem because it is often resistant to antibiotics. Studies have shown that CBG is an effective antibacterial agent, particularly with MRSA. Scientists have known that cannabis may be a solution to bacterial infections, but it wasn’t until recently that they figured out which cannabinoids play the strongest role.

CBG And Appetite

Cachexia happens when a patient becomes weak, loses muscle, and has severe weight loss due to a chronic illness. A study recently released in 2017 showed that a form of CBG was effective in stimulating the appetite of rodents.  

CBG And Muscle Contractions

Bladder contractions are a common symptom in bladder dysfunction disorders. When researchers looked to see how five different cannabinoids helped with bladder contractions, CBG showed to be the most effective for these muscle contractions.

Going Full Spectrum

If this looks good to you, try out some of the full spectrum products we have in our shop. Products like the CBD Oral Spray have CBD, CBG, and other non-intoxicating cannabinoids that may be able to help you.

 

Sarah Potts

Sarah Potts has been writing about the wonderful benefits of cannabis for CBD Instead since 2017. Medical cannabis has changed her life and her goal is to show others how it might help them as well.

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