What Is CBGA (Cannabigerolic Acid)?
Did you know that the variety of cannabinoids found in cannabis is vast? While THC and CBD are well-known, there are dozens more that have unique benefits for humans. Many strains are specifically bred for their cannabinoid profile, as humans enjoy the effects of these compounds.
CBGA is a lesser-known cannabinoid present in larger quantities in some strains of cannabis. Recent studies have raised questions about its potential use as a candidate for potential study, but there is evidence that it may also have benefits for humans who enjoy cannabis for both medicinal and recreational purposes.
What Is Cannabis?
Cannabis is a plant species in the family Cannabaceae. It includes three primary subspecies: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. Cannabis has been used for a variety of purposes, including for its medicinal and recreational effects. It is also known for its psychoactive compounds, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
What Is THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. It is responsible for the “high” commonly associated with cannabis use. THC acts on the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which are involved in the regulation of mood, appetite, and other cognitive functions. The amount of THC in cannabis varies depending on the strain, with some strains having higher levels of THC than others.
What Is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD is one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, that are found in the cannabis plant. Unlike the more well-known compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis use.
CBD has become increasingly popular in recent years as a natural remedy for a variety of health conditions, including anxiety, pain, and insomnia. It is also used to manage symptoms of conditions such as multiple sclerosis and help with epilepsy. CBD is available in a variety of forms, including oils, capsules, and topical creams.
After cannabis became widely available in Canada, more and more research is being done to unlock its many benefits. Scientists are quickly understanding what makes this plant so special, and are finding many beneficial uses for it.
Almost everyone knows about CBD and THC, but soon CBGA will be known, too. CBGA is a new cannabinoid found in cannabis that is being studied and praised for its potential benefits. Some people say that CBGA is even more beneficial than CBD and THC, so it’s worth cultivating cannabis with CBGA in mind so that people can reap the full spectrum of its benefits.
CBGA is a rare cannabinoid that is typically found in very small amounts in most popular cannabis strains. Thus, it has been largely overlooked as a potential benefits for those who consume marijuana. However, recent studies have shown that CBGA may be a valuable cannabinoid in itself, and may provide some benefits that are not available from more common strains.
Crafty growers have been breeding and isolating new strains with higher levels of CBGA content, and decarboxylating it into CBG, which may lead to a rise in CBG-focused strains. But there are just as many strong arguments for the benefits of what’s known as the “The Entourage Effect”—the phenomenon where the combined effects of multiple cannabinoids present in a plant can be more potent than the effects of any one cannabinoid alone.
The Entourage Effect
Cannabis has a wide range of beneficial compounds, so it’s not surprising that taking them together can result in even greater benefits.
By isolating the beneficial compounds and creating new compounds from them, we are actually reducing the effectiveness of the medication!
There are a few rare cases where isolated cannabinoids might be the best treatment for extremely young children, but in most cases using cannabis in a traditional way with all its naturally occurring cannabinoids is much more beneficial.
Because of this, strains that are focused on CBD and CBGA cannabinoids work best when they also contain a significant amount of THC. Even if you’re looking for a strain with lower psychoactive properties, it’s usually best to have some THC mixed in with your CBD or CBGA-focused strains of cannabis.
CBG is making a big splash in medical research circles due to its ability to inhibit and speed up early cell death. This is because CBGA controls the process of necrosis, which eliminates unwanted and unhealthy plant material from the growing cannabis plant.
CBG has shown great potential in fighting colon cancer, and more research is needed to confirm these findings, but so far the data is very encouraging. In some cases, the presence of CBGA was enough to stop cancer cells from growing.
CBG has been shown to have many beneficial effects on the human body, including helping to improve cardiovascular health and functioning. Additionally, CBG has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory agent in studies involving laboratory mice.
Diabetes, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides are all conditions being studied in conjunction with the benefits of CBD use. So far, the research has been producing promising and exciting results.
Huntington’s Disease is a serious illness that can affect cognition, movement, and emotional thinking. Recent studies involving CBG are making progress, and those affected by Huntington’s Disease will be glad to know that this is good news.
Colorectal cancer is a serious problem, but CBG weed could be a very powerful treatment. Recent studies show that CBG weed can completely block the reproduction of cancer cells in mice, and human trials are needed to confirm these findings. However, there are many CBG benefits that we still don’t know about, and further study is definitely warranted.
CBG strains of cannabis are rare and exciting because they are still being fully explored by the scientific cannabis community. Using them together can benefit you even more because scientists are still learning about their effects.
That is to say, if you smoke or consume cannabis products on a regular basis, you are already benefiting from the effects of CBG. Until more common strains and extracts are made with rare cannabinoids as their focus, those of us who are interested in using them will have to enjoy them in smaller doses, since these compounds are currently included in the cannabis we are routinely consuming.
We are fortunate to continue learning about the benefits of CBGA and other cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds found in the marijuana plant.