What Is CBG Used For?
The Anti-inflammatory Effects of CBG
CBG appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it could potentially help in the treatment of many different chronic diseases.
One study on CBG for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) produced some interesting results. The researchers found that CBG reduced inflammatory markers in mice with induced IBD and relieved colitis. Based on these findings, the study’s authors suggest that CBG should be tested further in human subjects as a treatment for IBD.
If scientists can confirm the anti-inflammatory properties of CBG, it may have broad applications far beyond the treatment of colitis. Chronic inflammation is most often associated with painful conditions such as arthritis. However, it is also linked to many serious disorders, including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and cancer.
It is, therefore, highly desirable to find new ways of reducing inflammation to prevent and treat these potentially fatal conditions. Although more research is required, cannabinoids, including CBG, could offer one such hope.
The Neuroprotective Effects of CBG
Aside from anti-inflammatory effects, CBG may also act as an antioxidant and protect the nervous system from damage. It does this in a similar way to the endocannabinoid 2-AG.
Another animal study on the neuroprotective effects of CBG produced some interesting results. It found that CBG could help to improve motor deficits and preserve neurons in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s disease.
The Antimicrobial Effects of CBG
CBG, along with some other cannabinoids, has demonstrated antibacterial effects. When researchers tested it against various strains of Staphylococcus aureus bacterium in a laboratory, CBG was found to have significant antimicrobial properties. This finding could be especially crucial in the future, as antibiotic resistance is now becoming more and more commonplace.
CBG as an Appetite Stimulant
CBG also shows great promise as an appetite stimulant, as scientists discovered in a 2016 study on CBG for appetite. They gave rats either CBG or placebo and observed their feeding habits. The rats who ingested CBG increased their number of meals and doubled their overall food intake. However, the amount eaten at meals, and the duration of meals was unaffected.
The researchers did not observe any adverse effects in rats treated with CBG. This potentially could make this cannabinoid a promising therapy for conditions such as anorexia and cachexia.
CBG for Bladder Problems
A 2015 study on cannabinoids for bladder dysfunction found that they are capable of reducing acetylcholine-induced bladder contractions in mice. Among all of the cannabinoids tested, CBG was one of the most effective, along with Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). CBG has also been shown to reduce these contractions in human subjects.
Other Uses for CBG
CBG is just beginning to emerge from under the shadow of THC and CBD. Now research is shedding more light on its potential health benefits. It has been suggested that as well as influencing the CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBG may affect α2-adrenoceptors and 5-HT1A serotonin receptors in the nervous system.
It is also possible that CBG could block the reuptake of the neurotransmitter noradrenaline by cells. If this proves to be accurate, then CBG could also be useful in combating the symptoms of depression.
Final Thoughts on CBG
It is true that CBG is not the most well-known of all cannabinoids, although it appears to have a dramatic influence over many of the body’s vital systems. There is still so much more to learn about this cannabinoid and how it affects us. However, the initial research is extremely promising.