The cannabis plant contains over 85 cannabinoids that are the reason for the therapeutic benefits linked to medical marijuana. Each cannabinoid has its own unique properties that can be useful for many types of ailments. To fully understand how medical marijuana can be beneficial It is vital for researchers to look at as many cannabinoids as possible.
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a less popular cannabinoid that isn’t found in high levels and cannot be found in most strains. Despite this, it is still necessary to know about its important, useful qualities.
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What You Need to Know About Cannabigerol (CBG)
Cannabigerol (CBG) is found in hemp and does not have the psychoactive effects of THC. It actually can hinder the psychoactive reaction and metabolic response you get from THC. CBG also effectively reduces insomnia, fights tumors, is antibacterial and activates brain cell growth (neurogenesis).
At this time researchers have not completed many studies on CBG, and the amount located in hemp strains is almost never measured. It seems that in hemp strains there is a concentration of about 0.2 to 2 percent. Just about every form of medical marijuana contains a small percentage of cannabigerol, which could range from 0.1 to 1 percent.
Cannabis plants with higher levels of CBG have slowly begun to show up in Europe so this variety of cannabinoid may be more available to the masses in the next year or two. Weed growers who want to create medical marijuana that is high in cannabigerol could likely get CBG from cannabis plants that are around 6 weeks old for testing purposes and potentially produce a quality strain with a significant amount of CBG.
Like the other cannabinoids, CBG has amazing uses that can help many people with certain health conditions around the world. It is especially helpful with illnesses pertaining to the central nervous system. Here are some examples:
- Chronic pain
- Skin disease
- Neurological illnesses
The psychoactive reaction that occurs from consuming THC is one of the main influencing factors in the government restricting marijuana use and distribution. Luckily, the push to delve deeper into the health benefits of cannabis has yielded information that makes their attempts against marijuana appear futile.
How Does CBG Function?
CBG will not make you high like THC, but it can effectively stabilize the reaction you have to THC. Because of how it creates harmony, it could also do the same for other cannabinoids. Like all cannabinoids, CBG works with cannabinoid receptors such as CB1 and CB2 as sort of an agonist. The difference is cannabigerol it has less of an influence on receptors, unlike its counterpart THC.
Anandamide is a cannabinoid that is naturally present in the body and CBG could enhance the amount of anandamide in the body. CBG is beneficial for managing several biological functions such as sleep, appetite, and memory.
Just like THC, anandamide interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors creating its impact. Cannabigerol stops the use of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is the chemical in the brain that controls neuron actions.
Cannabigerol’s impact on GABA use is greater than its counterpart’s THC and CBD. CBG effectively harmonizes the fight or flight reaction within your body. Its role in stabilizing specific receptors indicates these possibilities below.
- Slows down noradrenaline release
- Manages fight or flight
- Reduces vascular smooth muscle
- Mimics the reduction of high blood pressure
- Lessens smooth muscle mobility in the gastrointestinal tract
- Offers analgesia effects
- Stops the disintegration of lipids into fatty acids
Clearly, cannabigerol displays its ability to be very useful in treating certain medical conditions. The fact that it can also help alleviate symptoms of depression through its influence on the central nervous system without getting you high makes it, even more, attract too many scientist and patients worldwide.
Benefits and Effect of CBG
It is possible that CBG may be helpful in alleviating pain. However, certain research implies that it could be more efficient when it comes to neuropathic pain in comparison to CBD. Additional studies concluded it may be a great antidepressant. According to scientific research here are some of the specific diseases affected by CBG:
Even though studies have only paid attention to the effects CBG has on animals, it is still quite exciting for the potential it may have on human health. So far research shows cannabigerol may enhance your overall wellbeing through fighting bacteria, guarding neurons, hindering cancer cell growth and stimulating appetite. It calms inflammation, reduces eye strain and helps with bladder issues.
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Where to Find Strains with High Levels of CBG
Now that you know the potential benefits of CBG, the big question becomes how you can get your hands on this cannabinoid. The good news is some manufacturers are focusing on producing more marijuana with higher levels of CBG. The challenge comes in because there is the belief that cannabinoids and terpenes combined interact more effectively to create better results, therefore weed growers tend to use THC in their formulas.
Yes, it is challenging to find strains that are high in CBG, but below are some:
- Williams Wonder
A raw Indica strain, it is well-recognized as a CBG potent substance with about 30 percent cannabigerol. This variation does have 20 percent THC, so you are likely to not notice the CBG content. The most important part is you will still gain the positive benefits of this strain, which include help with nausea, pain relief, depression, and anxiety.
- Exodus Cheese
This formula is a nice option for anyone who is new to strains high in CBG. It is especially useful if you prefer less THC than some other strains and want more of the direct effects of CBG. And you will get faster results by inhaling it.
A Mexican, Thailand and Columbian mix, Destroyer is a pure Sativa strain that is uniquely its own. It is only 10-15 percent THC and works well for people who are seasoned weed lovers. You don’t have to worry about getting too high because the psychoactive effects are light enough that you can still think clearly.