DISCLAIMER: This article is meant solely for informational purposes. Per federal regulations, this is not an advertisement to encourage the purchase of NuuMe's organic CBG products.
With the expansion of the cannabis market, new research is pouring in, leading to a deepening of our collective knowledge of the various actives in the cannabis plant. While THC and CBD have gone mainstream, another lesser-known cannabinoid - CBG - is increasingly capturing the interest of a growing number of scientists and consumers.
Preclinical studies suggest that CBG and CBD share many beneficial attributes. Both CBG and CBD potentially boast antioxidative, neuroprotective, and analgesic properties. They are also non intoxicating (in other words: they will not get you high). When paired together, CBD and CBG may offer powerful anti-inflammatory benefits to treat neuro-inflammation.
Now let's dive into what CBG is and does.
What is CBG?
CBG is short for cannabigerol. Cannabigerol is one of more than 120 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. In its acidic form (CBGa), it is actually the precursor to all cannabinoids, the mother of all cannabinoids so to speak. As the cannabis plant matures, CBG concentration drops as concentration of other cannabinoids increases. At the time of harvest, in most cannabis plants, only very small amounts are CBG are typically left; however, breeding efforts have resulted in the creation of new cultivars with high CBG profiles. At the NuuMe farm here in Colorado, we grow organically, in a highly regenerative system, a CBG-dominant hemp cultivar, which we use to manufacture our organic CBG products.
Research into CBG is still at a preclinical stage, but the published studies suggest considerable therapeutic potential. CBG's pain-combatting properties may surpass those of THC, but without the intoxication. There's also evidence to suggest CBG may offer anticancer, antidepressant, and antibacterial qualities. CBG may also stimulate receptors that influence pain, inflammation, and heat sensitivity.
What are the therapeutic effects of CBG?
Although there are no clinical trials that have explored the effects of CBG on humans, a number of preclinical studies offer insights into some of the potential therapeutic effects of CBG.
Neuroprotective: scientists showed that CBG protects nerve cells. CBG worked against both inflammation and oxidative stress, which indicates promises in the potential treatment against neuroinflammation and oxidative stress. We can therefore be curious whether CBG will play a role in the future in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.
- Appetite stimulation. A 2017 study showed the CBG stimulated appetite in rats. Unlike THC, CBG can help to drive hunger without any undesirable intoxicating effects.
- Anti-Bacterial (antibiotic resistant bacteria). CBG has also demonstrated its clout as a potent antibiotic. Researchers tested the antibacterial potential of 18 different cannabinoids against MRSA. CBG outperformed all of the cannabinoids tested and worked as well as vancomycin, a powerful antibiotic. In the coming years, CBG could become a powerful weapon against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
- Cancer. CBG boasts anticancer properties due to its ability to inhibit abnormal cell proliferation. Research has provided evidence of its anti-tumorigenic properties by inhibiting the formation of mouse skin melanoma cells.
Is Organic CBG better?
As a plant, hemp is a bioaccumulator and a bioremediatior. What this means is that plant captures, accumulates and restitutes the toxins present in the soil it grows in. Consequently, when it comes to hemp product, the wise decision is to opt for USDA Organic certified products. USDA Organic certified CBG products are few and far between and offer the guarantee of organic certified farming, extraction and final product.
DISCAIMER - REMINDER: This article is meant solely for informational purposes. This is not an advertisement to encourage the purchase of NuuMe's CBG products.