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Cannabigerol or CBG for short plays an integral role in the life cycle of every cannabinoid in the body. It is pertinent to note that researchers are only trying to take notice of the potential benefits of CBG. Thus, the information available may be subject limited. Here are a few potential CBG benefits reported by researchers on how the mother of all cannabinoids can play significant roles in our world today.
Information gathered from research has shown that CBG can play effective roles as an antibacterial agent. This activity is common with cannabinoids, which can trigger the immune system to act on microorganisms. CBG and other members of the cannabinoid family have been identified to act on the strains of MRSA which are persistent to antibiotic drugs. In the research, the activity of CBG was relatively higher in controlling the growth of fungi and mycobacteria than what was observed for CBC, CBD, and THC. Hopefully, these levels of activity can be harnessed in the future for the production of novel antibiotics.
CBG possesses an excellent anti-inflammatory power, which can assist in reducing the negative effects of neurodegeneration. Information from research shows that it can promote neurogenesis (the formation of new brain cells). CBG does not only brain inflammation but can also serve as an active neuroprotectant against the degeneration of the brain.
It is quite uncommon to mention the potential benefits of cannabinoids without referring to their ability to play active roles in the pain circuit. It will interest you to note that over 97% of people using CBD and cannabis-based products are trying to obtain relief from pain. Even though the bulk of the pain-relieving activities are associated with the THC’s ability to interact with the CB1 receptors, it is important to also bear in mind that CBG can undergo the same reaction. In one study, it was discovered that CBG produced a better pain-relieving property than CBD and THC.
Cannabinoid receptors found in the skin can interact with CBG to help with skin conditions like psoriasis. This condition is often linked with the reddening or thickening of the skin, and CBG has the ability to prevent these symptoms when tested on mice. More human-based research information should, however, be investigated before accepting this claim.
Anxiety and Depression
There is building evidence indicating how CBG may serve important roles in emotional regulation. Studies conducted on test animals (rats) revealed how CBG inhibited the uptake of GABA and serotonin. These are neurotransmitters responsible for emotional balance. CBG can trigger an increase in serotonin and GABA in the brain, thus eliciting some anti-depressant properties. Its antidepressant activity was found to be more active than what is obtained in CBD or THC. Since CBG is non-psychoactive, there is an increased interest in how it could serve as an alternative to THC when alleviating depression.
Most cannabinoids have potential activity in serving as an anticancer remedy due to their ability to promote internal balance. This is possible by blocking the receptors responsible for the growth and spread of cancerous cells. In one of the studies, the researchers were able to discover how CBG inhibited the growth of cancerous cells in mice with colorectal cancer cells, thus slowing down the spread of the condition to other parts of the body. Apart from this activity, there is a growing body of interest, indicating how CBG can limit the spread of cancerous cells and also show inhibition of oral cancer cells. Most of these research works will need to be extended to human populations since the level of activity may differ between species.
Promotes Eye Health
There is a growing body of evidence indicating how CBG can reduce intraocular pressure, thus serving as a potential treatment for glaucoma. The human eyes contain cannabinoid receptors, which can be activated by cannabinoids like CBG. Once the cannabinoid receptors are activated, they can trigger a shift in intraocular pressure. There are also reports on how CBG may be very useful in decreasing pressure and expediting the draining of fluids.
As already discussed in brain health, CBG and CBGA are very potent anti-inflammatory agents. Scientists have been able to link this activity to the control and management of diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease. In one of the studies, it was discovered that CBG had anti-inflammatory properties against induced colitis in mice.
Bladder Dysfunction Aid
There is quite a handful of information pointing towards how cannabis products can assist with bladder issues. One of these studies examined the effects of four different cannabinoids (CBDV, CBD, THCV, and CBG) on bladder contractions, and it was discovered that CBG had the best activity on muscle contractions in the human bladder. This led them to conclude that CBG may help treat uncomfortable symptoms associated with bladder disorders.