It’s been quite the journey the past few weeks as we’ve gone over numerous cannabinoids, looking into each of their own medicinal benefits and purposes, as well as their unique properties. This week I’ll bve focusing on the CBGa cannabinoid, but if you’re just tuning in feel free to check out all of our previous cannabinoid informationals; THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC, THCv.
Cannabigerolic Acid: CBGa Cannabinoid
Cannabigerolic Acid, or CBGa, is commonly referred to as the “cannabinoid stem cell.” It is actually due to CBGa that all other medicinal effects of cannabis are possible! Through varying types of biosynthesis, such as THC biosynthase or CBD biosynthase, CBGa in turn becomes THC / THCa, CBD / CBDa, CBCa / CBC, and CBG.
CBGa provides it’s own set of medicinal properties (on top of it’s process in bio-synthesizing other cannabinoids). It has been found to be an analgensic, providing pain relieving properties many can find beneficial. CBGa is also anti-bacterial, impeding the growth of bacteria. CBGa also reduces inflammation systematically, making it an anti-inflammatory. And it also may just harbor anti-proliferative properties, meaning it is effective in inhibiting cancer cell growth through apoptosis.
As of now, the research being conduced on the CBGa cannabinoid is focused solely on it’s role in the biosynthesis process. Funding is focused on the biosynthesis process, as opposed to the anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory, analgensic, and anti-bacterial medicinal benefits of CBGa. This is essential research to further understand the process of how cannabinoids interact with each other, and with the endocannabinoid system within our bodies. Humans develop stem cells within our bodies. Plants also seem to harbor similar processes within, and cannabis has the CBGa Cannabinoid. Cannabigerolic Acid is the predecessor to 3 of the major cannabinoids – CBDAa, CBCa, and THCa. Plants also carry certain enzymes called synthase; these enzymes play a crucial role in the synthesis process where CBDa, CBCa, and THCa are transformed, or converted, into more complex entities such as CBD, CBC, and THC.
Studies have shown very high concentrations of CBGa in hemp, some hemp plants carrying up to 94% CBG! Studies conclude that this high level of CBG could be due to a recessive gene found in hemp that inhibits the synthesis to further develop. But studies can only deduce so much infomration when cannabis is so deeply frowned upon in the medicinal industry, but fortunately this unwarranted stigma is less and less prevalent by the day. Studies have concluded that CBGa encourages the process of apoptosis. Apoptosis is also referred to as “programmed cell death.” Defective apoptosis is actually believed to be one of the major reasons cancer forms and progresses. In light of this, oncologists are quite enthusiastic to unlock new ways to stimulate this process in the body. Cannabinoids are one substance that appear to stimulate apoptosis in previously unknown ways. What this means is their is potential to mitigate and even maybe cure cancer.
Cannabis users should look to the future research of cannabinoids such as the CBGa cannabinoid with optimism, as more benefits are discovered and utilized each year.