Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most abundant cannabinoid within our range of Full Spectrum CBD extracts. As time passes, studies are starting to validate some of the anecdotal evidence that exists within the CBD community. This cannabinoid has demonstrated powerful therapeutic, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, painkilling and many other properties.
However, there are several other reasons why CBD has managed to claim the spotlight. Businesses involved in the cultivation, processing and retail of hemp extracts are able to obtain a high yields of CBD-containing oils due to the abundance of it within typical hemp plants. It makes sense for much of the research around legal cannabinoids to be targeted towards CBD since it’s the most cost effective solution.
But what if any of the lesser known cannabinoids are superior in some ways to CBD? One cannabinoid that has started to gain a lot of popularity in the cannabis health world is Cannabigerol.
What is CBG?
CBG is another non-psychoactive cannabinoid that naturally occurs in hemp and cannabis plants. Dubbed as ‘the mother of all cannabinoids’, it is already present in our Full Spectrum CBD oils but at a very low percentage. There is a reason for its prestigious title, it is known that Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGa) is the first cannabinoid to form in the maturing plant, it is also the precursor to all cannabinoids including CBG, CBD, THC, CBDA etc. CBGa creates CBG when it is decarboxylated.
What are the benefits of CBG?
Anxiety & Depression
It has been found that CBG can raise levels of anandamide in the body, known as the “natural bliss molecule”. CBG also acts as a GABA reuptake inhibitor, meaning that it promotes muscle relaxation and anxiety alleviation.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
In a 2013 study with mice it has been found that CBG helps to reduce inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease. It is thought that the likely mechanism for this is through direct interaction with our endocannabinoid systems CB1 receptors.
In a 2014 study, it was found that CBG could inhibit the growth in particular of colorectal cancer (CRC) cells as well as numerous other types of cancer in rats.
A 2015 study tested five cannabinoids and looked at the effectiveness for reducing bladder dysfunctions, it concluded that CBG was the most effective amongst other cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD).
A 2016 study on rats found that CBG can stimulate the appetite, suggesting that it could be useful for treating eating disorders or recovering from weight loss associated with cancer.
In 2015, a study showed that CBG could be a candidate treatment for protecting against various neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington’s Disease.
It has also been found that CBG has the ability to kill certain types of bacteria. In the 2008 study, it was found that it kills methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of bacteria that causes dangerous drug resistant infections.
It has been noted previously that medical cannabis seems to effectively treat glaucoma. But a study in 2008 confirmed that CBG might be an effective treatment for glaucoma due to its ability to reduce intraocular pressure.
I hope this article has piqued your interest in what CBG has to offer. We (the team at Eden Range) have been keeping an eye on CBG for a while now after hearing the positive things that people have had to say about it.
In the background we have been trying to come up with the best solution for our customers and have decided that a dedicated 500mg CBG oil is the way to go rather than a blended 50/50 CBD/CBG oil. Although we think CBG should be used in conjunction with CBD, we think that giving the customer control over their CBD/CBG ratio is the most advantageous offering.