What Is CBG?
CBG or cannabigerol is another cannabinoid found in cannabis sativa and industrial hemp. It is also known as the mother of all cannabinoids, because all other cannabinoid are produced by cannabigerolic acid, which is an acidic form of CBG also know as CBGA. Compared to other important cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, most strains of cannabis contain only up to 1% of CBG. Since CBG extraction is a costly process, the products are also relatively expensive.
CBG is usually extracted from young cannabis plants, as in mature plants it gets converted into other cannabinoids. Vendors usually use strains such as super glue CBD jack, forest CBG, and white CBG as they contain higher content of CBG. Gene manipulation and cross breeding strategies are also being used to increase the quantity if CBG in certain strains.
How CBG Works In Human Body?
Just like THC and CBD, CBG also interacts with our endocannabinoid system. ECS is the main cell signalling mechanism in mammals, which is responsible for carrying out essential physiological functions. CB1 and CB2 are the two main receptors of endocannabinoid system present in the nervous system and immune system of the body respectively. Preliminary research has shown that CBG can interact with both CB1 and CB2 receptors, and strengthen the function of endogenous cannabinoids produced by our own body. It can help in regulating sleep pattern, alleviating pain, and enhancing motivation. CBG is non-psychoactive and does not produce any euphoric effects like THC.
Health Benefits of CBG
As we know that CBD can interact with the endocannabinoid system of human body, it can help the body in several ways. CB1 receptors of the endocannabinoid system are densely concentrated in the brain and the nervous system. The interaction of CBG with CB1 receptors can help in different ways like improving cognition, relieving anxiety, and stimulating appetite. CBG can also interact with the immune system and offer incredible anti-inflammatory properties.
Patients suffering from glaucoma have an increased intraocular pressure. CBG is known to be an exceptional vasodilator which can help in reducing the intraocular pressure and improving vision in the patients.
CBG can also improve eating issues by increasing appetite. People suffering from chronic health issues may have reduced appetite which will eventually reduce their healing capability. CBG intake boosts appetite without causing any side effects.
Since CBG can interact with the CB1 receptors present in the brain, it can be quite helpful in relieving pain caused by different types of health issues such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis. Anti-inflammatory properties of CBG can be used to reduce inflammation, which is another cause of pain and discomfort.
Even though we need more research on how CBG can help with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, it could be a risk free way to reduce the symptoms of different types of anxiety.