There are plenty of hemp flowers, some of them being widely known and others not so much. Such is the case of cannabigerol (CBG), a cannabinoid obtained from cannabis plants. CBG is found in smaller quantities than other cannabinoids, hence its difficulties when isolating it. As a consequence, you will get low levels of biomass, making products stemmed from this cannabinoid scarce and generally expensive, unlike Cannabidiol (CBD), which is more abundant and recognized, therefore has noticeably more research studies available.
However, fortunately for those who are considered CBG “lovers,” there is hope since breeders have been experimenting with cross-breeding and genetic manipulation to create strains with a high CBG concentration.
Just like other cannabinoids, CBG is known for influencing the endocannabinoid system (ECS), affecting cognitive processes and bolstering the function of anandamide, a neurotransmitter in charge of improving motivation and pleasure, regulating appetite and sleep, and mitigating pain.
Moreover, CBD has a shallow level of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid responsible for the plant’s “high.” Therefore, you can delight yourself with the effects of CBG without getting stoned. That is why it is recommended as a medical substance at times.back to menu ↑
CBG does not have as many strains as CBD does but it’s list is briskly increasing and there are varied flavor profiles such as spicy, peppery, earthy, sour, or citrusy.
Here are some of the trendiest CBG strains right now:
- White CBG: With a creamy and citric flavor, this relaxing and soft strain is the perfect one for waking up and starting your day on the right foot.
- Sour G: This type of flower consists of a strong diesel and earthy aroma, providing mental clarity, focus, and calm. It is recommended to enjoy Sour G during the morning or daytime.
- John Snow: It is a strain with a high CBG percentage, and it is grown using responsible farming practices and lab tests on the final product to ensure purity and potency.
- Jack Frost: It is a cross between the White Widow and Northern Lights strains, which have sweet and woody scents with a hint of lemon. Medical marijuana patients often choose it to aid symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress, and depression.
Experts think that CBG has properties similar to those associated with CBD. Although studies on CBG are not abundant, some early findings have demonstrated that this cannabinoid has many benefits within the human body, especially due to its non-psychotropic properties. Among the benefits that CBG has we can find:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): CBG also shows optimistic results in treating inflammatory bowel disease. During a 2013 study on mice, it was observed that this Cannabinoid decreased the inflammation and production of nitric oxide and reduced the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the intestines likewise. As a result, doctors recommended CBG for clinical experiments in IBD patients.
- Glaucoma: In an observation on cats infected with glaucoma, researchers found that CBG has therapeutic properties for treating this disease now that it diminishes intraocular pressure and boosts the increase of aqueous humor outflow, a fluid produced to provide the eye with nutrition and keep its pressure.
- Antibacterial properties: To demonstrate the cannabis antibiotic potential, researchers with a study showed that CBG has antibacterial properties, chiefly against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a resistant-drug bacteria which causes staph infections.
- Huntington’s disease: Huntington’s disease is an ailment that causes a failure of cell nerves in the brain. In a 2015 study intended to examine the neuroprotective properties of CBG on mice, researchers found that CBG has protecting properties against Huntington’s disease since it prevents damages to cell nerves.
- Appetite Stimulating Effects: CBG has also proved to be an appetite booster. In a study on rats to explore the effects of CBG on appetite, researchers concluded that those mice who took CBG doubled their overall food intake, increasing their number of meals. According to the results, CBG may serve as a non-psychotropic therapeutic alternative for cachexia, muscle atrophy, and weight loss due to cancer in late stages and other diseases.
- Fighting Cancer Cells: In 2014, researchers observed that CBG had positive effects on slowing cancer in mice with colon cancer. Scientists showed that CBG is useful to block receptors that cause the growth of cancer cells.
- Mood enhancer: If you need to feel relaxed and blissed out at the end of a long day, CBG is a great choice. That is why some users, when they have had a stressful day, use CBG to raise their mood without getting stoned as CGB contains few levels of THC.
CBG vs CBD
CBG and CBD have a lot in common now that they both are compounds present in cannabis plants. They are non-intoxicating, they won’t make you high, and they may sport beneficial health-supporting properties. However, both are used depending on what benefits you are looking for and how your body reacts to different cannabinoids.
Furthermore, they differ from each other in certain aspects, such as effectiveness now that CBG has been proved to be marginally more potent at restraining GABA uptake, making it more promising for treating anxiety. Also, while CBD interacts mostly indirectly with the endocannabinoid system, CBG is thought to interact directly with the brain’s CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors.
While CBD has more research available, CBG has not been extensively researched, but many hope it could be the next “big thing” in hemp products.
There are not plenty of CBG hemp flowers present in the market as they are not widely known, but they are becoming more and more relevant now that scientists are interested in researching this cannabinoid.
There may be flowers with high CBG levels, but they normally are full-spectrum, meaning that they contain multiple cannabis plant extracts, including THC, so it may not be worth it for people who don’t want to be “couch-locked.”
In some online stores, we can find CGB strains with different price variations, for example:
3.5g of sour G or White CBG costs around 24.99, 3.5g of John Snow CBG costs around 29.99.
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