There is a new kid on the block, CBG. It stands for cannabigerol and is one of the various cannabinoids that are within the hemp plant. CBG overall is a minor cannabinoid within the plants various other compounds but its importance over the other phytocannabinoids stems from the role of CBG itself. This compound is responsible for the synthesis of CBD, CBC, as well as THC. These are some of the most well known compounds that have been widely studied in multiple ways. They have been in clinical trials and tested on rats and show much promise in regards to real, natural, health benefits. This newly popular cannabinoid does not have psychoactive effects, just like CBD, so it will not create a mind-altering experience like traditional THC based flowers. CBG is not very prevalent in the hemp plant relative to the other cannabinoids (that is why it is in the minor category) but breeders are finding ways to raise the level of CBG content in their plants through cross-breeding and genetic modification. As of now, CBG only constitutes about 1% of the cannabinoid profile in the hemp plant. With the world finally realizing the benefits of CBD, CBG has peaked a lot of interest from many scientists because it is essentially the “parent” cannabinoid to the three major compounds in the hemp plant.
What are some of the Benefits of CBG?
Now CBG, relatively speaking, is in its infancy phase as far as proper laboratory research goes. Clinical trials seem to be on the horizon and will be taking place very soon in a more meaningful scale. As of now, there are small trials and tests with one of the main limiting factors being that CBG is such a small percentage of the hemp plant that it is difficult to extract pure CBG in quantities necessary for big scale, mass clinical trials. With some preliminary testing done, there are key eyebrow raising results. In the human body, we have an endocannabinoid system that is receptive to external variables such as hemp plants and other natural remedies. These endocannabinoid receptors are congregated throughout the body and a key cluster of receptors are around our eyes. CBG is hypothesized to aid in the treatment and prevention of Glaucoma, which is an eye condition that damages the nerves in the localized area. It is one of the leading causes of blindness in older individuals and CBG seems to have a promising outlook on this issue. CBG has also been claimed to have properties that may work for diseases and illnesses which fall along the spectrum of neural components such as neurodegenerative diseases. This is because our body’s endocannabinoid system is made up of neurotransmitters throughout the body and if stimulation is possible through CBG, that may create a positive effect in the level of recruitment of these neurotransmitters. The possibilities are potentially greater than we can assume or predict for CBG as our neurotransmitter system has endless areas within our body where it is one of the most vital components necessary for function. Inflammation, chronic localized pain, and brain chemistry are just some of the potential areas that CBG can have a big impact on.
Should you try CBG?
CBG should not be regarded as something that will replace CBD, but instead should be regarded as something that will run alongside with it. Here’s an example, let us assume there is someone who has tried CBD and has yielding minimal response to the compound relative to other individuals. CBG would be a very unique and important solution to this issue as it may provide various health benefits, as does CBD, and may be more suited for a given individual. One size does not fit all and CBG is the answer for those who would like to explore further into the world of cannabinoids. Another vital factor would be if someone is taking and benefitting from CBD so much so, that they have built a level of tolerance to the compound. CBG can be a great way to balance out the type of compound being consumed and still yield similar, if not identical, affects. After all, CBD is essentially “made” from CBG. This new cannabinoid can provide users with more options and venture into what may suit their body more so than what is currently available on the market. If new innovation does not occur, we as the hemp community would be failing our customers by not providing the most effective options available to our community. As this emerging market becomes bigger and bigger, the ability to have more solutions for different problems will the best way to solve the biggest issue of them all which is big pharma robbing us of natural remedies. CBG could be a natural, organic answer for someone who is in pain and discomfort.