For the most part, we all know about CBD, but now people are asking: “What is CBG Oil?”.
It has taken us several years to get to the point where we can openly discuss and openly sell CBD products. Finally, Mom and Dad, employers, law enforcement agencies and the most important – people with health conditions – openly accept, discuss and shop for hemp products for their well-being and don’t chastise you or look at you funny if you happen to mention that you use them. And, researchers have done a fantastic job of conducting studies to support the benefits. But, now, researchers are increasingly turning to what may be an even more important part of the hemp plant – CBG.
WHAT IS CBG Oil?
Here’s what it is. CBG is short for Cannabigerol. Okay, yes, it’s another one of those big long canna words that get us all tongue tied, but you ask “is CBG really any different?”. The answer is unequivocally “YES”. It’s even been called The Mother of All Cannabioids.
When a hemp plant first starts growing, it first produces CBGa or Cannabigerolic Acid. As the plant grows, this turns into THCa and CBDa, as well as many other Canna-acid compounds. As the plant continues to develop, these canna-acid compounds turn into their long term compound, such as THC and CBD, etc. Since most of the cannabigerol turns into other compounds, there’s not much of it left in the plant at harvest time. But, there is some…..
Why is CBG Oil Important?
While most of us know by now that the hemp plant provides many compounds that researchers are proving to be beneficial to assist many people with chronic health conditions, most studies have centered around cannabidiol or CBD. Increasingly, researchers are looking into the other phytonutrients naturally found in the hemp plant, like terpenes and cannabigerol. What they’re finding is that CBG is quite powerful in aiding many with specific health conditions that the other hemp plant compounds may only help slightly.
For instance, it has been found by researchers that CBG may help with the following:
- IBD (Inflammatory bowel disease.) CBG may reduce the inflammation, and thus discomfort, that comes from IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), according to a 2013 study conducted on mice.
- Colorectal Cancer. In another study aimed at researching CBG and cancer, cannabigerol was shown to slow, reduce or prevent the growth of colorectal cancer cells in lab mice, thus slowing or reducing the colorectal cancer overall. This study indicates CBG slowed cancerous tumors and chemically-induced colon carcinogenesis.
- Glaucoma. By now, most of us have heard first hand reports that cannabis seems to ease glaucoma, and CBG may very well be the reason for this. A 2008 study suggests that CBG could be helpful in helping those with glaucoma because it mitigates pressure in the eye.
- Huntington’s Disease. In 2015 a study was conducted where CBG was shown to potentially aid in the protection of neurons in mice with Huntington’s disease, which is essentially brain nerve cell degeneration.
- Bladder dysfunctions. It seems that some cannabinoids apparently affect the bladder contractions in an individual. A 2015 study looked at how 5 different cannabinoids affect the bladder. The study’s conclusion was that CBG demonstrated the highest hope of treating bladder dysfunctions.
- Inner-body Antibacterial. Research evidence demonstrated that CBG can be effective particularly against MRSA microbial strains which have proven resistant to numerous types of drugs.
- Increase in Appetite. In 2016, a study was conducted which suggested that CBG may help with increasing appetite. This compound could potentially be used to assist those with health conditions like HIV or cancer or on chemo-therapy.
CBG Oil and The Future
So, we know how things have come full circle with CBD. Since it is from hemp, it was illegal, then found to be helpful but still taboo, and now it’s widely accepted in our everyday lives. As studies on CBG continue and as hemp production in the U.S. ramps up, thus bringing hemp and hemp related products into more threads of our lives, we fully expect CBG oil, capsules, extracts and more to become just as widely available as it’s older sister.
And, the list shown above is not all inclusive in terms of what CBG is believed to potentially help. As time goes on and more studies are conducted, we will surely see “CBG Available Here” signs popping up all around us.