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CBG will be even BIGGER than CBD! This is Why...



CBD (Cannabidiol) and CBG (Cannabigerol) are two types of cannabinoids found in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana. Both these compounds can be extracted from different parts of the plants like hemp flower or hemp bud. Although CBD has gained more popularity in the past, CBG is getting attention nowadays.


Initial studies reveal that both these compounds possess the same properties. For example, like CBD, CBG does not have any psychoactive effect. Similarly, these compounds fight chronic inflammation and pain.


Substantial results from various studies show that these compounds are instrumental in reducing anxiety by binding with endocannabinoid receptors. People who smoke or vape CBD flower or CBD bud have reported reduced stress symptoms. CBG users have also claimed the same effect.

So, the question is, what is the difference between CBD and CBG? One thing is evident cannabidiol is a significant cannabinoid while cannabigerol is a minor. This article will tell you about the two compounds, their differences, and their benefits. So, keep reading to know more about these magical substances.



What is CBD?


Cannabis plants like Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica contain unique compounds called cannabinoids. The total cannabinoids in these plants are estimated to be over 100.

Of these, two compounds, cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol are essential. In recent times, both THC and CBD have earned enormous popularity. They have structural similarities but different characteristics, especially regarding psychoactive properties.


THC is a prime psychoactive compound and produces high sensations. On the other hand, usage of CBD bud or flower does not get you high. Instead, it is known for relieving anxiety symptoms and other medicinal effects.


Although we can get cannabidiol from all the cannabis plants, CBD obtained from Cannabis sativa or hemp is preferred. The reason is that hemp flower contains less than 0.2% THC, which is allowed by law in many countries including South Africa.



Benefits of Using CBD


Evidence from recent scientific studies supports various medicinal use and health benefits of CBD, as discussed below.



Mental Health

Probably the most critical health advantage of CBD is relieving the symptoms of and curing various mental disorders.

Biological research shows that cannabidiol possesses excellent properties that might be favorable for people suffering from anxiety, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and schizophrenia.



Chronic Pain

Many people around the world are suffering from chronic pain. Up till now, it was considered incurable. However, new studies on cannabidiol have opened doors of hope for the sufferers.

According to research, CBD has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects that might help cope with chronic pain like pain resulting from multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cancer, and migraine. Cannabidiol does so by interacting with various biological processes.



Sleep Disorders

Sleep is one of the crucial needs of almost every organism. Humans also need to get enough doze. That is why sleep disorders are one of the most hazardous health issues. Millions of people worldwide cannot sleep well due to somnipathy or sleep disorders.

However, evidence from various scientific studies associates CBD with a reduction in insomnia symptoms. People who have used about 25mg of cannabidiol every day for a month have reported improvement in their sleep patterns.



Cardiovascular Health

The health benefits of cannabidiol are not limited to the conditions mentioned above. Scientists are now examining hemp-derived CBD for its positive impact on cardiovascular health.

Research conducted in 2020 revealed that CBD has vasodilatory properties. It might be instrumental in lowering blood pressure by improving blood flow. As hypertension is a leading factor behind cardiovascular problems, reducing its symptoms with CBD flower might help boost cardiovascular health.



Other Benefits

Some other scientifically proven health benefits of cannabidiol include treating drug addiction, easing diabetic complications, improving bone health, suppressing muscle spasms, and managing seizures.



What is CBG?





Initially, people were aware of only two cannabinoids, as mentioned above. They did not know about other types. However, the legalization of hemp-derived CBD has encouraged scientists to explore other cannabinoids leading to the discovery of cannabigerol, or CBG.

CBG (1%) is found in lesser amounts as compared with CBD (25%) and THC (25-30%). However, it does not mean that its health benefits are also limited. Experts believe that CBG flower or CBG bud comprise the same effects as CBD. The results from several scientific studies support their claim.

It is known as the “mother of all cannabinoids” because they come from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA). Like CBD, it can also be extracted from both hemp and marijuana. However, after the 2018 Farm Bill, farmers prefer young hemp flower or hemp bud for the purpose.



Benefits of Using CBG


Although the amount of CBG obtained from hemp bud is meager, it is still as beneficial as CBD. Despite its association with THC, it does not make you feel high and is considered suitable for health. Moreover, it sometimes acts as an antagonist to CBD after binding to the same receptor.


Some of the scientifically proven health advantages of CBG are discussed below.


Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disorder that damages the connection between the eyes and the brain. It happens when the front part of the eye is filled with fluid that causes excessive pressure inside the eye. If it goes untreated, it might result in blindness.

Recent studies have found that CBG might help treat glaucoma by decreasing ocular pressure. Cannabigerol does so by combining it with the endocannabinoid receptors present in the eyes.


Cancerous Cells

Cancer is the most deadly disease in the world. It is the prime reason behind millions of deaths worldwide.

Research conducted over the years to discover the connection between CBG and cancer cells has proven that it contains anti-cancer properties. A 2014 study concluded that CBG was instrumental in reducing cancer cell growth by blocking the associated receptors.


Appetite

If you have lost your appetite and are looking for ways to bring it back, we have some good news. Using CBG bud or CBG n might help with the problem.

Clinical trials on rats have shown that cannabigerol makes the rats hungrier. On the other hand, CBD produces the opposite effect.


Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

IBD is a disorder of the digestive system which results in chronic inflammation in the intestine. It is characterized by weight loss, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding.

Studies show that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBG might help reduce the symptom of inflammatory bowel disease.


Other Benefits

Some other potential health benefits of CBG include reducing symptoms of several neurological problems, decreasing the risk of atherosclerosis, fighting bacteria, and reversing the effect of osteoporosis.



Key Differences between CBD and CBG


Although both CBD and CBG are alike in many ways, there are a few significant differences between them.


· Both have different molecular structures.

· CBD is a prime component, and CBG is found in minute amounts

· CBG possesses a more calming effect than CBD.

· The effect of CBG as a muscle relaxant is more prominent than CBD

· CBD reduces appetite, while CBG makes you feel hungrier.

· Both interact differently with the body’s receptors.

· CBG flower is more instrumental in treating migraine than CBD.









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