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A Quick Guide to CBG

While most people who are familiar with cannabis know about THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol), there is another cannabinoid that is sometimes overlooked, known as CBG (Cannabigerol). CBG is not found in high quantities in most cannabis strains, usually less than 1%. Because of this, it is considered a minor cannabinoid compared to its more well-known counterparts. Since CBG has a lower yield, growers have experimented with cross-breeding of strains and genetic manipulation to increase CBG output. Scientists are also able to extract CBG at higher levels by pinpointing the best time to extract the cannabinoid, usually around six weeks into the flowering cycle. The scientific community is very excited about the early returns of CBG research as it was discovered to be very effective in treating inflammatory bowel disease, glaucoma, and Huntington's disease, which is a rare disease that causes degeneration of nerve cells in the brain. It was also discovered that CBG blocks receptors that cause cancer cell growth, giving it great promise as a cancer fighter as well as an effective antibacterial agent, particularly against MRSA. Because of these findings among others, the demand for CBG products has increased and we are likely to see more pure CBG products on the market in the near future.

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