What is CBG?
CBG cannabis can be the next step in the industry development. It is a little known, little researched but very curious substance, which has unique medicinal properties.
Nowadays, even in the greenest countries, it is difficult to find products with CBG marijuana. What is remarkable about cannabinoid CBG and makes it special? We found relevant information to make the most mysterious cannabinoid better known, to raise public interest in it, and to get more research.
Today’s cannabis industry is packed with acronyms and scientific abbreviations that can confuse even an experienced consumer. A newcomer who first enters the dispensary will see many unfamiliar words and abbreviations. Even basic terms like Indica and Sativa are only used in the context of cannabis, and if you haven’t heard them before, you will never guess what’s behind them.
The name of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol is abbreviated to “THC“, and medical cannabidiol to “CBD“. A new word is cannabigerol, which we call CBG. Of course, shortening is convenient and necessary, but the number of known cannabinoids continues to grow, and all their names will soon be hard to remember. So, if you have never heard of CBG marijuana, do not get upset, maybe you were stoned and just forgot it.
CBG in Weed
Hemp CBG is little known, and if you take any cannabis plant, there will be much more THC and CBD than CBG. What makes CBG different from THC and CBD? Even though part of CBG often accounts for less than 1 percent of the total number of cannabinoids in a plant, both THC and CBD originate from CBGA, which is cannabigerolic acid. It is the ancestor of all three main cannabinoid lines: tetrahydrocannabinolic (THCA), cannabidiolic (CBDA), and cannabichromenic acids (CBCA).
Under the influence of light and heat, CBGA becomes the two main cannabinoids that we know and love – CBD and THC. As a result of this process, there is very little CBGA left in the plant. Of course, experienced gardeners and growers are experimenting to find ways to increase the amount of CBG in cannabis.
As you may have realized, each strain produces cannabinoids in different quantities. With the right approach to the plant, combined with different growing conditions (and a lot of patience), you can end up with buds with CBG. Some companies have already achieved high yields of crops with a consistently high CBG content.
What does CBG Do?
All animal organisms have an endocannabinoid system, which is one of the body’s regulatory mechanisms. This system affects numerous biological processes and consists of endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. Endocannabinoids are called this because they are endogenous to our bodies. In other words, we are biologically endowed with a system that serves to absorb and process cannabis in our bodies.
The fact that CBD has unique therapeutic properties is just as true for CBG cannabis. The scientific approach with this understanding has allowed scientists to find out that CBG is particularly useful for many painful symptoms and diseases, including glaucoma.
Glaucoma was one of the first types of disease that the researchers were able to define as something that could be treated with CBG oil for pain. Studies have shown that CBG is particularly useful for patients with glaucoma, where it acts as a vasodilator (something that opens or expands blood vessels).
CBG Cannabis Benefits
At various stages of the research, it was found that CBG is very useful for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, Huntington’s disease (in which the brain degenerates nerve cells), and as a means to combat cancer. Italian scientists have found promising signs that CBG can block the growth receptors of cancer cells – it’s the most significant advantage.
What’s next? As with a huge number of already accumulated promising studies on THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, scientists need more information. Legal regulation has pushed the funding of scientific research almost to a dead end. Scientists cannot even get enough plants for their research.
Fortunately, progress is gaining momentum. Meanwhile, the international community of research scientists from Canada, Israel, Spain, and Uruguay is not standing still. It is now possible to obtain strains with high CBG content in some legal markets. If all of the above is confirmed (and should be), we will hear much more about this “insignificant” cannabinoid in the coming months and years.
CBG effects, as well as CBD’s, do not leave arguments for opponents of using marijuana for medicinal purposes. It saves lives and has almost no side effects. The only problem is that there is critically little research material. There are plenty of plants. But there is so little CBG that we are not even sure about its psychoactive properties. Most likely, they are the same as in CBD, but nobody knows until they smoke.
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