Cannabis as medicine: A Little History
Lauded to be the most effective of all the cannabinoids in combating cancer, CBGV is one of over 100 known cannabinoids. Among these, only approximately 80 have been researched for their medicinal potential. With each passing day, science gathers more information and collects more data on the health benefits of cannabis.
Marijuana activists have promoted the use of marijuana for decades. They knew that when they used marijuana, they felt better. Unfortunately, cannabis in all forms from both marijuana and hemp was criminalized in 1937.
It was likely the timber industry and the cotton plantation owners who put intense pressure on Congress to outlaw cannabis as alcohol during times of prohibition in the United States. Had manufacturers been able to use hemp to create paper products and clothing textiles, it is very likely that lumber barons and plantation owners would have seen their demise far earlier on in our history.
“CBD is primarily extracted from hemp plants. Hemp was officially opened to farming again in 2014.”
Legalizing hemp and cannabis
Medical marijuana was legalized in California in 1996. Since then, seven other states have followed suit and others are considering measures. WIth marijuana available, data was watched carefully and research facilities were able to do far more extensive research than ever before.
THC and CBD were the two most prevalent cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, occurring naturally in both hemp and marijuana. Science had already known that other cannabinoids existed but have learned as of right now that 113 cannabinoids exist in cannabis.
CBD has become legal in all fifty states, with a few pockets of hesitation in the south. CBD is primarily extracted from hemp plants. Hemp was officially opened to farming again in 2014. In 2018 more specific wording was added to the Farm Bill that opened the market to a plethora of products. Since January of 2019, the CBD industry has quite literally exploded.
As a result of these changes, cannabinoids are being scrutinized and researched like never before. Thanks to this research, we know more about CBGV, as well as CBNA, CBN, CBCA, CBCVA and others like Delta-9-THC or Delta-8-THC.
CBGV: The Research
In 2013, researchers in London, England performed a study entitled “Non-hallucinogenic Cannabinoids are Effective Anti-cancer Drugs” that was later published in the journal Anticancer Research. In this they explored the cancer-fighting properties of six cannabinoids: Two forms of CBG, two forms of CBD, and two forms of CBGV.
They concluded: “These agents are able to interfere with the development of cancerous cells, stopping them in their tracks and preventing them from growing. In some cases, by using specific dosage patterns, they can destroy cancer cells on their own. Significantly, these compounds are inexpensive to produce could result in much more cost effective anti-cancer drugs in future.”
What can CBGV DO?
CBGV doesn’t cause any intoxicating effects, unlike THC which is one of the first cannabinoids we learned about.
CBGV seems to be able to enhance the effects of THC, however. When medical marijuana strains of cannabis sativa are grown, it is beneficial to cultivate crops that specifically have a bit more CBGV to enhance the effect of the THC. The high lasts longer and is more impactful.
CBGV also boosts the metabolism of CBD, so those who are using CBD oils where CBGV is present will see an increase in the effectiveness of their oils.
As a molecule on its own, CBGV has anti-inflammatory benefits that help those who are suffering from pain from arthritis, Lupus, and Fibromyalgia.
CBGV, like other cannabinoids, is being heavily researched for its ability to positively impact cancer treatment by shrinking cancer cells and preventing metastasis. More research is needed and it is being conducted presently at laboratories all over the world. Many university research labs are focusing on cannabinoid potential.
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