Meet CBG sometimes referred to as the stem cell CANNABINOID. Did you know that most or maybe even all cannabinoids begin as CBG before they are converted by specialized enzymes in the plant.
THC, CBD, CBN, CBC, CBG and about 100 other chemicals are all in a class of compounds known as cannabinoids, found in abundance in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are responsible for many of the effects of cannabis consumption and have important therapeutic benefits for the body and mind.
While you may have heard of cannabinoids like THC and CBD not many people are as familiar with the benefits of CBG when it comes to wellness. CBG is the building block for many compounds in marijuana, including THC and CBD. CBG is thought of as the “stem cell” or “parent” of the other cannabinoids.
CBG does NOT get you high because it is non-psychoactive but it is believed to do some really wonderful things for the human body, especially when it is unwell.
Cannabis and wellness minded consumers are now seeking specific cannabinoids to realize targeted outcomes and benefits for their bodies. In this article we are putting the spotlight on CBG, yes you read that right CBG.
Not everyone is aware that inside the human body there is a something called an endocannabinoid system. Interestingly, many people are reporting good things are happening when the endocannabinoid system meets the effects of the Cannabis plant.
Cannabinoids work by interacting in a special way (mostly still not fully understood) with cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are found throughout the human body. Many believe that the cannabinoids seek out and fill in gaps within the enndocannabinoid system thereby creating synergy and healing within the body.
CBG can impact many of the body’s functions including appetite, sleep and memory.
While many people enjoy the high derived from enjoying THC, not everyone benefits from THC alone. Many people will get greater relief from a broader spectrum of cannabinoids other than THC alone. Advocates call this phenomenon the entourage effect.
CBG is not found in high concentrations in most strains. After being synthesized, CBG is quickly converted to other cannabinoids through natural processes that occur within the cannabis plant. This explains the low CBG content of most cannabis strains. The good news is that through breeding and extraction improvements more and more products are being developed with higher levels of specific cannabinoids like CBG.
The medical benefits of THC and CBD have been well-documented, but the benefits of isolated CBG are less studied. However a lot of research and effort is funnelling into studying CBG and it is believed that this cannabinoid can support the brain, reduce inflammation and stimulate the appetite. CBG is also considered to kill or slow bacterial growth, reduce inflammation, inhibit cell growth in tumor/cancer cells, and promote bone growth and repair. Not bad for a plant that can be grown organically and legally in Canada.
CBG has been found to act on very specific physiological systems and problems, and results for medicinal use are promising, here are some of the benefits being explored.
CBG Benefits and Uses
- Mental Health – CBG may block serotonin receptors and higher levels of CBG could be a possible alternative for treating anxiety and depression.
- Skeletal System – CBG may help with the healing of bone fractures by promoting new bone growth and formation. Great news for Seniors!
- Tumors, Cancer and Appetite – CBG is showing great promise in the tool kit required to fight cancer. Specifically, CBG was shown to block receptors that cause cancer cell growth. CBG may prove to support last stage cancer treatments therapeutically by improving appetite.
- Antifungal and antibacterial treatment – The antifungal and antimicrobial properties of various cannabinoids, including CBG, are currently being researched. Topical formulations of cannabis have been effective in skin infections.
- Pain Relief – CBG and other cannabinoids are known to have analgesic effects in various conditions, including pain caused by disease.
- Inflammation – Cannabinoids including CBG work to reduce inflammation by targeting specific molecules responsible for inflammation in various disease states.
- Psoriasis and skin treatment – CBG and other cannabinoids could be helpful for treating various skin disorders.
- Glaucoma treatment. CBG is thought to be particularly effective in treating glaucoma because it reduces intraocular pressure
Thanks to modern science and advances in breeding techniques, growers are now able to grow strains producing higher CBG.
Scientists are excited about many of the cannabinoids and we are seeing research projects and initiatives increase in Canada and around the world.
Many conditions are under study to understand how CBG may further support patient outcomes. Conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, Chron’s, neuroinflammation, autoimmune encephalomyelitis and colon carcinogenesis may all benefit from CBG.
University of New Brunswick researcher Yang Qu becomes first in Canada to focus solely on cannabis.
Great news in Canada as the University of New Brunswick recently announced that researcher Yang Qu will start in January to focus solely on Cannabis. Yang says his major goals are to look into the medical capacity of cannabinoids.
There is no doubt that cannabis therapies will become mainstream for the treatment of many maladies. CBG specifically, due to its non-psychotropic quality has a promising wide range of potential applications.
Nature is powerful. We have so much to learn.