When it comes to cannabinoids, CBD and THC get all of the attention. However, the plant genus Cannabis actually contains 120 identified cannabinoid compounds(in addition to terpenes, flavonoids and more)! We’ll keep it brief and dive into one particular cannabinoid, cannabigerol, or CBG.
CBG, what it is?
CBG is referred to as the mother of cannabinoids because it is the parent molecule from which other cannabinoids are synthesized. CBGA is broken down, and becomes the base molecule that other cannabinoids form from, including THC and CBD. Like CBD, CBG is a non-psychoactive compound(you likely won’t feel “High”). Studies seem to show that CBG, like CBD, activates the CB1 receptor, decreasing pyschoactivity. If you mix CBG or CBD with THC, it may counteract the “High” feeling.Unlike CBD, it has not been commercially available anywhere until now.
CBD and CBG occur in different concentrations in the plant and have unique chemical structures. While research has slowly been validating many of the claims of CBD, CBG has just now started being studied for potential pharmacological properties.
Potential Benefits of CBG
So far, in-vitro studies and studies on rats have shown some indications that CBG may:
- Treat glaucoma and relieves intraocular pressure which is beneficial because CBD on its own has not shown to treat glaucoma, however THC has and this may be a way to get the effects without the “high
- Have strong anti-bacterial properties, specifically as a front line treatment for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)...
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