The Medical Benefits of CBG

CBG has been found to act on very specific physiological systems and problems, and results for medicinal use are promising:
Endocannabinoid receptors are prevalent in eye structures, and interestingly, CBG is thought to be particularly effective in treating glaucoma because it reduces intraocular pressure. It is a powerful vasodilator and has neuroprotective effects to boot.
In animal experiments involving mice, CBG was found to be effective in decreasing the inflammation characteristic of inflammatory bowel disease.
In a recent 2015 study, CBG was shown to protect neurons in mice with Huntington’s disease, which is characterized by nerve cell degeneration in the brain.
CBG is showing great promise as a cancer fighter. Specifically, CBG was shown to block receptors that cause cancer cell growth. In one such study, it was shown to inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells in mice, thereby slowing colon cancer growth. CBG inhibited tumors and chemically-induced colon carcinogenesis, therefore demonstrating a very exciting possibility for a cure for colorectal cancer.
European research shows evidence that CBG is an effective antibacterial agent, particularly against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) microbial strains resistant to several classes of drugs. Since the 1950s, topical formulations of cannabis have been effective in skin infections, but researchers at the time were unaware of the plant’s chemical composition.
In a very recent 2017 study, researchers showed that a form of CBG purified to remove delta-9 THC was a very effective appetite stimulant in rats. This may lead to a novel non-psychotropic therapeutic option for cachexia, the muscle wasting and severe weight loss seen in late stage cancer and other diseases.
In a study that looked at the effects of five different cannabinoids on bladder contractions, CBG tested best at inhibiting muscle contractions, so it may be a future tool in preventing bladder dysfunction disorders.
Scientists are excited about these initial CBG results and are promoting future research with CBG alone or CBG in combination with other cannabinoids and therapies for the treatment of multiple maladies. Because it is non-psychotropic, CBG has a promising wide range of potential applications not only for the problems mentioned above, but also as an analgesic, therapy for psoriasis, and as an antidepressant.

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of many chemical compounds, or cannabinoids, found in  cannabis.  Cannabinoids resemble endocannabinoids which are compounds our bodies naturally produce to balance and control communication between cells.

CBD has garnered attention in recent years, as scientific and clinical research have identified CBD as a potential treatment for a wide range of conditions, including, but not limited to, alcoholism, anxiety, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, inflammation, multiple sclerosis, neurological disorders, PTSD, psychosis and schizophrenia.

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What is Hemp?

Hemp is a truly unique, versatile plant with a plethora of diverse applications, including clothing, bioplastics, construction materials, biofuels, paper, nutritional products, body care products, medicine, fiber, insulation, animal food and bedding.Both hemp and marijuana plants are derived from the same species of plant, Cannabis Sativa L, or “cannabis,” as its commonly referred to.  The differentiating factor between hemp and marijuana, however, is the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, as defined on the state and federal level. [Read more…]

History of CBD

8,000 B.C.

Hemp became the first agricultural crop.  Farmers recognized the benefits of hemp cultivation for their fields: fallen leaves created fertilized and replenished the nitrogen, nutrients and oxygen, allowing farmers to rotate other crops.  Hemp was utilized for tool-making, equipment and harvested for fiber.

1500:

Hemp was being cultivated in England.  King Henry VIII fined his constituents if they did not grow hemp.  Hemp became the primary source of clothing material. [Read more…]