CBG: Effects, Benefits, and Where To Find
CBG stands for cannabigerol. It is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid which means it does not make you high. The compound is present in low levels in most cannabis strains and considered a minor cannabinoid. It plays a unique role in producing of THC and CBD. Cannabis plant synthesizes cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) which, in turn, provides three primary cannabinoid lines: THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), and CBCA (cannabichromenic acid). Specific enzymes in the plant break CBGA down to these acids and, during decarboxylation through ultraviolet light or heat, they turn into active cannabinoids that give you a range of therapeutic effects.
Effects & Benefits
According to different sources, CBG acts on very specific physiological systems and issues, and preliminary results show its potential for:
- treating glaucoma due its ability to reduce intraocular pressure along with neuroprotective properties;
- decreasing inflammation in mice with inflammatory bowel disease;
- protecting neurons in mice with Huntington’s disease;
- inhibiting the growth of colorectal cancer cells in mice;
- being used as an antibiotic, particularly against MRSA;
- promoting appetite in rats which can be employed for the treatment of cachexia;
- inhibiting muscle contractions in the bladder which can be used for the treatment of bladder dysfunction disorders.
Where To Find CBG?
In most strains, CBGA immediately converts to either THCA or CBDA. More THC means less CBG and CBD and vice versa.
To get more data on CBG, breeders try genetic manipulation and cross-breeding of plants. Researchers can also extract higher levels of the cannabinoid from flowering plants by pinpointing the optimum extraction cycle.
Scientists are excited about CBG potential and trying to promote future research on cannabinoids. Due to its non-psychoactive nature, CBG has a broad range of possible applications for effective treatment not only mentioned disorders, but also depression, pain, and psoriasis.
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