CBG – aka Cannabigerol
CBG is one of 560 Cannabinoids (according to Wikipedia) found in the Cannabis plant. We have limited knowledge of many of the minor Cannabinoids, but the research on CBG is flourishing.
Most people know about THC and CBD, although CBD discovered 40 years ago, research is on going so we can’t make any claims. However, we do know about many of the health benefits associated with CBD. We have only just scratched the surface, and I think there is a lot more to come!
Most people have a negative vibe towards THC because of its psychoactive properties. Not many know about the many positives that are associated with it. THC has numerous health benefits, associated with the central nervous system in the brain. If people could get over the stigma of it being a ‘drug’, it could help so many!
We all think that THC and CBD are the mum and dad of the Cannabinoid family, because they are the most abundant. They couldn’t be further from the truth.
CBG, also known as Cannabigerol, is a little known Cannabinoid. It is known for its anti-bacterial properties, and accounts for less than 1% of the Cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant. CBG Is actually the BIG Daddy of THC and CBD, and in fact, came before both of them.
Recent research has found that CBG is more than likely the ‘Template’ or ‘Stem Cell’ for both THC and CBD, and that they both start out as CBG.
Where does it start?
I’m not going to get too technical about where it begins, because most people won’t be interested, or have a biology degree!
Cannabis plants produce Cannerbigerolic Acid (CBGA) known as the parent of the three main Cannabinoid lines : Tetrahdrocannabinoid Acid (THCA), Cannabidiolic Acid(CBDA), and Cannabichromenic Acid (CBDA). Cannabis produces specific enzymes, and these break down the CBGA, and direct it to one of the three lines. The acids get exposed to Ultra Violet light or heat, and BOOM! They become the two Cannabinoids that we all know – THC and CBD.
I Hope that was simple for you to understand? I had to read it a few times, and had to check the spellings as well!
As I said earlier, CBG is a minor Cannabinoid . ‘Little acorns grow into big trees’, and it is showing a huge amount of potential, with numerous health benefits. It’s one downfall is that it is only produced in small amounts (less than 1%). Scientists are experimenting with different strains of Cannabis to try and increase the CBG content. They have so far been able to pinpoint the optimum extraction time. It is 6 weeks into an 8 week flowering cycle, so I don’t think it will take them long to come up with a solution.
What is CBG going to do for you?
The human body has a built in endocannabinoid system , which works to keep the body in its balanced state of homeostasis.
CBG has been found to work on specific physiological systems, and the benefits are looking very promising. The research is still in its early days but already there are some amazing findings.
- It is a powerful vasodilator and can reduce intraocular pressure behind the eyes, so can aid in the treatment of glaucoma.
- Decreases the inflammation associated with bowel conditions.
- Protects Neurons in mice with huntington’s disease.
- Is showing great promise as a cancer fighter; specifically, CBG was shown to block receptors that cause cancer cell growth.
- CBG is an effective anti-bacterial agent, particularly against MRSA.
The research has only been going for a short time, and I’m sure that over the next few years, a lot more is going to be discovered. ‘little’ CBG is going to grow into a big boy!
Written by Steph Dawson at Compare CBD