While CBD oils may be increasingly in vogue when it comes to everything from social anxiety to anti-inflammation, most people don’t know that there is so much more to hemp plants than CBD and THC.
Although these two might be the two most abundant and most popular cannabinoids and offer tons of therapeutic benefits, they account for a tiny percentage of what the hemp plant provides. In fact, there are over 400 different compounds in cannabis, and one of these is often overlooked, and it shouldn’t. Not when considering it’s the one responsible for all the others, and that cannabinoid is CBG.
So with that in mind, what are the potential benefits of CBG? In this article, we’re going to take a look, and then you can judge for yourself.
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What is CBG?
Short for Cannabigerol, GBG is one of the most common cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis plants, and just like CBD, it isn’t intoxicating or addictive, and it may offer several therapeutic benefits.
And while cannabigerol is still being studied and hasn’t yet reached clinical trials, CBG, just like its counterpart, CBD, also shows potential for depression, stress, and anxiety. Studies also suggest that it may help promote new brain cells – even in older patients, while further research has shown that it may also go some way to help decrease inflammation, stimulate bone growth, and relieve pain.
But there’s more, CBG has also proved to have potential antibacterial and anti-tumour properties, plus it may also help manage certain skin conditions, glaucoma, and mediate bladder dysfunction.
The potential benefits of CBG
Like most cannabis science, the majority of current studies are limited and are in the early stages of exploration. Nevertheless, most of the initial results have indicated favourable results and have demonstrated that the compound can help manage various symptoms and conditions in certain instances. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the potential benefits CBG has to offer. However, it should also be remembered that some of the findings are not definitive since the compound is yet to undertake clinical trials.
The hemp/cannabis plant is renowned for its pain-relieving potential, so much so that according to one study, 97 per cent of those people who use CBD use it for chronic pain. While pain relief is typically associated with THC, some studies have suggested that CBG may be helpful for pain relief and could prove to be even more effective than either CBD or THC.
Like CBD, CBG may also prove to be helpful as an anti-inflammatory agent. According to scientists, there’s a possibility that both compounds can benefit people suffering from inflammatory conditions such as IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease).
A study that looked at the effect CBG could have on IBD was performed on mice. Researchers found that after being induced with colitis, the mice received CBG, which effectively relieved inflammation – as a result, this demonstrated that CBG has the potential to ease inflammation in humans.
Improved Brain Health
During studies on how CBG affects mice altered to mimic Huntington’s disease, researchers found that the CBG eased inflammation and served as an active neuroprotectant against brain degeneration. In addition, in different studies, CBG has been found to help promote neurogenesis.
According to researchers, CBG can serve as an active antibacterial agent, especially when it comes to bacterial strains such as MRSA that are resistant to common antibiotics.
During tests, researchers found that CBG manages a particular class of mycobacteria, fungi, and bacteria known as ‘gram-positive bacteria’ in a far more excellent way than either CBD or THC. As a result, scientists hope these properties could soon be exploited to create a new and more effective antibacterial treatment.
Because there are a considerable amount of endocannabinoid receptors in our eyes that can be activated by different cannabinoids such as CBG, it’s thought that due to its ability to reduce intraocular pressure, CBG may help manage glaucoma. In addition, several studies have suggested that when CBG activates these receptors, it may be beneficial in expediting the draining of fluids and decreasing intraocular pressure.
Useful Bladder Dysfunction Aid
CBG may also help manage bladder dysfunctions. There have been a considerable number of individual stories on how cannabis has helped people with bladder problems.
In one study that considered how four cannabinoids, including CBDV, CBD, THCV, and CBG, may affect bladder contractions, researchers identified that not only was CBG the most effective in inhibiting muscle contractions in the bladder. But it might also prove beneficial for treating the different and uncomfortable symptoms that are often associated with bladder disorders.
While more studies are still needed, it’s worth noting that CBG has shown the potential to be a valuable tool in fighting the skin condition known as Psoriasis, which is a condition that impacts the skin, causing it to redden or thicken. It is thought that CBG may help by inhibiting this effect and effectively preventing the symptoms.
What We’ve Learned
While studies on CBG benefits are still inadequate, and more research needs undertaking to get further conclusive results. However, there can be little doubt that CBG has a role to play in helping with the issues mentioned here, and it shows it has the potential to serve as a viable option for managing various symptoms and conditions.
Furthermore, while there haven’t been any reports of people suffering adverse side effects after consuming CBG, it should be remembered that there is still not enough research or information on the compound. As a result, before adding any supplement or medication to your regimen, it is always advisable to check with your doctor first.