What ARE cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemicals found in plants like hemp and cannabis. They are believed to play a protective role to the plant, helping to protect the plant from pests, diseases, and radiation. For example, THCA (the precursor chemical to the intoxicating part of the plant THC) has been shown to help the death of insect cells. Meaning the plant makes THCA to act as its own defense mechanism.
Have you ever looked at an image of a cannabis or hemp plant and noticed how it looks like it’s glistening? That glistening is secretions of tiny diamond-looking chemicals to protect itself. Those beautiful chemical secretions are where we get our cannabinoids from (and terpenes, but those are for another day). These diamonds start as a chemical called CBGA and become her well known children THCA and CBDA.
CBG - What is it?
CBG is the mother of all cannabinoids. Meaning that before hemp or cannabis plants can produce CBD or THC, they first produce CBG. CBG is then naturally converted to other cannabinoids as the plant matures.
And why are we so excited?
It is similar to CBD in that it is another nonintoxicating cannabinoid that is known to have a variety of benefits. It can help with inflammation, nerve pain, behavioral struggles and new research illustrates it’s potential to inhibit cellular growth. If you suffer from Inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's, Glaucoma, Cancer, Psoriasis, bladder spasms, behavioral issues, Huntington’s Disease, or behavioral issues associated with autism and ADD, CBG might be something you will want to consider.
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