What is CBG Oil?
After all the hype generated by CBD over the past few years, another cannabinoid is now making some serious waves – so much so that it’s being touted as the next big thing in the health & well-being industry. It’s name is cannabigerol, but what exactly is CBG oil and what potential benefits does it bring to the table?
As you might have guessed, CBG is a compound derived from the cannabis plant, and early research suggests it could provide a range of health benefits similar to those offered by its better-known cousin, CBD.
Naturally, this has led to more people showing an interest in CBG, so with another cannabinoid now the talk of the town let’s take a closer look at this compound and its possible health-boosting properties. Oh and while we’re at it, let’s also see how it stacks up against CBD.
How Does CBG Oil Work?
You may or may not know this, but each of us has a built-in endocannabinoid system that’s made up of molecules and receptors that are situated throughout the human body.
The main function of this molecular system is to regulate and balance many essential processes, including immune response, communication between cells, appetite, metabolism and memory, among other things. It’s via this very system that cannabinoids interact with us, and CBG is no different.
We have two types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1, which are found in the brain and nervous system, and CB2 that are located in the immune system. When CBG enters our body, our endocannabinoid system is triggered and these receptors interact with the compound to produce its effects (more on this in the next section).
CBG works by binding to both types of receptors, and it’s believed the cannabinoid strengthens the function of a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which plays a key role in regulating sleep, enhancing pleasure and alleviating pain.
Although scientists have established the endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in the human body, it was only discovered quite recently and, historically, research into cannabis derivatives has been stifled by legal restrictions.
Therefore, we don’t yet know everything about how cannabinoids work or the role they play, although with governments around the world now taking a more relaxed approach to cannabis and cannabis-focused research, more studies are now being carried out. It’s hoped that in time this analysis will begin to paint a clearer picture for us.
What are the Possible Effects/Benefits of CBG Oil?
Just like CBD, one of the main reasons users are attracted to CBG is it’s non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you “high”.
As we mentioned in the last section, researchers are still learning a lot about not only CBG, but cannabinoids in general. It’s for this reason that more research is needed before we fully understand the potential of these compounds.
Considering this, it’s difficult to make concrete claims just yet, simply because we don’t quite have the indisputable, copper-bottomed science to fully back them up. However, with that said, in the small studies that have been carried out the results have been promising to say the least.
Studies have indicated CBG may have the potential to reduce pain and treat neurological disorders, while other evidence points to the compound also having antibacterial properties. Moreover, in a number of separate animal studies that were carried out, CBG has shown promise in treating a range of conditions including inflammatory bowel disease, bladder dysfunctions, Huntington’s disease and Glaucoma.
Further research also demonstrated that CBG may have the potential to reduce the size of cancerous tumours, while a 2008 study showed the cannabinoid can kill potentially dangerous bacterial infections such as MRSA.
So while research is still in its preliminary stages, there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest CBG has some huge potential. And with laws relaxing and interest in the product gathering momentum, you can bet more studies will be coming in the not-too-distant future, so don’t be surprised to see this cannabinoid being used to help treat a range of conditions once its true potential has been revealed.
Although the vast majority of users don’t report any adverse events, a small number of users may experience some minor side-effects, including:
- Dry mouth
It’s important to reiterate that most users won’t experience these side-effects, but if you do then either reduce the dosage and if that doesn’t help then discontinue use completely.
Also, keep in mind that like other cannabinoids, CBG does have the potential to react to certain medications. So if you’re on any medication then you should check with your doctor before taking CBG.
Remember to be particularly wary if your medication has a grapefruit warning. That’s because grapefruit and cannabinoids can inhibit the metabolic process in the same way, so if you’re being advised not to take your medication with grapefruit then this applies to CBG as well.
CBG Vs CBD
Despite receiving less fanfare than the ubiquitous and increasingly popular CBD, it’s actually CBG that’s often referred to as “the mother of all cannabinoids”. The reason for this is that other cannabinoids are derived from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), which is an acidic form of CBG.
CBG and CBD may share a number of similarities in terms of the effect they can have. Both are used to manage pain and each has shown promise in helping to treat a range of conditions, although more research is needed for both. Another attribute these cannabinoids share is they’re both non-psychoactive.
One of the biggest differences between the two lies in the quantities you’ll find in the cannabis plant. Whereas around 25% of the plant is made up of CBD, only 1% is CBG.
This makes production both more difficult and, ultimately, more costly, which is another reason CBG hasn’t been pushed quite as hard as CBD. Thankfully, all of that is changing and manufacturers like ourselves are keen to familiarise more people with CBG and give the product the platform it deserves!
So that’s pretty much all you need to know about CBG oil. If you have any more questions feel free to get in touch on our Contact Us page.