Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. CBG is considered a ‘parent’ cannabinoid because it is a precursor to other cannabinoids such as THC, CBD and others. Scientific studies are investigating the potential therapeutic effects of CBG, for example as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and anticancer agent. However, research is still in its early stages and further studies need to be conducted.
Basic info about CBG and its properties
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis that has a number of potentially beneficial properties. Scientific research on CBG is still in the early stages, but some studies suggest that it could have the following properties:
Anti-inflammatory: CBG could help reduce inflammation in the body by acting on certain targets such as cytokines and prostaglandins. In this way, it could be useful in treating autoimmune diseases, arthritis, or other inflammatory conditions.
Analgesic: Some studies suggest that CBG may act as an analgesic (painkiller) by interacting with pain receptors in the body, such as vanilloid and serotonin receptors.
Antidepressant and anxiolytic: CBG could have a positive effect on mood and anxiety by modulating neurotransmitter systems such as serotonin and noradrenaline.
Neuroprotective: CBG could have neuroprotective effects by promoting the growth of new nerve cells and protecting existing nerve cells from damage.
Antimicrobial and antibacterial: Some research suggests that CBG may be effective against certain bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus, and may work against some types of mold and yeast.
Anti-cancer: CBG could have the potential to inhibit the growth of some types of cancer cells and promote apoptosis (programmed cell death) of cancer cells.
Glaucoma improvement: CBG appears to be effective in lowering intraocular pressure, which may be beneficial for glaucoma patients.
Improving health: Some studies suggest that CBG may be useful in treating intestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
There are several forms in which CBG can be consumed
CBG oil: This oil is extracted from hemp plants rich in CBG. It can be consumed sublingually (under the tongue) or added to food or drinks.
CBG flowers: Dried cannabis flowers high in CBG can be smoked or vaporized. Vaporisation is considered the healthier option as it does not produce the harmful substances associated with smoking.
CBG capsules: You can also take CBG in the form of capsules, which contain precisely dosed amounts of CBG. The capsules are swallowed and the effects take effect after digestion.
CBG edibles: As with other cannabinoids, CBG can be infused into foods such as chocolates, candies, drinks and more. This method is convenient and easy to dose, but the effects come on more slowly because it must pass through the digestive system.
CBG creams and balms: For topical application, you can use CBG creams and balms. These products can be applied directly to the skin where the CBG is absorbed into the body. This method is suitable for relieving pain or inflammation in a specific area of the body.
It is important to note that although these potential properties and effects of CBG are promising, research on CBG is still in its early stages and needs further study and investigation to confirm and better understand these results. Most of the studies to date have been conducted on animals or in vitro, meaning that there is not yet sufficient evidence of CBG’s effectiveness in the human body.
Before taking CBG, check with your doctor to ensure that it is safe for you and that it is not related to any interactions with any medications you are taking.
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Published by Jan Veselý07/05/2023