What is CBG
– the chemical parent of THC and CBD
CBD and THC take the spotlight because they are so prevalent. They were the first two cannabinoids that were discovered and researched, but they surely do not work alone and science is just now beginning to dive into the pool of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis – both hemp and medical marijuana.
CannAbis as Medicine
Thanks to science, we’ve learned a lot of terminologies that we didn’t know existed thirty years ago. CBD, THC, terpenes, medical marijuana, and psychoactive compounds have all become dinner table talk in recent years.
In fact, the elderly are one of the fastest growing groups of users of cannabis. We can only surmise that this is because the legalization of medical marijuana has caused a landslide of research to begin filtering out to the general public.
The more that people have learned about medicinal cannabis, the more they’ve wanted to know, and the more they have pressured the cannabis industry to give them more information and products. The government responded by making it easier to get certified as a cannabis cultivator. Applying for government programs, which require background checks and very restrictive regulations and inspection, has become more popular than ever.
Cannabis products (as a result of more growers and the signing of the Farm Bill of 2018 which eased restrictions on hemp crops) have flooded the market. As a result of more research, we have come to learn that there are over 100 cannabinoid compounds in cannabis plants.
Scientists have begun learning all they can about each one, specifically. CBG is one of these cannabinoids that is being looked at very closely.
“What is particularly interesting about CBG is that it is the compound that gives birth to both CBD and THC.”
CBG – What Is It and What Can It Do?
Right away, we can tell you that CBG will not make you high. There is no intoxicating effect from CBG at all. What is particularly interesting about CBG is that it is the compound that gives birth to both CBD and THC.
CBG acts on specific cannabinoid receptors in the body (part of the endocannabinoid system) and is thought to be beneficial in the following ways:
Eyes – specifically in preventing and easing symptoms of glaucoma.
Gut – Reducing the effects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS).
Brain – Has protected the brains of mice with Huntington’s Disease.
Blood Vessels – Acts as a vasodilator which may have benefits for treating stroke patients
Cancer- It has been proven to be a massive help in the realm of cancer-fighting.
Bladder – May help with bladder control issues as it impacts the muscle control of the bladder
These are just a few findings that have piqued the interest of research teams so far. More study is necessary to be impactful to the general public in a meaningful way. There is no doubt that CBG could lead to medications in the future for some of the above-mentioned problems, and potentially many others.
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