Did you know there are at least 85 types of cannabinoids in marijuana? THC and CBD get most of the spotlight, but those other 83 thingies aren’t just sitting their inactive. They can affect your high and your health.

One of these unsung cannabinoids that’s been getting some play lately is cannabigerol (CBG). Two different medical companies are releasing CBG products in the coming months. Canada’s Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation announced Tuesday that it plans to release a new cannabis extract made from a plant with a “unique phenotype” that’s both high in CBG and THC. That’s somewhat unusual, given that CBG is generally found in higher quantities in hemp than in marijuana flowers.

The concentrate will be distributed to WWMC’s registered patients in the hopes of learning more about the medicinal effects of CBG, especially when consumed in the company of THC. “We are extremely excited to offer CBG to our patients and hope it will widen the number of conditions we can provide relief for,” read a statement from the company. “Basic research has indicated that CBG exerts a variety of effects in cell culture and animal models including acting as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-fungal. It is currently being investigated for a possible treatment for many disorders including cancer, glaucoma, inflammatory bowel disease, different types of pain, and even neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s.”

Earlier this year, another company put out a CBG product, this one a topical extract. Axim Biotechnologies, Inc., an outfit based in the Netherlands, is prescribing AX-1602 in a clinical trial to treat skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema. Axim claims that CBG has been shown to be effective as an anti-inflammatory in addition to several other health benefits including the ability to “slow the proliferation of tumor cells in vitro and in-vivo.”

The study of CBG and other cannabinoids is vital to understanding the total health effects of cannabis. The “entourage effect” holds that THC and CBD, the major cannabinoids used in health treatment, work better in the company of other cannabinoids and terpenes that are naturally found in the marijuana plant. The more we know about the ways different marijuana components interact with our body, both solo and with other components, the more precise we can be with the medical employment of the cannabis plant.

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