Do you know exactly how many cannabinoids have been discovered in recent years? Apart from CBD and THC, can you name other phytocannabinoids and their properties? If not, we’ll come to your aid today. In this article, we will focus on cannabigerol, CBG for short, which is the third most common cannabinoid in cannabis.
CBG as a precursor to other cannabinoids It is
fairly common to find that CBG is the ‘precursor’ or ‘mother’ of other cannabinoids. There is something about it. In the cannabis plant, CBG is present as cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), which decomposes as the plant grows, becoming the basic molecule that forms the acid forms of other cannabinoids: THCA, CBDA and CBCA, which in turn transform into THC, CBD, CBG and CBC. Due to this conversion, CBG is present in very low concentrations in mature cannabis flowers (about 1 percent). However, there are special varieties of cannabis rich in CBG, from which CBG oil or CBG crystals are made.
Potential Benefits of CBG
Compared to the amount of research on CBD and THC, research into CBG and its potential health benefits is unfortunately limited. At present, it is known that CBG interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors, serotonin receptors and andrenergic receptors. Additionally, CBG is not psychoactive. Studies conducted over the past decade suggest that CBG has therapeutic potential in the case of cystitis and enteritis. In addition, CBG can stimulate the appetite and hasproperties antibacterialand neuroprotective, and due to the fact that it affects the receptors that control the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain, CBG oil can be a chance for people with depression or other mental problems.
At the moment, scientists are able to distinguish over 113 different phytocannabinoids, and CBG is certainly one of the most interesting. The use and properties of CBG are just exploring, few studies look promising, but large-scale research is needed to fully understand the effects of CBG on our body.
There are products on the market that focus only on this cannabinoid, such as CBG oils or CBG crystals, but in fact we can find CBG (although in trace amounts) in good quality CBD full spectrum oils.
Have you already tried CBG oil? Have you already used CBG crystals? Share your opinion in the comment.