The terms THC and CBD get thrown around a lot these days when referring to different types of cannabis and their effects. We’ve come to largely differentiate the two by THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) giving psychoactive effects on the user, while other cannabis compounds like CBD (cannabidiol) don’t. Many other similar compounds come to exist in the cannabis plant that we’re only starting to learn more about. One of these is CBG (cannabigerol), and though it doesn’t appear very largely in the makeup of most strains, research is showing its potential for medical benefits.
CBG is typically present in less than 1% of most cannabis strains, though it’s technically the chemical parent of THC and CBD. All three main cannabinoid lines come from the non-intoxicating cannabinoid that is CBG. Cannabis plants produce cannabigerolic acid (CBG-A) which is essentially the raw form that will go on to become either THCA, CBDA, or CBCA (cannabichromenic acid). Experimentation is currently underway to find ways of yielding higher levels of CBG in medical cannabis.
For clarity, the human body has a system built-in to keep us at a balanced homeostatis that goes by the name of the endocannabinoid system. In short, by different cannabinoids interacting with this system, science has shown that it can help heal the body. Interacting with the endocannabinoid system in the right way can help regulate immune cells to an injury site. Here are some of the other strong potentials for medical benefits of consuming CBG.
Potential Medical Uses For CBG (Cannabigerol)
- European research shows CBG has a strong potential to act as an antibacterial agent against MRSA.
- In a study where 5 cannabinoids were used to try and limit bladder contractions, CBG was the most effective.
- Eye structures are full of endocannabinoid receptors, so CBG has been particularly effective in treating glaucoma.
- CBG has been shown to block cancer growth, specifically inhibiting the growth of colorectoral cancer cells.
- Potentially effective for inducing your appetite.
- Strong signs of being therapeutic in the treatment of Huntington’s Disease.
- CBG showed particularly strong signs as a neuroprotectant.