CBD vs CBG: The Benefits of Each
Although there are no clinical trials that have explored the effects of CBG on humans, a number of preclinical studies offer insights into some of the potential healing effects of CBG. While CBG won’t offer you an intoxicating, psychoactive experience, it may provide other unique therapeutic benefits that may help with the following conditions:
- Inflammatory bowel disease. CBG seems to reduce the inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease, according to a 2013 study conducted on mice.
- Glaucoma. Medical cannabis seems to effectively treat glaucoma, and CBG might be partly responsible. A study published in 2008 suggests that CBG might be effective in treating glaucoma because it reduces pressure inside the eye.
- Bladder dysfunctions. Some cannabinoids seem to affect the contractions of the bladder. A 2015 study looked at how five different cannabinoids affect the bladder, and it concluded that CBG shows the most promise at treating bladder dysfunctions.
- Huntington’s disease. CBG might have properties that protect our nerves from damage, according to a 2015 study that looked at mice with a condition called Huntington’s disease which is characterized by the degeneration of the nervous system. The study concluded that CBG might show promise in treating other neurodegenerative conditions.
- Bacterial infections. CBG has also demonstrated its clout as a potent antibiotic. Researchers tested the antibacterial potential of 18 different cannabinoids, including cannabigerol, against MRSA. CBG outperformed all of the cannabinoids tested and worked as well as vancomycin, a powerful antibiotic.
- Cancer. CBG boasts anticancer properties due to its ability to inhibit the rapid growth of abnormal cells. Research has provided evidence of its anti-tumorigenic properties (preventing the growth of tumors) by inhibiting the formation of mouse skin melanoma cells.
- Appetite stimulation. A 2017 study emphasized the therapeutic significance of this finding, pointing out that purified CBG may represent a novel treatment option for cachexia which is the wasting away of the human body due to disease and appetite loss. Unlike THC, CBG can help to drive hunger without any undesirable intoxicating effects.
Which Offers Better Benefits?
CBD molecules typically communicate with CB2 cannabinoid receptors and these receptors connect to the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The PNS reaches various muscles, limbs, skin, and other biological systems, including the immune system.
CBG also attaches to CB2 receptors in addition to CB1 receptors, which connect to our central nervous system (CNS) that includes our brain and spinal cord. It would be better to determine which cannabinoid fits your needs rather than which benefits are more significant than the other.
Scientists have observed CBG working to lower the psychoactive effects produced by THC. And in some cases, it’s shown to be useful in alleviating the adverse feelings associated with consuming high amounts of THC.
CBD and CBG both offer beneficial attributes individually. They also work together to enhance each other’s benefits, which is why most CBD oils labeled broad spectrum or full spectrum contain both cannabinoids – allowing for the entourage effect, when parts work together more effectively that the parts work alone.
Keep in mind that isolating CBD from hemp is much more common than isolating CBG – meaning that it’s easier to research CBD because of its availability than CBG. That doesn’t mean that CBG is less useful but that studies confirming its benefits are sparse.
In our next edition, we will discuss some of the common ailments that both CBG and CBD address so that, once again, you can consider your needs and how these two amazing cannabinoids might be able to help!
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