How is CBG Made?
CBG can be hard to understand, so I’ve done all the hard stuff to make your life a bit easier. Cannabigerol, or CBG, is a cannabinoid, similar to the more commonly known THC and CBD. It’s essentially the stem cell for both of these compounds, and due to the transformation from CBG to either compound, it’s percentage in the plant is usually less than 1%.
They change through exposure to ultraviolet light or heat, so as you can assume, it transitions pretty quickly. It’s often overlooked due to the percent composition, but the research that has been done on Cannabigerol is remarkable.
Understanding Fundamental Cannabis Plant Biology
Let’s start from the beginning, within our bodies we have an Endocannabinoid system. ‘Endo’ meaning inside, and ‘cannabinoid’ represents the compounds found inside hemp and marijuana.
This nervous system is crucial to keeping our bodies in the best shape it can be, starting with Homeostasis. Homeostasis is defined by, “ A property of cells, tissues, and organisms that allows the maintenance and regulation of the stability and constancy needed to function properly.” In order to live happy and healthy, this balance is required, and that means making sure our Endocannabinoid system is up to par as well.
This also means that we can be heavily affected by the cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana. Each cannabinoid has their own affects, and their own degree of functionality. Today, we will focus on CBG and it’s benefits.
If you were ever curious as to how we are able to achieve the amount of CBG we do, knowing that the natural occurrence rate is less than 1%, I have the answers for you.
Many growers have partnered with labs to find ways to manipulate the percent yielded from their plants. From cross-breeding, plant manipulation, and to ways of extracting, we are coming up with better solutions to produce the best products we can.
What Are The Medical Benefits of Cannabigerol?
Stimulates Bone Formation and Healing
A study in 2007 found that CBG along with several other cannabinoids were focused on to see their effects on bone marrow cultures. It was shown that CB2 receptors indirectly affected bone marrow stem cells, and this suggests that it may help/promote the speed and strength of new bone development.
Slows Tumor Growth
CBD, CBG, and CBC, along with other cannabinoids were found to slow the progression and growth of tumors and cancer cells in a 2009 study. This could be an opening for many people to live much happier and more fulfilling lives.
Antifungal and Antibacterial Treatment
The antifungal and antibacterial properties of CBG are still being investigated, however so far, so good! It has been found to be very effective against MRSA, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus ureus, in a study in 2008.
Depression and Anxiety Treatment
The most commonly known cannabinoid, THC is also known for its positive effects on anxiety and depression. CBG has the similar, if not the same effects, without the “high,” that THC gives you. A report in 2016 infers that treating anxiety and depression with CBG, and other similar cannabinoids may be an effective alternative.
What Disorders Can CBG Treat?
Through the research we have been shown it has promising effects; from reducing inflammation, such as this study on inflammatory bowel disease, protecting neurons in mice with huntingtons disease, and Crohn’s disease.
IBS and Crohn’s Disease
CBG acts similarly to CBD, as in effective in decreasing inflammation, a key factor in Inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s. A study done in 2014 suggests this may be an improved way to decrease inflammation and symptoms.
CBG and THC was found to increase aqueous flow by two to three times in animals with glaucoma, specified by a 1990 study. The increased aqueous flow helps lessen intra-ocular pressure when dealing with glaucoma.
A recent study in 2015 found that CBG was “extremely active as a neuroprotectant,” meaning that it was harder for the neurons in the brain to deteriorate as an effect of Huntington’s disease. In the mice, CBG was seen to improve movement and recovery.