Being the “mother” and “stem cell” of cannabinoids, the one from which all others, including THC and CBD, stem from, it only makes sense that those more famous compounds take after their CBG when it comes to their effects. And this is largely true, especially for CBD – not only is CBG non-intoxicating, but it has displayed a lot of the same medicinal properties that CBD has.
If that’s the case, then why bother trying CBG at all, being that it’s more expensive, due to its scarce and exclusive nature? Well, because while most of its properties might fall in the same general categories as the ones of CBD, there are still nuances which are yet to be crystallized by science, and considering how much CBD’s effects fluctuate from one individual to the next, CBG could potentially succeed where CBD falls short.
With that in mind, let’s explore the scientific findings of CBG’s effects.
When explored as a remedy for mice with inflammatory bowel disease in a study, CBG brought inflammation indicators down and alleviated colitis. The researchers now want to see if and how these particular properties translate to humans.
CBG was found to block the receptors that are responsible for the growth of colorectal cancer cells, thus stopping or at least slowing its development in its tracks. Again, these exciting news come from a study on mice, so clearly more research on humans is needed to bolster these otherwise promising findings.
CBG also has the ability to protect neurons, which went a long way in helping mice with Huntington’s disease, mitigating their motor deficits that result from the brain nerve cell degeneration that this condition is associated with.
Here, we finally catch a glimpse of THC. In an interesting study, CBG made some rats pretty hungry, causing them to eat twice as much food they normally consume. It’s worth noting that this happened over the course of twice more meals, with the amount eaten at each sitting remaining the same, indicating that CBG makes hunger come back faster rather than stronger.
As it turns out, CBG, along with other cannabinoids, is highly effective against the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) microbial strains, which are notorious for being damn near impervious to other methods.
In yet another study on mice, CBG came to the rescue yet again, this time soothing bladder contractions. Among the 5 cannabinoids that the researchers studied in that context, CBG and THCV achieved the best results.
It’s important to note that the common denominator between all those studies is mice, as opposed to humans, meaning that they should be taken with a grain of salt until their findings are reinforced by human trials. Even so, this body of research certainly adds legitimacy to CBG and its already authoritative status as the “stem cell” and “mother” of all cannabinoids.”