Cannabis, in whatever form, has been around for a very long time. According to a University of Sydney publication, the use of cannabis originated in Central Asia. The first known documented reference to the medicinal use of cannabis was in 2,800 BC in Emperor Shen Nung’s pharmacopoeia.
Although the use of cannabis products recreationally and for medicinal purposes was widespread, it has not always had the endorsement of society in general. The motion picture, Reefer Madness, released in the 1930s portrayed cannabis as a highly addictive substance with the potential to cause mental conditions and trigger violence.
Until as recently as the 1990s, cannabis use was criminalized in most countries and even went as far as carrying the death sentence in Madagascar during the reign of King Andrianampoinimerina in the late 18th century. The legalization of cannabis products started gaining momentum from the turn of the 21st century and today it is legal in most countries subject to conditions of use.
What is CBG?
The cannabis plant has over 400 constituents. Of these, cannabinoids account for more than 60. CBG, or cannabigerol, is considered to be at the top of the chain of cannabinoid synthesis. It is the one, as it were, from which all the other cannabinoids are derived. CBG has not, until recently, been widely researched due to its very low concentration in mature plants.
Research in recent years has shown that CBG may have all the therapeutic benefits of the better-known cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, but none of the mind-altering effects. In the last decade or so, there has been a substantial increase in the research of CBG flower effects. More and more potential therapeutic benefits are being claimed all the time.
What is a CBG flower?
A CBG flower is the bud of a cannabis plant. Due to the fact that CBG will synthesize into other cannabinoids over time, the bud should be harvested while the plant is young. More mature plants will contain very low concentrations of CBG while CBD and THC will be present in larger quantities.
There is a lot of excitement around CBG flower effects in therapeutic applications. Increasing efforts at cross-breeding and genetic engineering have resulted in new cannabis varietals with higher concentrations of CBG. Harvesting the young buds also means that the CBG has not yet had time to synthesize substantially. Consequently, THC levels are still very low. As long as the THC level is below 0.3% of the finished product, the product will be legal.
CBD vs. CBG
Cannabidiol, CBD, as with CBG, does not have intoxicating effects. In many ways, CBG flower effects are very similar to those of CBD. Their primary uses are also quite similar. There are, however, some key differences between the two substances. Let’s look at a few of the similarities and differences.
- Both act on the endocannabinoid system by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. In this similarity, though, they’re also quite different. CBG binds directly with the receptors while CBD merely interferes with them. The result is that CBG may be more effective. CBD, on the other hand, reduces the psychoactive effect of THC.
- Due to its low concentration in the plant, CBG is somewhat more expensive to extract. The breeding of varietals with a higher CBG content and improved extraction methods are expected to reduce the cost of derivative products gradually. Smoking, however, delivers the CBG flower effects far more economically.
- They have slightly different therapeutic effects. While, for example, CBG stimulates appetite, CBD reportedly substantially suppresses it. Where CBG acts as a subtle mental stimulant promoting alertness and lifting the mood, CBD relieves stress and anxiety and promotes better sleep.
CBG flower effects and benefits on a human body
Although CBG was first isolated in 1964, very little research was done until quite recently. In the last few years research has ramped up significantly, though. Through this flurry of research many findings have been made or claimed. While it certainly cannot be said that CBG is an accepted treatment for any medical condition, the research indicates without exception that CBG flower effects are beneficial in many therapeutic applications.
We’ll examine some of the most important observations made so far. Keep in mind that CBG has not been extensively researched yet and that there is still a lot more knowledge required to support the findings that have already been published. No doubt many more findings will come to light with further research. But for now, we will deal only with what is known so far.
- CBG is believed to have strong antibacterial properties. In particular, CBG has been seen to triumph against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, MRSA. This drug-resistant strain of bacteria has previously been classified as hard-to-treat but CBG appears to attack the cell membranes of the bacteria and prevents the formation of colonies.
- It elevates the mood and enhances alertness. The key thing here is that it does so without any mind-altering side effects. CBG flower effects include an increase in alertness and energy and promote a feeling of general wellbeing.
- Other reported benefits include:
- Stimulates appetite
- Relieves pain
- Reduces anxiety
- Reduces inflammation
- Relieves pressure in the eyes for glaucoma sufferers
- May slow the growth of cancer
Where is the best place to get CBG flower products?
With cannabis and hemp products and derivatives becoming legal almost all over the world, you might now be considering where you can find a reliable and reputable source. Well, at Manitu Herbs, we produce CBG flowers and other products from the best organic industrial cannabis.
The basic raw material of all our products is legal industrial hemp produced in accordance with the permit for cultivation of hemp issued by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Slovenia. Plants and products are nurtured and processed entirely by hand and every product is fully traceable.
With worldwide shipping and a wide range of payment methods, there is no easier way of experiencing first hand what CBG flower effects can do for you.