Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the hottest trends in the cannabis industry. Consumers are using it to combat pain, inflammation, anxiety and generally improve the quality of their lives.
CBD is one of hundreds of components of the cannabis plant and the second most prevalent of the active ingredients.
However, in recent news another cannabinoid has made waves as a powerful therapeutic product. CBG is a less abundant cannabinoid, but has been shown to alleviate symptoms in many medical conditions.
What is CBG?
Cannabigerol, or CBG, is one of the 100+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBG is non-psychoactive, which means that like CBD, it doesn’t produce the “high” associated with THC products.
Plants usually convert CBG into CBD and THC as they mature. However, there are new strains of industrial hemp, including our featured strain “Matterhorn”, being bred specifically for high levels of CBG in order to capitalize on this amazing cannabinoid’s beneficial and therapeutic effects.
CBG is one of the most expensive cannabinoids to produce, and because of this has been dubbed “the Rolls Royce of cannabinoids”.
What is the difference between CBD and CBG?
CBD (cannabidiol) and CBG (cannabigerol) are phytocannabinoids, which are compounds produced by the cannabis plant. The important difference is that CBD has a low affinity for cannabinoid receptors and acts through indirect interactions with the endocannabinoid system.
CBG brings about its therapeutic effects directly through interaction with the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. The human body naturally produces endocannabinoids which bind to these receptors as part of the body’s internal messaging systems.
Enzymes within cannabis turn CBGA into either THCA or CBDA, which can be subsequently decarboxylated (“activated”) by light or heat energy to create THC or CBD. (Amy Phung/Leafly)
Endocannabinoids are present in all vertebrates—mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish—which is why high-quality cannabinoid products for the pet industry work so well. By using cannabinoid receptors, CBG is able to produce its beneficial and therapeutic effects.
What are the health benefits of CBG?
CBG acts on very specific physiological systems with extremely promising results. Early studies have linked CBG to diverse potential therapeutic uses, such as:
- Treating glaucoma, though its vasodilator and neuroprotective effects
- Decreasing inflammation, such as inflammatory bowel disease
- Combatting Huntington’s disease via neuroprotective effects
- Inhibiting tumor growth, in animal models of colorectal cancer
- There is evidence that CBG is an effective antibacterial agent, in particular against drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other skin infections
- As a powerful appetite stimulant in treatment of cachexia, the muscle wasting and severe weight loss seen in late stage cancer and other diseases
CBG products can also be a strong adjunct to medical therapies for mood, energy, sleep patterns, and muscle and joint function. CBG also helps reduce the paranoia and anxiety-inducing effects of THC in marijuana users.
Where can industrial hemp growers purchase CBG genetics?
Here at Clone Connect, we pride ourselves on offering lab tested, feminized CBG hemp genetics. If you’re looking for wholesale CBG seeds, seedlings and clones, which are also low in THC (less than 0.3%), we’re here to help!
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