Other Cannabinoids Than CBD: What Is CBG?8 September 2020
We all know CBD, but what is CBG? Like its famous cousin cannabidiol, this cannabinoid also comes from the hemp plant. Since it’s a cannabinoid, it can work together with our endocannabinoid system. Because of this, CBG could have equally beneficial effects as CBD. Here, you’ll learn more about what CBG is, and what its potential effects on our health could be.
CBG: Little Known, Big Potential
CBD is a celebrity: by now, many people know about its potential benefits for treating sleeping difficulties, anxiety, pain, and more. THC is an even more famous cannabinoid; it has quite a reputation, in fact. THC is the cannabinoid causing people to get high, but even THC is used for therapeutic purposes these days. It is used to treat conditions such as epilepsy and migraine, for instance.
These famous cannabinoids cousins can make CBG (or cannabigerol as it is officially called) seem like a minor player. The fact that an average hemp plant contains less than 1% CBG can make it seem less than impressive. Nonetheless, there is more to CBG than you might think at first glance. It is the first cannabinoid any hemp plant produces, making CBG the basis of all other cannabinoids. Without CBG, there would be no THC or CBD at all. And just to be clear: CBG will not make you high. Like CBD, it has no psychoactive properties.
What Are The Properties Of CBG?
Cannabigerol is a phytocannabinoid, setting it apart as a cannabinoid produced by plants: cannabis plants, that is. Our body needs cannabinoids to function properly. In fact, we even make our own cannabinoids; these are called endocannabinoids. Taking plant-based phytocannabinoids like CBD or CBG will trigger a response from your body similar to those produced by endocannabinoids. That is why these plant-based compounds cam help restore balance in your body.
You may think that CBG is very similar to CBD. Still, even the slightest difference in molecular structure can make two similar substances very different in their effects. The chemical structure of CBG does in fact differ significantly from that of CBD.
Studies into the effects of CBG conducted so far have mainly focused on animals. Another important thing to remember is that these trials concern high dosages of isolated CBG in animals. That means the conclusions don’t simply apply to humans. Nonetheless, some of the early results are cause for careful enthusiasm.
- It appears that CBG is able to bind to cell receptors in the endocannabinoid system. This raises expectations of CBG triggering direct responses in the body;
- Other studies focussed on the potential of CBG in treating cancer. It appears that CBG may be able to slow down growth of specific types of tumours;
- CBG could also help protect nerve tissue;
- Studies conducted in rats between 2016 and 2017 seems to point at the capacity of CBG to stimulate appetite;
- Cannabigerol may have similar anti-inflammatory properties as CBD, as studied by cannabinoid authority doctor B. Goldstein;
- Research conducted by the latter also hints at relaxing potential of CBG similar to that of CBD, as well as the capacity to reduce anxiety.
How To Use CBG
Like CBD, CBG is available in the form of oil products. However, unlike cannabidiol, cannabigerol is not yet widely available. The way things are looking right now, that is probably about to change. The great thing is, however, that CBG is present in full spectrum CBD products such as those made by SupMedi. CBG is part of the normal cannabinoid profile of the hemp plant. That means that if you’re using our CBD, you’re getting all the benefits of CBG on top of the CBD goodness you’ve paid for!
This is one of the best things about CBD products: they contain all the cannabinoids and all the other wholesome substances (such as terpenes and antioxidants) that work together to support your health. This combined effect is known as the entourage effect, in which the power of all individual ingredients adds up, making the whole more than the sum of its parts. Cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, CBC, CBN, and many others can cause greater effects when taken together, compared to using isolated cannabinoids on their own.
The one cannabinoid you will not find in any traceable quantity in SupMedi CBD products is THC. So rest assured, you can benefit from the effects of CBG, CBD, and many other cannabinoids without getting a high or any psychoactive effects. That makes it more than worth your while to choose a high-quality full-spectrum CBD supplement like the CBD Oil, CBD Tablets, Or CBD Nutrition you’ll find in the SupMedi webstore!
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