It’s now relatively common knowledge that cannabinoids like CBD and it’s relatives can have powerful effects on symptoms that many patients deal with on a daily basis.
More recently, it’s been found that some of the more potent cannabinoids, such as CBG and CBD have been known to slow the effects and progression of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s Disease.
More and more patients are now taking a step away from prescribed medications which can have dangerous side effects and are exploring the natural benefits of CBG and other cannabinoids. CBG is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that could very well provide relief and treatment to your IBS.
Let’s take a look at what exactly makes CBG so special, the symptoms and causes of Crohn’s Disease, and how the two play into each other.
What is CBG?
CBG is a lesser known cannabinoid that comes with its own string of unique benefits and effects when compared to it’s more well known relative, CBD.
CBG is considered to be the precursor to other cannabinoids, due to the process in which, CBG-A, the acidic form of CBG, breaks down to form the other cannabinoids (CBD, THC, etc) when it’s heated.
Similar to CBD, CBG doesn’t have any potent psychoactive effects, meaning that you won’t get any unwanted side effects of feeling “high”.
In fact, CBG is one of the safest and most stable cannabinoids that has natural anti-inflammatory and digestive health benefits, as well as being known to have a range of antibiotic and mood regulating effects, acting as a mild antidepressant.
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s Disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, that affects the lining of your digestive tract, making for some seriously uncomfortable daily symptoms for patients.
While Crohn’s disease is not fatal on it’s, the syndrome is typically not curable and effects can be prolonged for life, and can sometimes lead to life threatening complications if proper care and treatment isn’t taken.
Currently, close to 800,000 Americans are affected by Crohn’s disease, and while various medical treatments are available including immunosuppressants and steroids, some of these medications may have unwanted side effects and lead to even more issues for the patient.
This is why it’s crucial to consult with your doctor on recommended treatment options, and explore natural inflammatory alternatives to prescription medication.
What are some of the most common symptoms that Crohn’s and other IBD patients deal with on a day to day basis?
While Crohn’s is primarily a digestive related disease, it’s effects can spread across the whole body. And while it’s important to note that these diseases affects each patient differently, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Pain: Mild to severe pain in the abdomen, joints, lower abdomen, or rectum.
- Gastrointestinal: Bloating, bowel obstruction, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or flatulence
- Total Body Effects: Fatigue, fever, or loss of appetite
- Anal: Fissures or bleeding
- Other common symptoms can include: Cramping, depression, anxiety flare, mouth ulcer, slow growth, or weight loss
Benefits of CBG
Now that we have a better understanding of Crohn’s and related diseases and their symptoms, let’s take a look at some of the major health benefits of CBG and the role that it can play with treating IBD’s.
CBG is most widely known for it’s pain relieving potential and effects. While pain relief is generally associated with CBG’s psychoactive cousin, THC, some studies on CBGA and CBG suggest that both compounds are helpful when it comes to relieving full body pain.
Further studies suggest that these compounds might even be more effective than CBD or THC due to the unique ways it interacts with our bodily systems.
It’s also been shown in recent studies and trials that CBG and CBGA may be incredibly effective as anti-inflammatory agents.
According to experts, there’s high potential that both compounds can be of benefit to people suffering from conditions such as Crohn’s or other inflammatory diseases.
One study in particular, that looked at the effects that CBG has on mice with IBD showed fantastic results. The mice given CBG were effectively relieved of their inflammation, and other subsequent studies have shown great potential for similar effects to ease inflammation and digestion pain in humans.
It’s also been found that CBG’s ability to manage a particular class of mycobacteria, fungi, and bacteria known as ‘gram-positive bacteria’ is far more superior than other cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN, or THC.
This is beneficial to many aspects of specific effects and symptoms for patients, by boosting their immune systems and managing potent bacterias, there’s high hopes for these properties in CBG to be used to create new and more effective antibacterial treatments.
Reducing Depression and Anxiety
Lastly, it’s been found that the properties within CBG could also be effective in regulating emotion.
The compound naturally inhibits GABA and serotonin, which could lead to increased levels of both in the brain, thus possessing potential antidepressant qualities.
It’s been studied that CBG can inhibit the uptake of GABA more effectively than either THC and CBD, and could serve as a safe, non addictive, and non psychoactive alternative to using THC to treat depression.
CBG & Crohn’s
It’s clear now that the benefits of CBG can be felt throughout the whole body, and help relieve symptoms related to several different diseases.
That being said, how in particular is CBG hailed as a potential effective treatment for Crohn’s and other IBD’s?
It comes down to the combination of the compound’s positive effects on digestive health, it’s inflammatory properties, as well as its ability to regulate emotion and ease anxiety and depression.
All of which are common symptoms that Crohn’s patients suffer with on a daily basis. It’s important to note that no medication, CBG included, is listed as a “cure” for Crohn’s. However, the ability to provide lasting relief to pain and digestive symptoms can make a world of a difference for patients that have not yet found treatments to help.
As with starting all new routines and treatments, it’s critical to speak with your doctor on the effects that CBG may have on you, and the best products and dosage schedules to follow.
By giving patients the option to choose all natural remedies like CBG for their existing health conditions and daily discomfort, we’re one step closer to stopping the widespread harm and side effects of prescription drugs.
Goat Grass is delighted to announce their infusion of CBD and CBG with it’s latest series of products; giving you safe, trusted benefits in the convenience of products you may already be using like topical oils and tinctures.
Whether it’s your first time trying CBD products, or looking for new products to match your existing condition, we’re so excited to help be a part of your journey towards a happier, healthier, more balanced life.