CBG is shaping up as a strong anti-inflammatory: It’s another reason to use a whole plant source of CBD

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Cannabigerol (CBG) is emerging as an important anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. That’s good news in and of itself, but it also underscores the idea that to get the most out of your CBD you should use it with the rest of the naturally occurring compounds in the cannabis plant – so look for a whole plant source of CBD, marketed as either full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD.

The cannabis plant contains a multitude of compounds: some 500 in all, including more than 100 cannabinoids, one of which is CBG. Like CBD, it’s also non-psychoactive (THC is likely the only psychoactive compound in the plant).

Studies have shown that whole plant CBD treats pain and inflammation better than CBD alone. The biology behind this is well understood: it’s the idea of synergy, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, often called the ‘entourage effect.’

CBG’s potential as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-cancer agent is now hitting the mainstream press. As promising as CBG is, note the cautionary words of Harvard physician and cannabis expert Peter Grinspoon:

CBG is interesting in a lot of different ways. All of this [still] needs to be researched as it pertains to humans, but the laboratory data is very exciting. We’re at the tip of the iceberg here. We have this inkling of potential and it’s just starting to be studied.

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