Cannabis is an extremely fascinating and complex plant. If you are familiar with cannabis, I’m sure you’re aware of the two most abundant compounds: CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). There are actually over 130 different compounds found in the cannabis plant that are yet to be properly explored.
In this article we are going to uncover the lesser known cannabinoid CBG. All cannabinoids in the cannabis plant play a larger role than we may at first think. While we are aware of the positive effects of CBD, CBG offers its own benefits for health and wellness.
So, What is CBG and How does it Work?
CBG, also known as cannabigerol, is a cannabinoid found in cannabis. CBG is actually the parent to both CBD and THC and without it, they wouldn’t exist.
CBG is basically the building blocks on which several other cannabinoids depend on. Each cannabinoid starts their life as CBGa (the acidic, inactive form of CBG). When the cannabis plant grows, CBGa grows and is broken down to become the base molecule that other cannabinoids form from – such as CBDa, THCa and CBGa.
In this form these cannabinoids are often referred to as ‘raw’ cannabinoids. Once they are heated, they become the widely known cannabinoids, CBD, THC and CBG. All the cannabinoids in cannabis have a different molecular makeup and therefore has different effects. While THC is known for its psychoactive effect, CBD and CBG can support our health. without the high. CBG is safe to use even at high doses.
Cannabinoids and Human Health
All natural cannabinoid compounds interact with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex cell-signalling system that is active in the body, it plays a role in regulating a range of functions in order to keep our body at homeostatis. This enables our us to adapt to our environments in order to maintain balance.
It plays a role in regulating mood, appetite, memory, sleep and even reproduction and fertility. Interesting it is also responsibly for inflammation and immune system responses, motor control, skin and nerve and muscle function.
The Rise of CBG: A Revolutionary New Cannabinoid
Even though CBG was first discovered in 1964, it is only just gaining public awareness. With over 100 cannabinoid compounds that have been discovered in cannabis and hemp, the potential is endless. The future of cannabinoid products relies heavily on further research into these compounds in order to provide reliable education to consumers and businesses.
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