The Advantages and Disadvantages of Cannabigerol
If you are familiar with cannabis products, then you may have heard of Cannabigerol, aka CBG. If you are not so familiar with these products, then it may be time to familiarize yourself with them and the benefits they provide to millions of people all over the world.
When it comes to cannabis, the actual chemical compounds that affect the human body are known as cannabinoids and they affect the human body through the body’s built-in endocannabinoid system. This system has multiple cannabinoid receptors but mainly the CB1 and CB2 receptors do the most work by interacting with the active cannabinoids in plants like the various Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa plant strains.
The cannabinoids you have most likely heard a lot about, especially with the proliferation of legal cannabis use in many states of the United States, are THC and CBD. What you may not know is that there are over 100 other cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant, and they all affect the body in unique ways on their own but have what is called the entourage effect when they are consumed together.
This is what gives each different strain of cannabis plants their unique effects on the body and mind. So, when isolated, the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant can produce reliable and anticipated effects; many of which have some promising medical values.
The 3 Main Cannabinoids of Cannabis Plants
First, there is THC which has a psychoactive property to it that creates an intoxicating effect when consumed or smoked. This is the reason that this cannabinoid is tightly regulated and controlled by most governments all around the world.
Then you have CBD which has an anti-psychoactive effect along with many other properties of medical value. But the newest cannabinoid to gain the attention of medical researchers everywhere is Cannabigerol.
It too is not in any way psychoactive and in fact it has anti-psychogenic properties that counteract the intoxicating effects of THC and other substances. Cannabigerol is very similar to Cannabidiol (CBD), but with some very promising and unique properties even when compared to the more widely known and highly popular CBD.
Pros of Cannabigerol:
The recent research into this specific cannabinoid has shown some very promising and surprising results. First, it has some intense anti-inflammatory properties that make it the perfect medical substance for treating ailments such as arthritis. It also has shown some promising results when used to treat inflammatory bowel disease and Chron’s disease.
Plus, it has been shown to relieve the interocular pressure associated with glaucoma. Then, other areas of researching this amazing cannabinoid have produced anti-tumor cell properties and increases the rate of cellular death of many different types of cancer. This is very encouraging and has spurred a recent increase in the interest of this cannabinoid by many in the medical sciences and research fields.
These are just a couple of the more widely known and scientifically proven pros of Cannabigerol. Currently, there are a large number of new research projects which are looking into or are at least trying to build the funding to look into, the exact effects this substance can create in the human body, and the advantages of the specific physiological properties it possesses. This increase in demand has led to one of its major disadvantages.
Cons of Cannabigerol:
Because of the recent uptick in interest and research surrounding this cannabinoid and the way it is harvested has created a price surge that makes it cost-prohibitive to some of the lesser and lower funded studies into its advantageous aspects. The reason for the added expenses is in the way plants produce this cannabinoid.
First, there is Cannabigerol-acid or CBG-A which, when affected by direct UV light or heat, produces all the other cannabinoids in the cannabis plant but mostly produces THC-A and CBD-A which both mature into regular THC and CBD. Only the leftover CBG-A becomes Cannabigerol, although one of the steps in producing THC-A and CBD-A turns
CBG-A into regular CBG first before it becomes these other compounds.
What this boils down to is that in order to extract the largest amount of Cannabigerol possible from the cannabis plant, the plants need to be harvested much earlier in their life cycle than would typically take place. Then, since most growers have been and continue to focus their energies into producing higher levels of THC and CBD, they tend to scoff at the prospect of harvest the plants prematurely when it comes to obtaining Cannabigerol compared to these other cannabinoids maximum potential.
Also, many strains of cannabis have been bred to maximize the other two main compounds instead of this novel cannabinoid, so it will take many years of refocusing breeding programs to maximize the production of this third compound instead of the typical two focal points of cannabis production. In the end, all of this leads to a much higher cost for producing cannabigerol that makes it impossible for many studies to take place into the many possible health benefits and medical applications of this newly rediscovered compound. These are the main cons of Cannabigerol.
Final Verdict on CBG
As you may be beginning to see, there are many possible benefits of cannabigerol and the medical properties it possesses are extremely exciting to many in the medical research field. The pros far outweigh the cons and although there are currently some issues when it comes to the production and harvesting of this cannabinoid, there is hope for that to change soon.
This will happen in the future with a few proper selective breeding programs which are hyper-focused on maximizing the potential of creating this specific compound. Then, once there are higher quantities of the substance available, the production of CBG oil and CBG topicals can begin on a more massive scale. Then, this will allow for many more people to receive the healing benefits that this cannabinoid compound produces.
Plus, the level of serious scientific research studies that will be used to prove to the world that it has these exact benefits, or maybe even others that are currently unknown to us, can increase. Eventually, this is sure to lead to various patents on new medications that will include Cannabigerol as a major ingredient.
The promise of a greater future for many who suffer from health-related ailments is potentially being held inside the properties of this and other cannabinoids, so the more widely available that it becomes the better off many patients’ lives will become.