Are you curious about CBG cannabinoid? Here are the main features, the effects on the body and where to buy products that contain it
When it comes to marijuana or legal cannabis, CBD and THC are certainly among the first substances that come to mind.
However, recently, another substance produced by the plant has been (re)discovered: CBG Cannabinoid.
It appears that CBG (or cannabigerol) is the first cannabinoid developed from the cannabis plant and is responsible for the development of THC, CBD, and other more well-known cannabinoids.
Want to learn more about the properties and effects of this mysterious substance?
Keep reading and we will satisfy your curiosity.
CBG: What is it? The “mother” of other well-known cannabinoids
If you’ve heard of CBG cannabinoids for the first time recently, that’s no wonder.
When hemp or CBD cannabis are harvested, dried and processed, this substance is only present in tiny percentages (often less than 1%) – that is why it has not received special attention – in comparison with other substances.
However, it was recently discovered that at the beginning of the flowering phase, CBG is present in high proportions in the cannabis plant and that it is the first substance that develops in the plant (in the form of CBGA acid).
But that’s not all of it, as it appears that the birth of THC, CBD and many other cannabinoids is due to CBG.
In the past, CBG was known as the “minor cannabinoid”, but today it has been dubbed the “cannabis stem cell”.
As the plant matures, CBGA transforms into THCA, CBDA and CBCA.
When the plant is harvested and dried and possibly smoked, heat exposure produces a phenomenon called decarboxylation that converts CBGA derivatives into non-acid derivatives, namely THC, CBD and about 100 additional cannabinoids.
Considering that THC and CBD are from CBG, it follows that the higher the presence of the former, the less important the presence of the other cannabinoid and vice versa.
To obtain products with a higher CBG content, some hemp growers are working on the creation of new genetics of the plant or either they harvest them prematurely.
After determining what CBG cannabinoid is, let’s discover what are the effects of this substance on the human body.
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Cannabinoid CBG: properties and effects
Like CBD, CBG is a cannabinoid with no psychotropic effect. When taken in the form of oil, infusion or CBD weed smoke, it does not alter mental abilities and perception of what is happening in the environment, but acts on others parts.
Based on studies to date with CBG Cannabinoid, it appears that this may have beneficial properties of different kinds. Most of the time, cannabigerol works as:
- antifungal disease
- antidepressant, etc …
Based on the studies carried out at the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Naples Federico II, it has been shown that this substance can have beneficial effects even in subjects suffering from a particular inflammatory disease of the intestinal tract (IBD).
In an article of the British Journal of Pharmacology, on the other hand, it is possible to consult the results of a research by Ethan B. Russo, who explains that CBG can play a decisive role in the treatment of diseases such as psoriasis and MRSA and that it has proved useful in counteracting the symptoms related to anxiety and muscle tension.
Russo highlighted as well the fact that the cannabinoid CBG can actively interact with other substances produced by the marijuana plant (linalool, phytol, limonene, etc …).
In other contexts, however, it was discovered that cannabigerol could even have neurogenic properties, meaning that is capable of developing the birth of new brain cells.
Despite this, there is still little research on this substance and to find out more we will have to wait for the results of the ongoing studies.
Differences between CBG and CBD
Did you think there were some similarities between CBG, CBD and effects reading the previous paragraph?
It is true in some ways, but the differences between CBG and CBD are many and can be summarized in terms of concentration and chemical structure.
CBG (originally CBGA) is present in the hemp plant in high percentages at the beginning of the flowering phase, after which this percentage is lowered to give shape to the other cannabinoids.
In fact, when the percentage of CBD in the plant is high, the CBG is very low.
In addition to concentration, since the chemical composition is different, the way in which both substances act on the human organism is also different.
In fact, CBG is able to act directly on the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the human body by activating them, while CBD acts by promoting the release of beneficial enzymes and the production of endocannabinoids.
Although the action of the two substances is different, it has been discovered that – if taken at the same time – they interact with each other “strengthening themselves”, and this phenomenon is called “entourage”.
As you have read, the results of researches carried out so far on the properties of CBG are very positive.
This cannabinoid contained in legal marijuana in addition to having no psychotropic effects, is able to limit states of anxiety, to soothe the pains associated with certain diseases and has many other beneficial properties , unknown until recently.
If you want to find out more about one of the products containing CBG and would like to buy it for collectibles, visit our CBD online shop and take a look at the Zkittles variety, a novelty produced in Italy.
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