Cannabigerol also known as cbg is a cannabinoid, meaning it has been derived from the cannabis plant similar to other chemicals such as cannabidiol also known as cbd. Both these chemicls interact with the cannabinoid receptors in the brain that have a calming and an anti-inflammatory response. Also, both of them are non-intoxicating thus will not make you high and will not cause any type of addiction. Though cbd oil has been popular since a long time, more researches are being conducted on the cbg oil and it is showing some promising results thus is gaining popularity.
Potential benefits of cannabigerol
Studies on cannabigerol oil have been limited but suggest that it does provide the benfits against the following health conditions:
- Inflammatory bowel disease- this cannabinoid has anti-inflammatory properties
- Glaucoma- medical cannabis reduces intraocular pressure thus helps in treating glaucoma
- Bladder dysfunction- it affects the constrictions of the bladder proving useful
- Huntington’s disease- some studies showed that cbg might have neuroprotective properties and could thus help against neurodegenerative disorders.
- Bacterial infections- studies showed that cannabigerol can kill certain bacteria such as MRSA which causes drug-resistant staph infections. These can be extremely painful and dangerous but this oil might be able to help treat it.
- Cancer- a study showed that cannabigerol might be able to slow down and even stop the growth of cancer cells.
- Appetite loss- this oil also has appetite stimulating properties which might be helpful in patients with HIV, cancers or ED’s who have lost their appetite.
While these studies and results are promising and a wonderful opportunity, there hasn’t been much research to prove all of these accurate.
Does it interact with various medications?
Not much is known about the interaction of cbg oil with other medication but if you are on any regular medicines, consulting your doctor before taking this might be a good idea. Medications that have a grapefruit warning might be something to look out for. Some medicines that contain this warning are:
- Antibiotics and antimicrobials
- Anticancer medications
- Antiepileptic drugs
- Blood pressure medicines
- Blood thinners
- Cholesterol medications
- Erectile dysfunction meds
- GI medicines for GERD or other such issues
- Heart related medicines
- Pain meds
- Prostrate medicines
- Mood related medicine such as those for anxiety, depression, etc.
Though not all of these have the grapefruit warning and most of them might be safe to take along with cannabigerol, it is best to ask your doctor so that you don’t suffer from any ill effects.
Also, cannabigerol hasn’t shown many side effects and has been quite safe when testing on rats. Its effects on humans is still not sure but most likely it doesn’t possess and negative sides.