Let’s dig deeper and discover, how is it different from Cannabidiol (CBD)? Will it create a “high” like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)? Is it safe? These are frequent questions that come up when someone ventures into the hemp/cannabis space. Let’s go over the basics to start and then get more specific.
Here is a basic overview of the endocannabinoid system from an article, by Crystal Raypole.
“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system identified in the early 1990s by researchers exploring THC, a well-known cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are compounds found most abundantly in cannabis. Experts are still trying to fully understand the ECS. But so far, we know it plays role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including:
The ECS exists and is active in your body even if you don’t use cannabis.”
We all have an ECS system in our body that is active and produces its own form of endocannabinoids. Those that use cannabis/hemp products are supplementing their body with additional cannabinoids found in cannabinoid-rich hemp oil, just like taking a daily vitamin or supplement.
CBD & CBG are two of 140+ cannabinoids in the cannabis/hemp plant that have been naturally occurring for millions of years. It is only recently that scientists have confirmed scientifically that both the endocannabinoid system and the fact that plant cannabinoids or phyto-cannabinoids can help humans.
There are books and studies being conducted that show that humans are deficient in cannabinoids. The result of this may be why we as humans are frequently sick and suffer from diseases that are caused by inflammation. Since CBD and other cannabinoids can be anti-inflammatory we recommend daily supplementation with hemp oil rich in cannabinoids.
“…we have now available CBG (cannabigerol) which is another cannabinoid that has medicinal value – so it’s an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, it’s a bone stimulant, it’s anti-cancer proliferation. And I’ve been using CBG just about in the past year or so, maybe a little bit longer, in patients who have depression, who do not find benefits with CBD or THC. Also, a large number of my patients (I take care of a lot of children) who have autism are finding that CBG works very nicely for anxiety. So we’ve done some polling with a nonprofit and they’re reporting the number one benefit for CBG in children with autism is less anxiety. And that’s a big, big problem for most people who suffer with autism. We’re also using THCA.”
“…it does have a strong anti-anxiety effect and for people who have had access to it, this is an almost universal describer of the effects. Beyond that, it seems to be a powerful antibiotic that can work on bacteria that are normally resistant to antibiotics, especially Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which has caused some hospital-acquired infections.”
What is CBG?
"CBG is the precursor to CBD, CBC, and THC," says Dr. Solomon. It's sometimes referred to as the stem cell. What does this mean? "CBGa (the acidic, inactive form of CBG) changes, is broken down, and becomes the base molecule that other cannabinoids form from," including THC, CBD, and CBC.
CBG is where it all starts and the cannabinoids in a cannabis/hemp plant are derived or can be traced back to CBGa. This means that individual cannabinoids may have different effects and may be better for X symptom or Y relief, yet they all share some commonality.
Here are some of the specific things CBG may help in a more direct way than some other cannabinoids. This is taken from an article by Dominique Astorino
To get more than just a trace amount of CBG and a broader entourage effect try Kurativ CBD/CBG 10:1 oil. It is a great way to get the benefits of both CBD & CBG. It is 100% USA made with all-natural ingredients, third party lab tested and made in small batches. It is available in both full-spectrum and in an isolate (zero THC) base.
Check with your doctor before adding any medication or supplement-OTC, natural, or otherwise-to your regimen.
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