Although the cannabis plant has been around for ten thousand years, we continue to discover amazing new things about its vast and mysterious chemical composition. Most people know about THC and CBD but there are over four hundred other cannabinoids present in cannabis that have positive medicinal effects on humans. CBG (Cannabigerol) is one of the new cannabis compounds being studied. As the chemical precursor to THCA and CBDA, CBG is known as the “Mother Cannabinoid” since it is the origin of all the rest.
CBG interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body to increase anandamide, known as the “Bliss Molecule” and can help stimulate appetite, enhance sleep, lift mood and supports the immune system to help your body fight off illness. “Unlike CBD, which has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors and acts mostly through indirect interactions with the endocannabinoid system, CBG is thought to elicit its therapeutic effects directly though interaction with the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the brain."
Studies have also shown CBG to have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial effects while at the same time promotes neuroprotective activity in the brain. “Much like CBD, CBG is also an appetite stimulant that has even been shown to enhance the death process in cancer cells." More research is underway to understand more about CBG and back these claims.
Hemp farmers can now grow plants that are high in CBG to allow extractors to bring more diverse cannabis products to the market. The price for CBG can be 5-6 times higher than that of CBD but that will change over the next few years. There are several pioneering companies that have CBG available because of its promising future in the world of cannabis.
Author: Zach Mountford