CBG: The Mother Of All Cannabinoids
If you take an active interest in the beneficial hemp market, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about CBG lately. Its meteoric rise to become the industry’s darling bears a striking resemblance to CBD’s own journey, from a relative unknown to being in high demand.
CBG isn’t quite at the top of the pile yet, but everyone from consumers to manufacturers are watching its career with great interest. The current issue is that in comparison to other cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, information is less readily available. What is CBG? How does CBG affect our bodies? Can I still roll CBG blunts? These are all serious questions that need answers, along with many more.
CBG, like CBD, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. In fact, it could almost be considered the ‘mother’ cannabinoid for CBD and THC- it’s the process of applying heat and breaking down CBGa that produces these much-celebrated compounds. Unfortunately, until now CBG has been a relative unknown. CBG may be an important part of the hemp plant, but its low concentrations in traditional strains mean that studying it can take a lot of time and money.
Cascadia Blooms was founded with the commitment of bringing the highest quality hemp flowers to you. This applies to both our existing strains and potential strains that we feel may benefit all of us in the future. CBG heavy strains are becoming more popular, so we took the time to look at the science behind this cannabinoid, and were very pleased with the results. So much so that we’re proud to now cultivate one of the best CBG strains available- White CBG.
With this in mind, we’ve written this guide to show what current scientific research currently says about CBG, and what potential benefits it may offer.
CBG for inflammation
Research into the benefits of CBG may be in its early stages, but recent studies are finding that it may act as an anti-inflammatory agent. This is great news for people with IBS, which is where the studies say CBG is most effective.
Researchers found that cannabinoids such as CBG mimic our body’s endocannabinoid system, sending signals that switch off the gut inflammation response that plays a part in IBS. Studies are still ongoing, but it’s a promising start.
CBG as an antibacterial agent
The research is still very much in its early stages, but the data is showing that CBG may have antibacterial properties, along with other cannabinoids such as CBC, CBN, THC, and CBD.
Each cannabinoid provided strong responses against MRSA strains of bacteria, which is significant in a world where we are slowly becoming more and more resistant to current antibiotics. The caveat here is that while CBG proved itself useful, researchers need more time to study the exact process.
CBG for healing bones
This one may seem like a stretch, but there is evidence to suggest that CBG may have a role to play in accelerating healing times to bone fractures, and also for bone development. Researchers found that when used in conjunction with CBN, CBD, D9 -THC, and D9 -THCV, CBG contributed to increased healing times in rats.
CBG for bladder disorders
In-depth studies on CBG have shown that they have the potential to help treat bladder disorders. One particular study showed that CBG helped reduce bladder contractions, in both humans and mice.
CBG seems to touch on a lot of different areas in the body, from the regulation of sleep cycles to your overall mood. Something that seems to set it apart from other cannabinoids however are it’s profound effects over our bodily functions as well.
CBG for dealing with an unwelcome high
One of the most interesting properties of CBG is its purported ability to counteract THC. CBG works as a CB1 antagonist, interrupting, and disrupting the process that potentially aids with THC induced anxiety. This may sound counter-productive, but it’s a good thing if you find THC a difficult cannabinoid to process. To illustrate, a friend once described the process of making and eating THC edibles:
Step 1- Carefully measure your required amount of THC butter.
Step 2- Bake your cookies with your carefully measured amount of THC.
Step 3- You’ve eaten way too much THC, you are now stuck on the couch with nothing but your own thoughts for the next 8 hours.
Perhaps this has happened to you. If not, thank your lucky stars that you’ve never experienced the creeping panic associated with being unable to move for hours at a time. Thankfully, CBG steps in to (hopefully) save the day once again.
CBG for cancer
Scientists have been looking at how cannabinoids interact with cancer for some time, and CBG is on that list. Studies on mice with colorectal cancer found that CBG actually helps restrict carcinogenesis – the formation of cancer.
Cannabis and cancer have been a hot topic for decades, so it’s no surprise that CBG is part of ongoing studies. What is surprising however is that we’re only now starting to sit up and take notice of just how powerful this cannabinoid may be.
CBG for glaucoma
The often-used movie trope of a person waving their medical marijuana license at a police officer and saying ‘it’s for my glaucoma’ may actually have more truth to it than Hollywood realizes. Studies show that CBG while working with other cannabinoids can reduce intraocular pressure.
Due to CBG’s typically low concentrations in hemp flower, it’s the Entourage Effect that is the real winner here. But with more high-CBG strains such as our White CBG becoming more popular, CBG’s time to shine may be just around the corner.
CBG to improve appetite
Chemotherapy patients and auto-immune sufferers have been using THC for some time as a way to increase appetite. This can be a double-edged sword, however, especially if being high isn’t for you.
Interestingly, researchers found that if they removed the THC element, patients still reported an increased appetite. The prevailing theory is that CBG assumed the role, without any unwanted psychotropic effects brought on by consuming THC.
This is promising news, especially for those of us who are unwilling or unable to use THC. Non-psychoactive hemp is coming into its own, and CBG may play a larger role than previously thought.
CBG as an antidepressant
Anandamide, also known as the ‘bliss molecule’, is found in the brain and regulates things such as sleep and mood. CBG may increase anandamide production, as well as block serotonin receptors.
CBG research points towards CBG as having many potential mental health uses, including as an antidepressant. Initial studies suggest that if used in tandem with other cannabinoids, CBG can help boost therapeutic efficacy in the treatment of a wide range of psychiatric disorders.
CBG as a Neuroprotective agent
Genetic disorders such as Huntington’s disease break down the nerve cells within the brain. It’s a slow, terrible process that quite rightfully has the scientific community working hard on possible treatments. One of these may be CBG- research shows that CBG has properties that can be classed as neuroprotective.
The data is still in its early stages, but initial studies are promising. CBG, alongside other cannabinoids, may be used in the future as a treatment for this and other similar diseases.
Much of the CBG research currently being conducted seems to point to the same thing- no man (or in this case, cannabinoid), is an island. Each of these potential benefits seems to be to some degree reliant on using the whole flower, as opposed to isolates.
This is one of the many reasons that we believe in a holistic approach to hemp flower- every one of our White CBG plants contains the full-spectrum of cannabinoids available within its buds. This means we can provide you with organic, premium CBG flower that is backed by 3rd party lab reports, and increasingly, by exciting new research.
It’s also available for a reasonable price, which is another advantage when it comes to CBG flower vs CBG isolate. CBG’s low concentration in most hemp strains means that even just extracting CBG is a costly task, and most CBG oil for sale reflects that with a significant markup.
Head over to our store to check it out, and become part of the movement. CBG may just be starting to prove itself, but we’re confident that this is just the tip of the iceberg. As more anecdotal evidence, scientific research and positive reviews keep affirming CBG’s status as the mother of all cannabinoids, we’ll be here, tending to our CBG crop and getting the message out there.