One of the most remarkable aspects of cannabis is the sheer potential of the unknown. We know there are over 113 different kinds of cannabinoids, and out of those we’ve only barely begun to scratch the surface with THC and CBD. Which means there are quite a few more contenders waiting to take the stage … including CBG.
Lately referred to as “the new CBD” CBG (Cannabigerol) is the “OG cannabinoid” or the primary cannabinoid from which all other cannabinoids are derived. This miraculous cannabinoid is not only non-intoxicating (meaning it won’t get you high), but it holds a tremendous amount of therapeutic promise, particularly as a neuroprotectant and cancer-fighting agent.
Intrigued? Here are 10 things you should know about CBG.
- CBG is a powerful anti-bacterial and antimicrobial agent, so much so that studies show it can even fight powerful infections like MRSA.
- This cannabinoid is also a potent neuroprotectant that can help protect the brain and nervous system from oxidative stress and inflammation. While little is known about the exact mechanism of action it’s currently being evaluated as a potential treatment against genetic disorders like Huntington’s Disease.
- Feeling low? CBG can help regulate mood thanks to its ability to act as a GABA reuptake inhibitor, a neurotransmitter that may produce a calming effect.
- It can also boost low moods due to its uncanny ability to block the reuptake of anandamide (your natural “bliss” molecule), making it more available within the body.
- The most prolific is its potential ability to fight cancer cells. Studies show that CBG inhibits apoptosis in cancer cells, counteracting inflammation as well as oxidative stress in the body.
- CBG can potentially help with inflammatory conditions like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). In 2013 Borrelli et al. investigated CBG’s application towards treating IBS and found significant improvement in (mice) test subjects.
- One of CBG’s more unique properties? It can help patients with bladder spasms.
- CBG’s analgesic properties are also significant enough that a patent was announced this year “on oral care compositions comprising cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (“CBD”) and/or cannabigerol (“CBG”)” by AXIM Biotechnologies, Inc, so don’t be surprised if it starts showing up in your toothpaste.
- It may even help children with Autism spectrum disorders. A study published earlier this year treated ASD patients with a dose of cannabis oil containing CBG revealed 30.1 percent of patients reported a “significant improvement” in symptoms.
- CBG may be unavailable in dispensaries but there are already many different ways to consume it. Colorado-based Steve’s Goods offers it as a concentrate that you can smoke as well as in tincture form. California-based Level Blends sells CBG in pill form, while other brands like Flower Child also make a CBG salve.