The hemp plant contains numerous cannabinoids, including cannabigerol.
What can CBG do?
Science is still in the very early stages of studying CBG. Nevertheless, there are already initial studies that show the potential of the cannabinoid.
CBD as a wonder weapon against antibiotic-resistant germs?
Antibiotic-resistant germs are becoming an ever-increasing problem worldwide. Antibiotics used to treat serious bacterial infections are becoming increasingly ineffective. Cannabis has long been said to have an antibacterial effect. However, studies to combat antibiotic resistance have been scarce. In 2020, however, a study looked at this, and the scientists found that CBG is probably able to stop infections caused by multi-resistant germs. The study looked at a total of five cannabinoids for their antibiotic properties. Cannabigerol was said to be particularly effective in killing MRSA pathogens. However, CBG still needs to be studied in more detail for use as an antibiotic.
Protecting nerve cells with CBG
If nerve cells lose their function or die, neurodegenerative diseases develop. neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or Huntington's disease. Inflammation and oxidative stress play a major role in this process. A study by Italian researchers found that CBG seems to help against these inflammations and oxidative stress. Thanks to neuroprotective effects, cannabidiol could work against the loss of nerve cells.
CBG has appetite stimulating effects
Cannabis has long been known for its appetite-stimulating effects, but these are often attributed to the active ingredient THC. However, a study from the UK showed that cannabigerol also appears to have an appetite stimulating effect. In an experiment with rats, scientists found that they ate significantly more frequent and larger meals after treatment with CBG. Again, more research needs to be done to provide evidence that CBG is effective for loss of appetite.
CBG as support against colorectal cancer
In an Israeli study, the spectrum of effect of various cannabis extracts on colon cancer cells as well as adenomatous polyps was investigated. It was shown that CBG leads to a growth arrest of cancer cells in the intestine as well as to programmed cell death. Thus, CBG could in the future be an important support in the treatment of colorectal cancer in the future.
Dosage forms of CBG
CBG is - similar to CBD - available in different dosage forms. However, due to the more complex extraction, CBG products are more price-intensive than CBD products.
CBG oil is probably the most widely used dosage form of cannabigerol. The oil is placed under the tongue and kept in the mouth for about 30 to 60 seconds. Initially, a low dosage and concentration should be started, and after about four days, it can be increased as needed.