There are over 100 known cannabinoids founds in the cannabis plant. The two that have received the most national attention are easily THC (for decades) and CBD (last few years). We know that THC is the chemical associated with marijuana’s psychological effects. It is the compound responsible for the ‘high’ feeling. We also know that CBD really has taken on the face of other cannabinoids found throughout the cannabis plant, both hemp and marijuana. However, another cannabinoid, CBG (Cannabigerol), is starting to have it’s day in the sun.
What is CBG?
CBG, like CBD, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that plays a vital role in the biochemstry of cannabis. CBG is though to boost anandamide, an endocannabinoid that increases dopamine levels. Anandamide is often called the ‘bliss molecule’ as stimulating dopamine is known to improve mood and happiness. CBG also has other rumored benefits such as anti-anxiety properties and being a serotonin blocker, displaying anti-depressant effects.
Where is CBG found?
A very interesting fact about CBG is that it is the parent to both THC and CBD. All THD and CBD actually starts at CBG. Enzymes within cannabis this convert to either THCA or CBDA. Energy further converts to the THC and CBD we are familiar with. CBG is way more prevalent in the hemp plant vs the marijuana plant. With marijuana you see higher levels of THC and lower levels of phytocannabinoids. With hemp-derived CBD products you see the inverse, higher CBD, CBG, and other phytocannabinoids, but much lower THC. This video does a good of providing a breakdown of the origins of CBG within cannabis and then how it altered.
Are there any studies about CBG?
- In experiments involving mice, CBG was found to be effective in decreasing the inflammation characteristic of irritable bowel syndrome.
- In a recent 2015 study, CBG was shown to protect neurons in mice with Huntington’s disease.
- In an even more very recent 2017 study, researchers showed that a purified form of CBG (isolate) was a very effective appetite stimulant in rats.
Look, as we have mentioned many times before expect to be seeing a lot of news and more studies about CBD, CBG, and other cannabinoids. Simply put, the dollars and the focus hasn’t been allocated due to how hemp was comically connected to marijuana and bastardized for the past several decades. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill we expect to see so many more exciting developments and confirmations of what so many individuals are saying: cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, THC, CBC, and others are helping improve their lives on a daily basis.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.