You might be seeing a recent upsurge in the popularity of products extracted from cannabis. But these products are renowned and have been used in health care for hundreds of years. A question may arise, so why are they getting so much attention recently, especially in the health industry? The answer is the recent scientific findings that are supporting the effectiveness of the products rich in CBD, CBG, CBN, and THC. In this article, I will discuss one of the most significant yet overshadowed ingredients extracted from the cannabis plant, cannabigerol (CBG), and what modern science says about its effectiveness in healthcare.
So, what is CBG & why it has been overlooked for years?
Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of the 100+ active compounds found in cannabis plants and was discovered in 1964 in Israel. Two scientists, naming Yehiel Gaoni and Raphael Mechoulam, were first able to extract CBG, THC, and CBD from cannabis and confirmed that CBG is a distinct active compound like THC and CBD.
One of the main reasons behind CBG being overshadowed is its rarity. CBG is found in a very low amount, less than 1%, unlike THC and CBD, around 20%. This rarity has also made extracting so expensive that is requires huge capital to extract a marketable amount of CBG oil from the cannabis plant.
Due to these two reasons, CBG has drawn the shallow attention of the researchers and healthcare industry experts. However, the situation is changing rapidly. In 2015, AXIM Biotechnologies brought the world’s first CBG products to the consumer market. After that, many researchers have begun to study the effectiveness of this particular compound. And, the good news is, the summary of most of the research findings is,
CBG is found in a lower amount than THC & CBD. Though all of these are extracted from the cannabis plant, CBG can offer some astounding benefits not found in THC & CBD.
Because of newly confirmed benefits of CBG, more and more cannabinoid products, like Extreme Relief Plus or Terpene Tincture Bundle, are now carrying CBG to improve therapeutic effectiveness. Here is a very informative article on BSH Terpene Tincture you can check.
Benefits of CBG
Until recently, many of us were sceptical about the benefits of CBG might offer. But, several studies and articles published in renowned journals have confirmed the effectiveness of CBG in treating several health issues. Below are some of the benefits that CBG can offer, according to scientific research.
1. Has anti-inflammatory properties.
Numerous studies have confirmed that CBG has anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Parkinson’s disease, and many other health issues related to inflammation. 1, 2, 3
A 2018 study concluded that CBG could interact with our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and help to reduce inflammation.4
2. Can offer neuroprotective benefits.
CBG contains antioxidants that can interact with CB1 receptors of ECS and help to protect our nerves.5, 6
3. Has antimicrobial properties.
Like all other active compounds extracted from the cannabis plant, CBG is also found to be rich in antimicrobial properties. Antimicrobial stops the growth and kills microorganisms and keeps our immune system secure and healthy. 7,
4. Increases appetite & improves bladder functioning
A 2016 study claimed that CBG could increase appetite, and the subjects didn’t face any adverse effect on health while using CBG.8.
CBG is also found to be effective in treating bladder dysfunction. Researchers also claim CBG to be as effective as THC in improving bladder dysfunction.9
So, these are some of the health benefits of CBG that studies have confirmed. We hope more and more research on CBG will be conducted, and we will find more efficient ways to use CBG more effectively.