Thanks to new studies, researchers have found hundreds of cannabinoids in cannabis, each with its own particular effects. CBG, or cannabigerol, is just one of these cannabinoids and is demonstrating immense therapeutic potential in the treatment of many conditions, from pain and nausea to Huntington’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
CBG or Cannabigerol is one of the cannabinoids of cannabis. It is not psychoactive. Cannabigerol was first discovered as a component of hashish in the middle of the 20th century. This cannabinoid comes from CBGA or cannabigerol acid, which is one of the first cannabinoids of the cannabis plant. CBGA converts into other known acid cannabinoids such as THCA, CBCA or CBDA, then using heat turns into THC, CBC or CBD.
The therapeutic properties of CBG
In recent years a fair amount of research has been done, and the research is still continuing. The research on the therapeutic benefits of using CBG suggests that CBG shows impressive potential for treating a wide range of cancers. Cannabigerol interacts with specific objectives implicated in carcinogenesis, effectively inhibiting the growth of colon cancer. The researchers studied the growth of cancer cells using the model of colon cancer mice. By carefully monitoring the growth of cancer cells in mice undergoing CBG treatment, researchers found that CBG was able to inhibit tumor growth.
Similar effects also result in melanoma, significantly reducing the growth of melanoma cells in the skin of rats. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective agent. It helps mediate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, while at the same time modulating the expression of the key genes implicated in the disease. All studies conclude that CBG shows great promise, alone or in combination with other cannabinoids and treatments, in helping to develop drugs and treatment methods for both Huntington’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Like other cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, it is promising in helping to relieve neuropathic pain.
High CBG strains of cannabis
In the cannabis plant, CBG is sort of a mystery because it is normally found in such small quantities and there is no room for further research for medicinal use, as was done with THC or CBD. Breeders will likely focus on this cannabinoid as further studies confirm its properties. Genetic selection to achieve high CBG levels is likely, but some strains already have relatively high levels of this cannabinoid today. The most common High CBG strains are:
- Jack Frost CBG
- White CBG
- Super Glue CBG
- Lemon Cream Diesel CBG
- “CBG Flower”
Destroyer is an example of a high CBG strain. Its breeders created this pure Sativa cultivar by mixing Miao Thai with a Mexican / Colombian hybrid. Its flowers are rich in several cannabinoids and produce 20% THC, 1% CBD and high CBG levels. This mix provides an effect of concentration and mental clarity.
Exodus Cheese is another high CBG strain. The dense flowers of this specimen produce 18% THC, 0.2% CBD and 0.26% CBG. The effect is deeply relaxing and will quickly bring you to sleep.
New developments of high CBG strains
The new high CBG cannabis varieties are said to be with very low THC, which has that psychoactive effect on humans. These new strains are still with high medical potential. Researchers believe that it will have the potential to treat a wide range of cancers, glaucoma, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Nowadays, industrial hemp usually accumulates a THC percentage beyond the legal limit (0.3%). This means hemp which is a Cannabis Sativa variety can be cultivated, transported and sold without any problems. If you’re curious enough, here are the top high CBD strains in the market.
Hemp products such as hemp oil are anywhere in the market.
CBG can be obtained in much larger quantities, opening the door to large-scale production in a legal way, as well as doing more research to evaluate its medicinal properties. The cannabigerol extraction process requires less purification than cannabidiol. Those plants that contain THC must be separated in the purification process to make sure it is THC free, therefore it guarantees the absence of addiction effect.