We’re the first ones to admit we’ve been a little love blind when it comes to CBD and THC, but there are some other cannabinoids we gotta tell you about!
The cannabinoid known as cannabigerol (CBG) is among 100-plus cannabinoids found in cannabis. CBG is the mother of all cannabinoids and has shown great medicinal and therapeutic promise.
So, Why Is CBG Called The Mother Of Cannabinoids?
CBG is literally the parent of all other cannabinoids. It starts as a stem cell molecule, then as the cannabis plant is exposed to light and heat, it converts CBG into cannabinoids like THC and CBD as the plant grows the cannabinoid ratio changes. So, younger plants typically have higher ratios of CBG than older plants.
Various factors play a role in the development of cannabinoids in the plant, such as temperature, sunlight, fertilizer, and soil type. Growers spend countless hours fine-tuning that cannabinoid ratio to create specific effects, also known as the entourage effect. That synergy between cannabinoids and terpenes can really enhance your cannabis experience.
How CBG Improves Your Mind And Body
CBG, much like CBD, is non-psychoactive but has many other benefits like improving your mood. It acts as a GABA reuptake inhibitor to enhance your psychological health and well-being. CBG helps with:
- Managing psoriasis
- Reducing inflammation and muscle spasms
- Fighting MRSA superbugs
- Treating symptoms of depression
Much like CBD, CBG increased your body’s reservoir of anandamide — the “bliss” molecule — to give you that happy, blissful feeling. It works with your endocannabinoid system to help regulate mood, appetite, stress, sleep, and pain. But, due to its molecular makeup, CBG can do it much more efficiently than CBD. Dr. Jordan Tishler, a physician and cannabis expert at Inhale MD, explains:
“All cannabinoids have been suggested to have either anti-cancer or anti-inflammatory effects, or both,” he adds, “This is only in the test tube and there has been no research to verify if this has any significant means in human beings.”
There isn’t as much research on CBG because it is so rare. It takes 20x more biomass (cannabis plants) to extract CBG than other cannabinoids, like CBD or THC. But given the raw potential, Riggle, Tishler, and now the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health — which announced plans to research CBG and other minor cannabinoids in 2018 — agree that it is worth it.
The initial results are in on CBG, and they’re looking promising. There is a wide range of potential applications. It could be a painkiller alternative, therapy for psoriasis, or an effective antidepressant.