Overview of Cannabigerol (CBG)
Cannabigerol is one of the 100+ compounds found in cannabis. Because it is found in low levels within most strains, it is considered a minor cannabinoid. CBG is non-psychoactive which means it does not create the “high” feeling associated with the THC compound.
An interesting fact about cannabigerol is that CBD and THC both begin as CBG. However, after a few weeks within the flowering cycle, they convert into their respective compounds. Scientists have pinpointed that the perfect time to extract the highest level of CBG from growing cannabis plants is about six weeks into a plants eight-week growing cycle.
People who grow cannabis have begun to experiment with cross-breeding plants and manipulating cannabis genetics to increase the levels of CBG within the plants. There is much research being conducted on all the beneficial compounds within cannabis. It is becoming increasingly obvious that there may be potential health and wellness benefits to several of the cannabinoids, not just CBD and THC.
Cannabinoids work within the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is known for performing different functions within the body. The vast network of receptors within the ECS is responsible for regulating everything from appetite to temperature, and it plays a vital role in our health. we can suffer from illnesses and diseases that affect the delicate balance of the ECS. With more research focusing on CBG, scientists are learning the positive effects it has on the endocannabinoid system.
The eyes house endocannabinoid receptors too. CBG has been found to reduce intraocular pressure in those suffering from glaucoma. In the future, patients with glaucoma may find relief with this cannabinoid.
There have been several studies conducted on mice that illustrate how CBG effects different issues. For example, it has been discovered that is may be useful in managing inflammation symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease. Another study showed that it increased appetite.
There have been other studies that evaluate the effects CBG has on cancer cells and much more research is needed.
The results of all these studies offer more hope than ever about the healing potential of CBG and other cannabinoids in hemp.