What Is CBG:
In the young hemp plant, CBG acts as the first form of CBD, THC, and cannabichromene (CBC). CBG is a member of the CBG group of cannabinoids that includes cannabigerol acid (CBGA). The enzymes in a young hemp plant turn CBGA into cannabidiol acid (CBDA), tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA), or cannabichromene acid (CBCA). These acids then break down into CBD, CBC, or THC. Research suggests that CBG can kill bacteria, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and resolve even more symptoms. Read More
What Are The Benefits Of CBG?
CBG works to fight inflammation, pain, nausea and works to slow the proliferation of cancer cells. Research has shown it also significantly reduces intraocular eye pressure caused by glaucoma. Strains high in CBG will help treat conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, and cancer.
Anxiety and Depression - CBG acts as a CB1 antagonist, helping prevent some of the high (and associated anxiety) created by THC. It may also boost anandamide levels, a natural “bliss molecule” found in the brain that regulates things such as appetite, sleep, and mood. CBG likely helps block serotonin receptors, making it a potentially useful antidepressant. CBG also works as a GABA uptake inhibitor, meaning that it may help reduce anxiety and relax muscle tension.
For years, glaucoma patients have used THC-rich marijuana to treat their glaucoma, but what effect does CBG have on the disease? Studies have shown that cannabigerol and other cannabinoids work well to reduce intraocular pressure when given both topically and systemically. While the amount of CBG in most marijuana strains may not be high enough to have an individual effect, this serves to boost the “entourage effect” theory that suggests that cannabinoids can work together towards a common purpose.
Over the years, there has been plenty of anecdotal evidence from patients saying that cannabis helped calm their inflammatory bowel disease. A 2013 study helped to back up these experiences with evidence. It found that CBG helped lower bowel inflammation in mice. The CBG was so effective that the researchers recommended it for clinical experimentation in human IBD patients.
A 2018 study from scientists at the University of Bath provided even more support when it found that marijuana-based cannabinoids mimic the body’s natural endocannabinoids that help turn off the gut inflammation response. While doctors have yet to rubber-stamp cannabis as an IBD cure, these results are promising when using cannabinoids like CBG as a treatment for the disease.
Neuroprotective agent - Huntington’s disease is a genetic disorder that causes the brain's nerve cells to break down over time. In 2015, scientists investigated whether cannabigerol could help protect brain cells in people struggling with the disease. Studies on rats showed that CBG has neuroprotective properties. Although further research is needed to learn how it may be used by itself or combined with other therapies, this has opened the door for CBD as a possible treatment for this devastating disease.
Antibacterial - With antibiotic resistance becoming a huge problem globally, scientists have started investigating alternatives to traditional medications used to kill bacterial infections. In one study, they looked at the antibacterial effects of cannabigerol (CBG), in addition to cannabichromene (CBC), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and cannabinol (CBN). All five cannabinoids showed potent activity against MRSA strains of bacteria, although researchers could not determine their mechanism of activity.
Appetite stimulation - THC has long been known to be an appetite stimulant, which is why marijuana makes such an effective treatment for people losing weight due to AIDS or side effects from chemotherapy. Researchers found, however, that even when they removed the THC from marijuana, it still successfully stimulated the appetite of the rats they were studying. Their theory is that CBG within cannabis helps increase appetite – and without any of the unwanted psychotropic effects caused by THC.
What Does CBG Stand For?
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a cannabinoid, meaning it's one of the many chemicals found in cannabis plants. The most well-known cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but there's recently been more interest in the potential benefits of CBG.
Is CBG An Indica Or Sativa?
Much like CBD, Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive ingredient of the Cannabis Sativa flower. The differences between both are slight, but perhaps the most important one is that CBG is a naturally occurring cannabinoid, while CBD is not.
Is CBG Good For Anxiety?
CBG displays a powerful anti-anxiety effect, and it also has muscle-relaxing effects, maybe even more than THC and CBD. Scientists believe that CBG binds to certain endocannabinoid receptors in the brain that mitigate anxiety and pain.
Can You Fail a Drug Test From CBG?
It seems that while examining a handful of cannabinoids to determine which of them, if any, might react with immunoassays — the most common type of drug test available — they found that CBG will not cause you to fail a drug test but rather CBN was more likely to cause a false positive for marijuana than other cannabinoids, such as CBD or cannabichromene (CBC).
Can You Feel CBG?
CBG feels almost the same as CBD when you smoke or vape it. While CBD-rich cannabis can hurt your throat slightly on the way down, however, CBG usually hits smoother, making it more like THC in that way (and that way alone).
How is CBG Different Than CBD?
So what's the difference between CBD and CBG? CBG is the precursor for other cannabinoids. ... While CBD has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors and interacts mostly with the endocannabinoid system on an indirect basis, CBG is thought to interact directly with the brain's CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors.
Is CBG Psychoactive?
CBG is often compared to CBD because it shares many similarities, and they both act on the endocannabinoid system. Both CBG and CBD are non-psychoactive, which means they will not alter your state of mind in the way THC will. They can, however, reduce the psychotropic effect of THC if you consume a cannabis plant.
Is CBD or CBG Better For Sleep?
While CBD is the most widely known cannabis sleep aid, and for a good reason, CBN is a natural analgesic that can, in some cases, be even more effective. CBG has been linked to reduced pain relating to glaucoma, headaches, or ocular pain. So it would seem that CBD is better for sleep than CBG, but CBN ranks number one when it comes to sleep.
How Do You Take CBG?
Like CBD and THC, CBG can also be smoked in flower form, vaped in an oil or wax, or ingested sublingually using a tincture.
Why is CBG called “the mother of all cannabinoids?”
The precursor to CBG is CBGA. Before a cannabis plant reaches maturity, its CBGA synthesizes and turns into THCA, CBDA, and the precursors to several other cannabinoids. Once those cannabinoids are decarboxylated, they turn into their better-known versions: THC, CBD, etc. Without CBGA, none of these cannabinoids could exist at all.
Adults take one full dropper (approx. 20 drops or 1mL) 1-3 times each day, or as required, Drop under the tongue, and let dissolve for 15-20 seconds before ingesting.