What Is CBG Flower?
What is CBG flower? A type of hemp flower with a high concentration of the compound cannabigerol, CBG flower won’t produce a high — all while having some potentially great benefits. What is cannabigerol flower good for? Though significantly less researched than cannabidiol (CBD), this cannabinoid may help with pain relief, relaxation, and inflammation throughout the body (we’ll take a closer look at these later). Here’s what you need to know about “the next best thing” in psychoactive cannabis.
Disclaimer: The following content is not medical advice. It was written for informational purposes only. The statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Consult your physician for medical advice.
What Is CBG Flower?
CBG flower is a type of hemp flower high in the cannabinoid cannabigerol. Similar to CBD products, this type of flower does not produce a high — otherwise known as psychoactive effects — but may possess many of hemp’s benefits.
5 High-CBG Strains
With the cannabinoid’s newfound popularity, many breeders focus on creating high cannabigerol hemp and weed strains. Here are a few common examples (though speak with your local budtender for specific recommendations):
- John Snow (20%)
- Lemon Cream Diesel (15%)
- White Widow
- Jack Frost (13%)
- White Whale
What to Consider When Selecting High-CBG Flower
The best way to know the real cannabinoid composition of your strain is to find a third-party lab-tested variety. This means that an independent laboratory tested the product to ensure high CBG content, in this case.
Fun Fact: According to research, the majority of CBD products on the market have less than their advertised percentage of cannabidiol.
Also, pay attention to THC content: most high CBG flower has little to no THC, though you may still feel some effects — especially considering that cannabigerol may intensify THC’s effects, meaning the ‘high’.
CBG Flower’s Benefits: 5 Things The Cannabinoid May Do
Wondering what CBG flower is good for? According to preliminary research, CBG’s benefits may include:
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Cancer cell reduction properties
- Neuroprotective properties
- Antibacterial properties
- Reducing eye pressure in cases of glaucoma
Preliminary research on the compound suggests that it may help fight inflammation, the spread of cancerous cells, and nausea, as well as help reduce glaucoma-caused eye pressure. It may also possess antibacterial properties and function as a neuroprotectant — similar to CBD.
More specifically, reducing inflammation may help treat IBS (inflammatory bowel disease) and Crohn’s disease. CBG flower’s potential neuroprotective properties could help protect nerve cell damage in Huntington’s Disease patients.
CBG Flower & Inflammation
One study that mimicked Irritable Bowel Syndrome in animals found that CBG reduced inflammation in the intestines.
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation occurs when the body attempts to protect itself against viruses and bacteria that aren’t present and ends up attacking its own cells.
There are many types of inflammation, categorized into acute (temporary) and chronic inflammation.
Inflammation can manifest in many different forms, including joint pain. Many autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), cause inflammation. Chronic inflammation has also been linked to serious conditions including:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Heart disease
In short, the health consequences of long-term inflammation may be severe. Even in the short term, acute inflammation, like muscle or joint pain, can be challenging.
Similar to CBD oil, which is commonly used for joint pain and workout recovery, CBG flower and oil could possess similar inflammation and pain-reducing properties.
CBG & Cancer Cells
Not only does reducing inflammation potentially decrease the risk of cancer, but cannabigerol may also slow or stop the growth of certain cancerous cells.
- One study suggests that cannabigerol may stop the growth of colon cancer-related cells.
- Another submits that CBG reduces the spread of Glioblastoma — a type of brain cancer — cells similar to a chemotherapeutic agent. It also suggests that cannabigerol and cannabidiol (CBD) were most effective against these cancerous cells in combination.
Cannabigerol & Neuroprotective Properties
A neuroprotective is an element that prevents or interferes with cell death — a frequent topic of study in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases such as:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
One study from 2015 suggests that CBG an effective neuroprotectant in Huntington’s disease animal models.
Though research on CBG’s benefits, including neuroprotection, is preliminary, cannabinoids in general have been shown to possess neuroprotective properties — with the potential to help benefit Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and seizure sufferers.
A Note on the Research Surrounding CBG
Cannabis research is in its infancy due to government regulations. Beyond that, cannabinoids CBD and THC have have been the subject of the vast majority of cannabis research, while the benefits of CBG flower, CBN and other, lesser known cannabinoids are just surfacing.
As always, none of this information is medical advice. If you have a medical question, speak with your physician.
How to Enjoy Cannabigerol
There are more ways than ever to enjoy the popular cannabis compound. With your silicone bong, you can smoke CBG flower, though cannabigerol gummies and oils are also popular.