There are over 400 different chemicals in the cannabis plant, with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) as the most widely known. These are only two of several kinds of compounds found in cannabis called cannabinoids. However, there are other group compounds found in cannabis, including flavonoids and terpenes. Each compound found in cannabis has its effect on the human body. Cannabigerol (CBG) is a cannabinoid that is currently being studied by researchers for its effects.
Current Studies on CBG
Although CBG is being studied for its medical potential, very little is known about it. There have been no clinical trials thus far, only some limited in-vitro studies and some involving rats. As far as these studies suggest, CBG might have potential healing effects on neurodegenerative disorders. It has also shown some signs of possibly reversing the effects of colitis and cancer.
A Stem Cell?
Further research has proven that THC, CBD and cannabichromene (CBC) are formed from base molecules of CBG. It means CBG is a precursor to the development of these and other cannabinoids. This is why CBG is known as the “stem cell” or “mother” of other cannabinoids. CBG is considered a non-psychoactive substance, as is CBD. CBG will more than likely gain in popularity as a therapeutic substance once enough research has been conducted to discover its effects on the human mind and body. It might not be as widely used as CBD, however, because CBG is extremely expensive to produce.
Popularity Gaining in Momentum
There is already great anticipation concerning the healing properties of CBG. This is because all other cannabinoids are synthesized from it. This fact means it’s safe to assume that CBG can be used to treat what cannabis and CBD are already being used to treat. The lack of clinical studies with CBG as an isolated compound makes all of this uncertain, however.
Nonetheless, CBG is being hailed as a potential treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other kinds of abdominal inflammation. CBD has already been used successfully to treat inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, and some dermatologists think CBG could be applied the same way. So far, there have not been any reported adverse side effects to CBG on its own.