Even if you’re relatively new to the world of cannabis, you probably know about THC and CBD. These two cannabinoids are known for psychoactive effects (THC) and pain-relieving qualities (CBD). Most strains of marijuana contain some amount of each. However, you may not have heard about CBG, or cannabigerol. This lesser-known cannabinoid shows promise when it comes to treating chronic pain, depression, and even cancer. Here are some important things to know about CBG.
What Types of Products Contain CBG?
Just as burning marijuana containing THCA releases psychoactive THC, burning a strain containing CBGA releases the bioactive CBG. Cannabigerol is usually found in strains that have been bred for low THC concentrations–this is common in states where marijuana may only be sold if it contains less than a certain percentage of THC.
You will usually find CBG in strains with high CBG content. Some experts have begun to think of CBG as the new CBD, and it’s easy to see why. The cannabinoids are very chemically similar, and as you’ll read in a minute, CBG shows potential for treating a variety of serious illnesses.
Is CBG Psychoactive?
While CBG has the potential to treat depression and other mood disorders, it isn’t psychoactive in the sense of getting you high. Much like CBD, CBG helps to counteract the negative effects of taking too much THC. Too much THC without CBD can cause you to feel agitated and paranoid, but CBG has an ability to create a balance that leads to an improved high.
And while some users may be disappointed to hear that cannabigerol is unlikely to give them a great high, it’s worth checking out some of the considerable benefits researchers are still discovering.
What Conditions Can CBG Treat or Improve?
When a person is given the appropriate dose of CBG, research has shown that this cannabinoid can slow the proliferation of cancer cells, promote the growth of brain and bone cells, and elevate mood. It also works in the body to destroy dangerous bacterial strains and treat chronic pain. As research on this little-known cannabinoid continues, it becomes clear that CBG shows promise in treating the following conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Inflammatory disorders
Of course, research in some of these areas is still preliminary, and CBG, as a newer cannabinoid, may be difficult to find. But if you have access to a dispensary that offers detailed information on the cannabinoid content of each product, you may be able to find a high CBG strain to help you treat difficult physical and mental health issues.
This is why many people sometimes name CBG the “new CBD”. CBD is often used to treat these conditions, but CBG is thus far showing that it may even be more successful than CBD.
In conclusion, cannabigerol is exciting for discovery for anyone who already enjoys marijuana’s therapeutic effects, as well as a new hope for those who want some relief from difficult and painful medical conditions. If you can get to a dispensary, try out some CBG to see how this cannabinoid can help improve your life.