What Does CBG Do
Effects of Cannabigerol (CBG)
CBG is mainly known to function as a GABA reuptake inhibitor. This means CBG could potentially help with muscle relaxation, and relieve tension by promoting a peaceful sensation throughout the body, brain and nervous systems. Historically, GABA uptake inhibitors are already used to treat anxiety, and because of this CBG could also potentially decrease anxiety.
There is currently little scientific evidence regarding exactly what CBG does. This is partly due to the scarcity of the amount of the chemical compound that can be found in the cannabis plant, but also because there is currently a greater focus on CBD and THC within the scientific community.
However, some early studies show CBG may have potential in the medical world. Just keep in mind that while some studies show promise, the claims regarding CBG are unfounded for the time being.
CBG has also shown potential to help with glaucoma and relieve intraocular pressure. This could be a big deal because CBD on its own has not been proven to help with glaucoma. THC seems to help some glaucoma patients, and CBG may show potential as a way to help with glaucoma without any intoxicating effects. Additionally, like CBD, CBG has antibacterial properties.
CBG may potentially help with inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease as well. A 2013 study regarding the use of CBG for colitis had positive results, concluding that CBG reduced the effects of colitis.
CBG, in conjunction with other cannabinoids may have neuroprotective effects. A 2015 study found that the use of CBG…[may help with] neurodegenerative diseases. This includes conditions like Huntington’s disease. The study found that CBG helped to normalize the expression of abnormal genes linked to brain degeneration. This effect appears to be similar to the way in which CBD appears to promote homeostasis in the various systems of the body.
According to a review article from 2009, CBG showed some potential in laboratory studies to possibly inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells. This means that CBG could even potentially help to slow the growth of certain kinds of tumors. A 2014 study found that CBG inhibited tumor growth in colon cancer, and a 2006 study including CBG noted that it may help with breast cancer as well. Finally, cannabinoids have shown potential to be an appetite stimulant, which could help patients undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.
While there is clearly some anecdotal evidence that indicates the potential benefits of CBG, more research and clinical studies are needed in order to conclusively prove its effectiveness.
If you consume pure cannabis products in their entirety, you should get a little bit of CBG in its natural form. Currently there aren’t any reported cases of adverse side-effects to CBG. However, there’s still not enough research to say this definitely. Always check with your doctor before adding cannabinoids to your regimen.
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FINAL THOUGHTS FROM THE AUTHOR
Founder & CEO at Cannabidiol Life
I really do believe that the term “CBD dabs” came from pure coincidence and was completely accidental. Check it out, here’s the scenario in my head:
THE BIRTH OF DABS (possible conversation/scenario):
- The Question: “How much cannabis concentrate are we supposed to smoke?”
- The Answer: “Um, just do a small dab to be safe.”
It’s possible, right?!