WTF is CBG
CBG or Cannabigerol is one of more than 110 cannabinoids contained in a weed plant. Like many other cannabinoids including THC and CBN (Cannabinol) CBG provide therapeutic relief to patients. CBG also fits seamlessly into the endocannabinoid receptors found in the human brain, nervous system and organs.
Studies indicate that cannabinoids like CBG interact in a very specialized and complex manner to creating a synergy and balance in the body. And because of prohibitions heavy hand there’s a lack of research into CBG. However there are a few things that we do know about this “miracle molecule” called CBG—that’s today’s focus.
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What is CBG?
Cannabigerol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that occurs naturally in cannabis. Cannabigerol is typically found in higher concentrations in hemp rather than in varieties of cannabis cultivated for high THC content.
Scientists first discovered Cannabigerol in 1964 as a constituent of hash. In 1975 researchers discovered that the acid form of Cannabigerol, called CBGA, is the first cannabinoid formed in a growing marijuana plant. In fact CBGA is the essential precursor for all the cannabinoids found in the glistening marijuana trichomes that we know and love.
Will CBG get you high?
Will CBG get you stoned? Probably not. That’s because it’s mostly considered a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. However there’s not really enough research out there to know for sure. Maybe consuming copious amounts of Cannabigerol will get you high? Anyhow we do know that CBG needs higher temperatures to vaporize than THC.
What are the CBG benefits?
Basically the CBG cannabinoid is said to do the following:
- reduce inflammation (helpful for inflammatory bowel disease)
- reduce paranoia and anxiety
- decrease the ocular pressure of glaucoma
- reduce or eliminates cancerous tumors
- act as an anti-bacterial agent
Additional Cannabigerol benefits
Because of the unique way that cannabigerol interacts with the brain’s endocannabinoid receptors some researchers believe that it may counteract the paranoia associated cannabis—especially high-THC strains. Apparently CBG acts as a buffer allowing people to consume medical marijuana that would otherwise deliver a potentially debilitating psychological effect. Some studies indicate that CBG acts as a cannabis efficacy “traffic cop” helping balance the effects of different cannabinoids.
Cannabigerol also seems to mimic CBD in that it battles inflammation and reduces anxiety and muscle tension. Some researchers even believe that CBG is key to fighting cancerous tumors. Cannabis strains high in CBG have also been found to be an effective treatment for glaucoma—decreasing pressure in the eye while increasing the eye’s ability to drain fluids.
However among CBG’s most impressive qualities are its anti-inflammatory properties. That means strains that are high in CBG could help patients with a variety of ailments from inflammatory bowel disease to Crohn’s. When it comes to marijuana and depression CBG is believed to be a big help acting as an antioxidant to ward off a variety of age-related afflictions.
Last year researchers discovered that CBG had neuroprotective effects in mice with Huntington’s Disease—a disease characterized by the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain. Researchers also reported that CBG reduced progression of colon cancer in mice. This could possibly lead to a new treatment method soon.
Where is CBG found
CBG is found in pretty much all weed strains. However it generally comprises less than 1% of total cannabinoids found in a weed plant. Like we mentioned above CBGA is the essential precursor for all the cannabinoids found in marijuana. That means all cannabinoids begin as CBG then they are converted to other types by specialized enzymes in the plant. Strains from the Indian-subcontinent with narrower leaves than most marijuana plants were found to have slightly higher levels of CBG. However relatively high amounts of CBG can be extracted from budding plants about three-quarters of the way through flowering.
Is there really research-grade CBG
There’s a marijuana strain produced by Bedrocan, a Dutch supplier of research grade pot. It’s called Bediol and according to their web site it has a lower to medium THC-level, standardized at 6,5%, and a medium level of the non-psychoactive Cannabidiol (CBD), standardized at 8%. It goes on to say that Bediol is a Sativa and is available in granulated form.
What is the future for CBG
Research on cannabigerol is certain to continue especially by companies like Bedrocan and growers that pay attention to the market. As interests in CBG rises so will interests in creating a high-CBG strain. One such strain is called Mickey Kush from TGA Genetics Subcool Seeds, the breeder and dude behind Supcool’s super soil. This strain is high in both CBG and THC. Why all the THC? Well because of marijuana’s entourage effect—the idea that cannabinoids and terpenes (terpenoids) work together to deliver medical efficacy—many cannabis breeders are purposefully including THC in the mix. So you don’t have to worry about high CBD strains displacing high THC strains.
Have you ever tried a strain that’s high in CBG? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments section below…
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