You are probably aware of what THC and CBD cannabinoids do in our bodies. Thanks to several studies performed by researchers, most of the products we find on the market have high levels of either one of them to address specific needs.
However, scientists are starting to study other cannabinoids found in cannabis that had once been discovered in order to develop new products that can be even stronger than our usual THC and CBD derivatives. One of them has caught the attention of researchers.
CBGV is a compound related to CBG, and it seems to have several benefits to our health and well-being. Since we know it may be hard to keep up with the many stories about the rare varieties of cannabinoid that exist out there, we have created this article to help you learn about CBGV, its potential benefits, and other important aspects of this cannabinoid.
What is CBGV Flower?
Cannabigerovarin, or CBGV, is one of the most useful cannabinoids from the cannabis herb. This cannabinoid is found in small amounts in specific cannabis strains, and it is activated via exposure to heat or light.
Besides providing great benefits to the human body, CBGV plays an important role in the hemp plant CBGV, as it contains insecticidal properties. In addition, Cannabigerovarin creates plant resistance to diseases, which could otherwise significantly harm the plant. Normally, cannabis plants from northwest India and Nepal contain higher levels of CBGV.
Our endocannabinoid system possesses CB1 and CB2 receptors of cells in order to receive stimuli from internal and external agents. The CB1 is connected to the peripheral and central nervous system in humans and mammals, while CB2 receptors are primarily found in our immune system.
For this reason, when cannabinoids such as CBGV interact with these receptors, the processes carried out by the ECS are enhanced; appetite, sleep, physical sensations such as pain, mood and digestion can be significantly improved when consuming products with high levels of cannabinoids.
When it comes to CBGV, plenty of information about the effects of this cannabinoid in our bodies can be found, which has made it possible for many consumers to look for CBGV in their cannabis products. It has been found that CBGV has painkilling and anti-inflammatory properties.
For instance, conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis can be treated with this compound. Moreover, it is important to note that CBGV doesn’t contain psychoactive properties. Find more conditions that can be treated with CBGV below:
- Dry skin
- Chronic pain
- Bladder disorders
Additionally, CBGV is considered to enhance the cannabinoids which enter the body, increasing their benefits and effectiveness. As a result, CBD has a better absorption from the body when in contact with CBGV, and the ability of the cellular receptors in the ECS are more likely to bind with THC molecules thanks to high levels of CBGV.
CBGV and Cancer
Scientists from the University of St. George's London published the results of a research on the use of non-hallucinogenic cannabinoids as treatments to reduce the growth of cancer cells in patients suffering from leukaemia. Out of the six cannabinoids examined individually, there were two forms of CBGV. As one could expect, the results were astonishing.
When applied together in combination, all the cannabinoids displayed an increased influence on blood cancer cells. In brief, it could be said that CBGV kills cancer cells when used in a certain ratio within isolates. In addition, the pain-relieving effects of CBGV could also be used as treatments for patients who undergo drug exposure, for instance, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
CBGV vs. CBG
Also known as “the mother of all cannabinoids”, CBG is a cannabinoid that breaks down to form other cannabinoids like THC and CBD. The main cannabinoid acids produced by CBG are CBGA and CBGVA, which then are decarboxylated into different cannabinoids, including CBGV. Since it has a similar structure to CBG, CBGV has virtually the same effects of the first.
However, propyl cannabinoids -compounds with three tails of carbon atoms- have shown to potentiate the benefits of their counterparts in terms of health benefits. For this reason, high levels of CBGV are key to having strong results in hemp products.
THCV and CBGV
THCV is a cannabinoid that has the same psychoactive properties as THC. However, it delivers a different type of high, which doesn't generate anxiety and wears off of quicker.
Thanks to its antioxidant effects, as well as its benefits to treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and promote the growth of new bone cells, it is regarded as a potential cannabinoid for medical use. While CBGV interacts more with the CB1 receptor of the ECS, THCV activates the CB2 receptor.
For this reason, some scientists consider that these two cannabinoids can be used together in order to complement each other, enhancing the effectiveness of the treatments.
What is CBGV Flower?
Finding CBGV flower on the market might be quite difficult for the time being, since restrictions on cannabis plants prevented scientists from discovering the properties of the 100 compounds of the plant. As of now, some CBG products are being produced, in which you can find small percentages of CBGV depending on how the plant was grown and cured.
However, companies like Oregon CBD are developing strains that contain high levels of rare cannabinoids in order to address their growing popularity. The seedless triploids developed by Oregon CBD contain up to 35-65% of CBGV, CBDV and CBCV levels in the total amount of cannabinoid content of the seeds. These triploids are expected to be released in 2021 for farmers to enter the growing market of rare cannabinoids.
Thanks to companies like Oregon CBD, we may expect cannabis companies producing CBGV flower for those who enjoy smoking a good hemp flower. For the time being, you can stick to products like Botany Farms’ The White CBG. Enjoy the amazing benefits of this cannabinoid for the body and mind.
Currently, the law does not specifically address the use of CBGV due to the little research on it. On the other hand, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and hemp-derived products as long as they contain less than .3% THC levels.
Products with high levels of CBGV are not a problem, because it is not psychoactive. With CBG gaining popularity in recent years, it is likely that its counterpart CBGV starts being used as well for the production of oils, concentrates, flowers, topicals and more.
As cannabis lovers, the many benefits it can bring to our well-being are just a small complement it delivers among the several cannabinoids that exist in hemp. For this reason, we hope researchers manage to bring more studies to the table, in order to expand the cannabis market, dismantling old-fashioned conceptions about the plant and allowing more people to join this community, which has found great experiences and health improvement thanks to compounds like CBGV.