CBG benefits, that’s right. It’s not a typo. In this article, we are introducing CBG (cannabigerol) and 5 powerful reasons to try it. We’ll look at what it is, the difference between some of the cannabinoids and of course, why you might benefit from a dose.
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What is CBG?
Like many of the other cannabinoids, it is a non-intoxicating. Both of these cannabinoids are thought to work with the same receptors in the body and may act as an anti-inflammatory. However, cannabigerol could possibly have some different benefits to the CBD you know and love.
CBD or CBG- is there a difference?
The first most apparent difference between CBD and CBG is the price. It is the more expensive cannabinoid. This is because when it comes to extraction it takes more specialist tools and equipment.
Not only that, but to harvest it you have to do so before other cannabinoids are formed, so you sacrifice a crop for it. You can read more about this on Forbes.
Previously, the 2 well-known cannabinoids are the ones that the crop has been bred to be highest in. However, more recently there is more crop with higher levels of CBG, as consumer demand is there for it.
So which one do you choose?
Cannabigerol is dubbed the mother cannabinoid as it is the one which all the others are created from. CBG is thought to take effect through direct interaction with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD is said to act through indirect interactions. This may reduce potency.
CBG benefits for conditions
According to Healthline, here are a few conditions this cannabinoid shows promise in helping:
- Inflammatory bowel disease.
- Bladder dysfunctions
- Huntington’s disease
- Bacterial infections
- Appetite loss
5 Reasons to try CBG oil in your daily routine
Stimulate brain cells
That’s right. Research has suggested that one of the cannabigerol benefits is that it can help to boost the growth of new brain cells. Not only that, but it has potential as a neuroprotectant.
A neuroprotectant is an intervention that ‘prevents or slows the death of dopamine-producing cells’ (ref)
Studies on mice have found that CBD reduced inflammation on the brain as well as acting as neuroprotection. It may also help to encourage the growth of new brain cells.
Stress, anxiety and depression
CBG benefits those with stress, anxitey and depression as it may help to boost your mood by encouraging the production of anandamide, the joy molecule. Low levels of this have been linked to anxiety and depression. There are foods you can eat to boost this too, such as chocolate and certain fruits.
There has also been a recent discovery that cannabigerol is highly potent against a blocker of serotonin. Low serotonin levels are linked to anxiety and depression.
CBG is also thought to contribute to inhibiting GABA uptake. This is said to contribute to a feeling of calm, relaxation and peace in the brain and body. Perfect for those anxiety-filled days and nights spent tossing and turning.
There have been studies to show that CBG had higher rates of necrosis in cancer cells, compared to other cannabinoids. Necrosis means the death of all or nearly all of the cells in an organ or tissue due to disease.
The doctor states:
“CBC and CBG, as neutral cannabinoids, were both found to have a TPSA value which allows the cannabinoid molecule to penetrate a cancer cell’s membrane, whereas their acidic form (CBCA and CBGA) – do not. This could explain the difference in anti-tumour activity rates demonstrated”.
So removing the jargon, taking this cannabinoid may help to reduce these cancerous cells.
Inflammation in the body can cause all kinds of pain and discomfort. Inflammation can take different forms too, either on the body, in the body and even the brain. It is thought to reduce inflammation by interacting with receptors in your body. Much like how cannabigerol does.
If you are someone who suffers from IBS or Crohn’s disease, then there is scientific and anecdotal evidence to suggest that this particular cannabinoid oil may have a positive impact on patients. It is a natural remedy so you’ll not be adding any additional meds to your day.
What kind of oil should I try?
There is evidence that cannabinoids are most effective when taken together. For this reason, try and take full spectrum CBG as this will contain terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids which will have the entourage effect.