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  • Cannabinoid Cannabigerol (CBG)

    When it comes to talking about hemp and cannabinoids, it's CBD that takes the spotlight, closely followed by THC. Yet there is much more to this amazing plant. So we thought that we would take the time to give a little credit to the other cannabinoids in hemp, starting with CBG.

    Short for cannabigerol, CBG is an often overlooked cannabinoid, but one of utmost importance. In fact, it is the source needed to produce most cannabis and hemp effects. It acts as a precursor of CBD, THC and some other cannabinoids. As the plant grows, CBG is converted into other cannabinoids by enzymes within the plant, which is why it tends to be present in such small amounts when the hemp is ready for harvest.
    It means that we owe a lot to the CBG because it is responsible for the formation of CBD! This precursor function is not everything.
    CBG, like most cannabinoids, mediates various effects on the body when ingested. Since CBG is currently not a priority in the scientific community, fewer studies on its effects have been conducted compared to CBD. But what a small number of preclinical research shows are positive results.
    One of the deepest effects of CBG is to inhibit the reuptake of GABA, a chemical in the brain. As Dr. Bonni Goldstein, Medical Director at Canna Centers explains:
    "If GABA [uptake] is inhibited, you actually have muscle relaxation and you have anti-anxiety effects, so it seems to promote similar effects that CBD has." It also seems to have antidepressant and some modest anti-fungal properties too to have. "
    Research has also found that CBG has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, with a study found in Italy showing these characteristics in a model of inflammatory bowel disease.
    CBG has also been found to inhibit COX-2, meaning that it can be used as an alternative to current pharmaceutical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that perform the same function but with nasty side effects.
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