CBG and CBD: two complementary substances not to be confused
Although cannabidiol and cannabigerol are both cannabinoids derived from cannabis, they each have their own particularities. CBD, for example, is present in abundance in the plant and has a wide range of medical applications. It is also completely safe for consumption. CBG, on the other hand, is the precursor to all other cannabinoids. It is also called the "mother" cannabinoid because when heated it produces other cannabinoids like CBC, THC, CBD etc. Much rarer, it is found in the hemp plant only in its flowering phase.
Very well known and widely used, CBD has only a relatively weak action on our cannabinoid receptors. It only interacts with our endocannabinoid system (the ECS) indirectly, which limits its impact on our body. Conversely, CBG interacts directly with the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors located in the brain, without going through intermediaries. These effects are then more obvious and this is why CBG seems to have more benefits.
The positive effects of CBG on health
As a 2021 study demonstrates, CBG, like other cannabinoids, has an analgesic effect. In his case, this is because the CB2 receptors react to cannabigerol. To better understand how it works, you should know that humans have an endocannabinoid system for which two receptors, CB1 and CB2, have been identified. CB1 receptors are found in both the nervous system and the brain while CB2 receptors are found primarily in the immune system and other parts of the body.
CBG, by binding to these famous receptors, stimulates anandamide, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in the regulation of appetite, depression and finally, pain.
It is therefore normal that the latter is soothed when you consume CBG oil.
Calming anxiety and promoting relaxation and well-being
Unlike CBD, which increases serotonin signaling and metabolism, CBG inhibits the reuptake of gamma-aminobutyric acid, which leads to a decrease in states of anxiety. In addition, the consumption of CBG-based products helps to relax the muscles and therefore promotes recovery after exercise.
The effects of cannabigerol on stress have been tested and approved by scientists through various laboratory tests. On its own, it is an excellent support for emotional well-being, helping to inhibit the breakdown of the neurotransmitter GABA. A significant concentration of the latter can have an impressive impact on relaxation and relaxation.
Stimulating the appetite
CBG can greatly help people with conditions such as cancer, HIV, or even just depression, to refuel by stimulating the appetite. Promoting hunger allows you to eat better and to ingest an adequate amount of nutrients.
On this subject, a study was carried out on laboratory rats who had little appetite. The interesting results led to the conclusion that CBG would help overcome eating disorders by also improving the psychological aspect of people suffering from anorexia. Combining CBG oil with a specific diet according to the subject's nutritional needs could make his life much easier.
Relieve irritable bowels
When you suffer from chronic or regular intestinal inflammation, it can be very disabling. Well, one of the first medical benefits of CBG found by scientists in 2013 was its effect on diseases such as colitis. According to the results observed on laboratory mice, CBG would drastically reduce inflammation of the colon by inhibiting the reactions of global markers of the autoimmune response.
Nowadays, inflammatory bowel disease (abbreviated as IBD) is very common but is still difficult to treat. Since we know that they are primarily linked to immune disorders, CBG, with its immune system regulating effect, should be considered a real ally and potential future treatment.
Improve the appearance of the skin
In connection with the anti-inflammatory effect that cannabigerol can have, this chemical compound of the hemp plant has proven to be very effective in the event of skin problems. CBG oil is beneficial for acne, caused mostly by subcutaneous inflammations. It inhibits the effects of overactive sebaceous glands and allows blemishes to subside. More generally, it has been proven that the consumption of good quality cannabigerol oil can reduce the risk of suffering from skin pathologies such as psoriasis or eczema.
Finally, we don't often talk enough about CBG's ability to fight against bad bacteria, like Staphylococcus Aureus. Responsible for various severe skin infections and sometimes at the origin of acne, staphylococcus aureus can be resistant to antibiotic-type drugs and is therefore difficult to treat. Preventing the proliferation of this kind of bacteria by consuming CBG is a very good idea!
Promote concentration and increase alertness
CBG has been noticed to help those who consume it to have better concentration. A priori, we owe this to the neuroprotective power of CBG which helps support healthy inflammatory function. In addition, cannabigerol has also been shown to be able to promote neurogenesis by stimulating the growth of new brain cells. It is a very rare and precious faculty which can thus be at the origin of a greater capacity for concentration.
In 2015, a study proved this effect by demonstrating a physiological regulation via the intake of certain CBG-based drugs targeting the endocannabinoid system.
It is therefore normal to note a feeling of alertness and increased concentration linked to the use of CBG.