The cannabis plant produces more than 100 compounds, among them CBD, which has been found to possess medical benefits. CBD and THC are the two main compounds produced by the cannabis plant. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is what gives cannabis its psychoactive properties while CBD, or cannabidiol, makes up the plants’ healing properties. Other cannabinoids produced by the plant include CBN (cannabinol), CBC (cannabichromene) and CBG (cannabigerol).
Below, we look at CBD and CBG as well as their reported benefits.
What is CBG and CBD?
As mentioned above, CBD is one of the most common extracts derived from the cannabis plant. CBG is also an extract of the plant, but unlike CBD, it hasn’t been studied as extensively. Studies show that as the plant grows, most of the CBG is converted into other cannabinoids, including THC and CBD.
CBG and CBD oil are both nonpsychoactive oils that are extracted from cannabigerol and cannabidiol respectively. The most common techniques used to extract these oils are winterization and decarboxylation.
Decarboxylation involves using heat to separate a compound from a carboxyl group. For instance, CBD occurs in the marijuana plant as CBDA, or cannabidiol acid. This technique converts cannabidiol acid into CBD, which is its more active form.
After decarboxylation, the marijuana plant matter undergoes winterization, which is also known as fractionate crystallization. During this process, CBD oil and CBG oil are extracted from a mixture of other oils. This is dependent on the oils’ solubility, volatility and difference in melting points.
What are some of their health benefits?
- Help treat inflammation
Both oils can be used to relieve inflammation, as they contain properties that can be used to treat inflammatory conditions by impeding the inflammatory messenger activity in an individual’s body.
- Can relieve anxiety
Unlike CBG oil, CBD has been found to be effective in relieving anxiety by improving the body’s access to serotonin.
- Pain relief
Both CBG oil and CBD oil are effective in relieving pain, with a study that was conducted in 2018 finding that both substances relieved pain by improving the performance of pain-signaling receptors in the endocannabinoid system.
How are the two oils different?
Research has found that in addition to the health benefits mentioned above, CBG possesses neuroprotective properties that may be used to treat neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington’s disease. CBG may also be used to relieve intraocular pressure, which makes it efficacious against glaucoma.
Furthermore, studies have shown that CBG also possesses antibacterial properties, which may be useful in eliminating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which causes drug-resistant staph infections.
With cannabis companies such as Hero Technologies Inc. (OTC: HENC) continuing to innovate, marijuana users are likely to see superior products leveraging the different attributes of many of the compounds in the cannabis plant as the years go by.
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