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The first thing to know about high-CBN, low-THC cannabis (usually in the form of hemp) is that along with it, you are also going to find a decent amount of CBG (cannabigerol).

A newer compound with only a fraction of THC and CBD’s online notoriety. CBG has a modulating effect on the brain and, in higher-THC forms of cannabis, aids in suppressing some of the least appealing psychological side effects. 

But CBG is slowly gaining attention as a stand-alone compound with its unique effects on the digestive tract, its uses for optical health, and its promise of anti-bacterial effects. 

While studies are still in their infancy, CBG is poised to gain significant traction as cannabis becomes more accepted as a compound with mainstream appeal and enjoys newly legalized status throughout the United States.

Below, we will introduce this compound in more detail. Read on for more. 

How To Think About CBG Compared to CBD

All these acronyms are bound to be just a tad confusing. You have probably already heard of CBD, so you may already be familiar with its claims to fame.

But if you are not, allow us to break CBD down to its most valuable parts so that you can tell it apart from CBD, THC, CBN, or CBC (yes, there are a few more of those cannabis-related, acronym-friendly compounds about to hit the market as of this writing!). 

As you may know, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid present in the cannabis plant, typically extracted from the hemp strain of cannabis, a form of the plant with minimal amounts of THC (less than 0.3%).

CBD brings several claims to fame, primarily its ability to help users manage their pain and anxiety.

But many studies are looking at other ways CBD can help its users in joint health and digestion, among others.

CBG, by contrast, is also a non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from hemp.

CBG functions more as a “mother” cannabinoid due to its ability to break down into other cannabinoids (like CBD, THC, CBN, and CBC) when exposed to heat and the elements. 

You might assume that CBG may bring similar benefits to its closely related chemical cousins, and you would be guessing correctly–to a point.

However, we will get into the unique CBG benefits below. 

CBG and Digestive Health 

Preliminary findings have shown that CBG has somewhat of a positive effect on digestive health.

For example, in a study involving mice with an inflamed and irritated bowel, administration of CBG showed that mice benefitted from the compound and had reduced inflammation in their digestive system.

Because cannabinoids have a natural propensity for inducing homeostasis in the body, particularly the gut, CBG could be beneficial for chronic, incurable conditions like an irritated bowel or inflamed bowel. 

Inflammation is an immune response, and because the body’s endocannabinoid system has a huge role in managing the body’s immune system, researchers are curious about how CBG can reliably act to reduce the overreactions of the body’s immune system, that can cause painful and debilitating stomach conditions.

Left untreated, these conditions weaken the stomach and create a feedback loop that further damages the stomach and weakens it. this allows harmful bacteria to enter the stomach that would be more efficiently managed by a stomach functioning correctly. 

Thanks to cannabinoids like CBG playing a substantial part in homeostasis, the possibility of this compound being a future staple for gut health is reassuring. 

CBG for Optical Health 

Glaucoma is a serious, uncomfortable, and painful condition caused by weakened fluid ducts in the eyes, which become clogged over time and cause various issues due to inflamed optic nerves.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States.  Ever wondered what causes glaucoma, at least directly? Again, it’s that nasty word we all hate: inflammation.

According to one study, the inflamed optic nerves that cause inflammation may be susceptible to being treated with CBG. Other animal studies have pointed to similar results, reducing intraocular pressure upon administering CBG drops. 

Through the easing shifts in the intraocular system caused by CBG in several studies, the possibility of a treatment for the worst of glaucoma’s ills is welcome news, particularly for a condition as uncomfortable as it is challenging to treat. 

Also helpful for the optic nerve is the activity of CBG to act as a vasodilator, allowing a more efficient flow of fluids and blood into the ocular system and protecting nerves around the eyes.

While more studies are required for the public to have full confidence in CBG as a treatment for this issue, this is a promising development that will undoubtedly get fleshed out in the coming years. 

Where to Find CBG and How to Use

If you have used CBD oil before, you will find that CBG oil is used similarly. You can administer the oil sublingually via a dropper, holding it under the tongue for 30 to 60 seconds. 

If you would rather incorporate CBG into your lifestyle, the way you would add flaxseed oil to a protein shake or add B-12 to your morning smoothie, by all means, try this as well.

Infusing your daily diet or routine with CBG can make this an easy product to incorporate into your lifestyle.

This is assuming, of course, that you can find CBG easily on the market.

Unfortunately, CBG is still a bit of a rare find on the market, and many options, particularly those boasting CBG only, are quite expensive indeed. Moreover, standalone versions of CBD are not yet available en masse.

Still, PureKana boasts a Delta-8 and CBG combination tincture that gives you a solid 7mg of CBG per dropper, along with around 33 mg of Delta 8 (Delta-8 is a form of THC derived from hemp). 

This tincture comes in Watermelon and Chocolate Mint.

Sources:

Beneficial effect of the non-psychotropic plant cannabinoid cannabigerol on experimental inflammatory bowel disease

A comparison of the ocular and central effects of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabigerol

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