At this point, you’re probably familiar with some of the cannabis compounds. The most popular of which is CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which gives cannabis its medical and psychoactive effects respectively. What you may not know is that there are more than a hundred compounds in cannabis and some of them are becoming popular as well.
Another compound that’s starting to gain more traction is CBG or cannabigerol. CBG is not as prominent in cannabis as CBD and THC but it’s still worth knowing about it. Here are a few things you need to know about CBG.
What is CBG?
CBG might just be more special than other cannabinoids despite being in lesser volume. Cannabigerol, also known as CBG is the cannabinoid from which other cannabinoids found in the plant are produced. This is why you may hear CBG be referred to as the “parent” molecule in plants. The specialists from Pharma Hemp have also recognized potential benefits of CBG on the human body.
When heated, the compound breaks down and turns into other cannabinoids including CBG, CBD, THC, and another cannabinoid called cannabichromene.
Getting CBG is more complicated than how manufacturers would extract CBD and THC. When CBG-A is heated, it can turn into one of the three prominent compounds – CBD, CBG, and THC. The problem is that sometimes, the process yields more of the other compounds instead of CBG.
To get more CBG, manufacturers and breeders are currently working on genetic manipulation as well as cross-breeders of plants. Simply put, they are trying to create a strain of marijuana that contains more CBG-A than the other compounds. If made, these strains of marijuana can yield more CBG.
Possible Benefits Of CBG
Now, why are manufacturers so intent on getting CBG? Are CBD and THC not enough? The short answer is that CBG has a few possible benefits that cannot be found in other compounds.
As per current studies, CBD reacts towards certain bodily systems and problems which makes it a promising medical product. One such benefit is that CBG is thought to be effective when it comes to treating eye conditions like Glaucoma. This is because the compound can reduce the intraocular pressure brought about by the condition.
Like in CBD, CBG is also revealed to have been effective in treating inflammatory symptoms in animals. In CBG however, the studies show that it can treat inflammatory bowel diseases in mice.
As per some research, CBG is also said to have great promise when it comes to fighting cancer. The compound is shown to have the ability to block receptors that can cause cancer cells to grow, More specifically, the compound has high potential in controlling the growth of colorectal cancer cells. These early studies have mostly been on mice only. Human trials have yet to be conducted.
Scientific specialists are just as excited about CBD as they are with CBG. The compound holds a lot of potential to be just as potent as CBD when it comes to its medical benefits. Studies on the compound remain to be limited for now but expect more studies as experts are starting to become more invested in uncovering its secrets.Get Your Card Now