What is CBG and how does it work?
There’s been a lot of talk in the press recently regarding CBG Oil and its therapeutic potential. Many users have reported similar effects to CBD Oil with less sedative properties and more potent anxiolytic (anti anxiety) properties.
What is CBG?
There are over 110 cannabinoids which all have different effects on the endocannabiniod system so have different effects on our body. CBG (cannabigerol) along with CBD (cannabidiol) are the 2 most well studied therapeutic non psychoactive cannabinoids.
CBG is often called the mother of all cannabinoids as it is the precursor to all other cannabinoids including CBD and THC. In a mature cannabis plant cannabinoid potency tests show CBG levels of less than 1%. Now neuroscientist and cannabinoid enthusiasts are growing CBG flower specifically designed to yield a high CBG content. CBG is being extracted from the plant to form distillate, isolates and oils with high concentrations of this up and coming cannabinoid with huge therapeutic potential. These cannabinoids have spread throughout Canada following legalisation of cannabis because CBG and CBG acts together to reduce the side effects of THC without tainting the desired effects. Cannabinoids work best together but isolating them can help us increase our understanding. Find out more about cannabinoid interactions here.
CBG is vital for homeostasis (regulating the body) and is well known for its vast array of therapeutic effects; It has anti inflammatory properties, improves quality of sleep, reduces anxiety, improves mood and can be effective for chronic pain relief. It is perhaps most well known for its anti neurodegenerative properties meaning it stops your brain from degenerating or at least slows down the process.
So how does it work?
CBG binds both to CB1 and CB2 receptors which gives it the ability to antagonise any potential THC induced negative feelings such as anxiety and/or nausea. It does this without repressing euphoria making THC, CBG and CBD all complementary; the ultimate combo! It helps the body regulate itself by balancing our endocannabiniod system which is responsible for pain, appetite,
CBG also activates an endocannabiniod called anandamide, a naturally occurring cannabinoid produced by everyone which plays a huge role in euphoria and increasing appetite rather much like THC.
Cannabinoids have immense therapeutic value when combined together. Once we isolate them we can understand the role of each cannabinoid better allowing us to achieve the best supplementation possible.