Updated: Sep 1, 2022
CBG or cannabigerol is one of the most vital cannabinoids extracted from the Cannabis plant. CBG is also known as the mother of all cannabinoids because other cannabinoids are derived from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), an acidic form of CBG. Even though it is found in a smaller quantity as compared to other popular cannabinoids such as CBD and THC yet its importance cannot be denied. CBG is usually concentrated in young Cannabis plants and obtained from strains like super glue CBG, Jack Frost CBG, and white CBG.
It is a relatively new cannabinoid when it comes to studying the pharmacological properties of CBG. However, CBG is non-psychoactive and does not cause any mind-altering effects like THC or tetrahydrocannabinol.
Research conducted on the potential health benefits of CBG has shown that it has the ability to interact with the human endocannabinoid system. Endogenous cannabinoids produced by the human body have a similar structure which is why they can also interact with the receptors and modulate different systems such as the immune and nervous systems.
Here are some research-backed potential health benefits associated with CBG.
Benefits of CBG
Early studies have shown that CBG is a promising cannabinoid that can help the human body perform optimally.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Chronic inflammation of the digestive tract leads to inflammatory bowel disease, which is commonly known as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBG can help in reducing inflammation and the production of ROS or reactive oxygen species. It can significantly contribute to improving gut health.
CBG for Bacterial Infections
A recent study conducted in 2020 has shown that CBG possesses incredible antibacterial properties which can be used against resistant bacterial strains such as MRSA. MRSA is quite difficult to treat because of its drug-resistant nature.
CBG for Eye Health
Our eye tissues are equipped with a dense concentration of cannabinoid receptors, which means that the endocannabinoid system has a role in maintaining eye health.
The patient suffering from glaucoma has a higher ocular pressure that results in poor blood flow towards the optic nerve. It will indirectly have a negative effect on eyesight. Research suggests that CBG may help in maintaining a healthy level of intraocular eye pressure.
CBG for Appetite Stimulation
CBG can also help stimulate appetite. This property is quite helpful for people undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment. Cancer treatment causes severe nausea and reduces appetite, which leads to unhealthy weight loss. It is also a great option for those suffering from anorexia or other eating disorders.
CBG for Normalizing the Stress Response
The fact that CBG can also interact with the 5-HT1A serotonin receptors makes it quite helpful for controlling stress responses and improving mood. Serotonin is comprehended as the happy hormone of the body, and its higher concentration helps in improving mood and cognitive function.
Side Effects of CBG
Currently, there are not enough clinical trials to prove the potential side effects of CBG. Like other cannabinoids, CBG also has low toxicity and is usually very well tolerated by the human body. However, the exact effect of a CBG dose depends on the individual body chemistry and health condition of the person.
CBG remained unnoticed for a long time as CBD and THC took all our attention. However, research has shown that CBG also possesses incredible therapeutic benefits and can be used to improve the quality of life.