While you may be more familiar with cannabidiol (CBD) — a cannabis compound that’s become popular as a natural solution to aches, pains, anxiety, and more — cannabigerol (or CBG) is showing promise of its own.
Similar to CBD, cannabigerol has been used to alleviate pain. However, research has shown that CBG can provide therapeutic benefits beyond simple pain management — including anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. As a result, interest is rising in this compound’s potential in the field of gastrointestinal health.
Keep reading to learn more about what CBG is exactly and how to improve gut health naturally with this cannabinoid.
Why Gut Health?
Our “gut,” or gastrointestinal (GI) system, plays a huge role in our lives. You likely already knew it was responsible for converting food to energy, but did you know that your gut plays a role in regulating your hormone levels as well? Your body’s immune system — and its responses — are also heavily influenced by your gut microbiome, the collection of microbes in your intestines that play a crucial role in supporting your health.
Poor gut health, however, doesn’t always manifest as a simple stomach ache. Several diseased states are linked to poor gut health, including obesity, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), depression, and cardiovascular disease.
According to the American College of Gastroenterology, some of the most commonly diagnosed symptoms of poor gut health include:
- Acid reflux/Heartburn/GERD
- Abdominal pain
Gut health is about more than just making your tummy feel better. It’s an important tool for proactively addressing the early signs of serious illness before they develop into life-threatening conditions. And bear in mind, an unhealthy gut doesn’t always manifest in explicit digestive issues. For example, if you have acne, allergies, sleep issues, sugar cravings, or fatigue, you may actually have an underlying gut problem. According to experts, it’s estimated that around 10 to 15 percent of U.S. adults have IBS, while only 5 to 7 percent receive a diagnosis!
How Can I Rebuild My Gut Health?
There are several things you can do to rebuild your gut health. A few tried and true methods are:
- Incorporating probiotic-rich foods into your diet (think kombucha, yogurt, and sauerkraut)
- Taking a pre and probiotic supplement
- Increasing your physical activity
- Limiting your sugar and alcohol intake
A full spectrum CBG supplement can also help to relieve the symptoms and discomfort associated with GI issues (and you’ll see how below).
What Are Cannabinoids?
A cannabinoid is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis plants. CBG, CBD, and THC are three of the better known cannabinoids, but there are over 100 unique cannabis compounds that we’re currently aware of.
These cannabinoids can interact with our Endocannabinoid Systems (ECS) in a number of ways to produce therapeutic effects. The ECS is made up of chemical messengers and receptor sites that work together to maintain homeostasis, or balance in the body, by governing a whole host of functions, including metabolism, emotion/mood regulation, memory, sleep, and various GI functions.
CBG, in particular, has shown promise as a means to relieve gastrointestinal issues. In addition to glowing firsthand accounts from individuals who have tried CBG for this purpose (see below for some of them), it has been observed to reduce colon inflammation and production of nitric acid in mice.
How Does CBG Help the Digestive System?
CBG has been dubbed the “mother of all cannabinoids” due to its role as a precursor compound — meaning it’s the cannabinoid from which other cannabinoids develop. It’s thought that this special characteristic may give CBG its own unique therapeutic potential.
We briefly touched on some of CBG’s known benefits — it has exhibited analgesic (pain relieving), anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. But researchers are also exploring CBG’s potential role in treating a number of serious conditions. Promising studies done on animals suggest that CBG could be useful in the treatment of glaucoma, Huntington’s Disease, colon cancer, and IBD.
Many individuals have started taking CBG to combat their own GI issues and customer reviews suggest that the cannabinoid can help improve gut health, resolve stomach issues, and relieve symptoms of IBS — though more clinical studies on humans are needed.
For NuLeaf Naturals customer Cynthia M., the verdict is already in. “CBG helps tremendously with my IBS issues,” she says. “I take the CBG with a CBD capsule twice daily with food.”
Olivia B., another NuLeaf Naturals customer who suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, loves her new CBG regimen. “I experience a lot of IBS symptoms on a daily basis and this has been huge for me! I add it in my morning coffee or matcha and it makes my day so much better.”
How to Take CBG for Gut Health
NuLeaf Naturals’ CBG products aren’t just CBG. They’re whole-plant extracts with a full spectrum of naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes (aroma- and flavor-producing compounds). Full spectrum products get their power from something called “the entourage effect,” whereby all the compounds in cannabis work together synergistically to yield greater effects than they would if taken individually. Due to the entourage effect, full spectrum CBG supplements tend to be more potent than CBG isolates, which are devoid of other cannabis compounds.
When it comes to how to take CBG for gut health, everyone’s chemistry is different. It may take some time for you to find your “just right” dose. At NuLeaf Naturals, we recommend a regimen of full spectrum CBG oil at 30 mg (10 drops) per day or as needed.
CBG vs. CBD for Gut Health
CBG and CBD both interact with the ECS to provide a multitude of benefits. While there’s definitely some overlap between the two, each compound produces some of its own unique effects on the body.
While both CBG and CBD have been observed to help with pain and inflammation, CBD can specifically be beneficial for:
- Anxiety and depression
- Bipolar disorder
- Sleep disorders
- Nausea and vomiting
On the other hand, research suggests that CBG can help alleviate:
- Bladder dysfunction
- Appetite disorders
- MRSA bacterial infections
- Gut inflammation
In most cases, taking these compounds together can amplify the positive effects of each. Many customers often start with CBD to boost their overall general health and then add in CBG as needed. Due to CBG’s special interaction with the GI tract, it has fast become the favorite for alleviation of gastrointestinal issues.
How to Improve Gut Health With CBG: The NuLeaf Naturals Difference
Looking to improve your intestinal health? Check out our line of full spectrum CBG products to get the maximum therapeutic benefits from cannabigerol.
Since 2014, NuLeaf Naturals has been committed to creating the world’s highest quality cannabinoid products in their purest and most potent form. Our full spectrum cannabinoid extracts contain no additives and the only ingredient is organic hemp. We don’t use MCT or coconut oil as these can further aggravate GI issues for those with nut allergies. All of our cannabinoids are extracted using safe and eco-friendly methods, such as CO2 extraction, to ensure a full range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial phytonutrients. The result is a pure, natural, and effective product.
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